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Poland reestablished itself on Sunday as the men's world volleyball champion, downing Brazil - which had won the gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics - in the final at the Pala Alpitour arena in Turin, Italy, 3-0 (28-26, 25-20 and 25-23).

It was the Poles' third Men's World Volleyball Championship, having earlier won in 2014 in their homeland and in 1974 in Mexico.

Bartosz Kurek, 30 and standing 2.05 meters (6 feet 9 inches), was the nightmare besetting the Brazilians throughout the match, with Brazilian center Lucas Saatkamp needing half an hour to be able to secure his first block on a Kurek strike and the tall Pole's attacks yielding an amazing 9 points in just the first set.

Brazil's dream of getting revenge for their loss to Poland in the men's final four years ago in Katowice, Poland, vanished almost right away as gaps in their game - particularly in blocks, but also in other areas - became ever so apparent.

Although Brazil was ahead at times during the first set, they ultimately couldn't pull out a win on any of the three sets in the match.

In the second set, the Brazilians seemed to become less and less able to counter Poland's relentless attacks.

And in the final set, the moral of the current Olympic champs deteriorated completely and Poland just needed to keep relying on Kurek (24 points), Kubiak (12 points) and Szalpuk (10 points) to remain on top and ascend to the No. 1 spot on the winner's podium once again.

Earlier on Sunday, the US topped Serbia 3-1 to earn the bronze medal at the championship, securing its first podium appearance in the tourney in 20 years.

The Americans last climbed up onto the podium in Japan in 1998, 12 years after winning their lone gold medal in France.

After being stunned by Poland in the semifinals, following an eyebrow-raising eight wins in a row, the US team kept its cool even after trailing by one set against Serbia on Sunday.