Women’s Olympic Ranking teams confirmed


China's Fan Wang/Yuan Yue claimed the 15th and final spot on the Women's Olympic Rankings

Hamburg, Germany, June 12, 2016 – The 15 women’s teams eligible to play in the 2016 Olympic Games Beach Volleyball competition have been confirmed - pending confirmation by their respective NOCs/NFs - following the completion of the 18-month Beach Volleyball Olympic qualification process via the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour on Saturday at the smart Major Hamburg.

The 15 highest ranked teams on the Olympic Ranking as of June 13, 2016 each earn one quota place for their NOC/NF to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, respecting the maximum of two quota places per NOC/NF. With the women’s finals in Hamburg having taken place on Saturday, the women's list is complete. The men’s list is expected to be confirmed later today following their finals in Hamburg.

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The requirements for a team to earn a quota spot are: 12 events as a team on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour between January 1, 2015 and June 13, 2016; rank in the top 15 of the provisional Olympic rankings excluding Olympic host country Brazil and be one of the top two teams in your country that have satisfied the previous two requirements.

The top 15 on the provisional list exclude Brazilians as the South American country earned two berths in the Olympics when the women’s tandem of Agatha Bednarczuk/Barbara Seixas captured the 2015 FIVB World Championships last July in The Hague in addition to their host country vacancy, which went to Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca. 

Here are the teams that qualified berths for their country for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to be played August 6-18, pending official confirmation by their respective NOCs/NFs at the latest by June 27.

Women’s Olympic Ranking, Team, Country, Qualifying Events participated in, Points for best 12 finishes
Host Country, Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca, Brazil, 14, 7,700
World Champions, Agatha Bednarczuk/Barbara Seixas, Brazil, 16, 7,230
1, Kerri Walsh Jennings/April Ross, United States, 14, 6,670
2, Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst, Germany, 18, 6,500
3, Sarah Pavan/Heather Bansley, Canada, 15, 6,150
4, Madelein Meppelink/Marleen Van Iersel, Netherlands, 17, 5,920
5, Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy, Australia, 15, 5,470
6, Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth, Italy, 21, 5,300
7, Karla Borger/Britta Buthe, Germany, 19, 5,260
8, Liliana Fernandez/Elsa Baquerizo, Spain, 21, 4,830
9, Kinga Kolosinska/Monika Brzostek, Poland, 18, 4,800
10, Isabelle Forrer/Anouk Verge-Depre, Switzerland, 24, 4,640
11, Jamie Broder/Kristina Valjas, Canada, 20, 4,640
12, Joana Heidrich/Nadine Zumkehr, Switzerland, 23, 4,620
13, Lauren Fendrick/Brooke Sweat, United States, 19, 4,470
14, Ana Gallay/Georgina Klug, Argentina, 22, 4,220
15, Fan Wang/Yuan Yue, China, 21, 4,150

The total number of teams playing in Rio will be 24. The final seven spots will include five spots from the winners of the Continental Cup competition within the five FIVB confederations.  Egypt have already won the African confederation women’s Rio berth. The Asian, European, NORCECA and South American Continental Cup playoffs will be at the end of June. 

The second and third-place finishers from each of the confederations will advance to the Continental Cup Finals July 6-10 where the final two spots will be decided in Sochi, Russia. Countries earning spots from the African confederation in the Continental Cup Finals are Rwanda and Nigeria.

The Gstaad Major, the third of five events on the 2016 SWATCH Major Series calendar, will be the site for the drawing of lots for the Beach Volleyball competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  The drawing of lots will take place on the evening of July 9 - a few hours after the completion of the women's medal matches in the Swiss Alps village.


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