Volleyball at the Summer Olympics

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Volleyball at the Summer Olympics
Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg
Governing body FIVB
Events2 (men: 1; women: 1)
Games
  • 1896
  • 1900
  • 1904
  • 1908
  • 1912
  • 1920
  • 1924
  • 1928
  • 1932
  • 1936
  • 1948
  • 1952

Volleyball has been part of the Summer Olympics program for both men and women consistently since 1964.

Contents

Brazil, United States, and the former Soviet Union, are the only teams to win multiple gold medals at the men's tournament since its introduction. The remaining five editions of the Men's Olympic Volleyball Tournament were won each by a different country including Japan, Poland, Netherlands, Russia and the defunct Yugoslavia.

Gold medals are less evenly distributed in women's volleyball than in men's; the fourteen editions of the Women's Olympic Volleyball Tournament were won by only five countries: Brazil, Cuba, China, Japan and the former Soviet Union.

History

Origins

The history of Olympic volleyball can be traced back to the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, where volleyball was played as part of an American sports demonstration event. Its addition to the Olympic program, however, was given only after World War II, with the foundation of the FIVB and of some of the continental confederations. In 1957, a special tournament was held during the 53rd IOC session in Sofia, Bulgaria, to support such request. The competition was a success, and the sport was officially introduced in 1964. The Olympic Committee initially dropped volleyball for the 1968 Olympics, meeting protests. [1]

The volleyball Olympic tournament was originally a simple competition, whose format paralleled the one still employed in the World Cup: all teams played against each other team and then were ranked by number of wins, set average and point average. One disadvantage of this round-robin system is that medal winners could be determined before the end of the games, making the audience lose interest in the outcome of the remaining matches.

To cope with this situation, the competition was split into two phases: a "final round" was introduced, consisting of quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. Since its creation in 1972, this new system has become the standard for the volleyball Olympic tournament, and is usually referred to as the "Olympic format".

The number of teams involved in the games has grown steadily since 1964. Since 1996, both men's and women's indoor events count 12 participant nations. Each of the five continental volleyball confederations has at least one affiliated national federation involved in the Olympic Games.

Events

Event 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
Men's tournament X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 15
Women's tournament X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 15
Total222222222222222

Men's winners

The first two editions of the volleyball Olympic tournament were won by the Soviet Union team. Bronze in 1964 and silver in 1968, Japan won gold in 1972. In 1976, the introduction of a new offensive skill, the back row attack, helped Poland win the competition over the Soviets in a very tight five-setter.

In 1980, many of the strongest teams in men's volleyball belonged to the Eastern Bloc, so the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics did not have as great an effect on these events as it had on the women's. The Soviet Union collected their third Olympic gold medal with a 3–1 victory over Bulgaria. With a Soviet-led boycott in 1984, the United States confirmed their new volleyball leadership in the Western World by sweeping smoothly over Brazil at the finals. In that edition a minor nation, Italy, won their first medal, but Italy would rise to prominence in volleyball in later decades. A long-awaited confrontation between the US and Soviet volleyball teams came in the 1988 final: powerplayers Karch Kiraly and Steve Timmons pushed the United States to a second gold medal setting the issue in favor of the Americans.

In 1992, Brazil upset favorites Unified Team, Netherlands, and Italy for their first Olympic championship. Runners-up Netherlands, with Ron Zwerver and Olof van der Meulen, came back in the following edition for a five-set win over Italy. In spite of their success in other major volleyball competitions in the 1990s, Italy did not fare well at the Olympics. After winning bronze in Atlanta, Serbia and Montenegro, led by Vladimir and Nikola Grbić, beat Russia at the final in 2000 to secure the gold (in 1996 and 2000 they played under the name Federal Republic of Yugoslavia).

In 2004, Brazil beat Italy in the final, adding a second gold medal to their record and confirming their role as the men's volleyball superpowers of the 2000s. In 2008, United States beat Brazil in the final, winning their third gold medal. Russia won the bronze for the second time by defeating Italy. In the 2012 final, Russia came back from a 0–2 set deficit, not letting the Brazilians take advantage of any of their 2 match points in the third set. Dmitriy Muserskiy scored 31 points, which is an Olympic Games record in a final. Italy defeated Bulgaria and took Bronze. [2]

After coming up short in the previous two editions of the Olympics as runners-up, the Brazilians captured their third gold medal in the history of the competition playing home in 2016 after their straight-set victory against Italy in the final. [3] The United States pulled off a comeback from a 0–2 deficit to claim the bronze medal with a victory over Russia. [4]

Gold medals appear to be more evenly distributed in men's volleyball than in women's: former Soviet Union (three titles), United States (three) and Brazil (three) are the only teams to have won the tournament more than once. The remaining four editions were won each by a different country. Despite being a major force in men's volleyball since the 1990s, Italy are still the only volleyball powerhouses that lack a gold medal at the Olympic Games.

Women's winners

Women's volleyball semifinals match between USA and South Korea at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Women's Volleyball semifinals - 6.jpg
Women's volleyball semifinals match between USA and South Korea at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The opening edition of the volleyball Olympic tournament, in 1964, was won by the host nation Japan. There followed two victories in a row by the Soviet Union, in 1968 and 1972. South Korea were expected to get their first gold after beating Japan in the 1975 Pre-Olympic Games, but Japan came back again in 1976 for one last Olympic gold before losing their status of women's volleyball superpowers.

The American-led boycott of the 1980 Games left many strong volleyball nations like Japan and South Korea out of the games. As a result, the Soviet Union easily secured a third Olympic gold medal. In 1984, the Eastern bloc was, in its turn, boycotting the games, and the Soviet Union did not participate. As a result, host nation United States won its first medals in volleyball, losing the finals to China. With eastern and western nations again involved in the Olympics, the Soviet Union obtained a remarkable victory over Peru after trailing 0–2 in 1988's marking one of the most dramatic female matches of the 20th century. The 1988 games were, however, boycotted by Cuba.

1992 saw a new force go down in Olympic history: organized under the name Unified Team, the nations of the former Soviet Union that chose to form a combined team easily reached the gold medal game, but did not resist the power play of the young, rising Cuban squad. Led by superstars Mireya Luis and Regla Torres, Cuba would eventually set the record for consecutive wins in the Olympic Games by also taking the gold in 1996 and 2000 against China and Russia, respectively.

In 2004, the winners were once again China. Second were Russia who beat Brazil in a very tough and dramatic semifinal match after being down 1–2, 19–24 in the fourth set.

In 2008, Brazil finally won the gold, beating the United States in the final and losing only one set in the competition. China were awarded the bronze by beating Cuba. After a troubled start, Brazil secured the double gold in 2012 after beating the United States once again in the final. [5] Japan won the bronze medal after defeating South Korea.

In 2016, home team Brazil were favorites to once again win the title, thus equalling Cuba's three consecutive gold medals between 1992 and 2000. After winning all of their preliminary round matches without dropping a set, the team was, however, stunned by a young Chinese squad in a tiebreaker in the quarterfinals. China went on to win the title, their third in Olympic history, by beating Serbia in four sets in the gold medal match. [6] In the process, Lang Ping became the first person to win a gold medal as a player in Los Angeles 1984 and repeat the feat now as a coach in Rio de Janeiro. [7] China also became the first team to win the Olympics after losing three matches in the preliminary round. The United States defeated Netherlands 3–1 to capture the bronze medal. [8]

The fourteen editions of the women's tournament were won by five countries: Brazil, China, Cuba, Japan and the former Soviet Union. Despite becoming a women's volleyball powerhouse in the 21st century, United States still lack an Olympic gold.

Competition formula

The volleyball Olympic tournament has a very stable competition formula. The following rules apply:

Qualification
Competition format

Men's tournaments

Results summary

YearHostGold medal matchBronze medal matchTeams
Gold medalistsScoreSilver medalistsBronze medalistsScore4th place
1964
Details
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Tokyo
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Round-robin
(3–2)
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Round-robin
(3–0)
Flag of Romania (1952-1965).svg
Romania
10
1968
Details
Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg
Mexico City
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Round-robin
(3–1)
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
Round-robin
(3–2)
Flag of East Germany.svg
East Germany
10
1972
Details
Flag of Germany.svg
Munich
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
3–1Flag of East Germany.svg
East Germany
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
3–0Flag of Bulgaria (1971 - 1990).svg
Bulgaria
12
1976
Details
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Montreal
Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg
Poland
3–2Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
3–0Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
10
1980
Details
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Moscow
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
3–1Flag of Bulgaria (1971 - 1990).svg
Bulgaria
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg
Romania
3–1Flag of Poland.svg
Poland
10
1984
Details
Flag of the United States.svg
Los Angeles
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
3–0Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg
Brazil
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
3–0Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
10
1988
Details
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg
Seoul
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
3–1Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
3–2Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg
Brazil
12
1992
Details
Flag of Spain.svg
Barcelona
Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg
Brazil
3–0Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
3–1Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
12
1996
Details
Flag of the United States.svg
Atlanta
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
3–2Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg
FR Yugoslavia
3–1Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
12
2000
Details
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Sydney
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg
FR Yugoslavia
3–0Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
3–0Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
12
2004
Details
Flag of Greece.svg
Athens
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
3–1Flag of Italy (2003-2006).svg
Italy
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
3–0Flag of the United States.svg
United States
12
2008
Details
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
Beijing
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
3–1Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
3–0Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
12
2012
Details
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
London
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
3–2Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
3–1Flag of Bulgaria.svg
Bulgaria
12
2016
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg
Rio de Janeiro
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
3–0Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
3–2Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
12
2020
Details
Flag of Japan.svg
Tokyo
12
2024
Details
Flag of France.svg
Paris

Participating nations

Legend
Team Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
1964
(10)
Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg
1968
(10)
Flag of Germany.svg
1972
(12)
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
1976
(10)
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
1980
(10)
Flag of the United States.svg
1984
(10)
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg
1988
(12)
Flag of Spain.svg
1992
(12)
Flag of the United States.svg
1996
(12)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
2000
(12)
Flag of Greece.svg
2004
(12)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
2008
(12)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
2012
(12)
Flag of Brazil.svg
2016
(12)
Flag of Japan.svg
2020
(12)
Total
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 12th1
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 6th3rd8th4th=5th=5th=5thQ8
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 8th=11th=9th3
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 8th1
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 7th9th8th7th5th2nd4th1st5th6th1st2nd2nd1stQ15
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 5th6th4th2nd6th7th=5th4th8
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 9th4th10th=5thQ5
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 8th=5th2
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 10th3rd7th4th6th7th=11th7
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt WD10th=11th=11th=9th5
Flag of France.svg  France 8th11th=9th=9thQ5
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany See Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
and Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany
=9th=5th2
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain =11th1
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece =5th1
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 6th1
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran =5thQ2
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 8th9th3rd9th5th2nd3rd2nd4th3rd2ndQ12
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 3rd2nd1st4th7th10th6th=11thQ9
Flag of Libya.svg  Libya 10th1
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 10th=11th2
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 8th5th2nd1st5th=9th6
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 5th9th1st4th=11th=5th=5th=5th=5thQ10
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 4th5th3rd3
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Part of Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 4th2nd3rd3rd1st4thQ7
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Part of Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia Part of Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FRY / Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  SCG =5th=9th2
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 10th7th6th5th11th9th=9th=9th8
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 8th=9th2
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 7th1
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 12th9th12th=11th=11th=11thQ7
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 9th7th1st1st3rd=9th=11th4th1st=5th3rdQ12
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela =9thQ2
Discontinued nations
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 2nd3rd6th5th8thSee Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic and Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 5
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 4th2ndSee Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FR Yugoslavia /
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro
Part of Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 3rd1st=5thSee Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia
and Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro
3 [upper-alpha 1]
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 1st1st3rd2nd1st2nd7thSee Flag of Russia.svg  Russia etc.7 [upper-alpha 2]
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 11thSee Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 6thSee Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FRY / Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  SCG etc.See Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia etc.1

Women's tournaments

Results summary

YearHostGold medal matchBronze medal matchTeams
Gold medalistsScoreSilver medalistsBronze medalistsScore4th place
1964
Details
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Tokyo
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Round-robin
(3–0)
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg
Poland
Round-robin
(3–0)
Flag of Romania (1952-1965).svg
Romania
6
1968
Details
Flag of Mexico.svg
Mexico City
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Round-robin
(3–1)
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg
Poland
Round-robin
(3–1)
Flag of Peru.svg
Peru
8
1972
Details
Flag of Germany.svg
Munich
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
3–2Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Flag of North Korea.svg
North Korea
3–0Flag of South Korea (1949-1984).svg
South Korea
8
1976
Details
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Montreal
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
3–0Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Flag of South Korea (1949-1984).svg
South Korea
3–1Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
8
1980
Details
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Moscow
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
3–1Flag of East Germany.svg
East Germany
Flag of Bulgaria (1971 - 1990).svg
Bulgaria
3–2Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
8
1984
Details
Flag of the United States.svg
Los Angeles
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
3–0Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
3–1Flag of Peru.svg
Peru
8
1988
Details
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg
Seoul
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
3–2Flag of Peru.svg
Peru
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
3–0Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
8
1992
Details
Flag of Spain.svg
Barcelona
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
3–1Olympic flag.svg
Unified Team
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
3–0Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
8
1996
Details
Flag of the United States.svg
Atlanta
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
3–1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
3–2Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
12
2000
Details
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Sydney
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
3–2Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
3–0Flag of the United States.svg
United States
12
2004
Details
Flag of Greece.svg
Athens
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
3–2Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
3–1Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
12
2008
Details
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
Beijing
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
3–1Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
3–1Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
12
2012
Details
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
London
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
3–1Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
3–0Flag of South Korea.svg
South Korea
12
2016
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg
Rio de Janeiro
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
3–1Flag of Serbia.svg
Serbia
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
3–1Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
12
2020
Details
Flag of Japan.svg
Tokyo
12
2024
Details
Flag of France.svg
Paris

Participating nations

Legend
Team Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
1964
(6)
Flag of Mexico.svg
1968
(8)
Flag of Germany.svg
1972
(8)
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
1976
(8)
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
1980
(8)
Flag of the United States.svg
1984
(8)
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg
1988
(8)
Flag of Spain.svg
1992
(8)
Flag of the United States.svg
1996
(12)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
2000
(12)
Flag of Greece.svg
2004
(12)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
2008
(12)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
2012
(12)
Flag of Brazil.svg
2016
(12)
Flag of Japan.svg
2020
(12)
Total
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria =11th=11th2
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina =9thQ2
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia =9th1
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 7th7th6th4th3rd3rd4th1st1st=5thQ11
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 3rd1
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon =11th1
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 8th8th=9th3
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 1st3rd7th2nd5th1st3rd=5th1stQ10
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Part of Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 7th1
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 6th5th5th1st1st1st3rd4th8
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic =11th=5thQ3
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany See Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
and Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany
8th6th=9th3
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain =9th1
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece =9th1
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 5th4th4th3
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy =9th=5th=5th=5th=9thQ6
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1st2nd2nd1st3rd4th5th=9th=5th=5th3rd=5thQ13
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya =11th=11thQ3
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan Part of Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union =9th1
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 7th1
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 6th5th4th3
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 3rd1
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru 4th7th6th4th2nd=11th=11th7
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 3rd3rd=9th3
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico =11th1
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 4th8th2
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Part of Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 4th2nd2nd=5th=5th=5thQ7
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Part of Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia Part of Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FRY / Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  SCG =5th=11th2ndQ4
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 6th5th4th3rd5th8th6th8th=5th4th=5thQ12
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 8th1
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey =9thQ2
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Part of Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union =11th1
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 5th8th2nd7th3rd7th4th=5th2nd2nd3rdQ12
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela =11th1
Discontinued nations
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 6th7thSee Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic and Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 2
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 6th2nd5thSee Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 3
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 2nd1st1st2nd1st1st2ndSee Flag of Russia.svg  Russia etc.7 [upper-alpha 2]
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 8th6thSee Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2

Medal table

Total

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 74112
2Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 53210
3Flag of the United States.svg  United States 33410
4Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 3339
5Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 3126
6Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 3025
7Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1326
8Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1102
9Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 1023
10Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FR Yugoslavia /
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg  Serbia and Montenegro
1012
11Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 0336
12Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 0202
13Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 0112
Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia 0112
15Flag of Peru.svg  Peru 0101
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 0101
Olympic flag.svg  Unified Team 0101
18Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 0011
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 0011
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 0011
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 0011
Totals (21 nations)28282884

Medal table, men

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 3306
2Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 3216
3Flag of the United States.svg  United States 3025
4Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1124
5Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1113
6Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1102
7Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FR Yugoslavia /
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro
1012
8Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 1001
9Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 0336
10Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 0112
11Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 0101
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 0101
13Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 0011
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 0011
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 0011
Totals (15 nations)14141442

Medal table, women

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 4206
2Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 3126
3Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 3014
4Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2226
5Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2024
6Flag of the United States.svg  United States 0325
7Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 0202
8Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 0101
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru 0101
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 0101
Olympic flag.svg  Unified Team 0101
12Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 0022
13Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 0011
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 0011
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 0011
Totals (15 nations)14141442

MVP by edition

Win-loss records

Men's tournament

TeamMatches playedWinsLosses Winning percentage
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 606.000
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 472225.468
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 18414.222
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 927.222
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1056441.610
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 603228.533
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 22715.318
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 1239.250
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 472225.468
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 372413.649
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 16115.688
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 20119.050
Flag of France.svg  France 23914.391
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1138.273
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 505.000
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 633.500
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 945.444
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 624.333
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 795128.646
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 563224.571
Flag of Libya.svg  Libya 505.000
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 14014.000
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 452619.578
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 563125.554
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 22148.636
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 483216.667
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 1138.273
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro [upper-alpha 1] 22157.681
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 511635.314
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union [upper-alpha 2] 514110.804
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1349.308
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 734.429
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 33132.030
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 794732.595
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela 514.200
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 615.167
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 633.500

Women's tournament

TeamMatches playedWinsLosses Winning percentage
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 10010.000
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 514.200
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 514.200
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 674522.672
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 532.600
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 505.000
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 15114.067
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 603921.650
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 844.500
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 523715.712
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 1248.333
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic 1138.273
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 1578.467
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 21714.333
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 514.200
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 514.200
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 1578.467
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 281414.500
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 684127.603
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 514.200
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 10010.000
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 716.143
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 211110.524
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 532.600
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru 371225.462
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 1798.530
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico 505.000
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 1046.400
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 422913.690
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 19712.368
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 682741.397
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union [upper-alpha 2] 37325.865
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 404.000
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 523.400
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 505.000
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 744331.581
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela 505.000
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 1028.200

See also

Notes

  1. 1 2 Serbia and Montenegro's total includes two appearances as Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1996 and 2000.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Soviet Union's total includes one appearance as Unified Team in 1992.

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