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Volleyball, Women

Date29 July – 7 August 1992
StatusOlympic
LocationPalau Sant Jordi, Barcelona / Pabellón de la Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona / Palacio de los Deportes, Barcelona
Participants89 from 8 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

Eight teams competed in two pools of four, followed by elimination and medals rounds. The qualifying standards were as follows: host nation (Spain), 1990 World Championships (USSR/Unified Team, China), World Cup (United States [(4th]), Asian Champion (Japan), North American Champion (Cuba), European Championships (Netherlands, replacing the Unified Team), and the South American Champion (Brazil).

Cuba had become the best women’s team in the world and was heavily favored. The semi-finals came down to the four best teams in the world – Cuba, the USSR, Brazil, and the United States. Cuba was severely pressed in the semis by the US, eventually winning 15-11 in the fifth set. In the final they met the 1990 World Champions, the Soviet Union. The first two sets were split, but Cuba won close sets in the third and fourth to win the gold medal. Cuba did not lose a match in the tournament, but was pushed throughout, losing five sets overall. Cuba had won the 1991 World Cup, their first major championship. One of the Chinese players, Wu Dan, was disqualified for a positive doping test for a stimulant with a strychnine base.

PosNrTeamNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1CubaCUB501015–5268–238Gold
2Unified TeamEUN32812–7270–194Silver
3United StatesUSA421016–9327–280Bronze
4BrazilBRA33911–13291–299
5JapanJPN32810–9253–224
6NetherlandsNED1466–14215–278
7People's Republic of ChinaCHN1358–9219–198
8SpainESP0440–1248–180

Preliminary Round (29 July – 2 August 1992)

Group A (29 July – 2 August 1992)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1EUN2158–3158–101
2USA2158–5171–153
3JPN2156–5146–127
4ESP0330–941–135

Match #129 Jul 10:30EUN 3 – 0ESP
Match #229 Jul 13:00JPN 3 – 2USA
Match #331 Jul 19:00USA 3 – 2EUN
Match #431 Jul 21:30JPN 3 – 0ESP
Match #502 Aug 10:30EUN 3 – 0JPN
Match #602 Aug 13:00USA 3 – 0ESP

Group B (29 July – 2 August 1992)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1CUB3069–2151–129
2BRA2157–6170–145
3NED1244–8136–166
4CHN0335–9174–191

Match #129 Jul 19:00BRA 3 – 1NED
Match #229 Jul 21:30CUB 3 – 1CHN
Match #331 Jul 10:30NED 3 – 2CHN
Match #431 Jul 13:00CUB 3 – 1BRA
Match #502 Aug 19:00CUB 3 – 0NED
Match #602 Aug 21:30BRA 3 – 2CHN

Quarter-Finals (4 August 1992)

Single-elimination.

Match #104 Aug 19:00USA 3 – 1NED
Match #204 Aug 21:30BRA 3 – 1JPN

Semi-Finals (6 August 1992)

Single-elimination.

Match #106 Aug 19:00EUN 3 – 1BRA
Match #206 Aug 21:30CUB 3 – 2USA

Final Round (4 – 7 August 1992)

Medal round.

Match 1/207 Aug 21:30CUB 3 – 1EUN
Match 3/407 Aug 13:00USA 3 – 0BRA
Match 5/606 Aug 10:30JPN 3 – 1NED
Match 7/804 Aug 16:30CHN 3 – 0ESP

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