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Beach Volleyball at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women'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 21, 2008
Format: Top 16 teams from round-robin pools advanced to the single-elimination tournament.

Gold: USA United States-1
Silver: CHN China-1
Bronze: CHN China-2


After winning the 2004 gold medal, [Misty May] and [Kerri Walsh] had continued their dominance of the women’s pro tour and were overwhelming favorites in Beijing. Since the 2004 Olympics both women had married, and Misty was now Misty May-Treanor, married to major league baseball player Matt Treanor. Walsh married pro beach player Casey Jennings, but was still known only as Kerri Walsh. As they had in 2004, May-Treanor/Walsh played 7 matches and 14 sets, and won them all. But in general the matches were closer than they had been in 2008. The final was played in a downpour against the Chinese pair of [Tian Jia] and [Wang Jie], a rematch of the 2007 World Championships final. Tian and Wang led the first set at 18-17, but May-Treanor and Walsh won the last four points to prevail, 21-18. The Americans got an early lead in the second set, but the Chinese pulled back to lead 9-8. However, May-Treanor and Walsh had too much in the end and won, 21-18, 21-18. The second Chinese team of [Xue Chen] and [Zhang Xi] won the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States-1 USA Gold
2 China-1 CHN Silver
3 China-2 CHN Bronze
4 Brazil-1 BRA
5T Australia AUS
5T Austria AUT
5T Brazil-2 BRA
5T United States-2 USA
9T Belgium BEL
9T Cuba-1 CUB
9T Cuba-2 CUB
9T Germany-1 GER
9T Germany-2 GER
9T Greece-1 GRE
9T Norway-1 NOR
9T Norway-2 NOR
17T Georgia GEO
17T Mexico MEX
19T Greece-2 GRE
19T Japan JPN
19T Netherlands NED
19T South Africa RSA
19T Russia RUS
19T Switzerland SUI