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Brazil denied USA a clean sweep of the volleyball and beach

volleyball medals by winning the women’s volleyball final in four sets

Brazil’s Jacqueline was instrumental in turning around the team’s

fortunes in the women’s final against USA.

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RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES

VOLLEYBALL MEDIA GUIDE

Russia and Brazil left London 2012 as men’s and women’s

Olympic champions following two weeks of action at Earls

Court Arena. For Brazil’s women’s team it was their second

consecutive Olympic gold, but for the men’s team of Russia

it was their first since the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Russia’s men fought back from two sets down to defeat

Brazil and in doing so produced one of the greatest Olympic

comebacks. World champions Brazil raced into a two-set

lead and looked on course for a 3-0 victory. However, at the

start of the third set, Russia coach Vladimir Alekno switched

Maxim Mikhaylov to wing spiker while Dmitry Muserskiy

moved from middle blocker to opposite, in a move that

paid glorious dividends. The 2.18m tall Muserskiy finished

the match with 31 points to complete a Russian fightback,

dashing Brazil’s gold medal hopes. Italy’s young guns, led by

the ever-impressive Cristian Savani, marked their intention

to return to the top of world volleyball by beating Bulgaria

3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-22. 25-21) to win bronze.

Brazil defended their women’s crown by again ending the

USA’s hopes in the gold medal match, just as they had at

Beijing 2008. Jose ‘Ze Roberto’ Guimaraes’ team needed to

show enormous mental fortitude after they lost the first set

25-11, but led by Jaqueline Carvalho, who top scored with

18 points, Brazil won the match 3-1 (11-25, 25-17, 25-20,

25-17). Japan won bronze after they defeated their Asian

rivals Korea 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-21).

BEIJING

2008

Brazil were the strong favourites for the men’s title, having

won the previous two World Championships and the 2003

and 2007 World Cups. But USA were in fighting form all

through the tournament, making it to the final undefeated,

where they had to face Brazil. Amid much emotion, the

Americans lost the first set but won the next three to take

the gold, while Russia claimed the bronze against Italy.

On the women’s side, Brazil were ranked No. 1 but had

never won Olympic gold. The semifinals saw Brazil play

hosts China, the defending champions, and the United

States up against Cuba. Brazil and USA cruised into the

final with three-set victories. However, Brazil proved to be

too strong for USA in the final winning 3-1 (25-15, 18-25,

25-13, 25-21) and denying USA a sweep of volleyball and

beach volleyball golds. Ze Roberto became the first coach

to lead teams to Olympic gold in both men’s and women’s

volleyball following his Barcelona triumph with the Brazil

men’s team. China took the women’s bronze.

Year Organiser

1

st

2

nd

3

rd

2012

London (GBR)

RUS BRA ITA

2008

Beijing (CHN)

USA BRA RUS

2004

Athens (GRE)

BRA ITA RUS

2000

Sydney (AUS)

YUG RUS ITA

1996

Atlanta (USA)

NED ITA YUG

1992

Barcelona (ESP)

BRA NED USA

1988

Seoul (KOR)

USA URS ARG

1984

Los Angeles (USA)

USA BRA ITA

1980

Moscow (URS)

URS BUL

ROU

1976

Montreal (CAN)

POL

URS CUB

1972

Munich (GDR)

JPN GDR URS

1968

Mexico (MEX)

URS JPN TCH

1964

Tokyo (JPN)

URS TCH JPN

WOMEN

MEN

Year Organiser

1

st

2

nd

3

rd

2012

London (GBR)

BRA USA JPN

2008

Beijing (CHN)

BRA USA CHN

2004

Athens (GRE)

CHN RUS CUB

2000

Sydney (AUS)

CUB RUS BRA

1996

Atlanta (USA)

CUB CHN BRA

1992

Barcelona (ESP)

CUB EUN USA

1988

Seoul (KOR)

URS PER CHN

1984

Los Angeles (USA)

CHN USA JPN

1980

Moscow (URS)

URS GDR BUL

1976

Montreal (CAN)

JPN URS KOR

1972

Munich (GDR)

URS JPN PRK

1968

Mexico (MEX)

URS JPN POL

1964

Tokyo (JPN)

JPN URS POL

Medal Showcase

LONDON

2012

OLYMPIC VOLLEYBALL

HISTORY