Beach volleyball at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

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Women's beach volleyball
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beach Volleyball Ground
DatesAugust 9–21
Competitors48 from 17 nations
Medalists
Gold medal icon.svg Kerri Walsh Jennings
Misty May-Treanor
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Silver medal icon.svg Tian Jia
Wang Jie
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Bronze medal icon.svg Xue Chen
Zhang Xi
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
  2004
2012  

The women's beach volleyball tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was held from August 9 to August 21, at the Beach Volleyball Ground at Chaoyang Park. [1]

Contents

Each of the 24 pairs in the tournament was placed in one of six groups of four teams apiece, and played a round-robin within that pool. The top two teams in each pool advanced to the Round of 16. The six third-place teams were ranked against each other, with ties being broken by the ratio of points won to lost. The best two advanced to the Round of 16, while the other four played two matches (#3 vs. #6 and #4 vs. #5) with the winners of those two matches advancing as well. The losers of those matches, along with the fourth-place teams in each group, were eliminated.

The 16 teams that advanced to the elimination rounds played a single-elimination tournament with a bronze medal match between the semifinal losers.

Qualification

The top eight finishes that a team has from January 1, 2007, to July 20, 2008, on the Swatch FIVB World Tour (2007 and 2008), SWATCH FIVB World Championships (2007) and on FIVB recognised Continental Championship Finals, counts towards Olympic qualification for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. [2] [3]

There are 24 teams competing at the Olympic Games, with a maximum of two teams per country. [2] [4]

The United States had four teams in the top 8 of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Olympic Ranking, Brazil had seven teams in the top 24, but only two teams from each country can participate in the Olympic Games. Also, China had three teams and Germany had four teams in the top 24 ranking before the Games.

Qualifiers

United States and Brazil have won most of the Olympic medals of beach volleyball. Picture shows then U.S. President George W. Bush with Misty May-Treanor (left) and Kerri Walsh Jennings of the U.S. Women's Beach Volleyball team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. George W. Bush, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh (cropped).jpg
United States and Brazil have won most of the Olympic medals of beach volleyball. Picture shows then U.S. President George W. Bush with Misty May-Treanor (left) and Kerri Walsh Jennings of the U.S. Women's Beach Volleyball team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The official cut off date for Olympic qualification for beach volleyball was July 20, 2008. The final Olympic Qualification Ranking for the 24 teams, was announced confirmed by the FIVB on July 24, 2008. [5]

No.RankTeamNOC
FIVB Beach Volleyball Olympic Ranking
11 Walsh JenningsMay-Treanor Flag of the United States.svg  United States
22 Tian JiaWang Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
33 LarissaAna Paula 1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
44 XueZhang Xi Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
55 BranaghYoungs Flag of the United States.svg  United States
66 TalitaRenata Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
97 KarantasiouArvaniti Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
118 GollerLudwig Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
129 PohlRau Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
1310 CookBarnett Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
1611 HåkedalTørlen Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
2012 MaaseideGlesnes Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
2113 Fernández Larrea Peraza Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba
2314 SchwaigerSchwaiger Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
2515 Van BreedamMouha Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
2616 Esteves RibaltaM. Crespo Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba
2717 KoutroumanidouTsiartsiani Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
2818 UryadovaShiryaeva Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
2919 Kadijk R.Mooren Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
3020 KuhnSchwer 2Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
3121 CandelasGarcía Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
3222 Teru SaikiKusuhara Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
3323 SakaRtvelo Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia
8124 AugoustidesNel Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa

1 Juliana Felisberta is replaced by Ana Paula Connelly on the Brazilian team, because of an injury to Juliana. [6]

2Austrian team MontagnolliSwoboda is replaced by the Swiss team KuhnSchwer, because of medical reasons. [7]

Participating nations

Preliminary round

Directly advance to Round of 16
Third-place/Lucky-Loser playoffs
Eliminated

The two best teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinal round.

The composition of the preliminary rounds was announced confirmed on April 16, 2008. [8]

The #1 seeded team is placed in pool A, #2 in pool B, #3 in C, #4 in D, #5 in E, and #6 in F. But if the host nation has a team in the top 6 teams, it is automatically seeded as #1. [8] Therefore, China's team Tian JiaWang (ranked as #2,) is placed in pool A. [5]

President George W. Bush sends a ball back to United States team member Misty May-Treanor (pool B), during his visit to the Chaoyang Park practice courts on August 9, 2008, before the U.S. team began their matches. President George W. Bush plays volleyball 2008 Olympics.jpg
President George W. Bush sends a ball back to United States team member Misty May-Treanor (pool B), during his visit to the Chaoyang Park practice courts on August 9, 2008, before the U.S. team began their matches.

There was held a draw of lots between seed #7 – #9, between #10 – #12, between #13 – #18, and between #19 – #24. The Drawing of lots was hosted by the 1 to 1 Energy Grand Slam, in Gstaad on July 26, as part of the 2008 SWATCH FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. [5]

After the preliminary rounds, from August 9–14, 2008, the teams placed 1st and 2nd in each pool have qualified for the playoffs. The two best 3rd placed teams have also qualified. Two lucky loser matches qualifies two more of the 3rd placed teams. The two 3rd placed teams that lose their lucky losers match, are out of the competition. Also out of the competition are teams placed 4th in their pool.

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8)

[9]

Pool A

RkTeamPointsWonLostPWPLSWSL
1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Tian Jia Wang  (CHN)63014912662
2Flag of Norway.svg  Maaseide Glesnes  (NOR)52113012152
3Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Van Breedam Mouha  (BEL)41213513434
4Flag of Switzerland.svg  Kuhn Schwer  (SUI)3039312606
Aug 9, 2008
09:00
Flag of Norway.svg  MaaseideGlesnes  (NOR)'2'–0Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Van BreedamMouha  (BEL) Beach Volleyball Ground
(24–22, 21–18)
 

Aug 9, 2008
11:00
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Tian JiaWang  (CHN)'2'–0Flag of Switzerland.svg  KuhnSchwer  (SUI) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–12, 21–18)
 

Aug 11, 2008
11:00
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Tian JiaWang  (CHN)'2'–1Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Van BreedamMouha  (BEL) Beach Volleyball Ground
(18–21, 21–19, 15–13)
 

Aug 11, 2008
14:00
Flag of Norway.svg  MaaseideGlesnes  (NOR)'2'–0Flag of Switzerland.svg  KuhnSchwer  (SUI) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–11, 21–17)
 

Aug 13, 2008
11:00
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Tian JiaWang  (CHN)'2'–1Flag of Norway.svg  MaaseideGlesnes  (NOR) Beach Volleyball Ground
(17–21, 21–14, 15–8)
 

Aug 13, 2008
13:00
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Van BreedamMouha  (BEL)'2'–0Flag of Switzerland.svg  KuhnSchwer  (SUI) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–18, 21–17)
 

Pool B

RkTeamPointsWonLostPWPLSWSL
1Flag of the United States.svg  Walsh Jennings May-Treanor  (USA)6301268560
2Flag of Cuba.svg  F. Grasset L. Peraza  (CUB)52111611642
3Flag of Norway.svg  Håkedal Tørlen  (NOR)41210811124
4Flag of Japan.svg  Teru Saiki Kusuhara  (JPN)3038812606
Aug 10, 2008
09:00
Flag of the United States.svg  Walsh JenningsMay-Treanor  (USA)'2'–0Flag of Japan.svg  Teru SaikiKusuhara  (JPN) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–12, 21–15)
 

Aug 10, 2008
14:00
Flag of Norway.svg  HåkedalTørlen  (NOR)0–'2'Flag of Cuba.svg  F. GrassetL. Peraza  (CUB) Beach Volleyball Ground
(20–22, 19–21)
 

Aug 12, 2008
09:00
Flag of the United States.svg  Walsh JenningsMay-Treanor  (USA)'2'–0Flag of Cuba.svg  F. GrassetL. Peraza  (CUB) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–15, 21–16)
 

Aug 12, 2008
12:00
Flag of Norway.svg  HåkedalTørlen  (NOR)'2'–0Flag of Japan.svg  Teru SaikiKusuhara  (JPN) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–8, 21–18)
 

Aug 14, 2008
09:00
Flag of the United States.svg  Walsh JenningsMay-Treanor  (USA)'2'–0Flag of Norway.svg  HåkedalTørlen  (NOR) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–12, 21–15)
 

Aug 14, 2008
11:00
Flag of Cuba.svg  F. GrassetL. Peraza  (CUB)'2'–0Flag of Japan.svg  Teru SaikiKusuhara  (JPN) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–18, 21–17)
 

Pool C

RkTeamPointsWonLostPWPLSWSL
1Flag of Australia.svg  Barnett Cook  (AUS)63014311361
2Flag of Brazil.svg  Larissa Ana Paula  (BRA)52115613944
3Flag of Georgia.svg  Saka Rtvelo  (GEO)41212015435
4Flag of Russia.svg  Uryadova Shiryaeva  (RUS)30314015736
Aug 9, 2008
12:00
Flag of Australia.svg  BarnettCook  (AUS)'2'–1Flag of Russia.svg  UryadovaShiryaeva  (RUS) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–8, 19–21, 15–12)
 

Aug 9, 2008
20:00
Flag of Brazil.svg  LarissaAna Paula  (BRA)'2'–1Flag of Georgia.svg  SakaRtvelo  (GEO) Beach Volleyball Ground
(23–25, 21–17, 15–5)
 

Aug 11, 2008
19:00
Flag of Australia.svg  BarnettCook  (AUS)'2'–0Flag of Georgia.svg  SakaRtvelo  (GEO) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–18, 21–12)
 

Aug 11, 2008
20:00
Flag of Brazil.svg  LarissaAna Paula  (BRA)'2'–1Flag of Russia.svg  UryadovaShiryaeva  (RUS) Beach Volleyball Ground
(19–21, 21–12, 15–13)
 

Aug 13, 2008
10:00
Flag of Russia.svg  UryadovaShiryaeva  (RUS)1–'2'Flag of Georgia.svg  SakaRtvelo  (GEO) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–10, 20–22, 12–15)
 

Aug 13, 2008
12:00
Flag of Brazil.svg  LarissaAna Paula  (BRA)0–'2'Flag of Australia.svg  BarnettCook  (AUS) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–23, 21–23)
 

Pool D game: China v. South Africa Beach volley at the Beijing Olympics - China v. South Africa.jpg
Pool D game: China v. South Africa

Pool D

RkTeamPointsWonLostPWPLSWSL
1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Xue Zhang Xi  (CHN)63013910561
2Flag of Germany.svg  Goller Ludwig  (GER)52111910242
3Flag of Greece.svg  Koutroumanidou Tsiartsiani  (GRE)41212712034
4Flag of South Africa.svg  Augoustides Nel  (RSA)3036812606
Aug 10, 2008
18:00
Flag of Germany.svg  GollerLudwig  (GER)'2'–0Flag of South Africa.svg  AugoustidesNel  (RSA) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–12, 21–14)
 

Aug 10, 2008
19:00
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  XueZhang Xi  (CHN)'2'–1Flag of Greece.svg  KoutroumanidouTsiartsiani  (GRE) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–18, 19–21, 15–12)
 

Aug 12, 2008
11:00
Flag of Greece.svg  KoutroumanidouTsiartsiani  (GRE)'2'–0Flag of South Africa.svg  AugoustidesNel  (RSA) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–12, 21–8)
 

Aug 12, 2008
19:00
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  XueZhang Xi  (CHN)'2'–0Flag of Germany.svg  GollerLudwig  (GER) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–14, 21–18)
 

Aug 14, 2008
10:00
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  XueZhang Xi  (CHN)'2'–0Flag of South Africa.svg  AugoustidesNel  (RSA) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–13, 21–9)
 

Aug 14, 2008
14:00
Flag of Germany.svg  GollerLudwig  (GER)'2'–0Flag of Greece.svg  KoutroumanidouTsiartsiani  (GRE) Beach Volleyball Ground
(24–22, 21–12)
 

Pool E

RkTeamPointsWonLostPWPLSWSL
1Flag of the United States.svg  Branagh Youngs  (USA)63013912961
2Flag of Germany.svg  Pohl Rau  (GER)52111711542
3Flag of Cuba.svg  Esteves Ribalta M. Crespo  (CUB)41213011734
4Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Kadijk Mooren  (NED)30310713206
Aug 9, 2008
18:00
Flag of the United States.svg  BranaghYoungs  (USA)'2'–0Flag of the Netherlands.svg  KadijkMooren  (NED) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–19, 27–25)
 

Aug 9, 2008
19:00
Flag of Germany.svg  PohlRau  (GER)'2'–0Flag of Cuba.svg  Esteves RibaltaM. Crespo  (CUB) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–17, 21–19)
 

Aug 11, 2008
12:00
Flag of Cuba.svg  Esteves RibaltaM. Crespo  (CUB)'2'–0Flag of the Netherlands.svg  KadijkMooren  (NED) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–11, 21–15)
 

Aug 11, 2008
18:00
Flag of the United States.svg  BranaghYoungs  (USA)2–0Flag of Germany.svg  PohlRau  (GER) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–17, 21–16)
 

Aug 13, 2008
22:00
Flag of the United States.svg  BranaghYoungs  (USA)'2'–1Flag of Cuba.svg  Esteves RibaltaM. Crespo  (CUB) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–19, 13–21, 15–12)
 

Aug 13, 2008
23:00
Flag of Germany.svg  PohlRau  (GER)'2'–0Flag of the Netherlands.svg  KadijkMooren  (NED) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–19, 21–18)
 

Pool F

RkTeamPointsWonLostPWPLSWSL
1Flag of Brazil.svg  Talita Renata  (BRA)63013912161
2Flag of Austria.svg  Schwaiger Schwaiger  (AUT)52112110542
3Flag of Mexico.svg  Candelas Garcia  (MEX)41212414635
4Flag of Greece.svg  Karantasiou Arvaniti  (GRE)30312513716
Aug 10, 2008
11:00
Flag of Greece.svg  KarantasiouArvaniti  (GRE)0–'2'Flag of Austria.svg  SchwaigerSchwaiger  (AUT) Beach Volleyball Ground
(18–21, 18–21)
 

Aug 10, 2008
12:00
Flag of Brazil.svg  TalitaRenata  (BRA)'2'–1Flag of Mexico.svg  CandelasGarcía  (MEX) Beach Volleyball Ground
(18–21, 21–16, 15–8)
 

Aug 12, 2008
14:00
Flag of Greece.svg  KarantasiouArvaniti  (GRE)1–'2'Flag of Mexico.svg  CandelasGarcía  (MEX) Beach Volleyball Ground
(17–21, 21–16, 12–15)
 

Aug 12, 2008
20:00
Flag of Brazil.svg  TalitaRenata  (BRA)'2'–0Flag of Austria.svg  SchwaigerSchwaiger  (AUT) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–18, 21–19)
 

Aug 14, 2008
12:00
Flag of Brazil.svg  TalitaRenata  (BRA)'2'–0Flag of Greece.svg  KarantasiouArvaniti  (GRE) Beach Volleyball Ground
(22–20, 21–19)
 

Aug 14, 2008
13:00
Flag of Austria.svg  SchwaigerSchwaiger  (AUT)'2'–0Flag of Mexico.svg  CandelasGarcía  (MEX) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–17, 21–10)
 

Lucky Loser

Directly advance to Round of 16
Third-place/Lucky-Loser playoffs
Eliminated

Of the 6 teams that are placed third in their pools, two are directly qualified to the playoffs. Of the four remaining third placed teams, two teams get to the playoffs through winning a lucky loser match.

3rd-placed teams
The rank, of the 3rd placed team from each pool, is here determined by the team's ratio. The ratio is calculated as the points won, divided on the points lost.

This table shows the results of the third placed teams after the pool play, and before the lucky loser matches.

RkTeamPointsWonLostPWPLRatioSWSL
1Flag of Cuba.svg  Esteves Ribalta M. Crespo  (CUB)4121301171.11134
2Flag of Greece.svg  Koutroumanidou Tsiartsiani  (GRE)4121271201.05834
3Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Van Breedam Mouha  (BEL)4121351341.00734
4Flag of Norway.svg  Håkedal Tørlen  (NOR)4121081110.97224
5Flag of Mexico.svg  Candelas García  (MEX)4121241460.84935
6Flag of Georgia.svg  Saka Rtvelo  (GEO)4121201540.77935

Lucky Loser
Results of the Lucky Loser matches only.

RkTeamPointsWonLostPWPLSWSL
1Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Van Breedam Mouha  (BEL)210423220
2Flag of Georgia.svg  Saka Rtvelo  (GEO)101324202
RkTeamPointsWonLostPWPLSWSL
1Flag of Norway.svg  Håkedal Tørlen  (NOR)210564521
2Flag of Mexico.svg  Candelas García  (MEX)101455612
Aug 14, 2008
21:00
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Van BreedamMouha  (BEL)'2'–0Flag of Georgia.svg  SakaRtvelo  (GEO) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–13, 21–19)
 

Aug 14, 2008
21:00
Flag of Norway.svg  HåkedalTørlen  (NOR)'2'–1Flag of Mexico.svg  CandelasGarcía  (MEX) Beach Volleyball Ground
(20–22, 21–12, 15–11)
 

Playoffs

Round of 16

The United States, Brazil and China managed to directly qualify two teams each, for the Round of 16, through the pool play. All six teams then won their matches in the Round of 16, and qualified for the quarterfinals. Austria and Australia also won each their Round of 16 match, and took the remaining two spots in the quarterfinals.

On August 15, one of the spectators gave birth to a baby boy, in the bathroom of the Olympic beach volleyball stadium where she was watching the women's playoff. Medical workers received the message about the woman at 10:10 a.m., and the baby was already born when they arrived 4 minutes later. [10]

Aug 15, 2008
09:00
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Van BreedamMouha  (BEL)0–'2'Flag of the United States.svg  Walsh JenningsMay-Treanor  (USA) Beach Volleyball Ground
(22–24, 10–21)
 

Aug 15, 2008
10:00
Flag of the United States.svg  BranaghYoungs  (USA)'2'–0Flag of Cuba.svg  F. GrassetL. Peraza  (CUB) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–15, 21–13)
 

Aug 15, 2008
11:00
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Tian JiaWang  (CHN)'2'–0Flag of Norway.svg  HåkedalTørlen  (NOR) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–13, 21–15)
 

Aug 15, 2008
12:00
Flag of Australia.svg  BarnettCook  (AUS)'2–1Flag of Greece.svg  KoutroumanidouTsiartsiani  (GRE) Beach Volleyball Ground
(22–20, 19–21, 15–12)
 

Aug 15, 2008
18:00
Flag of Germany.svg  GollerLudwig  (GER)1–'2'Flag of Austria.svg  SchwaigerSchwaiger  (AUT) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–23, 21–11, 16–18)
 

Aug 15, 2008
19:00
Flag of Cuba.svg  Esteves RibaltaM. Crespo  (CUB)0–'2'Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  XueZhang Xi  (CHN) Beach Volleyball Ground
(19–21, 13–21)
 

Aug 15, 2008
20:00
Flag of Norway.svg  MaaseideGlesnes  (NOR)1–'2'Flag of Brazil.svg  TalitaRenata  (BRA) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–12, 19–21, 13–15)
 

Aug 15, 2008
21:00
Flag of Brazil.svg  LarissaAna Paula  (BRA)'2'–0Flag of Germany.svg  PohlRau  (GER) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–18, 21–14)
 

Overview

If the host nation has a team in the top 6 teams on the FIVB Olympic ranking when the Olympic Games begin, it is automatically seeded as #1. [8] Therefore, China's team Tian JiaWang (ranked as #2 on the Olympic ranking,) is seeded as #1.

Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal game
               
1 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Tian JiaWang  (CHN)2121
14 Flag of Austria.svg  SchwaigerSchwaiger  (AUT)12 12
1 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Tian JiaWang  (CHN)22 2915
4 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  XueZhang Xi  (CHN)2427 8
5 Flag of the United States.svg  BranaghYoungs  (USA)17 13
4 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  XueZhang Xi  (CHN)2121
1 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Tian JiaWang  (CHN)18 18
2 Flag of the United States.svg  Walsh JenningsMay-Treanor  (USA)2121
10 Flag of Australia.svg  BarnettCook  (AUS)22 14
6 Flag of Brazil.svg  TalitaRenata  (BRA)2421
6 Flag of Brazil.svg  TalitaRenata  (BRA)12 14 Bronze medal game
2 Flag of the United States.svg  Walsh JenningsMay-Treanor  (USA)2121
3 Flag of Brazil.svg  LarissaAna Paula  (BRA)18 15 4 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  XueZhang Xi  (CHN)2121
2 Flag of the United States.svg  Walsh JenningsMay-Treanor  (USA)21216 Flag of Brazil.svg  TalitaRenata  (BRA)19 17

Quarterfinals

USA v. Brazil quarterfinals Beach volley at the Beijing Olympics - USA v. Brazil.jpg
USA v. Brazil quarterfinals
Aug 17, 2008
10:00
Flag of Brazil.svg  LarissaAna Paula  (BRA)0–'2'Flag of the United States.svg  Walsh JenningsMay-Treanor  (USA) Beach Volleyball Ground
(18–21, 15–21)
 

Aug 17, 2008
11:00
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Tian JiaWang  (CHN)'2'–0Flag of Austria.svg  SchwaigerSchwaiger  (AUT) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–12, 21–12)
 

Aug 17, 2008
20:00
Flag of the United States.svg  BranaghYoungs  (USA)0–'2'Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  XueZhang Xi  (CHN) Beach Volleyball Ground
(17–21, 13–21)
 

Aug 17, 2008
21:00
Flag of Australia.svg  BarnettCook  (AUS)0–'2'Flag of Brazil.svg  TalitaRenata  (BRA) Beach Volleyball Ground
(22–24, 14–21)
 

Semifinals

Aug 19, 2008
09:00
Flag of Brazil.svg  TalitaRenata  (BRA)0–'2'Flag of the United States.svg  Walsh JenningsMay-Treanor  (USA) Beach Volleyball Ground
(12–21, 14–21)
 

Aug 19, 2008
10:00
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Tian JiaWang  (CHN)'2'–1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  XueZhang Xi  (CHN) Beach Volleyball Ground
(22–24, 29–27, 15–8)
 

Bronze medal match

Aug 21, 2008
09:00
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  XueZhang Xi  (CHN)'2'–0Flag of Brazil.svg  TalitaRenata  (BRA) Beach Volleyball Ground
(21–19, 21–17)
 

Gold medal match

Aug 21, 2008
11:00
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Tian JiaWang  (CHN)0–'2'Flag of the United States.svg  Walsh JenningsMay-Treanor  (USA) Beach Volleyball Ground
(18–21, 18–21)
 

Award ceremony

Final ranking

If the host nation has a team in the top 6 teams on the FIVB Olympic ranking when the Olympic Games begin, it is automatically seeded as #1. [8] Therefore, China's team Tian JiaWang (ranked as #2 on the FIVB Olympic ranking before the Olympic Games,) is seeded as #1. [11]

RANKTEAMSEED
Gold medal icon.svgFlag of the United States.svg  Walsh Jennings May-Treanor  (USA)2
Silver medal icon.svgFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Tian Jia Wang  (CHN)1
Bronze medal icon.svgFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Xue Zhang Xi  (CHN)4
4.Flag of Brazil.svg  Talita Renata  (BRA)6
5.Flag of Brazil.svg  Larissa Ana Paula  (BRA)3
Flag of the United States.svg  Branagh Youngs  (USA)5
Flag of Australia.svg  Barnett Cook  (AUS)10
Flag of Austria.svg  Schwaiger Schwaiger  (AUT)14
9.Flag of Germany.svg  Goller Ludwig  (GER)8
Flag of Germany.svg  Pohl Rau  (GER)9
Flag of Norway.svg  Håkedal Tørlen  (NOR)11
Flag of Norway.svg  Maaseide Glesnes  (NOR)12
Flag of Cuba.svg  Fernandez Grasset Larrea Peraza  (CUB)13
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Van Breedam Mouha  (BEL)15
Flag of Cuba.svg  Esteves Ribalta M. Crespo  (CUB)16
Flag of Greece.svg  Koutroumanidou Tsiartsiani  (GRE)17
17.Flag of Mexico.svg  Candelas Garcia  (MEX)21
Flag of Georgia.svg  Saka Rtvelo  (GEO)23
19.Flag of Greece.svg  Karantasiou Arvaniti  (GRE)7
Flag of Russia.svg  Uryadova Shiryaeva  (RUS)18
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Kadijk R. Mooren  (NED)19
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Kuhn Schwer  (SUI)20
Flag of Japan.svg  Teru Saiki Kusuhara  (JPN)22
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  3. Adelaide hosts season-opening SWATCH FIVB World Tour Event Archived 2011-05-18 at the Wayback Machine , FIVB, February 26, 2008.
  4. U.S. beach volleyball pair win, Canadians lose, CBC.ca, June 30, 2008.
  5. 1 2 3 FIVB announces final Olympic Ranking for men’s and women’s Olympic Beach Volleyball tournaments, FIVB, July 24, 2008.
  6. Ana Paula replaces Juliana for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, FIVB, August 7, 2008.
  7. After Austrian withdrawal for medical reason, Swiss Beach Volleyball pair Kuhn-Schwer qualified for the Olympic Games, FIVB, July 31, 2008.
  8. 1 2 3 4 FIVB sets system for drawing of lots in Gstaad for Olympic Games Beach Volleyball tournaments, FIVB, April 16, 2008.
  9. FIVB confirms Preliminary Round match schedules for men’s and women’s Olympic Beach Volleyball Tournaments, FIVB, July 30, 2008.
  10. China Focus: Olympics light Chinese passion, Xinhua, August 16, 2008.
  11. FIVB - 2008 Women's Beach Volleyball Olympic Games, FIVB.
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