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Volleyball, Men

Date10 – 24 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Ligong Daxue Tiyuguan, Beijing / Shoudu Tiyguan, Beijing
Participants143 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

In the now standard format, 12 teams competed, separated into two pools of six, followed by elimination and medal/placement matches. The qualifying teams were selected as follows: host nation (China), World Cup (Brazil, Russia, Bulgaria), Continental qualifiers (Egypt, Japan, Serbia, United States, Venezuela), and qualifying tournaments (Italy, Poland, Germany).

Brazil was the heavy favorite, having won the last two World Championships and the 2003 and 2007 World Cup. But high drama surrounded the men’s volleyball tournament after a shocking event on the morning after the Opening Ceremony. A group of tourists were visiting the Drum Tower, when a man and woman couple, and their tour guide, were attacked by a deranged man. The man was killed and the woman severely injured. This couple was the mother and father of Wiz Bachman, who had played volleyball for the US at the 2004 Olympics, and who was married to the US men’s coach, Hugh McCutcheon. McCutcheon withdrew from coaching the team for several matches, as he and his wife kept watch over her mother in the hospital. She eventually survived and during the second week of the Beijing Olympics, was transported back to the United States for further medical care. McCutcheon then resumed coaching the US team. And in a Cinderella story, the US team, 2008 World League Champion, kept winning. They made it to the final, but once there they had to face favored Brazil. Given little chance, the United States upset the Brazilians and won the gold medal in four sets, after losing the opening set.

PosNrTeamNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1United StatesUSA801624–9773–673Gold
2BrazilBRA621220–8687–602Silver
3Russian FederationRUS621222–11774–707Bronze
4ItalyITA531017–14700–679
=5BulgariaBUL33611–12530–535
=5People's Republic of ChinaCHN2449–16493–567
=5PolandPOL42814–9543–515
=5SerbiaSRB24411–13543–545
=9GermanyGER1426–12418–440
=9VenezuelaVEN1428–12421–451
=11EgyptEGY0500–15267–379
=11JapanJPN0504–15392–448

Preliminary Round (10 – 18 August 2008)

Group A (10 – 18 August 2008)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1USA501015–4460–371
2ITA41813–6439–401
3BUL32610–9446–440
4CHN2349–13445–492
5VEN1428–12421–451
6JPN0504–15392–448

Match #110 Aug 12:10ITA 3 – 1JPN
Match #210 Aug 12:35USA 3 – 2VEN
Match #310 Aug 20:00BUL 3 – 1CHN
Match #412 Aug 12:30USA 3 – 1ITA
Match #512 Aug 20:00CHN 3 – 2VEN
Match #612 Aug 22:45BUL 3 – 1JPN
Match #714 Aug 10:00ITA 3 – 0VEN
Match #814 Aug 20:00CHN 3 – 2JPN
Match #914 Aug 22:30USA 3 – 1BUL
Match #1016 Aug 10:00USA 3 – 0CHN
Match #1116 Aug 14:50ITA 3 – 0BUL
Match #1216 Aug 22:00VEN 3 – 0JPN
Match #1318 Aug 10:00BUL 3 – 1VEN
Match #1418 Aug 20:00ITA 3 – 2CHN
Match #1518 Aug 22:35USA 3 – 0JPN

Group B (10 – 18 August 2008)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1BRA41813–4427–373
2RUS41814–7496–447
3POL41812–6434–404
4SRB2349–10440–439
5GER1426–12418–440
6EGY0500–15267–379

Match #110 Aug 10:00RUS 3 – 1SRB
Match #210 Aug 15:20BRA 3 – 0EGY
Match #310 Aug 22:20POL 3 – 0GER
Match #412 Aug 10:00RUS 3 – 2GER
Match #512 Aug 13:00POL 3 – 0EGY
Match #612 Aug 15:00BRA 3 – 1SRB
Match #714 Aug 12:00GER 3 – 0EGY
Match #814 Aug 12:30RUS 3 – 1BRA
Match #914 Aug 15:05POL 3 – 1SRB
Match #1016 Aug 12:00RUS 3 – 0EGY
Match #1116 Aug 12:30SRB 3 – 1GER
Match #1216 Aug 20:00BRA 3 – 0POL
Match #1318 Aug 12:20BRA 3 – 0GER
Match #1418 Aug 12:30POL 3 – 2RUS
Match #1518 Aug 15:15SRB 3 – 0EGY

Quarter-Finals (20 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals.

Match #120 Aug 10:00RUS 3 – 1BUL
Match #220 Aug 12:15ITA 3 – 2POL
Match #320 Aug 20:00BRA 3 – 0CHN
Match #420 Aug 22:01USA 3 – 2SRB

Semi-Finals (22 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to final round.

Match #122 Aug 12:35USA 3 – 2RUS
Match #222 Aug 20:00BRA 3 – 1ITA

Final Round (24 August 2008)

Medal round.

Match 1/224 Aug 12:00USA 3 – 1BRA
Match 3/424 Aug 10:00RUS 3 – 0ITA

Rankings

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