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Beach Volleyball, Men

Date23 – 28 July 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationAtlanta Beach, Jonesboro, Georgia
Participants48 from 19 countries
FormatDouble-elimination tournament.

The controversy over the administration of beach volleyball extended to the sand of the men’s competition in Atlanta. The IOC had recognized the FIVB as the governing body of beach volleyball, although most of the top men professionals played on the AVP Tour. The FIVB ruled that AVP players had to qualify via FIVB events. Originally only two teams per nations were to be allowed, but because of the dispute between the FIVB and AVP, three teams from any country could compete. The #1 seed was the Brazilian team of Lopes and Neto, who would finish only equal ninth. The big story in Atlanta was the two rival American teams from the competing tours. Sinjin Smith (Sinjin is short for his middle name of St. John) and Carl Henkel played on the FIVB tour. The top AVP team consisted of Kent Steffes and Karch Kiraly. Kiraly had led the US to indoor gold medals in 1984 and 1988, and was considered the greatest volleyball player in the world. Originally a beach partner of Sinjin Smith, he and Smith no longer got on well, further inflaming the rivalry. The third US team consisted of Mike Dodd and Mike Whitmarsh, who also played on the AVP Tour. The match of the tournament occurred in the quarter-finals between Kiraly/Steffes and Smith/Henkel. Smith and Henkel went ahead 12-8, and had match point at both 14-13 and 15-14. Kiraly and Steffes fought off four match points to win, 17-15. The final came down to the two AVP teams, with Kiraly/Steffes defeating Dodd/Whitmarsh in two sets, 12-5, 12-8.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1United States 1USAGold
Karch KiralyKent Steffes
2United States 2USASilver
Mike WhitmarshMike Dodd
3Canada 1CANBronze
John ChildMark Heese
4PortugalPOR
Miguel MaiaJoão Brenha
=5Spain 1ESP
Javier BosmaSixto Jiménez
=5United States 3USA
Sinjin SmithCarl Henkel
=7CubaCUB
Francisco ÁlvarezJuan Miguel Rossell
=7NorwayNOR
Jan KvalheimBjørn Maaseide
=9GermanyGER
Jörg AhmannAxel Hager
=9AustraliaAUS
Julien ProsserLeo Zahner
=9Brazil 1BRA
Franco NetoRoberto Lopes
=9Brazil 2BRA
Zé MarcoEmanuel
=13Czech RepublicCZE
Michal PalinekMarek Pakosta
=13FranceFRA
Christian PenigaudJean-Philippe Jodard
=13ItalyITA
Andrea GhiurghiNicola Grigolo
=13ArgentinaARG
Eduardo MartínezMartín Conde
=17Spain 2ESP
Javi YusteMiguel Ángel Martín
=17IndonesiaINA
Mohamed NurmufidMarkoji
=17EstoniaEST
Avo KeelKaido Kreen
=17Canada 2CAN
Ed DrakichMarc Dunn
=17New ZealandNZL
Reid HamiltonGlenn Hamilton
=17JapanJPN
Kazuyuki TakaoShoji Setoyama
=17SwedenSWE
Tom EnglénFredrik Peterson
=17NetherlandsNED
Michel EveraertSander Mulder

Round One (23 July 1996)

Match #1 Michal Palinek / Marek PakostaCZE 1 – 0
15-11
Javi Yuste / Miguel Ángel MartínESP
Match #2 Javier Bosma / Sixto JiménezESP 1 – 0
15-7
Mohamed Nurmufid / MarkojiINA
Match #3 Christian Penigaud / Jean-Philippe JodardFRA 1 – 0
15-8
Avo Keel / Kaido KreenEST
Match #4 Julien Prosser / Leo ZahnerAUS 1 – 0
15-6
Ed Drakich / Marc DunnCAN
Match #5 Andrea Ghiurghi / Nicola GrigoloITA 1 – 0
15-8
Glenn Hamilton / Reid HamiltonNZL
Match #6 Jörg Ahmann / Axel HagerGER 1 – 0
15-8
Kazuyuki Takao / Shoji SetoyamaJPN
Match #7 Francisco Álvarez / Juan Miguel RossellCUB 1 – 0
15-3
Tom Englén / Fredrik PetersonSWE
Match #8 Miguel Maia / João BrenhaPOR 1 – 0
15-8
Michel Everaert / Sander MulderNED

Classification Round One (24 July 1996)

Match #1 Miguel Maia / João BrenhaPOR 1 – 0
15-8
Javi Yuste / Miguel Ángel MartínESP
Match #2 Eduardo Martínez / Martín CondeARG 1 – 0
15-5
Mohamed Nurmufid / MarkojiINA
Match #3 Jan Kvalheim / Bjørn MaaseideNOR 1 – 0
15-2
Avo Keel / Kaido KreenEST
Match #4 Andrea Ghiurghi / Nicola GrigoloITA 1 – 0
15-8
Ed Drakich / Marc DunnCAN
Match #5 Julien Prosser / Leo ZahnerAUS 1 – 0
15-8
Glenn Hamilton / Reid HamiltonNZL
Match #6 Christian Penigaud / Jean-Philippe JodardFRA 1 – 0
15-12
Kazuyuki Takao / Shoji SetoyamaJPN
Match #7 John Child / Mark HeeseCAN 1 – 0
15-2
Tom Englén / Fredrik PetersonSWE
Match #8 Michal Palinek / Marek PakostaCZE 1 – 0
15-6
Michel Everaert / Sander MulderNED

Round Two (24 July 1996)

Match #1 Franco Neto / Roberto LopesBRA 1 – 0
15-5
Michal Palinek / Marek PakostaCZE
Match #2 Javier Bosma / Sixto JiménezESP 1 – 0
15-1
John Child / Mark HeeseCAN
Match #3 Zé Marco / EmanuelBRA 1 – 0
15-1
Christian Penigaud / Jean-Philippe JodardFRA
Match #4 Mike Dodd / Mike WhitmarshUSA 1 – 0
15-10
Julien Prosser / Leo ZahnerAUS
Match #5 Karch Kiraly / Kent SteffesUSA 1 – 0
15-7
Andrea Ghiurghi / Nicola GrigoloITA
Match #6 Jörg Ahmann / Axel HagerGER 1 – 0
17-16
Jan Kvalheim / Bjørn MaaseideNOR
Match #7 Francisco Álvarez / Juan Miguel RossellCUB 1 – 0
15-11
Eduardo Martínez / Martín CondeARG
Match #8 Sinjin Smith / Carl HenkelUSA 1 – 0
15-7
Miguel Maia / João BrenhaPOR

Classification Round Two (25 July 1996)

Match #1 Miguel Maia / João BrenhaPOR 1 – 0
15-5
Eduardo Martínez / Martín CondeARG
Match #2 Jan Kvalheim / Bjørn MaaseideNOR 1 – 0
15-11
Andrea Ghiurghi / Nicola GrigoloITA
Match #3 Julien Prosser / Leo ZahnerAUS 1 – 0
15-13
Christian Penigaud / Jean-Philippe JodardFRA
Match #4 John Child / Mark HeeseCAN 1 – 0
15-9
Michal Palinek / Marek PakostaCZE

Round Three (25 July 1996)

Match #1 Javier Bosma / Sixto JiménezESP 1 – 0
15-9
Franco Neto / Roberto LopesBRA
Match #2 Mike Dodd / Mike WhitmarshUSA 1 – 0
15-9
Zé Marco / EmanuelBRA
Match #3 Karch Kiraly / Kent SteffesUSA 1 – 0
15-5
Jörg Ahmann / Axel HagerGER
Match #4 Sinjin Smith / Carl HenkelUSA 1 – 0
15-13
Francisco Álvarez / Juan Miguel RossellCUB

Classification Round Three (25 July 1996)

Match #1 Miguel Maia / João BrenhaPOR 1 – 0
15-12
Zé Marco / EmanuelBRA
Match #2 Jan Kvalheim / Bjørn MaaseideNOR 1 – 0
15-10
Franco Neto / Roberto LopesBRA
Match #3 Francisco Álvarez / Juan Miguel RossellCUB 1 – 0
15-6
Julien Prosser / Leo ZahnerAUS
Match #4 John Child / Mark HeeseCAN 1 – 0
15-7
Jörg Ahmann / Axel HagerGER

Quarter-Finals (26 July 1996)

Match #1 Mike Dodd / Mike WhitmarshUSA 1 – 0
15-6
Javier Bosma / Sixto JiménezESP
Match #2 Karch Kiraly / Kent SteffesUSA 1 – 0
17-15
Sinjin Smith / Carl HenkelUSA

Classification Final 1 (26 July 1996)

Match #1 Miguel Maia / João BrenhaPOR 1 – 0
15-3
Jan Kvalheim / Bjørn MaaseideNOR
Match #2 John Child / Mark HeeseCAN 1 – 0
15-4
Francisco Álvarez / Juan Miguel RossellCUB

Classification Final 2 (26 July 1996)

Match #1 Miguel Maia / João BrenhaPOR 1 – 0
15-13
Sinjin Smith / Carl HenkelUSA
Match #2 John Child / Mark HeeseCAN 1 – 0
15-4
Javier Bosma / Sixto JiménezESP

Semi-Finals (27 July 1996)

Match #1 Mike Dodd / Mike WhitmarshUSA 1 – 0
15-13
Miguel Maia / João BrenhaPOR
Match #2 Karch Kiraly / Kent SteffesUSA 1 – 0
15-11
John Child / Mark HeeseCAN

Final Round (27 July 1996)

Match 1/2 Karch Kiraly / Kent SteffesUSA 2 – 0
12-5, 12-8
Mike Dodd / Mike WhitmarshUSA
Match 3/4 John Child / Mark HeeseCAN 2 – 0
12-5, 12-8
Miguel Maia / João BrenhaPOR