Nishida First Player to Break 30-Point Scoring Mark at Tokyo 2020
- August, 02, 2021 - 08:23
- Sports news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Yuji Nishida from Japan became the first player of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to break the 30-point scoring mark in volleyball.
He bagged his 30th point in the very last action of an epic match to give Japan an incredible 3-2 (25-21, 20-25, 29-31, 25-22, 15-13) win over Iran that sees the host through to the quarterfinals of the competition.
It was a win-or-die situation for both Japan and Iran who were eying a spot in the last eight of the Olympics and Nishida had already collected 27 points in the first four sets before captain Yuki Ishikwa started taking control of the front line.
He is the tenth player - and first Japanese- since the introduction of the rally scoring system (as of Sydney 2000) to make the prestigious list of those that have scored 30 points or more in a single Olympic Games match.
The historical high scoring Olympic record remains 39 points by Germany's Gyorgi Grozer against Serbia (3-2) at London 2012.