Water polo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

The men's tournament of water polo at the 2008 Summer Olympics at Beijing, People's Republic of China, began on 10 August and lasted until 24 August 2008.[1] All games were held at the Ying Tung Natatorium.

Men's water polo
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
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Medal ceremony (left Hungary, right Serbia)
Tournament details
Host country China
CityBeijing
Venue(s)Ying Tung Natatorium
Dates10–24 August 2008
Teams12 (from 4 confederations)
Competitors153
Final positions
Champions Hungary (9th title)
Runners-up United States
Third place Serbia
Fourth place Montenegro
Tournament statistics
Matches44
Multiple
appearances
5-time Olympian(s): 1
4-time Olympian(s): 10
Multiple
medalists
3-time medalist(s): 10
Top scorer(s)Italy Alessandro Calcaterra
(27 goals in 8 matches)
Most savesItaly Stefano Tempesti
(83 saves in 8 matches)
Top sprinter(s)Australia Pietro Figlioli
(21 sprints won in 7 matches)
2004
2012

Teams from twelve nations competed, seeded into two groups for the preliminary round. 44 games were played, 30 of them in the preliminary round (each team played the other teams in the group). Seven classification games and seven games in the medal round were also played.

FormatEdit

The format of water polo at the 2008 Summer Olympics:[2]

  • Twelve teams are divided into two preliminary groups,[3] composed of six teams each, and play a single round robin in each group.
  • The first placed team of each group will have a bye. The second and third placed teams will play against each other in a cross-group format. Losers go on to play a series of classification games.
  • The fifth and sixth placed teams from each group in the preliminary round play against each other in a cross-group format to determine who will play for places 9–12. These games make up part of the quarterfinal round. The fourth placed teams from each group have a bye in this round. The losers of the classification games in the quarterfinal round will play for places 11–12. The winners of the classification games in the quarterfinal round will play the fourth placed teams from each group to determine who will play for places 7–10. These games are part of the semifinal round. The losers of the classification 7–10 games will play each other for places 9–10. The winners will play for places 7–8.
  • Winners from the quarterfinal will progress to the semifinals and play against the first placed teams in each group of the preliminary round. Losers go on to play classification games.
  • Winners of the semifinals will contest the gold medal game and the losers the bronze medal game.

Preliminary roundEdit

Group AEdit

Qualified for the semifinals
Qualified for the quarterfinals
Will play for places 7–10
Will play for places 7–12
Team
GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Hungary 5 4 1 0 60 36 +24 9
  Spain 5 4 0 1 52 34 +18 8
  Montenegro 5 2 2 1 43 33 +10 6
  Australia 5 2 1 2 45 40 +5 5
  Greece 5 1 0 4 39 56 −17 2
  Canada 5 0 0 5 21 61 −40 0

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8).

10 August 2008
9:30
Report Spain   16–6   Canada Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Ciric (SRB), Ni (CHN)
Score by quarters: 5–2, 4–2, 3–1, 4–1
Molina 3, X. García 3, Piralkov 2, Vallès 2, F. Perrone 2 Goals Feltham 2
10 August 2008
10:50
Report Hungary   10–10   Montenegro Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Margeta (SLO), Caputi (ITA)
Score by quarters: 3–3, 3–1, 2–4, 2–2
Dé. Varga 2, Kásás 2, Benedek 2 Goals M. Janović 4, Ivović 2, Gojković 2
10 August 2008
14:00
Report Australia   12–8   Greece Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Bock (GER), Chaney (USA)
Score by quarters: 5–5, 4–3, 2–0, 1–0
Figlioli 4, McGregor 3 Goals Ntoskas 3

12 August 2008
9:30
Report Canada   0–12   Montenegro Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Knights (NZL), Pinker (RSA)
Score by quarters: 0–3, 0–4, 0–4, 0–1
- Goals Vukčević 2, M. Janović 2, Gojković 2
12 August 2008
10:50
Report Spain   9–8   Australia Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Margeta (SLO), Caputi (ITA)
Score by quarters: 4–0, 2–4, 2–2, 1–2
X. García 3 Goals Whalan 2, Woods 2
12 August 2008
14:00
Report Greece   6–17   Hungary Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Rak (CRO), Ciric (SRB)
Score by quarters: 2–7, 2–2, 1–4, 1–4
Schizas 2 Goals Biros 4, Benedek 3, Madaras 2, Dá. Varga 2, Molnár 2

14 August 2008
12:10
Report Hungary   8–5   Spain Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Ciric (SRB), Chaney (USA)
Score by quarters: 2–3, 4–2, 0–0, 2–0
Dé. Varga 2, Benedek 2, Kis 2 Goals Molina 2
14 August 2008
14:00
Report Montenegro   10–6   Greece Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Tulga (TUR), Margeta (SLO)
Score by quarters: 3–1, 2–1, 5–2, 0–2
M. Janović 2, Zloković 2, Gojković 2, Jokić 2 Goals Ntoskas 2
14 August 2008
15:20
Report Australia   8–5   Canada Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Bock (GER), Klopper (NED)
Score by quarters: 2–3, 2–1, 3–1, 1–0
Figlioli 3, Franklin 2 Goals Feltham 2

16 August 2008
10:50
Report Canada   7–13   Greece Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Hart (AUS), Ni (CHN)
Score by quarters: 1–6, 4–5, 2–1, 0–1
Graham 3, Feltham 3 Goals Ntoskas 4, Theodoropoulos 3
16 August 2008
14:00
Report Spain   12–6   Montenegro Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Chaney (USA), Tulga (TUR)
Score by quarters: 3–0, 4–1, 3–4, 2–1
Molina 3, F. Perrone 2, X. García 2 Goals N. Janović 2, Ivović 2
16 August 2008
15:20
Report Australia   12–13   Hungary Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Klopper (NED), Rak (CRO)
Score by quarters: 4–4, 1–5, 4–2, 3–2
Figlioli 3, Whalan 2 Goals Molnár 3, Kiss 2, Biros 2, Kis 2

18 August 2008
10:50
Report Hungary   12–3   Canada Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Ciric (SRB), Littlejohn (GBR)
Score by quarters: 3–1, 3–0, 1–2, 5–0
Madaras 2, Kásás 2, Biros 2, Molnár 2 Goals Graham 2
18 August 2008
12:10
Report Montenegro   5–5   Australia Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Chaney (USA), Caputi (ITA)
Score by quarters: 2–1, 1–2, 0–1, 2–1
Vukčević 1, M. Janović 1, Ivović 1, Zloković 1, Gojković 1 Goals Campbell 1, Martin 1, McGregor 1, Woods 1, Beadsworth 1
18 August 2008
15:20
Report Spain   10–6   Greece Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Rak (CRO), Simion (ROU)
Score by quarters: 2–0, 3–0, 3–5, 2–1
F. Perrone 7 Goals Theodoropoulos 2

Group BEdit

Qualified for the semifinals
Qualified for the quarterfinals
Will play for places 7–10
Will play for places 7–12
Team
GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
  United States 5 4 0 1 37 31 +6 8
  Croatia 5 4 0 1 56 31 +25 8
  Serbia 5 3 0 2 50 38 +12 6
  Germany 5 2 0 3 33 44 −11 4
  Italy 5 2 0 3 57 50 +7 4
  China 5 0 0 5 25 64 −39 0
10 August 2008
12:10
Report Serbia   11–7   Germany Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Tulga (TUR), Littlejohn (GBR)
Score by quarters: 1–3, 5–2, 2–2, 3–0
Pijetlović 4, Udovičić 2, Šapić 2 Goals Politze 2, Mackeben 2
10 August 2008
15:20
Report Croatia   11–7   Italy Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Simion (ROU), Antsiferov (RUS)
Score by quarters: 3–3, 2–0, 4–1, 2–3
Bošković 3, Bušlje 2, Marković 2 Goals Felugo 3, Calcaterra 2
10 August 2008
16:40
Report United States   8–4   China Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Balfanbayev (KAZ), Brguljan (MNE)
Score by quarters: 3–1, 1–2, 2–1, 2–0
Azevedo 5, Beaubien 2 Goals Wang B. 2

12 August 2008
12:10
Report Italy   11–12   United States Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Brguljan (MNE), Patelli (BRA)
Score by quarters: 1–2, 2–3, 4–3, 4–4
Gallo 3, Felugo 3, Calcaterra 2, Sottani 2 Goals Powers 3, Azevedo 2
12 August 2008
15:20
Report Serbia   8–11   Croatia Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Turcotte (CAN), Klopper (NED)
Score by quarters: 3–1, 1–4, 1–4, 3–2
Šapić 4, Udovičić 2 Goals Joković 3, Barač 3, Smodlaka 2
12 August 2008
16:40
Report Germany   6–5   China Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Moliner Molins (ESP), Hart (AUS)
Score by quarters: 0–2, 5–2, 0–0, 1–1
Savić 2, Schertwitis 2 Goals Yu 2

14 August 2008
9:30
Report Croatia   13–5   Germany Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Moliner Molins (ESP), Argyros (GRE)
Score by quarters: 4–1, 3–2, 2–1, 4–1
Burić 3, Joković 2, Smodlaka 2, Marković 2, Bošković 2 Goals Politze 2
14 August 2008
10:50
Report United States   2–4   Serbia Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Antsiferov (RUS), Littlejohn (GBR)
Score by quarters: 0–0, 1–2, 0–2, 1–0
Varellas 2 Goals Udovičić 1, Pijetlović 1, Šapić 1, Vujasinović 1
14 August 2008
16:40
Report China   7–19   Italy Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Kiszelly (HUN), Koryzna (POL)
Score by quarters: 2–5, 2–5, 1–4, 2–5
Xie 3, Han 2 Goals Calcaterra 4, Gallo 3, Angelini 3, Di Costanzo 2, Felugo 2, Mistrangelo 2

16 August 2008
9:30
Report Germany   8–7   Italy Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Brguljan (MNE), Turcotte (CAN)
Score by quarters: 2–1, 3–1, 0–2, 3–3
Schertwitis 2 Goals Calcaterra 3
16 August 2008
12:10
Report Croatia   5–7   United States Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Simion (ROU), Antsiferov (RUS)
Score by quarters: 2–2, 1–3, 0–0, 2–2
Đogaš 2 Goals Azevedo 3
16 August 2008
16:40
Report Serbia   15–5   China Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Koryzna (POL), Oshima (JPN)
Score by quarters: 5–2, 2–1, 4–2, 4–0
Šapić 9, Vujasinović 3 Goals Liang 3, Xie 2

18 August 2008
9:30
Report Serbia   12–13   Italy Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Klopper (NED), Antsiferov (RUS)
Score by quarters: 3–3, 2–3, 3–5, 4–2
Šapić 3, Prlainović 2, Filipović 2, Vujasinović 2 Goals Calcaterra 3, Felugo 2, Bencivenga 2, Sottani 2
18 August 2008
14:00
Report United States   8–7   Germany Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Margeta (SLO), Kiszelly (HUN)
Score by quarters: 3–2, 2–1, 2–2, 1–2
Powers 2, Wright 2 Goals Nossek 5
18 August 2008
16:40
Report China   4–16   Croatia Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Score by quarters: 0–4, 0–3, 1–1, 3–8
Wu 2 Goals Barač 4, Joković 3, Đogaš 2, Marković 2, Hinić 2

Classification roundEdit

Bracket
  7th–12th 7th–10th 7th–8th
                           
A4   Australia 17  
B5   Italy 13  
B5   Italy 16  
A6   Canada 11  
  8   Australia 8
  7   Greece 9
B4   Germany 9
A5   Greece 13  
A5   Greece 13  
B6   China 8  
11th–12th 9th–10th
11   Canada 8 9   Italy 10
12   China 7 10   Germany 8

Classification 7th–12thEdit

20 August 2008
09:30
Report Canada   11–13   Italy Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Rak (CRO), Ni (CHN)
Score by quarters: 1–4, 3–2, 3–3, 4–4
Graham 4, Miller 2 Goals Sottani 3, Gallo 2, Felugo 2, Calcaterra 2
20 August 2008
10:50
Report Greece   13–8   China Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Balfanbayev (KAZ), Knights (NZL)
Score by quarters: 3–1, 4–4, 2–0, 4–3
Ntoskas 4, G. Afroudakis 3, C. Afroudakis 2 Goals Xie 3, Wang Yo. 2

Classification 11th–12thEdit

22 August 2008
09:30
Report Canada   8–7   China Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Koryzna (POL), Argyros (GRE)
Score by quarters: 1–1, 3–1, 1–2, 3–3
Boyd 2, Sayegh 2 Goals Yu 2, Han 2

Classification 7th–10thEdit

22 August 2008
10:50
Report Australia   17–16   Italy Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Moliner Molins (ESP), Chaney (USA)
Score by quarters: 4–2, 1–5, 4–0, 1–3  OT: 0–1, 3–2, 4–3 (PS)
McGregor 3, Franklin 2, Figlioli 2, Maitland 2, Martin 2, Whalan 2 Goals Calcaterra 6, Gallo 2, Felugo 2, Angelini 2, Sottani 2
22 August 2008
17:00
Report Germany   9–13   Greece Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Ciric (SRB), Patelli (BRA)
Score by quarters: 3–3, 1–3, 2–4, 3–3
Nossek 3, Schertwitis 2, Kreuzmann 2 Goals Ntoskas 6, Schizas 3, Theodoropoulos 2

Classification 9th–10thEdit

24 August 2008
09:30
Report Italy   10–8   Germany Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Rak (CRO), Hart (AUS)
Score by quarters: 4–3, 1–1, 1–1, 4–3
Calcaterra 5, Gallo 2, Angelini 2 Goals Savic 2, Schertwitis 2, Schlotterbeck 2

Classification 7th–8thEdit

24 August 2008
10:50
Report Australia   8–9   Greece Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Simion (ROU), Pinker (RSA)
Score by quarters: 2–3, 2–2, 3–1, 1–3
Figlioli 3, Campbell 2, Martin 2 Goals Schizas 2, C. Afroudakis 2

Medal roundEdit

Bracket
  Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal game
                           
A1   Hungary 11  
B2   Croatia 6  
A3   Montenegro 9  
A3   Montenegro 7  
      Hungary 14
      United States 10
B1   United States 10
A2   Spain 5  
B3   Serbia 5  
B3   Serbia 9  
5th–6th Bronze medal game
5   Spain 11     Serbia 6
6   Croatia 9 4   Montenegro 4

QuarterfinalsEdit

20 August 2008
16:00
Report Montenegro   7–6   Croatia Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Tulga (TUR), Bock (GER)
Score by quarters: 3–1, 2–3, 1–0, 1–2
N. Janović 2, Ivović 2, Gojković 2 Goals Hinić 2
20 August 2008
17:20
Report Spain   5–9   Serbia Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijinb
Referees:
Turcotte (CAN), Klopper (NED)
Score by quarters: 1–0, 1–5, 1–2, 2v2
Molina 2 Goals Pijetlović 4, Ćirić 2, Vujasinović 2

Classification 5th–6thEdit

24 August 2008
13:00
Report Croatia   9–11   Spain Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Chaney (USA), Kiszelly (HUN)
Score by quarters: 2–0, 3–5, 1–3, 3–3
Bušlje 2, Đogaš 2 Goals X. García 4, Minguell 3, F. Perrone 2

SemifinalsEdit

22 August 2008
18:20
Report Hungary   11–9   Montenegro Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Simion (ROU), Tulga (TUR)
Score by quarters: 3–4, 3–3, 3–0, 2–2
Kiss 3, Madaras 2 Goals N. Janović 2, Uskoković 2, Gojković 2
22 August 2008
19:40
Report   United States 10–5 Serbia   Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Turcotte (CAN), Margeta (SLO)
Score by quarters: 3–3, 2–1, 2–1, 3–0
Azevedo 3, Beaubien 2, Bailey 2 Goals Pijetlović 2, Vujasinović 2

Bronze medal gameEdit

24 August 2008
14:20
Report Montenegro   4–6   Serbia   Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Tulga (TUR), Margeta (SLO)
Score by quarters: 0–2, 1–2, 1–2, 2–0
M. Janović 2 Goals Savić 2

Gold medal gameEdit

24 August 2008
15:40
Report   Hungary   14–10   United States   Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Turcotte (CAN), Brguljan (MNE)
Score by quarters: 6–4, 3–4, 2–1, 3–1
Dá. Varga 3, Biros 3, Dé. Varga 2 Goals Azevedo 4, Beaubien 2, Smith 2

Ranking and statisticsEdit

Final rankingsEdit

Multi-time OlympiansEdit

Five-time Olympian(s): 1 player

Four-time Olympian(s): 10 players

Multiple medalistsEdit

Three-time Olympic medalist(s): 10 players

Leading goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Team Goals Matches
played
Goals
per match
Shots %
1 Alessandro Calcaterra   Italy 27 8 3.375 51 52.9%
2 Georgios Ntoskas   Greece 20 8 2.500 48 41.7%
Aleksandar Šapić   Serbia 8 2.500 56 35.7%
4 Tony Azevedo   United States 17 7 2.429 40 42.5%
5 Maurizio Felugo   Italy 16 8 2.000 41 39.0%
Pietro Figlioli   Australia 7 2.286 44 36.4%
Felipe Perrone   Spain 7 2.286 39 41.0%
8 Valentino Gallo   Italy 15 8 1.875 31 48.4%
9 Xavier García   Spain 14 7 2.000 36 38.9%
10 Péter Biros   Hungary 13 7 1.857 23 56.5%
Mlađan Janović   Montenegro 8 1.625 38 34.2%
Guillermo Molina   Spain 7 1.857 37 35.1%

Source: Official Results Book (page 179)[20][21]

Leading goalkeepersEdit

Rank Goalkeeper Team Saves Matches
played
Saves
per match
Shots %
1 Stefano Tempesti   Italy 83 8 10.375 169 49.1%
2 Merrill Moses   United States 70 7 10.000 117 59.8%
3 Alexander Tchigir   Germany 63 7 9.000 130 48.5%
4 Iñaki Aguilar   Spain 58 7 8.286 107 54.2%
Ge Weiqing   China 7 8.286 143 40.6%
6 Slobodan Soro   Serbia 57 8 7.125 93 61.3%
7 Robin Randall   Canada 55 7 7.857 129 42.6%
8 Miloš Šćepanović   Montenegro 49 8 6.125 99 49.5%
Frano Vićan   Croatia 7 7.000 94 52.1%
10 James Stanton   Australia 48 7 6.857 109 44.0%

Source: Official Results Book (page 175)[20][21]

Leading sprintersEdit

Rank Sprinter Team Sprints
won
Matches
played
Sprints won
per match
Sprints
contested
%
1 Pietro Figlioli   Australia 21 7 3.000 23 91.3%
2 Kevin Graham   Canada 18 7 2.571 23 78.3%
3 Maro Joković   Croatia 16 7 2.286 21 76.2%
4 Tamás Kásás   Hungary 10 7 1.429 12 83.3%
5 Aleksandar Ćirić   Serbia 9 8 1.125 12 75.0%
6 Filip Filipović   Serbia 8 8 1.000 15 53.3%
Tobias Kreuzmann   Germany 7 1.143 12 66.7%
Moritz Oeler   Germany 7 1.143 16 50.0%
Peter Varellas   United States 7 1.143 18 44.4%

Source: Official Results Book (page 178)[20][21]

AwardsEdit

Media All-Star Team[22]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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