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Beach Volleyball at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Beach Volleyball

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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.

Gold: BRA Brazil-1
Silver: ESP Spain
Bronze: SUI Switzerland-2


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.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Brazil-1 BRA Gold
2 Spain ESP Silver
3 Switzerland-2 SUI Bronze
4 Australia-2 AUS
5T Canada CAN
5T Germany-1 GER
5T Switzerland-1 SUI
5T United States-1 USA
9T Argentina ARG
9T Australia-1 AUS
9T Brazil-2 BRA
9T Germany-2 GER
9T Norway-2 NOR
9T Portugal POR
9T South Africa RSA
9T Sweden SWE
17T Austria-1 AUT
17T Cuba CUB
19T Austria-2 AUT
19T France FRA
19T Greece GRE
19T Norway-1 NOR
19T Puerto Rico PUR
19T United States-2 USA