France volleyball squad qualifies

Updated: May 29, 2004, 5:28 PM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- France won a spot in the men's volleyball tournament at the Athens Olympics on Saturday after defeating Japan in a qualifying tournament.

France improved its record to 6-0 by winning 25-23, 21-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-12. Until this match, France hadn't dropped a set in the tournament.

Eight nations are competing in the seven-day, round-robin event. The overall winner and the best Asian team gain berths for Athens.

Earlier, Australia moved a step closer to an Olympic berth with a straight-sets victory over China. Australia can seal a place at Athens with a win over Iran on Sunday, the tournament's final day.

In other matches, Canada (4-2) defeated South Korea (1-5) and Iran (3-3) beat winless Algeria.

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