Egypt score historic first ever Olympic win


Ahmed Abdelhay and Mamdouh Abdelrehim of Egypt block Cuba's Osniel Melgarejo as the Africans score a win for the history books.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 9, 2016 - Egypt scored a historic victory - their first ever in the Olympic Games - downing Cuban youngsters 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-22) on the second day of men's volleyball pool play at Rio 2016.

This was the 16th time Egypt had taken to an Olympic Games court and they had previously suffered 15 defeats in as many matches. Egypt are competing in the Olympic Games for the fourth time, having finished last on all three previous appearances in Los Angeles 1984, Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008.

Ahmed Abdelhay as usual led the African side, scoring 20 points, as Egypt didn't seem especially worried, even when Cuba briefly led in the third set. With the teams tied at 22-22, it took a kill and a stuff by Omar Hassan to bring Egypt to match point, before Abdelhay brought the game home with a cross-court kill.

Egypt piled on the pressure from the service line, scoring 10 aces to 3 and dominated the blocking with 8 stuffs to 5.

On 10 points, captain Javier Jimenez was Cuba's best scorer.

Egypt are now on a 1-1 record, while Cuba remain winless.


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