Water polo at the 2000 Summer Olympics

The water polo competition at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia saw Hungary’s return to the gold medal platform and the introduction of the women’s tournament.[1] The Australian women had lobbied the IOC hard for the inclusion of women’s water polo in the Olympics, including showing up at the airport dressed only in their swimsuits during one pre-Olympic visit by members of the IOC.

Water polo
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
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Tournament details
Host country Australia
CitySydney
Venue(s)Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre,
Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Dates16 September – 1 October 2000
Events2 (men's, women's)
Teams12 (men's), 6 (women's)
(from 4 confederations)
Competitors153 men, 78 women
Final positions
Champions Hungary (men)
 Australia (women)
Runners-up Russia (men)
 United States (women)
Third place FR Yugoslavia (men)
 Russia (women)
Fourth place Spain (men)
 Netherlands (women)
Tournament statistics (men, women)
Matches68
Multiple
appearances
6-time Olympian(s): 1
5-time Olympian(s): 2
4-time Olympian(s): 4
1996
2004

Six nations competed in the women’s tournament with home team Australia winning the gold medal over the United States. Twelve nations competed in the men’s tournament and played a total of 48 matches. Spain was unable to follow up their 1996 gold medal performance with a medal. Hungary defeated Russia for the gold medal. The matches were held at Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre and the Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre.[2]

Qualification[3]Edit

Men`sEdit

Events Dates Hosts Quotas Qualified Teams
Host Country 24 September 1993   Monte Carlo 1   Australia
1999 World Cup 28 September - 3 October 1999   Sydney 3   Hungary
  Italy
  Spain
1999 Pan American Games 23-30 July 1999   Winnipeg 1   United States
1999 European Championship 2-11 September 1999   Firenze 1   Croatia
2000 Asian Championship 28 March - 2 April 2000   Busan 1   Kazakhstan
Men's Olympic Water Polo Qualifying Tournament 6-14 May 2000   Hannover 5   FR Yugoslavia
  Russia
  Greece
  Slovakia
  Netherlands
Total 12

Women`sEdit

Events Dates Hosts Quotas Qualified Teams
Host Country 24 September 1993   Monte Carlo 1   Australia
1999 World Cup Europe 24-29 May 1999   Winnipeg 1   Netherlands
Americas 1   Canada
Women's Olympic Water Polo Qualifying Tournament World 22-30 April 2000   Palermo 2   Russia
  United States
Asia/Africa/Oceania 1   Kazakhstan
Total 6

Medal summaryEdit

Medal tableEdit

  *   Host nation (Australia)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Australia*1001
  Hungary1001
3  Russia0112
4  United States0101
5  FR Yugoslavia0011
Totals (5 entries)2226

MedalistsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men
details
  Hungary[1]
Attila Vári
Zoltán Szécsi
Bulcsú Székely
Zsolt Varga
Tamás Märcz
Tamás Molnár
Barnabás Steinmetz
Tamás Kásás
Gergely Kiss
Zoltán Kósz
Tibor Benedek
Péter Biros
Rajmund Fodor
  Russia
Irek Zinnourov
Dmitri Stratan
Revaz Chomakhidze
Marat Zakirov
Nikolay Kozlov
Nikolai Maximov
Andrei Rekechinski
Sergey Garbuzov
Dmitry Gorshkov
Yuri Yatsev
Roman Balachov
Dmitri Douquine
Alexandre Erychov
  FR Yugoslavia
Predrag Zimonjić
Jugoslav Vasović
Vladimir Vujasinović
Nenad Vukanić
Aleksandar Šoštar
Petar Trbojević
Veljko Uskoković
Nikola Kuljača
Aleksandar Šapić
Dejan Savić
Aleksandar Ćirić
Danilo Ikodinović
Viktor Jelenić
Women
details
  Australia[1]
Taryn Woods
Debbie Watson
Liz Weekes
Danielle Woodhouse
Bronwyn Mayer
Gail Miller
Melissa Mills
Simone Hankin
Yvette Higgins
Kate Hooper
Naomi Castle
Joanne Fox
Bridgette Gusterson
  United States
Brenda Villa
Kathy Sheehy
Coralie Simmons
Julie Swail
Courtney Johnson
Maureen O'Toole
Nicolle Payne
Heather Petri
Ericka Lorenz
Heather Moody
Bernice Orwig
Robin Beauregard
Ellen Estes
  Russia
Ekaterina Vassilieva
Elena Smurova
Elena Tokoun
Irina Tolkounova
Ioulia Petrova
Tatiana Petrova
Galina Rytova
Maria Koroleva
Natalia Koutouzova
Svetlana Kouzina
Marina Akobia
Ekaterina Anikeeva
Sofia Konoukh

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "HistoFINA – Water polo medalists and statistics" (PDF). fina.org. FINA. September 2019. pp. 4, 56. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 August 2021. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Water Polo at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Women 2000". Todor66.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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