09/21/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/21/2019 12:43
Coming into the final, Australia had been the only undefeated team in the tournament. The twofinalists had previously met in pool play, with the 'Volleyroos' prevailing in four sets.
Amir Ghafour with a match high 20 points and an unstoppable 19/26 for 73% attack in the final led Iran, who outplayed Australia on the net with seven blocks and a 56% (48/86) attacking efficnecy, while restricting their opponents to four stuffs and a mere 33% (22/68).
It was Iran's third title in the 44-year history of the competition, after threir back-to-back successes in 2011 and 2013.
Earlier on Saturday, Japan held off Korea 3-1 (25-23, 25-17, 23-25, 25-22) for the bronze medal, with Kunihiro Shimizu scoring 21 points.
• Final Ranking:
5. Chinese Taipei
14. Sri Lanka
16. Hong Kong
• The top eight secured tickets for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Asian qualifiers in January. With Japan already qualified to the Olympics as hosts, 9th-placed Qatar got the extra ticket.
• The top ten are automaticlally qualified for the finals of the 2021 Asian Championship. If the host of that edition is amongst the top ten, then 11th-ranked Thailand will get a ticket.