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Volleyball, Men

Date13 – 26 October 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationGimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México / Pista de Hielo Revolución, Ciudad de México
Participants119 from 10 countries
FormatRound-robin tournament.

The tournament was again a pure round-robin of ten teams. The qualifying consisted of the top seven teams from the 1966 World Championships. Romania withdrew and was replaced by Belgium. The United States and Brazil were added from the results of the 1967 Pan-American Games, joined by host nation Mexico, which had no volleyball tradition.

The two top teams were the gold and silver medalists from 1964, the USSR and Czechoslovakia. The Soviets had won the 1967 Europeans but Czechoslovakia was World Champion in 1966. Although the sport had been invented in the United States, the US was not considered in the same league as the top European powers. But in their first match they faced the favored Soviet team and defeated them in five sets, winning 15-6 in the fifth. The US would win only three other matches and the Soviets would not be defeated again. In the final match, the USSR played Czechoslovakia, both teams tied with records of 7-1, but the Soviets won in straights, 7, 4, and 8.

The Soviet Union was quite fortunate. It had not been playing well of late, and had recently lost three matches to the GDR (East Germany). In their Olympic match against East Germany, the Soviet team bus was stuck in traffic and they were 90 minutes late for the match. The East Germans could have taken a forfeit, but elected not to, and the USSR won the match in five sets. Had the USSR defaulted, Czechoslovakia would have won the gold medal, and East Germany would likely have won a medal. After returning home, the supposedly amateur East German players received the same rewards from the government usually accorded to silver medalists.

PosNrTeamNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1Soviet UnionURS811726–8464–326Gold
2JapanJPN721624–6430–258Silver
3CzechoslovakiaTCH721622–15454–417Bronze
4East GermanyGDR631522–12449–374
5PolandPOL631518–11371–281
6BulgariaBUL451316–17379–385
7United StatesUSA451315–18383–414
8BelgiumBEL27116–24239–417
9BrazilBRA18108–25357–469
10MexicoMEX0996–27289–474

Round-Robin (13 – 26 October 1968)

Match #115 Oct 10:00JPN 3 – 0POL
Match #215 Oct 17:00BUL 3 – 0MEX
Match #315 Oct 19:00TCH 3 – 2GDR
Match #415 Oct 10:00BEL 3 – 1BRA
Match #515 Oct 12:00USA 3 – 2URS
Match #616 Oct 12:00TCH 3 – 1USA
Match #716 Oct 17:00POL 3 – 1MEX
Match #816 Oct 19:00JPN 3 – 0GDR
Match #916 Oct 10:00BUL 3 – 0BEL
Match #1016 Oct 17:00URS 3 – 1BRA
Match #1117 Oct 10:00GDR 3 – 0MEX
Match #1217 Oct 12:00POL 3 – 0BEL
Match #1317 Oct 19:00TCH 3 – 2JPN
Match #1417 Oct 10:00URS 3 – 0BUL
Match #1517 Oct 17:00USA 3 – 0BRA
Match #1619 Oct 10:00JPN 3 – 0MEX
Match #1719 Oct 12:00URS 3 – 0POL
Match #1819 Oct 19:00GDR 3 – 0BEL
Match #1919 Oct 10:00BUL 3 – 2USA
Match #2019 Oct 17:00TCH 3 – 2BRA
Match #2120 Oct 12:00JPN 3 – 0BEL
Match #2220 Oct 17:00TCH 3 – 0MEX
Match #2320 Oct 19:00URS 3 – 2GDR
Match #2420 Oct 12:00BUL 3 – 0BRA
Match #2520 Oct 17:00POL 3 – 0USA
Match #2621 Oct 12:00BEL 3 – 2MEX
Match #2721 Oct 17:00URS 3 – 1JPN
Match #2821 Oct 12:00GDR 13 – 0USA
Match #2921 Oct 10:00TCH 3 – 2BUL
Match #3021 Oct 17:00POL 3 – 0BRA
Match #3123 Oct 10:00POL 3 – 0BUL
Match #3223 Oct 12:00JPN 3 – 0USA
Match #3323 Oct 19:00TCH 3 – 0BEL
Match #3423 Oct 10:00URS 3 – 1MEX
Match #3523 Oct 12:00GDR 3 – 1BRA
Match #3624 Oct 10:00JPN 3 – 0BRA
Match #3724 Oct 12:00USA 3 – 1MEX
Match #3824 Oct 19:00URS 3 – 0BEL
Match #3924 Oct 10:00GDR 3 – 2BUL
Match #4024 Oct 17:00POL 3 – 1TCH
Match #4125 Oct 17:00BRA 3 – 1MEX
Match #4225 Oct 19:00GDR 3 – 0POL
Match #4325 Oct 10:00JPN 3 – 0BUL
Match #4425 Oct 12:00USA 3 – 0BEL
Match #4526 Oct 20:00URS 3 – 0TCH

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