Kim Yeon Koung spikes

Captain Kim Yeon Koung struck 30 times against Japan to see Korea through to the quarterfinals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Kim Yeon Koung fired off 30 points for the second high-scoring performance of the day at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Saturday, playing a key role in Korea's dramatic win over arch rivals Japan 3-2 (25-19, 19-25, 25-22, 15-25, 16-14).

It was Korea's third win in the Olympic tournament and it sees them through to the quarterfinals of the competition - but for hosts Japan it means waiting to sort it out when they go head-to-head with the Dominican Republic on Monday for the last remaining qualifying spot from Pool A.

Kim attacked for 42% (27/64) and grabbed three blocks for her tally of 30 in the match.

Kim, best scorer and MVP of the London 2012 Olympics, becomes the first player with four entries in the list of those to have scored 30 points or more in a single Olympic Games match.

She had previously scored 34 against Serbia (3-1) and 32 against China (2-3) at London 2012, and 31 against Japan (3-1) at Rio 2016.


Kim Yeon Koung's role in back court duties was also instrumental in Korea's win over Japan at the Tokyo Olympics.

Russia's Ekaterina Gamova is the only other player with multiple entries (three) on the list.

Earlier in the day, Serbia's Tijana Boskovic had bagged 32 points in her side's four-set defeat to Brazil.

The all-time scoring record in a single match at the Olympic Games remains 44 points, by Croatia's Barbara Jelic in their 3-1 win over China at Sydney 2000.