Australia and the Netherlands won the final spots for the men's
volleyball tournament at the Athens Olympics during separate
qualifying tournaments Sunday.
The Australians advanced to the 12-team field in Athens despite
losing to Iran on Sunday on the final day of a qualifier in Tokyo.
The Dutch beat Spain in Madrid to finish its event undefeated.
The Australians lost 25-19, 26-24, 25-23 and tied China for
third place but advanced because of a better points ratio.
France, which secured an Olympic berth Saturday, finished first
with a 7-0 record after downing Algeria. Eight nations were
competing in the seven-day, round-robin tournament. The overall
winner and the best Asian team gained berths for Athens.
The rest of the men's Olympic field: Argentina, Brazil, Greece,
Italy, Poland, Russia, Serbia-Montenegro, Tunisia and the United
In Madrid, the Dutch, the 1996 Olympic champion, beat Spain
25-20, 25-20, 26-24 to finish the four-nation event 3-0. Cuba
finished 2-1 after beating winless Cameroon and will miss an
Olympics for the first time since 1988.