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JIANGMEN, China, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Tianjin claimed its sixth national title by defeating Shandong 3-1 (25-21, 16-25, 25-11, 25-12) in the final of the Chinese Women's Volleyball Championship here on Friday.
Four-time winner Kipchoge from Kenya was expected to clinch the victory comfortably as his archrival Kenenisa Bekele announced his withdrawal from the event due to a calf injury on Friday.
The 30-year-old, who has been capped once for Argentina's national team, has struggled for opportunities since joining Boca from Mexico's Cruz Azul in January 2019.
The win, which came as the 35th from 36 matches this season, also ties him with Rafael Nadal for a record 14th Roland Garros quarterfinals appearance.
Gou Tingting (R) of Tianjin Guanlan drives the ball during 1st round match between Shanghai Dahua and Tianjin Guanlan at the 2020-21 Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) league in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, Oct. 2, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Kun)
Jiangsu were placed second in the group after the third round.
"Players executed well even though we pulled away. I'm satisfied with their fighting spirit. But we have to improve on some details on both ends," Beijing coach Zhang Yunsong explained.
Alkasir was also fined 10,000 U.S. dollars, it said.
Elsewhere, Sassuolo registered another comprehensive victory as it beat Crotone 4-1 with Francesco Caputo's brace.
The "Eisernen" made a perfect start on home soil as Christopher Lenz tested Mainz goalkeeper Robin Zentner in the early stages, before Max Kruse nodded home his debut goal after Sheraldo Becker's pinpoint cross to the far post in the 13th minute.