Volleyball at the Summer Paralympics

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Volleyball at the Summer Paralympics
Sitting volleyball pictogram (Paralympics).svg
Governing bodyWOVD
Events2 (men: 1; women: 1)
Games

Paralympic volleyball was first competed at the Summer Paralympic Games in 1976. That first year, the traditional standing form of volleyball was contested. Sitting volleyball was later introduced as a full Paralympic event in 1980. The 2000 was the last time standing volleyball appeared on the Paralympic programme. The women's sitting volleyball event was also introduced in the 2004.

Medal summary[edit]

Men's[edit]

Sitting[edit]

Men's sitting volleyball medal winning for every Summer Games as follows:

Brazil versus Egypt men's match at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio
United States versus China women's match at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London
Australia versus Libya men's match at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney


Year Gold Silver Bronze
1980  Netherlands  Sweden  Yugoslavia
1984  Netherlands  West Germany  Sweden
1988  Iran  Netherlands  Norway
1992  Iran  Netherlands  Germany
1996  Iran  Norway  Finland
2000  Iran  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Finland
2004  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Iran  Egypt
2008  Iran  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Russia
2012  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Iran  Germany
2016  Iran  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Egypt

Women's[edit]

Sitting[edit]

Women's sitting volleyball medal winning for every Summer Games as follows:

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2004  China  Netherlands  United States
2008  China  United States  Netherlands
2012  China  United States  Ukraine
2016  United States  China  Brazil

Medals ranking[edit]

Both men's and women's sitting and standing volleyball medal results counted where applicable.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Iran6208
2 Germany3339
3 China3104
 Israel3104
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina2305
6 Netherlands2215
7 United States1113
8 Poland0224
9 Norway0112
 Russia0112
 Slovakia0112
12 Canada0101
 Great Britain0101
14 Finland0033
15 Egypt0022
 France0022
17 Brazil0011
 Czechoslovakia0011
 Yugoslavia0011
Totals (19 nations)20202060

Nations[edit]

Nations that took part in volleyball (both men and women).

Men[edit]

Both sitting (1980 to present) and standing volleyball (1976 to 2000). Nations listed are their rankings during competition. (Key - sitting/standing, blank spaces are nations who didn't compete that year but did earlier or later.)

Nation 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 Years
 Argentina (ARG)         12 / - 1
 Australia (AUS)         11 / 8 1
 Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH)         2nd, silver medalist(s) / - 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5
 Brazil (BRA)         6 5 4 3
 Burma (BIR)         - / 7 1
 Cambodia (CAM)         - / 7 1
 Canada (CAN)         - / 4 - / 6 - / 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3
 China (CHN)         5 7 7 3
 Czech Republic (CZE)         - / 8 1
 Czechoslovakia (TCH)         - / 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1
 Egypt (EGY)         6 / 5 7 / - 9 / - 8 / - 4 / - 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 6 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9
 Finland (FIN)         - / 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 / - 4 / - 4 / - 3rd, bronze medalist(s) / - 3rd, bronze medalist(s) / - 5 7
 France (FRA)         - / 3rd, bronze medalist(s) - / 5 - / 5 2
 Germany (GER)         3rd, bronze medalist(s) / 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 / 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 / 1st, gold medalist(s) 4 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 6
 Great Britain (GBR)         - / 2nd, silver medalist(s) - / 4 - 4 / 5 - / 7 - / 7 8 6
 Greece (GRE)         8 1
 Hungary (HUN)         5 / - 6 / - 5 / - 8 / 4
 Iran (IRI)         1st, gold medalist(s) / - 1st, gold medalist(s) / - 1st, gold medalist(s) / - 1st, gold medalist(s) / - 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 8
 Iraq (IRQ)         10 / - 7 2
 Israel (ISR)         - / 1st, gold medalist(s) - / 1st, gold medalist(s) - / 1st, gold medalist(s) - / 2nd, silver medalist(s) - / 6 - / 6 - / 6 7
 Japan (JPN)         9 / - 7 8 3
 Kazakhstan (KAZ)         8 / - 1
 Libya (LBA)         8 / - 1
 Luxembourg (LUX)         7 / - 1
 Morocco (MAR)         9 1
 Netherlands (NED)         1st, gold medalist(s) / - 1st, gold medalist(s) / - 2nd, silver medalist(s) / - 2nd, silver medalist(s) / - 4 / - 6 / - 6
 Norway (NOR)         5 / - 6 / - 3rd, bronze medalist(s) / - 5 / - 2nd, silver medalist(s) / - 5
 Poland (POL)         - / 2nd, silver medalist(s) - / 3rd, bronze medalist(s) - / 2nd, silver medalist(s) - / 3rd, bronze medalist(s) - / 5 5
 Russia (RUS)         9 / - 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 3
 Rwanda (RWA)         10 1
 Slovakia (SVK)         - / 2nd, silver medalist(s) - / 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2
 South Korea (KOR)         8 / 4 10 / - 2
 Spain (ESP)         12 / - 1
 Sweden (SWE)         2nd, silver medalist(s) / - 3rd, bronze medalist(s) / - 7 / - 7 / - 10 / - 5
 Ukraine (UKR)         7 / - 5 2
 Unified Team (EUN)         9 / - 1
 United States (USA)         8 / - 10 / 6 11 / 4 11 / 4 12 / 4 6 8 7
 West Germany (FRG)         - / 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) / 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 / 1st, gold medalist(s) 3
 Yugoslavia (YUG)         3rd, bronze medalist(s) / - 5 / - 4 / - 3
Nations 4 11 10 13 17 18 17 8 8 10 00
Year 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16

Women[edit]

Sitting volleyball competitions have only been contested by women since 2004 Summer Paralympics. Nations listed are their rankings during competition.

Nation 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 Years
 Brazil (BRA)         5 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2
 Canada (CAN)         7 1
 China (CHN)         1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4
 Finland (FIN)         6 1
 Great Britain (GBR)         8 1
 Japan (JPN)         8 7 2
 Latvia (LAT)         7 1
 Lithuania (LTU)         6 1
 Netherlands (NED)         2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 6 4
 Rwanda (RWA)         8 1
 Slovenia (SLO)         4 4 6 3
 Ukraine (UKR)         5 5 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 4
 United States (USA)         3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 4
Nations 6 8 8 8
Year 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16

Multi-medalists[edit]

Volleyball players who have won at least two gold medals. Athletes in bold are athletes who are still active.

No. Athlete Country Years Games Gender Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Eliezer Kalina  Israel (ISR) 1976-1988 4 M 3 1 0 4
Hagai Zamir  Israel (ISR) 1976-1988 4 M 3 1 0 4
3 Hadi Rezaei  Iran (IRI) 1988-1996 3 M 3 0 0 3
4 Sabahudin Delalić  Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) 2000-2016 5 M 2 3 0 5
Asim Medić  Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) 2000-2016 5 M 2 3 0 5
6 Igal Pazi  Israel (ISR) 1976-1980, 1988 3 M 2 1 0 3
Johan Reekers  Netherlands (NED) 1980-1992 4 M 2 1 0 3

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