The United States won the FIVB Men's World Cup on the final day ©Getty Images

The United States won the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Men's World Cup and qualified for Rio 2016 on a dramatic final day which saw previously unbeaten Poland sensationally miss out on Olympic qualification entirely.

Poland, the world champions, went into the last matches on the back of ten wins out of ten in the round-robin format but they were beaten in four sets by Italy who triumphed 26-24, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19.

That saw Italy go above the Poles in the table on sets difference as both countries subsequently ended the tournament with ten victories and one defeat.

With only the top two qualifying for Rio, it confirmed Italy's spot while Poland were left sweating on the US who were also hoping to finish on a record of won ten, lost one after their game with Argentina.

They made no mistake, winning 25-20, 25-21, 17-25, 25-20 and their sets difference saw them leap to the top of the pile and eliminate the Poles.

Poland's players can't hide their disappointment after their defeat to Italy
Poland's players can't hide their disappointment after their defeat to Italy ©Getty Images

Poland's hopes now rely on the European qualification tournament and their concession of 11 sets, compared to eight by Italy and just six by the US, proved to be crucial as the top three all beat each other.

The Poles would have advanced with a 3-2 defeat against Italy as the competition was decided by the narrowest of margins.

Elsewhere at the event in Tokyo, hosts Japan were beaten in five sets by Russia who won 27-29, 25-17, 21-25, 25-17, 15-13.

The Japanese finished sixth in the group with Argentina fourth and the Russians fifth.

Canada finished seventh after beating bottom side Tunisia, who lost every game, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17, while Iran were eighth after a 25-18, 25-11, 25-23 success over 10th placed Egypt.

Australia, in ninth, beat 11th placed Venezuela 25-16, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21 in their final game.

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