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In the sportlight: Great Britain’s sitting volleyball captain Rob Richardson

Posted in paralympics on September 14, 2012

We caught up with Rob Richardson this week, the GB sitting volleyball captain, after he led the team to the quarterfinals at London2012.


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Q and A session with the following questions:

How did you get into sitting volleyball?

Is it true that GB’s sitting volleyball programme only started in 2006? That’s not much time to prepare! What does it take to build a world class team in such a short space of time?

How do you balance training around work and family life?

What was it like leading the team through the competition? How did you cope with the pressure?

Best bit of coaching advice received?

Any pre-match superstitions or rituals?

Seb Coe said that, “The Paralympics have lifted the cloud of limitation.” What do you feel has been the impact of London 2012?

What are your plans now the Paralympics has finished?

What would you say to someone wanting to be more active but not sure where to start?

And finally… We currently cover golf, tennis and personal training. Which sport do you think we should do next and why?

To find out answers to these questions and comments read the blog.

Gold success for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Paralympics: Bosnia unseat Iran to win volleyball GOLD

LONDON: Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday exacted revenge on Iran for their Paralympic final defeat in Beijing four years ago, to win gold in London in the men’s sitting volleyball.



“It is a dream we have had for so long and we have made it.”

The Balkan team, seven-time European champions, took the match 3-1, fighting back after losing the first set 19-25 at the ExCeL arena on the final full day of competition at the Games.

“After we lost the first set we realised that the only way for us to win was to attack only. That’s how we tipped the balance,” said Bosnia captain Sabahudin Delalic.

The match could have swung the other way, however, with the second set at one point tied at 18-all but Bosnia landed their spikes more accurately and took the set 25-21, which gave them confidence to win the third 25-22.

Iran looked beaten in the fourth as Bosnia surged to an 18-13 lead and held on for the win, 25-15.

A dejected Iran coach Hadi Rezaeigarkani said afterwards: “I accept full resposibility for the loss. It was my fault. It wasn’t my or our day today.”

Reza Peidayesh added: “Physically they were very strong. We tried our best and did all we could but we lost today.”




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Bosnia and Herzegovina upseat Iran to win men's sitting volleyball gold medal



Sadegh Bigdeli (1st R) and Jalil Eimery (2nd L) of Iran compete during the men's sitting volleyball gold medal match against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in London, Britain, on Sept. 8, 2012. Iran lost 1-3 to take the silver medal. (Xinhua/Chen Yehua)

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Third women's Sitting Volleyball gold for China

Sheng Yu Hong inspired China to gold for the third consecutive Paralympic Games in the women’s Sitting Volleyball as they saw off great rivals the USA 3-1 at ExCeL.
China triumph in women's Sitting Volleyball
China won the gold medal after beating USA in the women's Sitting Volleyball final at ExCel.

The 41-year-old had been the top spiker to help China retain their title at Beijing 2008 against the same opponents and was again the star of the show with a total of 38 points in the final - including 29 spikes - to help the world champions win the gold medal once again.

Three-time Paralympic champion Sheng, who ended the tournament with 108 spikes and a total of 141 points as the top scorer at London 2012, outshone the USA’s Kathryn Holloway, who ended the match with 33 points.

Holloway had earlier helped her side make a superb start as the USA took the first set 25-22 before moving 10-9 ahead in set two, only to suffer a dip in form to allow China to win 16 of the next 21 points to take the set 25-15.

An incredible third set turned into the Sheng versus Holloway show. Both players were classy as they swapped points before a highly-dramatic climax.

China lost five set points and USA three as both sides halted each other's attempts at winning the set, but at the sixth time of asking China finally took an exhilarating 32-minute set with the score at 32-30.

The defending champions soon took command of the fourth set, as they established a 19-10 lead that set them on the road to victory (25-15).

After once again inflicting defeat on the side they had also beaten when winning the 2010 World Championships, China remain the only nation to have ever won the women’s Sitting Volleyball title since the sport first made its debut at the Paralympic Games at Athens 2004.

Ukraine’s women’s team took the bronze medal after beating the Netherlands 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-16) after the world number three side produced a powerful display.

Larysa Ponomarenko dominated at the net - as she so often has in the tournament - and Valentyna Brik was the match's top scorer with 13 points.

‘We are very happy with today's result. We have won against the Netherlands three times in a row now, and we're just happy that today everything worked out in our game and we had no flaws,’ said Ukraine’s Anzhelika Churkina.

 ‘Winning a bronze medal means everything to us. All the training paid off and we are delighted. It is the first medal for the Ukrainian Sitting Volleyball team, so it is very important to all the girls.’

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Thomas Renger 

Heiko Wiesenthal and team mate Thomas Renger of Germany block a ball by Andrei Lavrinovich of Russia during the men's Sitting Volleyball bronze medal match between Germany and Russia on Day 10 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at ExCeL.

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Rwanda v Morocco

with British Referee - Dee Wauchope, the missing Rwandans as they became the 2nd best African team.

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