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title. At the inaugural men’s Olympic Beach Volleyball
competition in 1996 at Atlanta, Karch Kiraly and Kent
Steffes won the all-American gold medal final by defea-
ting Mike Dodd and Mike Whitmarsh.
The men’s Olympic final also marked the 40th FIVB
gold medal match between the two countries, with Bra-
zil now leading 23-17.
Playing full-time together since the 2006 season, Dal-
hausser and Rogers have now compiled six FIVB gold
medals in 20 events. The Americans, who entered the
Beijing Olympics with 21 straight FIVB wins after col-
lecting Grand Slam titles in Paris, Stavanger (Norway)
and Moscow, were upset in their first pool-play match
by a team from Latvia at Chaoyang Park, but rebounded
with six straight wins.
Marcio Araujo and Fabio Luiz now have an 11-8 record
in FIVB gold medal matches since forming their partner-
ship 56 events earlier at the start of the 2005 season.
Like Dalhausser and Rogers, Marcio Araujo and Fabio
Luiz were upset in Beijing pool play by a team from
Austria in their second Olympic match.
In the bronze medal match, third-seeded Emanuel and
Ricardo of Brazil scored a convincing 21-15, 21-10 win
in 36 minutes over 15th-seeded Renato “Geor” Gomes
and Jorge “Gia” Terceiro of Georgia to claim their se-
cond Summer Games medal after winning the Athens
2004 Olympic gold medal.
It was the third Olympic medal for the 33-year old Ri-
cardo, as he placed second in the Sydney Games with
Ze Marco. In Beijing, Emanuel became one of only th-
ree players to compete in all four Olympic Beach Vol-
leyball competitions, along with Argentina’s Martin
Conde and Natalie Cook of Australia.
Emanuel placed ninth in Atlanta in 1996 (Ze Marco)
and ninth in Sydney 2000 (Jose Loiola).
Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers earned the United
States another Beach Volleyball gold medal as the Ame-
ricans outlasted Marcio Araujo and Fabio Luiz of Brazil
for the top spot on the men’s podium at the 12,200-seat
Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground.
Seeded second in the competition behind China’s
Penggen Wu and Linyin Xu, Dalhausser and Rogers
became the third American men’s team to capture an
Olympic Beach Volleyball title by defeating fourth-see-
ded Marcio Araujo and Fabio Luiz 23-21, 17-21, 15-4
in 67 minutes.
The final was the eighth meeting between the two te-
ams, with Marcio Araujo and Fabio Luiz winning five of
the first six encounters before Dalhausser and Rogers
scored a win over the Brazilians a month prior to the
Beijing Games at the Moscow Grand Slam.
Dalhausser was named the tournament’s Most Outstan-
ding Player and ended the Olympics as the top blocker
(42), with nine coming in the gold medal match.
“I’m on cloud nine,” said Dalhausser. “It’s the best fe-
eling I’ve ever had in my life. I got in a zone. I was on
a roll.”
Rogers complimented his partner by calling him a
“freak of nature. He can do everything the sport de-
mands.”
The United States is now 2-0 against Brazil in Olympic
gold medal matches as Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimo-
ana upset Ze Marco and Ricardo for the Sydney 2000
‘Thin Beast’
and ‘Professor’
double act
secures gold
2008 Men’s Olympic Games Beach Volleyball
Rk. Team
Country
1
Rogers-Dalhausser
USA
2
Marcio Araujo-Fabio Luiz
BRA
3
Ricardo-Emanuel
BRA
4
Geor-Gia
GEO
5
Gosch-Horst
AUT
Klemperer-Koreng
GER
Nummerdor-Schuil
NED
Gibb-Rosenthal
USA
9
Schacht-Slack
AUS
Doppler-Gartmayer
AUT
Xu-Wu
CHN
Herrera-Mesa
ESP
Asahi-Shiratori
JPN
Samoilovs-Plavins
LAT
Barsouk-Kolodinsky
RUS
Laciga M.-Schnider
SUI
17
Boersma E.-Ronnes
NED
Heyer-Heuscher
SUI
19
Fernandes-Morais
ANG
Conde-Baracetti
ARG
Kais Kr.-Vesik
EST
Brink-Dieckmann Ch.
GER
Lione-Amore
ITA
Kjemperud-Skarlund
NOR
MEN
’S Ranking
Phill Dalhausser and Todd Rogers from USA celebrate Olympic gold
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