Goalball at the 2008 Summer Paralympics

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Goalball
at the XIII Paralympic Games
Goalball pictogram (Paralympics).svg
Paralympic Goalball
Venue Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Dates 7–14 September 2008
«2004 2012»

Goalball at the 2008 Summer Paralympics was held in the Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium from September 7 to September 14. The competition consisted of men's and women's team events, and what had been billed as one of the most open tournaments certainly lived up to expectations.

In the women's gold medal game, the lead changed hands five times, with the USA outlasting China by a score of 6–5, with never more than one goal in it. The winning goal came from Asya Miller with less than a minute to go.

The gold medal in the men's game was even more dramatic. Lithuania, the current world champions, took advantage of a clutch of penalties in the first half to jump ahead of China by 6 goals to 2 at the half, and looked to be holding on despite a steady comeback. With only 50 seconds on the clock, the Chinese were two goals behind (6–8) but managed to overturn the deficit with three goals in 30 seconds to take the gold 9–8, sending the packed BIT Gymnasium into rapture.

Medalists[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men  China (CHN)
Bao Daolei
Cai Changgui
Chen Liangliang
Du Jinran
Yang Chunhong
Yao Yongquan
 Lithuania (LTU)
Arvydas Juchna
Saulius Leonavicius
Nerijus Montvydas
Genrik Pavliukianec
Zydrunas Simkus
Marius Zibolis
 Sweden (SWE)
Mikael Akerberg
Jimmy Bjorkstrand
Stefan Gahne
Niklas Hultqvist
Oskar Kuus
Fatmir Seremeti
Women  United States (USA)
Jen Armbruster
Lisa Banta
Jackie Barnes
Jessie Lorenz
Asya Miller
Robin Theryoung
 China (CHN)
Chen Fengqing
Fan Feifei
Lin Shan
Wang Ruixue
Wang Shasha
Xu Juan
 Denmark (DEN)
Karina Joergensen
Maria Larsen
Mette Nissen
Kamilla Ryding
Ninna Thomsen
Lykke Vedsted

Classfication[edit]

Players are given a classification depending on the type and extent of their disability. Visually impaired athletes in classes B1 through B3 can take part in goalball. Partially sighted players wear blindfolds so that they compete on equal terms with blind players.

Qualification[edit]

There will be 12 men's teams and 8 women's teams taking part in this sport.

Men's[edit]

Women's[edit]

Note: The slots allocated to 2006 World Championships is 4, but as host nation China PR win the silver medal, so the 1 unused slots is allocated to 2007 World Games, so the slots of 2007 World Games add to 4.

Men's[edit]

Competition Format[edit]

The twelve men's teams were divided into two even groups for a single round robin group stage. The top four teams of each group will advance to the quarter finals to compete for 1st through 8th place, while the last two teams of each group compete for 9th through 12th place. All matches in the second stage are knock-out format.

Group stage[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals

Group A[edit]

Team W L D PF PA PD
 Slovenia (SLO) 5 0 0 35 24 +11
 Lithuania (LTU) 4 1 0 50 18 +32
 Denmark (DEN) 2 2 1 29 26 +3
 Finland (FIN) 2 3 0 26 41 −15
 Belgium (BEL) 1 4 0 33 42 −9
 Spain (ESP) 0 4 1 20 42 −22
2008-09-07
Lithuania Lithuania 9 – 5 Belgium
Denmark Denmark 2 – 2 Spain
Slovenia Slovenia 7 – 2 Finland
2008-09-08
Finland Finland 5 – 15 Lithuania
Slovenia Slovenia 4 – 2 Denmark
Belgium Belgium 12 – 6 Spain
2008-09-09
Finland Finland 4 – 11 Denmark
Lithuania Lithuania 10 – 0 Spain
Belgium Belgium 5 – 6 Slovenia
2008-09-10
Spain Spain 9 – 11 Slovenia
Finland Finland 8 – 5 Belgium
Denmark Denmark 1 – 10 Lithuania
2008-09-11
Denmark Denmark 13 – 6 Belgium
Lithuania Lithuania 6 – 7 Slovenia
Spain Spain 3 – 7 Finland

Group B[edit]

Team W L D PF PA PD
 China (CHN) 4 1 0 57 25 +32
 Sweden (SWE) 4 1 0 41 30 +11
 Canada (CAN) 2 3 0 27 30 −3
 United States (USA) 2 3 0 16 37 −21
 Iran (IRI) 2 3 0 29 34 −5
 Brazil (BRA) 1 4 0 25 39 −14
2008-09-07
Sweden Sweden 8 – 6 Brazil
Canada Canada 9 – 5 Iran
United States United States 3 – 13 China
2008-09-08
China China 13 – 8 Sweden
United States United States 2 – 8 Canada
Brazil Brazil 5 – 8 Iran
2008-09-09
China China 11 – 2 Canada
Sweden Sweden 10 – 5 Iran
Brazil Brazil 4 – 6 United States
2008-09-10
Iran Iran 3 – 4 United States
China China 14 – 4 Brazil
Canada Canada 5 – 6 Sweden
2008-09-11
Canada Canada 3 – 6 Brazil
Sweden Sweden 9 – 1 United States
Iran Iran 8 – 6 China

Tournament bracket[edit]

  Quarterfinals
(2008-09-12)
Semifinals
(2008-09-13)
Gold medal game
(2008-09-14)
                           
  1   Lithuania 10  
8   Canada 0  
      Lithuania 10  
      Sweden 3  
4   Sweden 4
  5   Denmark 2  
        Lithuania 8
      China 9
  3   Slovenia 2  
6   United States 4  
      United States 0 Bronze medal game
      China 4  
2   China 7     Sweden 5
  7   Finland 6       United States 2

11/12 Classification[edit]

2008-09-12

Spain Spain 3 – 7 Brazil

Women's[edit]

Competition format[edit]

The eight women's teams will play a single round robin tournament. The top four teams advance to the semi-final to compete for 1st through 4th place.

Preliminary stage[edit]

Qualified for the semifinals
Team W D L PF PA PD
 China (CHN) 6 1 0 21 7 +14
 Brazil (BRA) 2 1 4 21 24 −3
 Canada (CAN) 2 3 2 15 13 +2
 Sweden (SWE) 3 1 3 30 27 +3
 United States (USA) 4 2 1 18 11 +7
 Japan (JPN) 2 0 5 8 16 −8
 Denmark (DEN) 4 2 1 13 9 +4
 Germany (GER) 0 0 7 8 27 −19
2008-09-07
China China 5 – 3 Brazil
Canada Canada 3 – 3 Sweden
United States United States 2 – 0 Japan
Denmark Denmark 4 – 1 Germany
2008-09-08
United States United States 2 – 0 Denmark
China China 3 – 0 Germany
Brazil Brazil 6 – 5 Canada
Sweden Sweden 4 – 1 Japan
2008-09-09
Canada Canada 3 – 0 Japan
Brazil Brazil 3 – 1 Germany
Sweden Sweden 1 – 2 Denmark
China China 4 – 0 United States
2008-09-10
Germany Germany 0 – 1 Canada
Japan Japan 1 – 2 Denmark
Sweden Sweden 3 – 5 China
Brazil Brazil 2 – 2 United States
2008-09-11
Japan Japan 1 – 3 China
Brazil Brazil 4 – 5 Sweden
Germany Germany 0 – 4 United States
Canada Canada 2 – 2 Denmark
2008-09-12
United States United States 1 – 1 Canada
Denmark Denmark 0 – 0 China
Japan Japan 3 – 1 Brazil
Germany Germany 5 – 10 Sweden
2008-09-13
Denmark Denmark 3 – 2 Brazil
Germany Germany 1 – 2 Japan
United States United States 7 – 4 Sweden
Canada Canada 0 – 1 China

Tournament bracket[edit]

  Semifinals                    
    United States 4  
    Denmark 3   Gold medal game
        United States 6
  Semifinals     China 5
    China 1 (3)
    Sweden 1 (2)   Bronze medal game
      Denmark 3
      Sweden 2

China-Sweden PSC

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