Korea could book the first ticket from Tokyo to Rio


Tokyo, Japan, May 20, 2016 - Korea could become the first team to secure a ticket to Rio from the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan as soon as they win two sets against Thailand, which desperately needs to win their two remaining games to save some chances.

• Korea won all of their World Olympic Qualification matches against Thailand - 3-1 in 2004, 3-2 in 2008 and 3-0 in 2012.
• Korea have won each of their last 11 meetings with Thailand, since a 3-2 defeat at the 2007 Asian Championship.
• Korea beat Thailand 3-2 in the match for third place at the 2011 Asian Championship.
• Their most recent meeting was also decided in a five-setter. At the 2015 Asian Championship Korea won 3-2 in the second round.

• Korea could qualify for the Olympic Games with a) a win or b) a 3-2 defeat against Thailand. It would be their 11th Olympic participation. They have claimed one medal, a bronze in 1976.
• Korea have won eight of their last nine World Olympic Qualification matches, including their last four.
• Korea can win five consecutive competitive matches for the first time since last year's Asian Championship. They won all of their seven matches en route to the final in which they lost to China (3-0).
• Kim Yeon-Koung (101) is one of three players having scored 100+ points so far this competition, alongside Angela Leyva (PER, 104) and Lonneke Sloetjes (NED, 109).
• Yang Hyo-Jin is currently the best blocker in the competition with most stuff blocks (20), most total attempts (81) and the best average by set (1.11).

• Thailand need to win both of their remaining matches in order to keep a shot at qualification for the Olympic Games. 
• Thailand can win three matches at a single World Olympic Qualification tournament for the third time after three wins in 2004 and four wins in 2012.
• Thailand have four players with 50 or more points in the competition - Ajcharaporn Kongyot (60), Pleumjit (58), Thatdao Nuekjang (55) and Onuma Sittirak (54). No team has more than two with 50+ points.


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