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Volleyball at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Volleyball

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Events:
Phases:

Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium, Beijing; Capital Indoor Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 9, 2008
Date Finished: August 23, 2008
Format: Round-robin pool advanced teams to classification matches.

Gold: BRA Brazil
Silver: USA United States
Bronze: CHN China

Summary

In the now standard format, 12 teams competed, separated into two pools of six, followed by elimination and medal/placement matches. The qualifying teams were selected as follows: host nation (China), World Cup (Italy, Brazil, United States), Continental qualifiers (Algeria, Kazakhstan, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela), and qualifying tournaments (Poland, Serbia, Japan).

Brazil's women's team had won seven FIVB World Grand Prix's since 1993 and was ranked number one coming in to Beijing. But the Brazilians had never won a gold medal in women's volleyball. At the 2006 World Championships, they had been runners-up behind Russia. The semi-finals saw Brazil playing the hometown Chinese, the defending gold medalists, and the United States playing the formerly dominant Cuban team. But neither team was a match for Brazil and the United States as both won easily in three sets. The United States had not won a major international event in women's indoor volleyball, but in Beijing, US teams won the men's indoor volleyball gold, and both beach volleyball gold medals. But Brazil was too strong, and the US could not sweep the volleyball gold medals, losing in four sets, 25-15, 18-25, 25-13, 25-21.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Brazil BRA Gold
2 United States USA Silver
3 China CHN Bronze
4 Cuba CUB
5T Italy ITA
5T Japan JPN
5T Russia RUS
5T Serbia SRB
9T Kazakhstan KAZ
9T Poland POL
11T Algeria ALG
11T Venezuela VEN