INTRODUCTION: The new world champion of women's volleyball is China.
TV INTERIOR Japan (in red) playing on left versus China (in white) Chinese serve, play, win point. (2 SHOTS)
SV Scoreboard China 15 - Japan 8.
SV Japanese team receiving serve, play and China wins point.
TV Japan serving (changed ends) and win point.
CU Chinese team conferring.
SV Spectators chanting.
TV Chinese (on left) serve and score.
SV Scoreboard 16-15.
TV China serving and scoring, players embrace.
SV Japanese team line up.
SV Spectators clapping.
TV Teams shake hands and winners embrace each other. (2 SHOTS)
SV Young Chinese letting of fireworks in celebration at night. (2 SHOTS)
SV Drummers playing in streets and crowd dancing and singing. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The new world champion of women's volleyball is China. They took the title from Japan in a thrilling five-set game to settle the world volleyball tournament in Osaka on Monday (16 November). The gruelling encounter was hard fought with China winning 15-8, 17-7, 12-15, 7-15 and 17-15. They ended the round robin competition undefeated with seven victories.
SYNOPSIS: Japan, playing in red were hoping to retain the title they won last year. Urging them on in the Osaka Gymnasium was a capacity crowd.
But it was China who took the first set comfortably. In the second, they looked as dominant as they had been in the opening rallies. Their more experienced opponents struggled to win only a small share of the points.
The game changed dramatically in the third and fourth sets. Japan won both. At one stage they took ten points in succession, making a mockery of their poor start and forcing the Chinese to re-think tactics.
The atmosphere was at fever-pitch as China halted the slide. Into the last set and the title could go either way.
One point separates China from the title and this time there is no escape for a courageous Japanese side who had fought back from the brink of defeat.
This was the third world championships and the first time China had managed to beat every other nation.
Japan was placed second, the Soviet Union third and the United States fourth. The win brought thousands of Chinese people out on to the streets of Peking to celebrate. The People's Daily national newspaper called on the population to take a lesson from their team's efforts. They also criticised some of the youths in these celebrating crowds for misbehaviour during the night-long celebrations.