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Volleyball, Men

Date29 July – 12 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationEarls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington and Chelsea, London
Participants144 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

Twelve teams qualified, with three teams coming from the 2011 World Cup standings – Russia, Japan, and Brazil; five teams from continental qualifiers (United States, Tunisia, Italy, Argentina, Australia); and three teams earning their places at three separate World Qualifiers earlier in 2012 (Serbia, Bulgaria, Germany). These 11 teams were joined by host country Great Britain, which had very little volleyball background, never before having appeared in the sport at the Olympics, and they failed to win a set in five pool matches.

Coming into London, Brazil, Russia, and Italy were seeded 1-2-3 in the FIVB standings. Italy would struggle, barely getting out of its pool, but in the quarter-finals, it crushed the defending champions, the sixth-seeded United States, 3-0, which had actually won Pool B over Brazil and Russia. Both Brazil and Russia had straight-set quarter-final victories, and easily advanced to the final, Russia beating Bulgaria, 3-1, and Brazil with another straight-set victory over Italy.

The final was closely fought, with Brazil winning the first two sets and narrowly missing straight-set victory as Russia won the third set 29-27. Russia won the fourth set 25-22, and them comfortably closed out the tournament 15-9 in the final set to win the gold medal. It was the fourth consecutive volleyball medal for the Russian men, but their first gold, although the USSR had won three golds (1964, 1968, 1980) and six Olympic medals. For Brazil it was their fifth Olympic medal for the men, all since 1984, with their third silver added to golds won in 1992 and 2004. This gave them five Olympic medals, trailing only the six won by the former Soviet Union and equalling the United States’ five. Brazil’s two Olympic golds trails only the Soviet Union’s and United States’ three.

The third-seeded Italians defeated Bulgaria, 3-1, to win the bronze medal. This was the fifth Olympic medal for Italian men in volleyball, but they were yet to win gold, with silvers in 1996 and 2004, and bronzes in 1984, 2000, and 2012.

PosNrTeamNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1Russian FederationRUS7121–8689–605Gold
2BrazilBRA6221–8676–597Silver
3ItalyITA5316–13656–641Bronze
4BulgariaBUL5318–10653–636
=5ArgentinaARG3310–10438–442
=5GermanyGER246–14429–463
=5PolandPOL3311–10494–449
=5United StatesUSA4214–7493–448
=9AustraliaAUS238–10395–397
=9SerbiaSRB050–15274–376
=11Great BritainGBR147–13413–455
=11TunisiaTUN051–15294–395

Preliminary Round (29 July – 6 August 2012)

Round-robin pools.

Group A (29 July – 6 August 2012)

Round-robin pool. Top four in each pool advanced to quarter-finals.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1BUL411213–4407–390Q
2POL32911–7433–374Q
3ARG32910–7382–367
4ITA32810–9426–413
5AUS2378–10395–397
6GBR0500–15274–376

Match #129 Jul 9:30BUL 3 – 0GBR
Match #229 Jul 14:45ARG 3 – 0AUS
Match #329 Jul 20:00POL 3 – 1ITA
Match #431 Jul 11:40BUL 3 – 1POL
Match #531 Jul 14:45ITA 3 – 1ARG
Match #631 Jul 20:00AUS 3 – 0GBR
Match #702 Aug 12:20BUL 3 – 0AUS
Match #802 Aug 16:45POL 3 – 0ARG
Match #902 Aug 22:30ITA 3 – 0GBR
Match #1004 Aug 11:30POL 3 – 0GBR
Match #1104 Aug 14:45ITA 3 – 2AUS
Match #1204 Aug 20:30ARG 3 – 1BUL
Match #1306 Aug 9:30AUS 3 – 1POL
Match #1406 Aug 14:45BUL 3 – 0ITA
Match #1506 Aug 16:45ARG 3 – 0GBR

Group B (29 July – 6 August 2012)

Round-robin pool. Top four in each pool advanced to quarter-finals.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1USA411314–4427–370Q
2BRA411113–5418–379Q
3RUS411112–5408–352
4GER2356–11379–388
5SRB1457–13413–455
6TUN0501–15294–395

Match #129 Jul 11:30RUS 3 – 0GER
Match #229 Jul 16:45USA 3 – 0SRB
Match #329 Jul 22:20BRA 3 – 0TUN
Match #431 Jul 9:30SRB 3 – 1TUN
Match #531 Jul 17:00USA 3 – 0GER
Match #631 Jul 22:00BRA 3 – 0RUS
Match #702 Aug 9:30GER 3 – 2SRB
Match #802 Aug 14:45RUS 3 – 0TUN
Match #902 Aug 20:00USA 3 – 1BRA
Match #1004 Aug 9:30GER 3 – 0TUN
Match #1104 Aug 17:10RUS 3 – 2USA
Match #1204 Aug 22:45BRA 3 – 2SRB
Match #1306 Aug 11:55RUS 3 – 0SRB
Match #1406 Aug 20:00USA 3 – 0TUN
Match #1506 Aug 22:00BRA 3 – 0GER

Quarter-Finals (8 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals.

Match #108 Aug 21:30BUL 3 – 0GER
Match #208 Aug 19:30RUS 3 – 0POL
Match #308 Aug 14:00BRA 3 – 0ARG
Match #408 Aug 16:00ITA 3 – 0USA

Semi-Finals (10 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to final round.

Match #110 Aug 15:00RUS 3 – 1BUL
Match #210 Aug 19:30BRA 3 – 0ITA

Final Round (12 August 2012)

Medal round.

Match 1/212 Aug 13:00RUS 3 – 2BRA
Match 3/412 Aug 9:30ITA 3 – 1BUL

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