Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre, Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex, Faliro
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 25, 2004
Format: Top 16 teams from round-robin pools advance to single-elimination tournament.
The #1 ranked team was the Brazilian pair of [Emanuel Rego] and [Ricardo Santos]. Santos had won a silver medal in Sydney, partnered by [Zé Marco], but in 2002 began competing with Rego, who had stumbled at the 2000 Olympics after entering the tournament world ranked #1 with partner [José Loiola]. Together Rego and Ricardo had won the 2003 World Championships. They also won the gold medal in Athina, though it was not without some difficulty. In the semi-finals they were pushed to three sets by the Swiss pair of [Patrick Heuscher] and [Stefan Kobel]. But the final was a showcase for their talents, defeating the Spaniards [Javier Bosma] and [Pablo Herrera], 21-16, 21-15. The Spanish team had been seeded only 15th, and this surprising finish was the best yet in beach volleyball by any Europeans.