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1964  Tokyo Summer Olympics

1964 Summer Olympics - The Results (Volleyball - Women)

Volleyball at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games

 

Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Date Started: October 11, 1964
Date Finished: October 23, 1964
Events: 2

Participants: 179 (111 men and 68 women) from 11 countries
Youngest Participant: KOR Yun Jeong-Suk (16 years, 284 days)
Oldest Participant: BUL Boris Gyuderov (37 years, 244 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 65 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): JPN Japan and URS Soviet Union (2 medals)

 

Overview

Volleyball, like basketball, is a sport whose origin is known almost to the day. Oddly, both sports were invented at the same college and within a few years of one another. Volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan, a student at Springfield College and a director of the Y.M.C.A. at Holyoke, Massachusetts. The game was originally called “minionette.” Volleyball quickly spread around the world and became more popular in other countries than in the United States. The Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) was formed in 1946, and World Championships began in 1949, the same year in which the sport was recognized by the IOC. The sport was introduced to the Olympics in 1964 by the Japanese, although it was never contested as a demonstration sport at the Olympics. However, a volleyball demonstration had been scheduled for 1952, but was cancelled. In addition, in 1924, a side event of volleyball for teenagers was conducted at the Paris Olympics. Volleyball was the first team sport for women to be added to the Olympics Program. It was fitting that this occurred in Tokyo because the women’s sport was very popular in Japan at the time.

Volleyball at the 1964 Summer Olympics was represented by two events: men's team and women's team

 
 

Medal table (both men & women)

 
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Soviet Union 1 1 0 2
2  Japan 1 0 1 2
3  Czechoslovakia 0 1 0 1
4  Poland 0 0 1 1
Totals (4 nations) 2 2 2 6
 

Women's Volleyball

Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Komazawa Volleyball Court, Komazawa Olympic Park, Tokyo; Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium, Naka, Yokohama
Date Started: October 11, 1964
Date Finished: October 23, 1964
Format: Round-robin tournament.

 

Summary

There were six teams who competed in a pure round-robin competition. The first four teams from the 1962 World Championships were eligible and the United States and North Korea (DPR Korea) were also offered a spot. When North Korea withdrew from the 1964 Olympics because of the problem with the Games of the New Emerging Forces (GANEFO), Korea received the sixth spot in the women's tournament.

Japan was the hometown favorite, having won the 1962 World Championships. They were expected to be pressed by the Soviet Union, who had placed second in 1962 and won the Worlds in 1960. Japan was led by their martinet coach, Hirofumi Daimatsu. His Spartan training methods were highly criticized and would now be considered athlete abuse. In the end, Japan won the gold medal easily, losing only one set, 15-13, to Poland. Their final match was against the Soviets, and they defeated them in straight sets, 15-11, 15-8, 15-13. All the Japanese team members were from Nichibo Kaizuka (from near Osaka), a fiber spinning company, including Daimatsu. Daimatsu later became a member of parliament in Japan. After the Olympics, team captain [Masae Kasai] met with the Japanese Prime Minister and complained to him that she had not been able to find a husband because of the difficult training regimen. The Prime Minister set her up with a date and the two later married.

The inaugural Women's Volleyball Tournament in the Summer Olympic Games was held during Olympic Games of Tokyo, from October 11 to October 23, 1964. Japan won the gold medal, with the Soviet Union and Poland taking silver and bronze, respectively.

Participating teams

  •  Japan
  •  Poland
  •  Romania
  •  South Korea
  •  Soviet Union
  •  United States

Format

The tournament was played in a single round-robin format, all teams were placed into a single pool and faced each other once.

Venues

Main venueSub venue
Yokohama, Japan Tokyo, Japan
Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium Komazawa Volleyball Courts
Capacity: 5,000 Capacity: 3,908
Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium.jpg File:Komazawa Gymnasium 2009.jpg

Round robin

  • All times are Japan Standard Time (UTC+09:00).
  Pts Matches Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Japan 10 5 0 15 1 15.000 238 93 2.559
2  Soviet Union 9 4 1 12 3 4.000 212 97 2.186
3  Poland 8 3 2 10 6 1.667 180 162 1.111
4  Romania 7 2 3 6 9 0.667 140 172 0.814
5  United States 6 1 4 3 12 0.250 98 213 0.460
6  South Korea 5 0 5 0 15 0.000 94 225 0.418
Date Time   Score   Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
11 Oct 13:15 Romania  0–3  Soviet Union 5–15 6–15 0–15     11–45
11 Oct 15:15 United States  0–3  Japan 1–15 5–15 2–15     8–45
12 Oct 15:15 South Korea  0–3  Soviet Union 0–15 6–15 0–15     6–45
12 Oct 17:15 United States  0–3  Poland 3–15 4–15 10–15     17–45
12 Oct 19:15 Romania  0–3  Japan 7–15 3–15 8–15     18–45
13 Oct 17:15 Romania  3–0  United States 15–9 15–1 15–2     45–12
14 Oct 15:15 South Korea  0–3  Poland 5–15 5–15 11–15     21–45
14 Oct 20:30 South Korea  0–3  Japan 3–15 2–15 4–15     9–45
15 Oct 14:00 Poland  0–3  Soviet Union 9–15 5–15 5–15     19–45
17 Oct 13:15 Soviet Union  3–0  United States 15–1 15–8 15–7     45–16
18 Oct 13:50 Poland  1–3  Japan 4–15 5–15 15–13 2–15   26–58
19 Oct 17:15 Romania  3–0  South Korea 15–10 15–9 15–6     45–25
21 Oct 11:15 South Korea  0–3  United States 7–15 13–15 13–15     33–45
22 Oct 19:15 Romania  0–3  Poland 7–15 6–15 8–15     21–45
23 Oct 19:35 Japan  3–0  Soviet Union 15–11 15–8 15–13     45–32

Volleyball at the 1964 Summer Olympics – Women's team rosters

The following volleyball players took part in the women's tournament at the 1964 Summer Olympics

Rosters

 Japan

  • Masae Kasai
  • Emiko Miyamoto
  • Kinuko Tanida
  • Yuriko Handa

 

  • Yoshiko Matsumura
  • Sata Issobe
  • Katsumi Matsumura
  • Yoko Shinozaki

 

  • Setsuko Sassaki
  • Yuko Fujimoto
  • Massako Kondo
  • Ayano Shibuki

 

Head Coach

  • Hirofumi Daimatsu

 

 Poland

  • Krystyna Czajkowska
  • Maria Golimowska
  • Krystyna Jakubowska
  • Danuta Kordaczuk

 

  • Krystyna Krupa
  • Józefa Ledwig
  • Jadwiga Marko
  • Jadwiga Rutkowska

 

  • Maria Śliwka
  • Zofia Szczęśniewska
  • Hanna Busz
  • Barbara Hermel

 

Head Coach

  • Stanisław Poburka

 

 Romania

  • Ana Mocanu
  • Cornelia Lăzeanu
  • Natalia Todorovschi
  • Doina Ivănescu

 

  • Doina Popescu
  • Sonia Colceru
  • Lia Vanea
  • Alexandrina Chezan

 

  • Ileana Enculescu
  • Elisabeta Goloşie
  • Marina Stanca

 

Head Coach

 South Korea

  • Seo Chun-gang
  • Mun Gyeong-suk
  • Yu Chun-ja
  • Kim Gil-ja

 

  • O Sun-ok
  • Jeong Jeong-eun
  • Choi Don-hui
  • Hong Nam-seon

 

  • O Cheong-ja
  • Yun Jeong-suk
  • Gwag Yong-ja
  • Lee Geun-su

 

Head Coach

 Soviet Union

  • Nelli Abramova
  • Astra Biltauere
  • Lyudmila Buldakova
  • Lyudmila Gureyeva

 

  • Valentina Kamenek
  • Marita Katusheva
  • Ninel Lukanina
  • Valentina Mishak

 

  • Tatyana Roshchina
  • Inna Ryskal
  • Antonina Ryzhova
  • Tamara Tikhonina

 

Head Coach

 United States

  • Jean Gaertner
  • Lou Galloway
  • Barbara Harweth
  • Patti Bright

 

  • Linda Murphy
  • Gail O'Rourke
  • Nancy Owen
  • Mary Jo Peppler

 

  • Mary Margaret Perry
  • Sharon Peterson
  • Verneda Thomas
  • Jane Ward

 

Head Coach

  • Doc Burroughs
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