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Beach Volleyball at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Beach Volleyball

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Horse Guards Parade, Centre Court, London; Horse Guards Parade, Centre Court, London
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: August 9, 2012
Format: Top 16 teams from round-robin pools advanced to the single-elimination tournament.

Gold: GER Germany-1
Silver: BRA Brazil-1
Bronze: LAT Latvia-1

Summary

Brazil’s [Emanuel] and Alison Cerutti had won the 2011 World Championships and were slight favorites in London, but were expected to be challenged by Germany’s Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann, the 2009 World Champions. Emanuel had won gold in the event in 2004 and bronze in 2008, then playing with [Ricardo], while Alison was an Olympic newcomer.

The two teams did not disappoint, meeting the final, and producing great drama in the final match. They split the first two sets, with Brink and Reckermann winning the first 23-21, and Emanuel and Alison taking the second 21-16. In the final set, Germany went to gold medal point at 14-11, but Brazil fought back to even the match, 14-14. Reckermann then won on a kill to go ahead, 15-14, and Brink/Reckermann won gold when Brazil hit out on the final point.

The bronze medal match also went three sets with the surprising Latvian team of Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins, who were only seeded 17th but won over the Netherlands’ Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil, 19-21, 21-19, 15-11. In a sport dominated in the past by the United States and Brazil, it was noteworthy that the semi-finals consisted of three European teams. The Latvian bronze medallists were the surprise of the tournament, having only been seeded 17th for the competition.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal GP W L PTS SF SA PF PA SAtt SF SAce AA AS BS OE TP DS
1 Germany-1 GER Gold 7 7 0 14 14 2 314 263 307 39 23 340 185 31 75 314 102
2 Brazil-1 BRA Silver 7 6 1 13 13 4 340 296 334 41 11 377 201 38 90 340 127
3 Latvia-1 LAT Bronze 7 6 1 13 12 5 328 291 325 17 11 400 218 27 72 328 139
4 Netherlands NED 7 4 3 11 9 7 293 282 290 31 12 355 197 21 63 293 109
5T Poland POL 5 3 2 8 8 4 227 204 224 15 3 256 142 23 59 227 77
5T United States-1 USA 5 3 2 8 7 4 212 178 208 14 4 257 137 15 56 212 94
5T Brazil-2 BRA 5 4 1 9 8 2 205 180 200 17 8 216 128 19 50 205 60
5T Italy ITA 6 3 3 9 6 6 238 240 239 36 10 290 139 29 60 238 76
9T Germany-2 GER 5 2 3 7 5 8 213 243 216 34 15 269 135 21 42 213 61
9T Switzerland-1 SUI 4 2 2 6 4 6 180 193 182 10 7 250 121 13 39 180 82
9T Norway NOR 4 2 2 6 4 4 151 149 150 15 8 172 95 11 37 151 36
9T Russia RUS 4 1 3 5 3 7 191 206 193 24 1 254 133 12 45 191 78
9T Latvia-2 LAT 4 2 2 6 4 5 145 155 146 19 7 172 97 12 29 145 47
9T Spain ESP 4 2 2 6 5 4 176 175 169 19 5 229 124 10 37 176 70
9T Switzerland-2 SUI 4 1 3 5 2 6 146 161 148 19 5 165 83 8 50 146 46
9T United States-2 USA 4 3 1 7 6 3 175 151 173 19 12 192 104 20 39 175 67
17T Czech Republic CZE 4 1 3 5 3 7 173 179 175 23 5 203 107 15 46 173 59
17T Canada CAN 4 1 3 5 2 6 150 162 154 20 9 174 92 9 40 150 48
19T Austria AUT 3 1 2 4 3 4 128 136 129 20 7 179 80 9 32 128 65
19T Japan JPN 3 0 3 3 1 6 110 138 110 9 5 156 72 4 29 110 40
19T China CHN 3 0 3 3 3 6 157 164 158 12 9 192 101 9 38 157 59
19T South Africa RSA 3 0 3 3 0 6 76 126 82 10 3 136 52 5 16 76 29
19T Venezuela VEN 3 0 3 3 2 6 128 151 131 4 4 175 82 11 31 128 43
19T Great Britain GBR 3 0 3 3 0 6 94 127 97 13 5 138 59 2 28 94 38