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Beach Volleyball at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Beach Volleyball

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground, Beijing
Date Started: August 9, 2008
Date Finished: August 22, 2008
Format: Top 16 teams from round-robin pools advance to single-elimination tournament.

Gold: USA United States-1
Silver: BRA Brazil-1
Bronze: BRA Brazil-2

Summary

The two favored teams were the defending gold medalists, Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos (BRA) and the American pair of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, the reigning World Champions. But in their first pool match, Dalhausser and Rogers were defeated in straight sets by the unheralded Latvians, Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Mārtiņš Pļaviņš. But winning their next two matches in Pool B, Dalhausser and Rogers made it to the elimination rounds, even leading their pool after Samoilovs and Pļaviņš lost a later match. Rego and Ricardo had no such problems, winning all their pool matches easily. Dalhausser and Rogers made it to the semis, and easily defeated the Georgian pair of Geor/Gia (you read that correctly – they were Brazilian émigrés who had been recruited to play for Georgia). Rego and Ricardo faced their countrymen, Fabio and Marcio, and were beaten in two close sets. The final saw Rogers and Dalhausser win a closely fought first set, 23-21, but Fabio and Marcio came back to win the second set, 21-17. But that was it. In the deciding set, Rogers and Dalhausser trounced the Brazilians, 15-4, to win the gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States-1 USA Gold
2 Brazil-1 BRA Silver
3 Brazil-2 BRA Bronze
4 Georgia GEO
5T Austria-1 AUT
5T Germany-1 GER
5T Netherlands-1 NED
5T United States-2 USA
9T Australia AUS
9T Austria-2 AUT
9T China CHN
9T Spain ESP
9T Japan JPN
9T Latvia LAT
9T Russia RUS
9T Switzerland-1 SUI
17T Netherlands-2 NED
17T Switzerland-2 SUI
19T Angola ANG
19T Argentina ARG
19T Estonia EST
19T Germany-2 GER
19T Italy ITA
19T Norway NOR