Kenya and Colombia set to open battle for last Olympic spot


San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 19, 2016 - Kenya and Colombia are set to play in the opening match of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Puerto Rico on Friday.  Colombia are hoping for a historic first participation in the Olympic Games, but the African side will be looking to take revenge for that 0-3 loss at the 2015 World Grand Prix.

• Kenya and Colombia most recently met at the 2015 World Grand Prix when Colombia won in straight sets. 
• That match was for Colombia the only meeting at a world-level tournament with an African side.
• Kenya have won two of their last three matches against South American opponents. They won against Peru at the 2015 World Grand Prix (3-1) and the 2015 World Cup (3-2).

• Kenya have participated twice at the Olympic Games. They finished joint-11th in both 2000 and 2004. 
• Kenya are one of the two African teams that have participated at the Olympic Games alongside Algeria. Both teams never won a match at the Olympic Games.
• Kenya failed to qualify in 2008 and 2012 after finishing second at the African Olympic Qualification, both times behind Algeria.
• This year, Kenya finished in third place at the African Olympic Qualification Tournament in February, behind Cameroon and Egypt.
• Kenya have won the African Championship a record nine times, including five of the last six editions.

• Colombia have never been present at an Olympic Games.
• Colombia can become the fourth South American side to participate at the Olympic Games after neighbours Peru, Venezuela and Brazil.
• Colombia placed third at the South American Olympic Qualification Tournament behind Argentina and Peru.
• Colombia made their debut at the World Grand Prix in 2015. They won the match for third place in Group 3 against Australia (3-0).
• Colombia won a bronze medal at the 2015 South American Championship.


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