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Sunday, September 2, 2012
Team GB beat Morocco in comfortable fashion over Morocco.
The GB men’s Sitting Volleyball team made history by securing Britain’s first Paralympic Games victory in the sport with a three-set win over Morocco today.
Great Britain’s men went into their penultimate pool game ranked 21st in the world, 10 places below their opponents.
But cheered on by a home crowd at the ExCeL, they won a tense battle to move a step closer to the quarter-finals thanks to the efforts of Londoner Rob Richardson and London Lynx duo Anton Raimondo and John Munroe.
Britain had not won a set at a Paralympic Games before the match, but they soon buried that record, taking a tense opening encounter 25-20. They followed that up by winning a keenly contested second set 25-19.
The third set was more straightforward. After another close start, Britain opened up a nine-point gap at 18-9 and then drove their advantage home to take the set 25-12.
Coach Ian Legrand said the contest had been ‘a must-win game’ for his team.
“I’m very pleased with the performance today. We knew it was a must-win game, so there was a lot of pressure on us, pressure we put on ourselves,” he said.
“It was a very professional performance against a team that wasn’t going to stop and they obviously reckoned it was their chance to get to the quarter finals as well.
“We’re not here for the t-shirts, we are a very serious group of athletes and when it mattered we pulled it together,” he added
“The fact that there were 10,000 people here and they shut the doors an hour before the start – incredible. The noise was building towards the end of the match and I don’t know where we are going to get this from again.”
Great Britain’s men play their final pool game against Germany at 11am at the ExCeL tomorrow.