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2016-07-09 10:07:00 CET

Drawing of Olympic lots – who will face who?

Our guide to understanding how the draw will work

Olympic favorites Alison/Bruno. Photocredit: Armin WalcherOlympic favorites Alison/Bruno. Photocredit: Armin Walcher

Good morning Gstaad! It’s a special day today as, at 20:00 CET, the drawing of lots for the beach volleyball pools for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be taking place.

We’re honored to have all of the world’s top players present here in the Alps to see who they will be playing in the opening stages of the greatest global competition in the world.

It promises to be a fantastic occasion and entry to the event is free and doors open at 19:30 CET at the Gstaad Major VIP tent. The draw will be made by 2012 Olympic champion Julius Brink and Swiss alpine downhill world champion Patrick Küng.

Olympic drawing of lots explained (as simply as we could!)

24 teams from each gender will be flying to Rio. This opening phase will see these teams split in six groups of four.

The top six seeds have already been decided and have been placed into pools A-F. At the moment the pools look like this:

Men

Pool A Alison/Bruno
Pool B Brouwer/Meeuwsen
Pool C Dalhausser/Lucena
Pool D Evandro/Pedro
Pool E Nummerdor/Varenhorst
Pool F Gibb/Patterson

Women

Pool A Larissa/Talita
Pool B Agatha/Barbara
Pool C Ross/Walsh Jennings
Pool D Ludwig/Walkenhorst
Pool E Bansley/Pavan
Pool F Meppelink/Van Iersel

Now the six draws that follow are based on their ranking/method of qualification and are allocated a place in a particular pool depending on this.

  • Draw 1 – containing teams seeded 7-9, who will be placed in pools D, E or F.
  • Draw 2 – containing teams seeded 10-12, who will be placed in pools A, B or C.
  • Draw 3 – containing teams seeded 13-17, who will be placed in pools A, B, C, D or E.
  • Draw 4 – containing teams who won their Continental Cup, who will be placed in pool F.
  • Draw 5 – containing teams seeded 19-22 plus the remaining CC winners, who will be placed into pools C, D, E or F.
  • Draw 6 – The bottom two seeds, who won the Continental Cup final in Sochi this weekend, who will be placed into pools A and B.

So which team is in which draw?

Draw 1: For the men – Herrera/Gavira, Samoilovs/Smedins and Krasilnikov/Semenov.
Draw 1: For the women – Bawden/Clancy, Menegatti/Orsi Toth and Borger/Büthe.

Draw 2: For the men – Lupo/Nicolai, Kantor/Losiak, Carambula/Ranghieri.
Draw 2: For the women – Brzostek/Kolosinka. Forrer/Vergé-Dépré, Elsa/Liliana.

Draw 3: For the men – Doppler/Horst, Fijalek/Prudel, Böckermann/Flüggen, Saxton/Schalk, Ontiveros/Virgen.
Draw 3: For the women – Broder/Valjas, Heidrich/Zumkehr, Fendrick/Sweat, Gallay/Klug, Wang/Yue.

Draws 4 and 5: For the men – Teams from Tunisia, Qatar, Austria, Cuba, Chile.
Draws 4 and 5: For the women – Teams from Egypt, Australia, Costa Rica, Venezuela.

Draw 6: For the men and women: The winners from this weekend’s Continental Cup final.

Good to know:

It’s important to note that rules state that there cannot be two teams from the same nation in the pool.

Example:

So, looking at the draw, Alison/Bruno, the men’s top seeds, will definitely play one of either Lupo/Nicolai, Kantor/Losiak and Carambula/Ranghieri. They will be joined by one of six teams seeded 13-17 and one of the two winning teams from this weekend’s Continental Cup final.

All will become clear after 20:00 CET tonight so make sure you log on to our website and social media reaction for live coverage of the drawing of lots!

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