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Volleyball at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's Volleyball

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Palace of Sports, Barcelona; St. George's Palace, Barcelona; Vall d'Hebron Pavillion, Barcelona
Date Started: July 29, 1992
Date Finished: August 7, 1992
Format: Round-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

Gold: CUB Cuba
Silver: EUN Unified Team
Bronze: USA United States

Summary

Eight teams competed in two pools of four, followed by elimination and medals rounds. The qualifying standards were as follows: host nation (Spain), 1990 World Championships (USSR/Unified Team, China), World Cup (United States [(4th]), Asian Champion (Japan), North American Champion (Cuba), European Championships (Netherlands, replacing the Unified Team), and the South American Champion (Brazil).

Cuba had become the best women's team in the world and was heavily favored. The semi-finals came down to the four best teams in the world – Cuba, the USSR, Brazil, and the United States. Cuba was severely pressed in the semis by the US, eventually winning 15-11 in the fifth set. In the final they met the 1990 World Champions, the Soviet Union. The first two sets were split, but Cuba won close sets in the third and fourth to win the gold medal. Cuba did not lose a match in the tournament, but was pushed throughout, losing five sets overall. Cuba had won the 1991 World Cup, their first major championship. One of the Chinese players, Wu Dan, was disqualified for a positive doping test for a stimulant with a strychnine base.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Unified Team EUN Silver
3 United States USA Bronze
4 Brazil BRA
5 Japan JPN
6 Netherlands NED
7 China CHN
8 Spain ESP