At the 1904 Summer Olympics, a water polo tournament was contested, three club teams of seven players each entered. A German team tried to enter, but its entry was refused because the players did not play for the same club. The event took place in a pond in Forest Park, the location of both the Olympics and the World's Fair. The pond was also used by cattle, and four of the Olympians died of typhus soon after the competition.
|Men's water polo|
at the Games of the III Olympiad
|Venue||U.S. Life Saving Exhibit Lake|
|Date||September 5 (semifinal) |
September 6 (final)
|Competitors||21 from 1 nation|
Previously, the International Olympic Committee and International Swimming Federation (FINA) considered the water polo event at the 1904 Olympics as a demonstration sport. However, in July 2021, after accepting the recommendation of Olympic historian Bill Mallon, the IOC recognized water polo along with several others as an official sport of the 1904 Olympic program.
Medal summary edit
- "HistoFINA – Water polo medalists and statistics" (PDF). fina.org. FINA. September 2019. p. 4. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 August 2021. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
- "Water Polo at the 1904 Summer Olympics". olympedia.org. Olympedia. Retrieved 9 September 2023.
- "Water Polo at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
- "St. Louis 1904 Water Polo Men Results". IOC. Retrieved 31 January 2022.
- PDF documents in the LA84 Foundation Digital Library:
- Water polo on the Olympedia website
- Water polo on the Sports Reference website