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.
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.