Water polo at the 1912 Summer Olympics

The 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm saw the fourth water polo tournament at Olympics.[1] All games took place in the newly built swimming stadium in Djurgårdsbrunnsviken from 7 to 16 July 1912. All medals were decided by using the Bergvall system.[2]

Men's water polo
at the Games of the V Olympiad
Water polo pictogram.svg
Dates7–16 July
Competitors46 from 6 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Great Britain men's national water polo team
 Great Britain
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Sweden men's national water polo team
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Belgium men's national water polo team
← 1908
1920 →

Medal summaryEdit

Gold Silver Bronze
  Great Britain (GBR)[1]
Charles Sydney Smith
George Cornet
George Wilkinson
Charles Bugbee
Arthur Edwin Hill
Paul Radmilovic
Isaac Bentham
  Sweden (SWE)
Torsten Kumfeldt
Harald Julin
Max Gumpel
Robert Andersson
Pontus Hanson
Vilhelm Andersson
Erik Bergqvist
  Belgium (BEL)
Albert Durant
Herman Donners
Victor Boin
Herman Meyboom
Joseph Pletinckx
Oscar Grégoire
Félicien Courbet
Jean Hoffman
Pierre Nijs

The competitions in water polo were arranged on the Cup Tie (elimination) system, but in such a way that the necessary number of matches had to be played for the second and third prizes between the teams qualified to take part in these rounds. The principle was adopted that a team which had not been beaten, direct or indirect, by a team that was qualified to fight for the second or third prize, should have the right to play against the team last-mentioned, even if it (the first-named) had already been beaten by some other team. The teams entered were drawn in pairs for the first round, after which the order in which they were to meet in the second round was determined by drawing lots, so that the order in which the games were to be played, right up to the final, was fixed before the games began.

Participating nationsEdit

A total of 45 water polo players from 6 nations competed at the Stockholm Games:


First roundSecond roundGold medal match
7 July - Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
  Great Britain (a.e.t.)7
11 July - Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
  Great Britain6
8 July - Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
13 July - Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
  Great Britain8
9 July - Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
No Opponent


Main Tournament to GoldEdit

First Round
7 July   Great Britain (GBR) 7 - 5   Belgium (BEL) after extra time
Hill (2), Wilkinson (2), Radmilovic (2), Bentham (2 - 3) Grégoire (2), Meyboom (2), Nijs

8 July   Sweden (SWE) 7 - 2   France (FRA)
R. Andersson (3), Bergqvist (3), ? (4 - 0) Decoin, Provost

9 July   Austria (AUT) 5 - 4   Hungary (HUN)
Scheff, ? (1 - 2) Fazekas, Hégner, Rémi, ?
Second Round
11 July   Great Britain (GBR) 6 - 3   Sweden (SWE)
Wilkinson (3), Hill, Radmilovic, Bentham (3 - 0) R. Andersson (2), V. Andersson
Gold medal match
13 July   Great Britain (GBR) 8 - 0   Austria (AUT)
? (4 - 0)

Tournament to SilverEdit

First Round
10 July   Belgium (BEL) 6 - 5   Hungary (HUN)
? (2 - 3) Fazekas (3), Rémi, ?

11 July   Belgium (BEL) 4 - 1   France (FRA)
? (2 - 1) ?
Second Round
14 July   Sweden (SWE) 8 - 1   Austria (AUT)
R. Andersson (3), Bergqvist (3), V. Andersson (2) (5 - 1) Scheff

15 July   Belgium (BEL) 5 - 4   Austria (AUT)
? (2 - 1) Scheff, ?
Silver and Bronze medal match
16 July   Sweden (SWE) 4 - 2   Belgium (BEL)
Bergqvist (2), V. Andersson, R. Andersson (4 - 0) ?

The winning British water polo team.

Final standingsEdit

Place[1] Nation
1   Great Britain (GBR)
2   Sweden (SWE)
3   Belgium (BEL)
4   Austria (AUT)
Rudolf Buchfelder
Richard Manuel
Walter Schachlitz
Otto Scheff
Josef Wagner
Ernst Kovács
Hermann Buchfelder
5   Hungary (HUN)
Sándor Ádám
László Beleznai
Tibor Fazekas
Jenő Hégner
Károly Rémi
János Wenk
Imre Zachár
6   France (FRA)
Gustave Prouvost
Gaston Van Laere
Georges Rigal
Paul Beulque
Jean Thorailler
Henri Decoin
Paul Vasseur
Jean Rodier


  1. ^ a b c "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.
  2. ^ "Water Polo at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 16 November 2019.


External linksEdit