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Beach Volleyball at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Beach Volleyball

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Bondi Beach Volleyball Centre, Bondi Beach, New South Wales
Date Started: September 17, 2000
Date Finished: September 26, 2000
Format: Rounds 1-2 qualify teams for single-elimination tournament.

Gold: USA United States-1
Silver: BRA Brazil-1
Bronze: GER Germany-1

Summary

With all-time volleyball great Karch Kiraly hampered with an injured shoulder, and unable to play, the men’s competition was open. The Brazilian pair of Emanuel Rego and José Loiola were world ranked #1, but they lost in the quarter-finals to the lightly regarded American team of Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana, who were seeded only ninth. In the semis, the Americans defeated the Portuguese pair of Luis Maia and João Brenha. In the final, Blanton and Fonoimoana faced another set of Portuguese-speakers, but were not expected to defeat the second Brazilian team of Zé Marco and Ricardo. They had played four times previously and the Brazilians had won every match. In the final, Zé Marco and Ricardo got off to an early lead in the first set, but the Americans came from behind to win 12-11. They led throughout the second set and won the gold medal in straight sets, 12-11 and 12-9. The German bronze medal by Jörg Ahmann and Axel Hager was a surprise as they were seeded only 15th and had qualified for the Olympics only the month before the Games.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States-1 USA Gold
2 Brazil-1 BRA Silver
3 Germany-1 GER Bronze
4 Portugal POR
5T Canada-1 CAN
5T Spain ESP
5T Switzerland SUI
5T United States-2 USA
9T Argentina-1 ARG
9T Australia-1 AUS
9T Austria AUT
9T Brazil-2 BRA
9T Canada-2 CAN
9T Mexico MEX
9T Norway-1 NOR
9T Russia RUS
17T Australia-2 AUS
17T Czech Republic CZE
19T Argentina-2 ARG
19T France FRA
19T Germany-2 GER
19T Italy ITA
19T Norway-2 NOR
19T Sweden SWE