|Athens, Greece, August 27, 2004 - The balloting for the most valuable player in the men's Beach Volleyball competition at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games was far closer than Wednesday's gold medal match as Brazil's Emanuel Rego edged his partner Ricardo Santos for the award in voting conducted by the FIVB with members of the print and electronic media covering the event at the 10,000-seat Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre.
Emanuel scored 198 points while being named on 64 ballots to finish four points ahead of Ricardo, who compiled 194 points while being named on 62 ballots by the print and electronic media covering the 12-day event.
For the record, the gold medal finish was the first by a Brazilian men's team after posting two ninths at the 1996 Games in Atlanta and a silver medal podium placement at the Sydney 2000 Olympics where Ricardo teamed with Ze Marco de Melo to claim the No. 2 spot.
Javier Bosma of Spain was third in the voting with 98 points with six first-place votes, 10 second places, six thirds and four fourths. Other players receiving votes were Stefan Kobel of Switzerland (76 total points), Pablo Herrera of Spain (62), Patrick Heuscher of Switzerland (56), Julien Prosser of Australia (32) and Mark Williams of Australia (24).
Player Country Ballots Named 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Points
Emanuel Rego Brazil 64 34 18 4 8 198
Ricardo Santos Brazil 62 28 24 6 4 194
Javier Bosma Spain 42 6 10 18 8 98
Stefan Kobel Switzerland 38 4 8 10 16 76
Pablo Herrera Spain 30 2 8 10 10 62
Patrick Heuscher Switzerland 28 2 6 10 10 56
Julien Prosser Australia 20 0 2 8 10 32
Mark Williams Australia 12 0 0 6 6 24
Seeded first in the 24-team Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Emanuel and Ricardo scored a 21-16 and 21-15 win over Bosma and Herrera in 42 minutes to validate their performance the past two seasons as the No. 1-ranked team in the world. Joining the Olympic finalists on the podium were fifth-seeded Heuscher and Kobel, who scored a 19-21, 21-17 and 15-13 win over Prosser and Williams in the 61-minute bronze medal match.
Emanuel, the winningest player in SWATCH-FIVB World Tour history with a record 48 gold medals, 90 podium placements and 93 "final fours" in 127 international starts, had finished ninth in the past two Olympics in Atlanta and Sydney with Ze Marco and Jose Loiola, respectively.