Who Won The Beach Volleyball Olympics 2016?
Men’s Gold: Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt
Women’s Gold: Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst
The winner of the 2016 Rio Olympics in Beach Volleyball was Brazil for the men and Germany for the women. This was the second Olympic Gold for the Brazilian men and the first for the German women. Keep reading to learn more about these world-champion teams.
The 2016 Olympics were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and featured a total of 48 teams (24 men’s, 24 women’s) from countries across the world. In the past, the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, and China were all dominant countries within the sport of beach volleyball. The United States had been leading the pack, taking home the gold medal three out of six times beach volleyball had been part of the Olympics.
Men’s Beach Volleyball
For the men, the gold medal winners in beach volleyball at the 2016 Rio Games were the Brazilian team of Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt. They defeated the Italian team of Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai, winning the match two games to none.
With the win, Brazil was able to secure its second gold medal in beach volleyball (their last was in 2004), and Italy received its first medal ever in beach volleyball, taking home the silver. It was Cerutti’s first gold medal after winning silver in the London Games, and it was Schmidt’s first career medal in the Olympic competition.
Women’s Beach Volleyball
For the women, the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games was won by Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany. The team defeated the hometown favorites of Ágatha Bednarczuk and Bárbara Seixas de Freitas by a match score of two games to zero.
The score of the first game was 21-18, and the second was 21-14. Kerri Walsh and April Ross of the United States won the bronze medal. It was a major defeat for Kerri Walsh, who had won gold in the three previous Olympic games with former partner, Misty May-Treanor. It was the first Olympic medal for both the women on the winning team.
What countries won Rio 2016 beach volleyball gold?
The countries that won gold medals in beach volleyball at the 2016 Olympics were Brazil in the men’s competition and Germany in the women’s tournament. The German men’s team consisted of Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt, and Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst made up the German team.