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Volleyball, Men

Date18 – 30 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationLe Forum de Montréal, Montréal, Québec / Centre Paul-Sauvé, Montréal, Québec
Participants120 from 10 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

The two favored teams were Poland and the Soviet Union. They had finished 1-2 and split the last two major tournaments, Poland winning the 1974 Worlds and the Soviets winning the 1975 Europeans. The format was supposed to consist of 10 teams split into two pools of five, following by elimination matches. But the African boycott did affect the tournament. There were five teams playing in each pool, but in Group B, Egypt played one match and then withdrew, supporting the boycott. The 10 teams qualified as follows: defending champion (Japan), 1974 World Champion (Poland), African Champion (Egypt), European Champion (USSR), Asian Games Champion (Korea), North American Champion (Cuba), South American Champion (Brazil), host nation (Canada), and two teams qualified at a special tournament in Roma (Italy, Czechoslovakia).

Poland and the Soviet Union won the two groups without losing a match. They were joined in the semi-finals by Cuba and Japan. The USSR easily defeated Cuba in the first semi-final, while Poland was extended to five close sets against Japan, but both favorites made it thru to the final. There Poland won another five-set marathon, defeating the Soviets 15-7 in the final set. Cuba defeated Japan in straight sets to win the bronze medal, which was a huge surprise, as Cuba had never before placed in the top six at any international event.

PosNrTeamNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1PolandPOL601218–9377–293Gold
2Soviet UnionURS511114–3247–162Silver
3CubaCUB421014–7280–212Bronze
4JapanJPN3398–9197–204
5CzechoslovakiaTCH421014–8282–234
6Republic of KoreaKOR24810–14245–295
7BrazilBRA33911–12274–262
8ItalyITA1572–15125–248
9CanadaCAN0440–1288–181
DNFEgyptEGY0441–334–58

Preliminary Round (18 – 25 July 1976)

Group A (18 – 25 July 1976)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1POL40812–5235–172
2CUB31711–4208–142
3TCH2268–7182–177
4KOR1356–9146–187
5CAN0440–1288–181

Match #118 Jul 13:00TCH 3 – 0CAN
Match #218 Jul 15:00POL 3 – 2KOR
Match #319 Jul 13:00POL 3 – 0CAN
Match #419 Jul 21:00CUB 3 – 1TCH
Match #521 Jul 13:00POL 3 – 2CUB
Match #621 Jul 21:30KOR 3 – 0CAN
Match #723 Jul 13:00CUB 3 – 0KOR
Match #823 Jul 21:30POL 3 – 1TCH
Match #925 Jul 13:00TCH 3 – 1KOR
Match #1025 Jul 15:00CUB 3 – 0CAN

Group B (18 – 25 July 1976)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1URS4089–0135–63
2JPN3176–3118–89
3BRA2266–9176–176
4ITA1352–981–158
5EGY0441–334–58

Match #118 Jul 19:30URS 3 – 0ITA
Match #218 Jul 21:30BRA 13 – 1EGY
Match #320 Jul 13:00URS 3 – 0BRA
Match #420 Jul 21:30JPN 3 – 0ITA
Match #522 Jul 13:00JPN 3 – 0BRA
Match #624 Jul 21:30BRA 3 – 2ITA
Match #725 Jul 21:30URS 3 – 0JPN

Classification Round 5-8 (26 July 1976)

Classification matches.

Match #126 Jul 19:30KOR 3 – 2BRA
Match #226 Jul 21:30TCH 3 – 0ITA

Semi-Finals (26 – 29 July 1976)

Single-elimination.

Match #129 Jul 19:30URS 3 – 0CUB
Match #229 Jul 21:30POL 3 – 2JPN

Final Round (27 – 30 July 1976)

Medal round.

Match 1/230 Jul 21:30POL 3 – 2URS
Match 3/430 Jul 19:30CUB 3 – 0JPN
Match 5/627 Jul 20:20TCH 3 – 1KOR
Match 7/827 Jul 18:30BRA 3 – 0ITA

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