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Volleyball, Men

Date20 July – 1 August 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationUniversalny sportivny zal Druzhba, Moskva / Malaya arena, Tsentralny stadion imeni V. I. Lenina, Moskva
Participants113 from 10 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

The US-led boycott had little effect on the volleyball tournament, except that the field was cut to only 10 teams. The qualifying standards were as follows: the defending Olympic Champion (Poland), the host nation (USSR), 1978 World Champion (Italy, runner-up but title won by the Soviets), Asian Champion (China), North American Champion (Cuba), African Champion (Tunisia), South American Champion (Brazil), European Champion (Yugoslavia, replacing Poland and the Soviet Union), plus two teams selected from a qualifying tournament in Bulgaria (Bulgaria and Romania). China and Tunisia joined the boycott, and were replaced by Czechoslovakia and Libya.

The hometown Soviet Union was a heavy favorite, having won the 1978 World Championships, the last four European titles, and 1977 World Cup. The two pools were won by the USSR and Poland, the defending gold medalists. The Soviets defeated Romania in straight sets to win one semi-final, but Poland went down to Bulgaria in the other semi, also in straights. In the final, Bulgaria was no match for the favored Soviet Union, losing in four sets. Both Bulgaria and Romania had made considerable progress in the sport. Bulgaria was only 10th at the 1978 Worlds and 1979 Europeans, while Romania was 13th at the 1978 World and seventh at the 1979 Europeans. Libya would prove to be the worst team to ever play in Olympic volleyball. They lost all five matches and all 15 sets, and were outscored 180-23. Libya won more than two points in a set only four times, scoring their most points, six, in the third set of their match against Brazil.

PosNrTeamNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1Soviet UnionURS601218–2297–190Gold
2BulgariaBUL421013–8263–241Silver
3RomaniaROU421013–9290–230Bronze
4PolandPOL33912–11301–271
5BrazilBRA421015–10328–288
6YugoslaviaYUG33913–13310–302
7CubaCUB24811–13298–280
8CzechoslovakiaTCH1577–17253–335
9ItalyITA2377–11190–198
10LibyaLBA0550–1530–225

Preliminary Round (20 – 28 July 1980)

Group A (20 – 28 July 1980)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1URS40812–1193–122
2BUL3179–5171–149
3CUB1356–9181–178
4TCH1356–11180–230
5ITA1354–11145–191

Match #120 Jul 19:30URS 3 – 1TCH
Match #220 Jul 19:30CUB 3 – 0ITA
Match #322 Jul 19:30BUL 3 – 1CUB
Match #422 Jul 19:30ITA 3 – 2TCH
Match #524 Jul 19:30BUL 3 – 0TCH
Match #624 Jul 19:30URS 3 – 0ITA
Match #726 Jul 17:30TCH 3 – 2CUB
Match #826 Jul 19:30URS 3 – 0BUL
Match #928 Jul 17:30BUL 3 – 1ITA
Match #1028 Jul 19:30URS 3 – 0CUB

Group B (20 – 28 July 1980)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1POL31711–5221–172
2ROU31710–5215–138
3BRA2269–8215–196
4YUG2268–8189–177
5LBA0440–1223–180

Match #120 Jul 17:30ROU 3 – 0LBA
Match #220 Jul 17:30POL 3 – 1YUG
Match #322 Jul 17:30POL 3 – 1ROU
Match #422 Jul 17:30YUG 3 – 2BRA
Match #524 Jul 17:30POL 3 – 0LBA
Match #624 Jul 17:30ROU 3 – 1BRA
Match #726 Jul 17:30BRA 3 – 0LBA
Match #826 Jul 19:30ROU 3 – 1YUG
Match #928 Jul 17:30BRA 3 – 2POL
Match #1028 Jul 19:30YUG 3 – 0LBA

Classification Round 5-8 (30 July 1980)

Classification matches.

Match #130 Jul 17:30BRA 3 – 0TCH
Match #230 Jul 19:30YUG 3 – 2CUB

Semi-Finals (30 July 1980)

Single-elimination.

Match #130 Jul 17:30BUL 3 – 0POL
Match #230 Jul 19:30URS 3 – 0ROU

Final Round (30 July – 1 August 1980)

Medal round.

Match 1/201 Aug 19:30URS 3 – 1BUL
Match 3/401 Aug 17:30ROU 3 – 1POL
Match 5/601 Aug 19:30BRA 3 – 2YUG
Match 7/801 Aug 17:30CUB 3 – 1TCH
Match 9/1030 Jul 11:00ITA 3 – 0LBA

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