Japan suffered its sixth straight defeat in a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of France despite a brave effort by Takahiro Yamamoto in the men’s World Cup on Friday.
Philippe Barca-Cysique was unforgiving on the spike while Hubert Henno played solid defense to lead the World Championship bronze medalist to a 25-23, 25-18, 25-21 victory over Japan at Tokyo’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium.
France kept alive its chances for an Olympic berth in Athens next year with a 6-3 record, but the host slipped to 3-6 in the tournament standings after a flow of errors stained its performance and denied it the chance to reel in the Frenchmen.
In other games, Brazil came from behind to beat Olympic champion Serbia and Montenegro 3-1 to mark a 9-0 record and is virtually guaranteed a spot for Athens. Serbia and Montenegro fell to 8-1. Italy, which takes on Japan on Saturday, swept the United States in three sets to improve to 8-1 while the American team dropped to 7-2 and is in third place.
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