Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 11, 2016 - Hosts Brazil have yet to lose a set in Pool A of the women’s volleyball tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, but their challenges are gradually growing tougher and tougher. Next, on the fourth competition day, are Korea.
Brazil top the current standings with an impeccable record an hope to stay that way. Korea are third with a 2-1 win-loss record, but both teams are already sure participants in the Rio 2016 quarterfinals.
Brazil and Korea have met 45 times in major international competitions with the South Americans winning 34 times.
Five of these encounters occurred at the Olympic Games – in 1984, 1988, 1996, 2004 and 2012. The Asian team won the first and the last of these five matches. Most recently, on August 1, 2012 in London, Korea managed a 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-21) shutout.
The two teams had only one more meeting after that. On August 8, 2014, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the home side defeated Korea in straight sets – 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-15), in an FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix fixture.
So far in Rio, Brazil shut out Cameroon, Argentina and Japan, in that order.
Korea beat Japan in four sets in the first Rio 2016 match, then lost to Russia in four sets and followed with a 3-0 victory over Argentina.