Beach volleyball at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

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Women's beach volleyball
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beach Volleyball Ground
Dates August 9–21
Competitors 48 from 17 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Kerri Walsh
Misty May-Treanor
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Tian Jia
Wang Jie
 China
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Xue Chen
Zhang Xi
 China
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The women's beach volleyball tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was held from August 9 to August 21, at the Beach Volleyball Ground at Chaoyang Park.[1]

Each of the 24 pairs in the tournament was placed in one of six groups of four teams apiece, and played a round-robin within that pool. The top two teams in each pool advanced to the Round of 16. The six third-place teams were ranked against each other, with ties being broken by the ratio of points won to lost. The best two advanced to the Round of 16, while the other four played two matches (#3 vs. #6 and #4 vs. #5) with the winners of those two matches advancing as well. The losers of those matches, along with the fourth-place teams in each group, were eliminated.

The 16 teams that advanced to the elimination rounds played a single-elimination tournament with a bronze medal match between the semifinal losers.

Qualification[edit]

The top eight finishes that a team has from January 1, 2007 to July 20, 2008, on the Swatch FIVB World Tour (2007 and 2008), SWATCH FIVB World Championships (2007) and on FIVB recognised Continental Championship Finals, counts towards Olympic qualification for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.[2][3]

There are 24 teams competing at the Olympic Games, with a maximum of two teams per country.[2][4]

The United States had four teams in the top 8 of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Olympic Ranking, Brazil had seven teams in the top 24, but only two teams from each country can participate in the Olympic Games. Also, China had three teams and Germany had four teams in the top 24 ranking before the Games.

Qualifiers[edit]

United States and Brazil have won most of the Olympic medals of beach volleyball. Picture shows then U.S. President George W. Bush with Misty May-Treanor (left) and Kerri Walsh of U.S. Women's Beach Volleyball team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The official cut off date for Olympic qualification for beach volleyball was July 20, 2008. The final Olympic Qualification Ranking for the 24 teams, was announced confirmed by the FIVB on July 24, 2008.[5]

No. Rank Team NOC
FIVB Beach Volleyball Olympic Ranking
1 1 WalshMay-Treanor  United States
2 2 Tian JiaWang  China
3 3 LarissaAna Paula1  Brazil
4 4 XueZhang Xi  China
5 5 BranaghYoungs  United States
6 6 TalitaRenata  Brazil
9 7 KarantasiouArvaniti  Greece
11 8 GollerLudwig  Germany
12 9 PohlRau  Germany
13 10 CookBarnett  Australia
16 11 HåkedalTørlen  Norway
20 12 MaaseideGlesnes  Norway
21 13 FernándezLarrea Peraza  Cuba
23 14 SchwaigerSchwaiger  Austria
25 15 Van BreedamMouha  Belgium
26 16 Esteves RibaltaM. Crespo  Cuba
27 17 KoutroumanidouTsiartsiani  Greece
28 18 UryadovaShiryaeva  Russia
29 19 Kadijk R.Mooren  Netherlands
30 20 KuhnSchwer2  Switzerland
31 21 CandelasGarcía  Mexico
32 22 Teru SaikiKusuhara  Japan
33 23 SakaRtvelo  Georgia
81 24 AugoustidesNel  South Africa

1 Juliana Felisberta is replaced by Ana Paula Connelly on the Brazilian team, because of an injury to Juliana.[6]

2 Austrian team MontagnolliSwoboda is replaced by the Swiss team KuhnSchwer, because of medical reasons.[7]

Participating nations[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

Directly Advance to Round of 16
Third-place/Lucky-Loser Playoffs
Eliminated

The two best teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinal round.

The composition of the preliminary rounds was announced confirmed on April 16, 2008.[8]

The #1 seeded team is placed in pool A, #2 in pool B, #3 in C, #4 in D, #5 in E, and #6 in F. But if the host nation has a team in the top 6 teams, it is automatically seeded as #1.[8] Therefore, China's team Tian JiaWang (ranked as #2,) is placed in pool A.[5]

President George W. Bush sends a ball back to United States team member Misty May-Treanor (pool B), during his visit to the Chaoyang Park practice courts Aug. 9, 2008, before the U.S. team began their matches.

There was held a draw of lots between seed #7 – #9, between #10 – #12, between #13 – #18, and between #19 – #24. The Drawing of lots was hosted by the 1 to 1 Energy Grand Slam, in Gstaad on July 26, as part of the 2008 SWATCH FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.[5]

After the preliminary rounds, from August 9–14, 2008, the teams placed 1st and 2nd in each pool have qualified for the playoffs. The two best 3rd placed teams have also qualified. Two lucky loser matches qualifies two more of the 3rd placed teams. The two 3rd placed teams that lose their lucky losers match, are out of the competition. Also out of the competition are teams placed 4th in their pool.

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8)

[9]

Pool A[edit]

Rk Team Points Won Lost PW PL SW SL
1  Tian JiaWang (CHN) 6 3 0 149 126 6 2
2  MaaseideGlesnes (NOR) 5 2 1 130 121 5 2
3  Van BreedamMouha (BEL) 4 1 2 135 134 3 4
4  KuhnSchwer (SUI) 3 0 3 93 126 0 6
Aug 9, 2008
09:00
 MaaseideGlesnes (NOR) 2 – 0  Van BreedamMouha (BEL) Beach Volleyball Ground
24
21
Set 1
Set 2
22
18

Aug 09, 2008
11:00
 Tian JiaWang (CHN) 2 – 0  KuhnSchwer (SUI) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
12
18

Aug 11, 2008
11:00
 Tian JiaWang (CHN) 2 – 1  Van BreedamMouha (BEL) Beach Volleyball Ground
18
21
15
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
21
19
13

Aug 11, 2008
14:00
 MaaseideGlesnes (NOR) 2 – 0  KuhnSchwer (SUI) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
11
17

Aug 13, 2008
11:00
 Tian JiaWang (CHN) 2 – 1  MaaseideGlesnes (NOR) Beach Volleyball Ground
17
21
15
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
21
14
8

Aug 13, 2008
13:00
 Van BreedamMouha (BEL) 2 – 0  KuhnSchwer (SUI) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
18
17

Pool B[edit]

Rk Team Points Won Lost PW PL SW SL
1  WalshMay-Treanor (USA) 6 3 0 126 85 6 0
2  F. GrassetL. Peraza (CUB) 5 2 1 116 116 4 2
3  HåkedalTørlen (NOR) 4 1 2 108 111 2 4
4  Teru SaikiKusuhara (JPN) 3 0 3 88 126 0 6
Aug 10, 2008
09:00
 WalshMay-Treanor (USA) 2 – 0  Teru SaikiKusuhara (JPN) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
12
15

Aug 10, 2008
14:00
 HåkedalTørlen (NOR) 0 – 2  F. GrassetL. Peraza (CUB) Beach Volleyball Ground
20
19
Set 1
Set 2
22
21

Aug 12, 2008
09:00
 WalshMay-Treanor (USA) 2 – 0  F. GrassetL. Peraza (CUB) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
15
16

Aug 12, 2008
12:00
 HåkedalTørlen (NOR) 2 – 0  Teru SaikiKusuhara (JPN) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
8
18

Aug 14, 2008
09:00
 WalshMay-Treanor (USA) 2 – 0  HåkedalTørlen (NOR) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
12
15

Aug 14, 2008
11:00
 F. GrassetL. Peraza (CUB) 2 – 0  Teru SaikiKusuhara (JPN) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
18
17

Pool C[edit]

Rk Team Points Won Lost PW PL SW SL
1  BarnettCook (AUS) 6 3 0 143 113 6 1
2  LarissaAna Paula (BRA) 5 2 1 156 139 4 4
3  SakaRtvelo (GEO) 4 1 2 120 154 3 5
4  UryadovaShiryaeva (RUS) 3 0 3 140 157 3 6
Aug 9, 2008
12:00
 BarnettCook (AUS) 2 – 1  UryadovaShiryaeva (RUS) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
19
15
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
8
21
12

Aug 9, 2008
20:00
 LarissaAna Paula (BRA) 2 – 1  SakaRtvelo (GEO) Beach Volleyball Ground
23
21
15
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
25
17
5

Aug 11, 2008
19:00
 BarnettCook (AUS) 2 – 0  SakaRtvelo (GEO) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
18
12

Aug 11, 2008
20:00
 LarissaAna Paula (BRA) 2 – 1  UryadovaShiryaeva (RUS) Beach Volleyball Ground
19
21
15
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
21
12
13

Aug 13, 2008
10:00
 UryadovaShiryaeva (RUS) 1 – 2  SakaRtvelo (GEO) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
20
12
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
10
22
15

Aug 13, 2008
12:00
 LarissaAna Paula (BRA) 0 – 2  BarnettCook (AUS) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
23
23

Pool D game: China v. South Africa

Pool D[edit]

Rk Team Points Won Lost PW PL SW SL
1  XueZhang Xi (CHN) 6 3 0 139 105 6 1
2  GollerLudwig (GER) 5 2 1 119 102 4 2
3  KoutroumanidouTsiartsiani (GRE) 4 1 2 127 120 3 4
4  AugoustidesNel (RSA) 3 0 3 68 126 0 6
Aug 10, 2008
18:00
 GollerLudwig (GER) 2 – 0  AugoustidesNel (RSA) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
12
14

Aug 10, 2008
19:00
 XueZhang Xi (CHN) 2 – 1  KoutroumanidouTsiartsiani (GRE) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
19
15
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
18
21
12

Aug 12, 2008
11:00
 KoutroumanidouTsiartsiani (GRE) 2 – 0  AugoustidesNel (RSA) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
12
8

Aug 12, 2008
19:00
 XueZhang Xi (CHN) 2 – 0  GollerLudwig (GER) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
14
18

Aug 14, 2008
10:00
 XueZhang Xi (CHN) 2 – 0  AugoustidesNel (RSA) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
13
9

Aug 14, 2008
14:00
 GollerLudwig (GER) 2 – 0  KoutroumanidouTsiartsiani (GRE) Beach Volleyball Ground
24
21
Set 1
Set 2
22
12

Pool E[edit]

Rk Team Points Won Lost PW PL SW SL
1  BranaghYoungs (USA) 6 3 0 139 129 6 1
2  PohlRau (GER) 5 2 1 117 115 4 2
3  Esteves RibaltaM. Crespo (CUB) 4 1 2 130 117 3 4
4  KadijkMooren (NED) 3 0 3 107 132 0 6
Aug 9, 2008
18:00
 BranaghYoungs (USA) 2 – 0  KadijkMooren (NED) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
27
Set 1
Set 2
19
25

Aug 9, 2008
19:00
 PohlRau (GER) 2 – 0  Esteves RibaltaM. Crespo (CUB) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
17
19

Aug 11, 2008
12:00
 Esteves RibaltaM. Crespo (CUB) 2 – 0  KadijkMooren (NED) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
11
15

Aug 11, 2008
18:00
 BranaghYoungs (USA) 2 – 0  PohlRau (GER) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
17
16

Aug 13, 2008
22:00
 BranaghYoungs (USA) 2 – 1  Esteves RibaltaM. Crespo (CUB) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
13
15
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
19
21
12

Aug 13, 2008
23:00
 PohlRau (GER) 2 – 0  KadijkMooren (NED) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
19
18

Pool F[edit]

Rk Team Points Won Lost PW PL SW SL
1  TalitaRenata (BRA) 6 3 0 139 121 6 1
2  SchwaigerSchwaiger (AUT) 5 2 1 121 105 4 2
3  CandelasGarcia (MEX) 4 1 2 124 146 3 5
4  KarantasiouArvaniti (GRE) 3 0 3 125 137 1 6
Aug 10, 2008
11:00
 KarantasiouArvaniti (GRE) 0 – 2  SchwaigerSchwaiger (AUT) Beach Volleyball Ground
18
18
Set 1
Set 2
21
21

Aug 10, 2008
12:00
 TalitaRenata (BRA) 2 – 1  CandelasGarcía (MEX) Beach Volleyball Ground
18
21
15
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
21
16
8

Aug 12, 2008
14:00
 KarantasiouArvaniti (GRE) 1 – 2  CandelasGarcía (MEX) Beach Volleyball Ground
17
21
12
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
21
16
15

Aug 12, 2008
20:00
 TalitaRenata (BRA) 2 – 0  SchwaigerSchwaiger (AUT) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
18
19

Aug 14, 2008
12:00
 TalitaRenata (BRA) 2 – 0  KarantasiouArvaniti (GRE) Beach Volleyball Ground
22
21
Set 1
Set 2
20
19

Aug 14, 2008
13:00
 SchwaigerSchwaiger (AUT) 2 – 0  CandelasGarcía (MEX) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
17
10

Lucky Loser[edit]

Directly Advance to Round of 16
Third-place/Lucky-Loser Playoffs
Eliminated

Of the 6 teams that are placed third in their pools, two are directly qualified to the playoffs. Of the four remaining third placed teams, two teams get to the playoffs through winning a lucky loser match.

3rd placed teams
The rank, of the 3rd placed team from each pool, is here determined by the team's ratio. The ratio is calculated as the points won, divided on the points lost.

This table shows the results of the third placed teams after the pool play, and before the lucky loser matches.

Rk Team Points Won Lost PW PL Ratio SW SL
1  Esteves RibaltaM. Crespo (CUB) 4 1 2 130 117 1.111 3 4
2  KoutroumanidouTsiartsiani (GRE) 4 1 2 127 120 1.058 3 4
3  Van BreedamMouha (BEL) 4 1 2 135 134 1.007 3 4
4  HåkedalTørlen (NOR) 4 1 2 108 111 0.972 2 4
5  CandelasGarcía (MEX) 4 1 2 124 146 0.849 3 5
6  SakaRtvelo (GEO) 4 1 2 120 154 0.779 3 5

Lucky Loser
Results of the Lucky Loser matches only.

Rk Team Points Won Lost PW PL SW SL
1  Van BreedamMouha (BEL) 2 1 0 42 32 2 0
2  SakaRtvelo (GEO) 1 0 1 32 42 0 2
Rk Team Points Won Lost PW PL SW SL
1  HåkedalTørlen (NOR) 2 1 0 56 45 2 1
2  CandelasGarcía (MEX) 1 0 1 45 56 1 2
Aug 14, 2008
21:00
 Van BreedamMouha (BEL) 2 – 0  SakaRtvelo (GEO) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
13
19

Aug 14, 2008
21:00
 HåkedalTørlen (NOR) 2 – 1  CandelasGarcía (MEX) Beach Volleyball Ground
20
21
15
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
22
12
11

Playoffs[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

The United States, Brazil and China managed to directly qualify two teams each, for the Round of 16, through the pool play. All six teams then won their matches in the Round of 16, and qualified for the quarterfinals. Austria and Australia also won each their Round of 16 match, and took the remaining two spots in the quarterfinals.

On August 15, one of the spectators gave birth to a baby boy, in the bathroom of the Olympic beach volleyball stadium where she was watching the women's playoff. Medical workers received the message about the woman at 10:10 a.m., and the baby was already born when they arrived 4 minutes later.[10]

Aug 15, 2008
09:00
 Van BreedamMouha (BEL) 0 – 2  WalshMay-Treanor (USA) Beach Volleyball Ground
22
10
Set 1
Set 2
24
21

Aug 15, 2008
10:00
 BranaghYoungs (USA) 2 – 0  F. GrassetL. Peraza (CUB) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
15
13

Aug 15, 2008
11:00
 Tian JiaWang (CHN) 2 – 0  HåkedalTørlen (NOR) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
13
15

Aug 15, 2008
12:00
 BarnettCook (AUS) 2 – 1  KoutroumanidouTsiartsiani (GRE) Beach Volleyball Ground
22
19
15
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
20
21
12

Aug 15, 2008
18:00
 GollerLudwig (GER) 1 – 2  SchwaigerSchwaiger (AUT) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
16
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
23
11
18

Aug 15, 2008
19:00
 Esteves RibaltaM. Crespo (CUB) 0 – 2  XueZhang Xi (CHN) Beach Volleyball Ground
19
13
Set 1
Set 2
21
21

Aug 15, 2008
20:00
 MaaseideGlesnes (NOR) 1 – 2  TalitaRenata (BRA) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
19
13
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
12
21
15

Aug 15, 2008
21:00
 LarissaAna Paula (BRA) 2 – 0  PohlRau (GER) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
18
14

Overview[edit]

If the host nation has a team in the top 6 teams on the FIVB Olympic ranking when the Olympic Games begin, it is automatically seeded as #1.[8] Therefore, China's team Tian JiaWang (ranked as #2 on the Olympic ranking,) is seeded as #1.

Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold Medal Game
                             
1  Tian JiaWang (CHN) 21 21
14  SchwaigerSchwaiger (AUT) 12 12
1  Tian JiaWang (CHN) 22 29 15
4  XueZhang Xi (CHN) 24 27 8
5  BranaghYoungs (USA) 17 13
4  XueZhang Xi (CHN) 21 21
1  Tian JiaWang (CHN) 18 18
2  WalshMay-Treanor (USA) 21 21
10  BarnettCook (AUS) 22 14
6  TalitaRenata (BRA) 24 21
6  TalitaRenata (BRA) 12 14 Bronze Medal Game
2  WalshMay-Treanor (USA) 21 21
3  LarissaAna Paula (BRA) 18 15 4  XueZhang Xi (CHN) 21 21
2  WalshMay-Treanor (USA) 21 21 6  TalitaRenata (BRA) 19 17

Quarterfinals[edit]

USA v. Brazil Quarterfinals
Aug 17, 2008
10:00
 LarissaAna Paula (BRA) 0 – 2  WalshMay-Treanor (USA) Beach Volleyball Ground
18
15
Set 1
Set 2
21
21

Aug 17, 2008
11:00
 Tian JiaWang (CHN) 2 – 0  SchwaigerSchwaiger (AUT) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
12
12

Aug 17, 2008
20:00
 BranaghYoungs (USA) 0 – 2  XueZhang Xi (CHN) Beach Volleyball Ground
17
13
Set 1
Set 2
21
21

Aug 17, 2008
21:00
 BarnettCook (AUS) 0 – 2  TalitaRenata (BRA) Beach Volleyball Ground
22
14
Set 1
Set 2
24
21

Semifinals[edit]

Aug 19, 2008
09:00
 TalitaRenata (BRA) 0 – 2  WalshMay-Treanor (USA) Beach Volleyball Ground
12
14
Set 1
Set 2
21
21

Aug 19, 2008
10:00
 Tian JiaWang (CHN) 2 – 1  XueZhang Xi (CHN) Beach Volleyball Ground
22
29
15
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
24
27
8

Bronze-medal Match[edit]

Aug 21, 2008
09:00
 XueZhang Xi (CHN) 2 – 0  TalitaRenata (BRA) Beach Volleyball Ground
21
21
Set 1
Set 2
19
17

Gold Medal match[edit]

Aug 21, 2008
11:00
 Tian JiaWang (CHN) 0– 2  WalshMay-Treanor (USA) Beach Volleyball Ground
18
18
Set 1
Set 2
21
21

Award Ceremony[edit]

  • 12:10, Aug 21, 2008

Final ranking[edit]

If the host nation has a team in the top 6 teams on the FIVB Olympic ranking when the Olympic Games begin, it is automatically seeded as #1.[8] Therefore, China's team Tian JiaWang (ranked as #2 on the FIVB Olympic ranking before the Olympic Games,) is seeded as #1.[11]

RANK TEAM SEED
1st, gold medalist(s)  WalshMay-Treanor (USA) 2
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Tian JiaWang (CHN) 1
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  XueZhang Xi (CHN) 4
4.  TalitaRenata (BRA) 6
5.  LarissaAna Paula (BRA) 3
 BranaghYoungs (USA) 5
 BarnettCook (AUS) 10
 SchwaigerSchwaiger (AUT) 14
9.  GollerLudwig (GER) 8
 PohlRau (GER) 9
 HåkedalTørlen (NOR) 11
 MaaseideGlesnes (NOR) 12
 Fernandez GrassetLarrea Peraza (CUB) 13
 Van BreedamMouha (BEL) 15
 Esteves RibaltaM. Crespo (CUB) 16
 KoutroumanidouTsiartsiani (GRE) 17
17.  CandelasGarcia (MEX) 21
 SakaRtvelo (GEO) 23
19.  KarantasiouArvaniti (GRE) 7
 UryadovaShiryaeva (RUS) 18
 Kadijk R.Mooren (NED) 19
 KuhnSchwer (SUI) 20
 Teru SaikiKusuhara (JPN) 22
 AugoustidesNel (RSA) 24

References[edit]

Notes
Sources

External links[edit]