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

The women's water polo tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was held from 11 August to 21 August at the Ying Tung Natatorium.[1]

Women's water polo
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
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Tournament details
Host country China
CityBeijing
Venue(s)Ying Tung Natatorium
Dates11–21 August 2008
Teams8 (from 4 confederations)
Competitors103
Final positions
Champions Netherlands (1st title)
Runners-up United States
Third place Australia
Fourth place Hungary
Tournament statistics
Matches20
Goals scored370 (18.5 per match)
Multiple
appearances
3-time Olympian(s): 4
Multiple
medalists
3-time medalist(s): 2
Top scorer(s)Netherlands Daniëlle de Bruijn
(17 goals in 6 matches)
Most savesUnited States Elizabeth Armstrong
(49 saves in 5 matches)
Top sprinter(s)China Wang Yi
(18 sprints won in 5 matches)
2004
2012

Teams from eight nations competed, seeded into two groups for the preliminary round. 20 games were played, 12 of them in the preliminary round (each team played the other teams in the group). Eight games were played in the final round.

FormatEdit

The tournament featured eight teams, separated into two groups of four teams.[2] Each team played the other three teams in its pool once in a round-robin format. The first-place team in each pool qualified directly for the semifinal, the second- and third-place teams moved on to the quarterfinal round, and the fourth-place teams played each other in a seventh place game.[3]

The winners of the quarterfinal games moved on to the semifinals to face the top teams from each pool, while the quarterfinal losers played a fifth place classification game. The semifinal winners played in the gold medal game, while the losers played each other for the bronze.[3]

Preliminary roundEdit

All times are CST (UTC+8).

Group AEdit

Qualified for SF
Qualified for QF
Will play for places 7th–8th
Team
GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
  United States 3 2 1 0 33 27 +6 5
  Italy 3 2 1 0 28 26 +2 5
  China 3 1 0 2 33 33 0 2
  Russia 3 0 0 3 26 34 −8 0


11 August 2008
14:20
Report Russia   8–9   Italy Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Gaetan Turcotte (CAN), Nikolaos Argyros (GRE)
Score by quarters: 3–3, 2–1, 2–3, 1–2
Smurova 2 Goals Miceli 2, di Mario 2
11 August 2008
17:00
Report United States   12–11   China Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Gabor Kiszelly (HUN), Ahmet Erhan Tulga (TUR)
Score by quarters: 3–3, 5–4, 2–2, 2–2
Golda 4, Craig 3, Hayes 2 Goals Gao 3, Teng 2, Sun Yu. 2, Sun H. 2

13 August 2008
15:40
Report United States   9–9   Italy Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Alan Balfanbayev (KAZ), Gabor Kiszelly (HUN)
Score by quarters: 0–2, 4–2, 2–2, 3–3
Hayes 2, Villa 2 Goals Miceli 2, di Mario 2
13 August 2008
17:00
Report Russia   11–13   China Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Gaetan Turcotte (CAN), Torsten Bock (GER)
Score by quarters: 2–3, 5–4, 3–1, 1–5
Pantyulina 3, Vylegzhanina 2 Goals Sun Yu. 4, Gao 2, Sun H. 2

15 August 2008
14:20
Report Russia   7–12   United States Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Jaime Moliner Molins (ESP), Ahmet Erhan Tulga (TUR)
Score by quarters: 0–5, 3–2, 2–4, 2–1
Konukh 2, Turova 2 Goals Golda 3, Villa 2, Gregorka 2
15 August 2008
17:00
Report Italy   10–9   China Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Gabor Kiszelly (HUN), Boris Margeta (SLO)
Score by quarters: 2–2, 4–2, 2–4, 2–1
Casanova 4, di Mario 3 Goals Sun Ya. 3, Wang Yi 2, Qiao 2

Group BEdit

Qualified for SF
Qualified for QF
Will play for places 7th–8th
Team
GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Hungary 3 2 1 0 28 20 +8 5
  Australia 3 2 1 0 25 22 +3 5
  Netherlands 3 1 0 2 27 27 0 2
  Greece 3 0 0 3 16 27 −11 0


11 August 2008
13:00
Report Hungary   11–9   Netherlands Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Massimiliano Caputi (ITA), Radoslaw Piotr Koryzna (POL)
Score by quarters: 3–3, 3–2, 4–3, 1–1
Pelle 4, Kisteleki 2, Stieber 2, Valkai 2 Goals de Bruijn 4, van den Berg 3
11 August 2008
15:40
Report Greece   6–8   Australia Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Decio Jr Patelli (BRA), Boris Margeta (SLO)
Score by quarters: 2–5, 2–2, 1–1, 1–0
Roumpesi 3, Liosi 2 Goals Beadsworth 4, Gofers 2

13 August 2008
13:00
Report Hungary   7–7   Australia Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Mario Brguljan (MNE), Ahmet Erhan Tulga (TUR)
Score by quarters: 1–1, 1–1, 1–2, 4–3
Drávucz 3, Pelle 2, Valkai 2 Goals R. Rippon 2, B. Knox 2, M. Rippon 2
13 August 2008
14:20
Report Greece   6–9   Netherlands Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Shiwei Ni (CHN), Decio Jr Patelli (BRA)
Score by quarters: 3–3, 2–2, 1–3, 0–1
Liosi 2 Goals Cabout 4, de Bruijn 2, van Belkum 2

15 August 2008
13:00
Report Netherlands   9–10   Australia Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Massimiliano Caputi (ITA), Gaetan Turcotte (CAN)
Score by quarters: 1–2, 2–2, 1–2, 5–4
van den Ham 3, van Belkum 2, Sijbring 2 Goals B. Knox 4, Beadsworth 2, Gynther 2
15 August 2008
15:40
Report Hungary   10–4   Greece Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Alan Balfanbayev (KAZ), Decio Jr Patelli (BRA)
Score by quarters: 1–1, 3–1, 3–0, 3–2
Kisteleki 2, Stieber 2, Drávucz 2, Pelle 2 Goals Gerolymou 1, Liosi 1, Roumpesi 1, Asimaki 1

Final roundsEdit

Bracket
  Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal match
                           
A1   United States 9  
A3   China 11  
B2   Australia 8  
B2   Australia 12  
      United States 8
      Netherlands 9
B1   Hungary 7
A2   Italy 11  
B3   Netherlands 8  
B3   Netherlands 13  
5th–6th Bronze medal match
5   China 10     Australia 12
6   Italy 7 4   Hungary 11

7th place matchEdit

All times are CST (UTC+8).


17 August 2008
13:00
Report Russia   12–6   Greece Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Stephen Knights (NZL), Guy Pinker (RSA)
Score by quarters: 3–2, 4–1, 3–1, 2–2
Shepelina 3, Konukh 3, Pantyulina 2, Belyaeva 2 Goals Roumpesi 4

QuarterfinalsEdit

All times are CST (UTC+8).


17 August 2008
14:20
Report China   11–12   Australia Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Decio Jr Patelli (BRA), Jaime Moliner Molins (ESP)
Score by quarters: 4–4, 2–2, 2–4, 3–2
Ma 3, Sun H. 2 Goals Gynther 5, Cuffe 2, M. Rippon 2
17 August 2008
15:40
Report Italy   11–13   Netherlands Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Torsten Bock (GER), Nikolaos Argyros (GRE)
Score by quarters: 2–2, 1–3, 3–2, 2–1  OT: 0–0, 0–0  PSO: 3-5
Zanchi 4, Miceli 2, Bosurgi 2 Goals Cabout 4, de Bruijn 3, Smit 2, van Belkum 2

5th place matchEdit

All times are CST (UTC+8).


19 August 2008
13:00
Report China   10–7   Italy Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Ahmet Erhan Tulga (TUR), Gaetan Turcotte (CAN)
Score by quarters: 3–1, 2–3, 1–3, 4–0
Gao 4, Sun H. 2 Goals di Mario 3, Zanchi 2

SemifinalsEdit

All times are CST (UTC+8).


19 August 2008
14:20
Report United States   9–8   Australia Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Boris Margeta (SLO), Massimiliano Caputi (ITA)
Score by quarters: 2–2, 2–2, 4–1, 1–3
Villa 3
Hayes 2
Golda, Steffens, Gregorka, Craig 1
Goals Gynther 3
R. Rippon 2
Beadsworth, Knox, M. Rippon 1
19 August 2008
15:40
Report Hungary   7–8   Netherlands Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Mario Brguljan (MNE), Sergey Antsiferov (RUS)
Score by quarters: 2–1, 1–3, 3–3, 1–1
Pelle 3
Drávucz, Primász 2
Goals van den Ham, van Belkum 3
Cabout, Sijbring 1

Bronze medal matchEdit

All times are CST (UTC+8).


21 August 2008
17:00
Report   Australia   12–11   Hungary Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Sergey Antsiferov (RUS), Mladen Rak (CRO)
Score by quarters: 2–2, 1–3, 3–1, 1–1  OT: 2–1, 0–1  PSO: 3–2
Knox, Gynther 3
Fraser 2
Beadsworth, R. Rippon, Santoromito, M. Rippon 1
Goals Kisteleki 4
Valkai 3
Drávucz 2
Zantleitner, Pelle 1

Gold medal matchEdit

All times are CST (UTC+8).


21 August 2008
18:20
Report   United States   8–9   Netherlands   Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Referees:
Gabor Kiszelly (HUN), Massimiliano Caputi (ITA)
Score by quarters: 2–4, 3–1, 1–2, 2–2
Steffens 2
Hayes, Villa, Golda, Gregorka, van Norman, Craig 1
Goals de Bruijn 7
van Belkum, van den Ham 1

Ranking and statisticsEdit

Final rankingEdit

Multi-time OlympiansEdit

Three-time Olympian(s): 4 players

Multiple medalistsEdit

Three-time Olympic medalist(s): 2 players

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player GP G
1   Daniëlle de Bruijn (NED) 6 17
2   Kate Gynther (AUS) 6 13
3   Bronwen Knox (AUS) 6 12
  Anikó Pelle (HUN) 5 12
5   Ao Gao (CHN) 5 11
6   Iefke van Belkum (NED) 6 10
  Mieke Cabout (NED) 6 10
  Rita Drávucz (HUN) 5 10
  Tania di Mario (ITA) 5 10
10   Gemma Beadsworth (AUS) 6 9
  Natalie Golda (USA) 5 9
  Marieke van den Ham (NED) 6 9
  Antigoni Roumpesi (GRE) 4 9
  Brenda Villa (USA) 5 9

MedallistsEdit

Gold Silver Bronze
  Netherlands (NED)[1]
Ilse van der Meijden
Yasemin Smit
Mieke Cabout
Biurakn Hakhverdian
Marieke van den Ham
Daniëlle de Bruijn
Iefke van Belkum
Noeki Klein
Gillian van den Berg
Alette Sijbring
Rianne Guichelaar
Simone Koot
Meike de Nooy

Head coach: Robin van Galen
  United States (USA)
Elizabeth Armstrong
Heather Petri
Brittany Hayes
Brenda Villa
Lauren Wenger
Natalie Golda
Patty Cardenas
Jessica Steffens
Elsie Windes
Alison Gregorka
Moriah van Norman
Kami Craig
Jaime Hipp

Head coach: Guy Baker
  Australia (AUS)
Emma Knox
Gemma Beadsworth
Nikita Cuffe
Rebecca Rippon
Suzie Fraser
Bronwen Knox
Taniele Gofers
Kate Gynther
Jenna Santoromito
Mia Santoromito
Melissa Rippon
Amy Hetzel
Alicia McCormack

Head coach: Greg McFadden

AwardsEdit

Media All-Star Team[8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "HistoFINA – Water polo medalists and statistics" (PDF). fina.org. FINA. September 2019. p. 56. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  2. ^ Beijing 2008 - Water Polo Women's Draw
  3. ^ a b "Water Polo Competition format and rules". Beijing 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-09-15.
  4. ^ "Sofia Konukh". olympedia.org. Olympedia. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Elena Smurova". olympedia.org. Olympedia. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Heather Petri". olympedia.org. Olympedia. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Brenda Villa". olympedia.org. Olympedia. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Olympic All Star Teams Announced; Send Your Congratulations To US Olympic Teams". usawaterpolo.org. USA Water Polo. 27 August 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2020.

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