Water polo at the Summer Olympics

Water polo has been part of the Summer Olympics program since the second games, in 1900. A women's water polo tournament was introduced for the 2000 Summer Olympics. Hungary has been the most successful country in men's tournament, while the United States is the only team to win multiple times at the women's tournament since its introduction. Italy is the first and only country to win both the men's and women's water polo tournaments.

Water polo at the Summer Olympics
Water polo pictogram.svg
IOC Discipline CodeWPO
Governing bodyFINA
Events2 (men: 1; women: 1)
Games
Note: demonstration or exhibition sport years indicated in italics

Overall statistics (menwomen)
Champions (menwomen)
Team appearances (menwomen)
Player appearances (menwomen)
Top goalscorers (menwomen)
Goalkeepers (menwomen)
Flag bearers and oath takers
Venues

HistoryEdit

The history of water polo as a team sport began in mid 19th century England and Scotland, where water sports were a feature of county fairs and festivals.[1][2] Water polo has been included in every Summer Olympic Games as a men's competition sport, except 1896. Women's water polo made its debut in the Summer Olympics in 2000.

BeginningsEdit

 
Water polo final at the 1908 London Olympics

Men's water polo was among the first team sports introduced at the modern Olympic Games in 1900. Seven European teams from four countries, including four from the host nation France, took part in the competition. The British team was the inaugural champion.

At the 1904 Summer Olympics, a water polo tournament was contested, three American club teams competed. A German team tried to enter, but its entry was refused because the players did not play for the same club.[3] Previously IOC and International Swimming Federation (FINA) considered water polo event as part of unofficial program in 1904.[4] However, in July 2021 after accepting the recommendation of Olympic historian Bill Mallon, IOC recognized water polo event along with several others as official event of the Olympic program 1904.[5]

From 1908 to 1920, the Great Britain men's national water polo team won three consecutive gold medals at the Olympics, becoming the first water polo team to have an Olympic winning streak (winning three or more Olympic titles in a row).

Hungarian dominanceEdit

Hungary men's national water polo team has participated in 22 of 27 Olympic tournaments, with fifteen Olympic medals (nine gold, three silver and three bronze). From 1928 to 1980, the Hungarians won twelve consecutive medals in water polo. Twenty years later, the team won three gold in a row between 2000 and 2008, becoming the second team to have an Olympic winning streak in water polo.

Blood in the Water matchEdit

The most famous water polo match in Olympic history often referred to as the Blood in the Water match, was a 1956 Summer Olympics semi-final match between Hungary and the Soviet Union, played in Melbourne on 6 December 1956. As the athletes left for the games, the Hungarian revolution began, and the Soviet army crushed the uprising. The match was bloody and violent. The Hungarians defeated the Soviets 4–0 before the game was called off in the final minute to prevent angry Hungarians in the crowd reacting to Soviet player Valentin Prokopov punching Hungarian player Ervin Zádor. Pictures of Zádor's injuries were published around the world, leading to the "Blood in the Water" moniker.[6]

The Hungarians went on to win the Olympic gold medal by defeating Yugoslavia 2–1 in the final.

Addition of women's programEdit

Women's water polo became an Olympic sport at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Six nations competed in the women's tournament with home team Australia winning the gold medal over the United States.

From 2012 to 2021, the United States women's team won three consecutive gold medals at the Summer Olympics, becoming the first women's water polo team to have an Olympic winning streak.

GeographyEdit

Water polo is now popular in many countries around the world, notably Europe (particularly in Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Spain), Australia, Brazil, Canada and the United States.

As of the 2020 Summer Olympics, 51 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) from six continents have sent their water polo teams to the Olympic Games. Men's water polo teams of European NOCs won all 27 official tournaments, while women's teams from Europe, North America and Oceania won all six gold medals. Water polo teams from Africa, Asia and South America have not won an Olympic medal yet.

VenuesEdit

 
Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center was be used at the 2020 Olympics in water polo.

For the Summer Olympics, there are 34 venues that have been or will be used for water polo.

The Seine in Paris hosted the first water polo competitions at the 1900 Olympics. The Forest Park in St. Louis hosted the water polo events for the 1904 Summer Olympics.

The first water polo venue not located on a river or a lake took place at the 1908 London Olympics. It was not until the 1920 Olympics that a separate venue was created for the aquatic venues. The 1948 Games were the first Olympics in which water polo took place both indoors and in more than one venue. The first separate water polo venue that was not connected to other aquatic venues was at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

The Water Polo Arena of the 2012 London Olympics was the first dedicated water polo venue to be built for an Olympics, the structure was taken down after the games.

  1.   Paris 1900: Seine, Paris
  2.   St. Louis 1904: Forest Park, St. Louis
  3.   London 1908: White City Stadium, White City
  4.   Stockholm 1912: Djurgårdsbrunnsviken, Stockholm
  5.   Antwerp 1920: Stade Nautique d'Antwerp, Antwerp
  6.   Paris 1924: Piscine des Tourelles, Paris
  7.   Amsterdam 1928: Olympic Sports Park Swim Stadium, Amsterdam
  8.   Los Angeles 1932: Swimming Stadium, Los Angeles
  9.   Berlin 1936: Olympic Swimming Stadium, Berlin
  10.   London 1948: Empire Pool (final), Wembley; and Finchley Lido, North Finchley
  11.   Helsinki 1952: Swimming Stadium, Helsinki
  12.   Melbourne 1956: Swimming/Diving Stadium, Melbourne
  13.   Rome 1960: Piscina delle Rose and Stadio Olimpico del Nuoto (final), both in Rome
  14.   Tokyo 1964: Tokyo Metropolitan Indoor Swimming Pool, Tokyo
  15.   Mexico City 1968: Francisco Márquez Olympic Pool (final) and University City Swimming Pool, both in Mexico City
  16.   Munich 1972: Dantebad and Schwimmhalle (final), both in Munich
  17.   Montreal 1976: Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard and Olympic Pool (final), both in Montreal
  18.   Moscow 1980: Swimming Pool - Moscow and Swimming Pool - Olimpiysky (final), both in Moscow
  19.   Los Angeles 1984: Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool, Malibu, California
  20.   Seoul 1988: Jamsil Indoor Swimming Pool, Seoul
  21.   Barcelona 1992: Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc and Piscines Bernat Picornell (final), both in Barcelona
  22.   Atlanta 1996: Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta
  23.   Sydney 2000: Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre, Ryde; and Sydney International Aquatic Centre, Sydney
  24.   Athens 2004: Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre, Athens
  25.   Beijing 2008: Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
  26.   London 2012: Water Polo Arena, London
  27.   Rio de Janeiro 2016: Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre and Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
  28.   Tokyo 2020: Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

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EventsEdit

Notes
The X indicates that the tournament was held as a full Olympic medal sport.
The bullet () denotes that it was contested as an unofficial sport.
Event 96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Games
Men's tournament X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 28
Women's tournament X X X X X X 6
Total 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2

RulesEdit

QualificationEdit

Since 2012, the qualifying process consists of five stages:

  1. The team of the host nation qualifies automatically.
  2. No more than one team qualifies as the top team in the FINA World League.
  3. No more than three teams qualify as the top teams in the World Aquatics Championships.
  4. No more than five teams qualify as the continental Olympic qualification tournament champions.
  5. No more than four teams qualify through a world qualifying tournament, in which the best teams which did not qualify directly from each continent compete for the remaining berths.
Men's qualification
Stage Zone Tournament Berths
2012 2016 2020
1 Host nation 1 (from
Europe)
1 (from
Americas)
1 (from
Asia)
2 World – FINA FINA Water Polo World League 1 1   1  
3 World – FINA World Aquatics Championships 3 2   2  
4 Africa – CANA African Continental Selection 0 0   1  
Americas – UANA Pan American Games 1 1   1  
Asia – AASF Asian Water Polo Championship 1 1   1  
Europe – LEN European Water Polo Championship 0 1   1  
Oceania – OSA Oceanian Continental Selection 1 1   1  
5 World – FINA World Qualification Tournament 4 4   3  
Total 12   12   12  
Women's qualification
Stage Zone Tournament Berths
2012 2016 2020
1 Host nation 1 (from
Europe)
1 (from
Americas)
1 (from
Asia)
2 World – FINA FINA Water Polo World League 0 0   1  
3 World – FINA World Aquatics Championships 0 0   1  
4 Africa – CANA African Continental Selection 0 0   1  
Americas – UANA Pan American Games 1 0   1  
Asia – AASF Asian Water Polo Championship 1 1   1  
Europe – LEN European Water Polo Championship 0 1   1  
Oceania – OSA Oceanian Continental Selection 1 1   1  
5 World – FINA World Qualification Tournament 4 4   2  
Total 8 8   10  

PlayersEdit

EligibilityEdit

According to the FINA General Rules,[7] the list below shows the requirements for a player to be eligible to play in international tournaments:

  • "GR 1.1: All competitors shall be registered with their National Federation to be eligible to compete."
  • "GR 2.5: When a competitor or competition official represents his/her country in a competition, he/she shall be a citizen, whether by birth or naturalisation, of the nation he/she represents, provided that a naturalised citizen shall have lived in that country for at least one year prior to that competition. Competitors, who have more than one nationality according to the laws of the respective nations must choose one 'Sport Nationality'. This choice shall be exercised by the first representation of the competitor for one of the countries."
  • "GR 2.6: Any competitor or competition official changing his sport nationality from one national governing body to another must have resided in the territory of and been under the jurisdiction of the latter for at least twelve months prior to his first representation for the country."

Competition formatEdit

For both the men's and women's tournaments at the 2020 Olympics (which was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic),[8] the competition consists of a round-robin group stage followed by a knockout stage. Teams are placed into two groups, with each team playing each other team in its group once. Teams earn 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss. The top four teams in each group advance to the knockout rounds. The knockout rounds are a single-elimination tournament consisting of quarterfinals, semifinals, and the gold and bronze medal matches.

Matches consist of four quarters of eight minutes each. During the knockout rounds, if the score is tied after four quarters (32 minutes), penalty shootouts, which is 5 rounds, plus extra rounds if tied, are used to determine the winner.

Men's tournament
# Year Dates Number of Competition format
Teams Matches
1 1900 11–12 August 7 teams 6 matches Single-elimination tournament
2 1904 5–6 September 3 teams   2 matches  
3 1908 15–22 July 4 teams   4 matches  
4 1912 7–16 July 6 teams   10 matches  
5 1920 22–29 August 12 teams   19 matches   Single-elimination tournament; Bergvall system for second- and third-place
6 1924 13–20 July 13 teams   19 matches  
7 1928 4–11 August 14 teams   18 matches   Single-elimination tournament; Bergvall system for third-place
8 1932 4–13 August 5 teams   8 matches[a]   Round-robin tournament
9 1936 8–15 August 16 teams   40 matches   Round-robin pools advanced teams to the round-robin semi-final pool; round-robin semi-final pools advanced teams to the round-robin final pool
10 1948 28 July – 7 August 18 teams   40 matches[b]   Series of round-robin elimination pools, followed by round-robin semi-final pools, and then round-robin final pools
11 1952 25 July – 2 August 21 teams   56 matches[c]   Single-elimination tournament qualifying; round-robin pools advanced teams to the round-robin semi-final pool; round-robin semi-final pools advanced teams to the round-robin final pool
12 1956 28 November – 7 December 10 teams   29 matches   Round-robin pools advanced teams to the round-robin final pool
13 1960 25 August – 3 September 16 teams   40 matches   Round-robin pools advanced teams to the round-robin semi-final pool; round-robin semi-final pools advanced teams to the round-robin final pool
14 1964 11–18 October 13 teams   31 matches  
15 1968 14–26 October 15 teams   63 matches   Round-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches
16 1972 27 August – 4 September 16 teams   59 matches   Round-robin pools advanced teams to the round-robin final pool
17 1976 18–27 July 12 teams   48 matches  
18 1980 20–29 July 12 teams   48 matches  
19 1984 1–10 August 12 teams   42 matches  
20 1988 21 September – 1 October 12 teams   42 matches   Round-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches
21 1992 1–9 August 12 teams   42 matches  
22 1996 20–28 July 12 teams   48 matches  
23 2000 23 September – 1 October 12 teams   48 matches  
24 2004 15–29 August 12 teams   44 matches  
25 2008 10–24 August 12 teams   44 matches  
26 2012 29 July – 12 August 12 teams   42 matches  
27 2016 6–20 August 12 teams   42 matches  
28 2020 25 July – 8 August 2021[8] 12 teams   42 matches  
# Year Dates Teams Matches Competition format
Number of
Women's tournament
# Year Dates Number of Competition format
Teams Matches
1 2000 16–23 September 6 teams 20 matches Round-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches
2 2004 16–26 August 8 teams   20 matches  
3 2008 11–21 August 8 teams   20 matches  
4 2012 30 July – 9 August 8 teams   24 matches  
5 2016 9–19 August 8 teams   24 matches  
6 2020 24 July – 7 August 2021[8] 10 teams   32 matches  

Sources:

Game rulesEdit

Maximum number of players per teamEdit

Men's tournament
Maximum number of players
1900–1904 1908–1980 1984–2016 2020–
In the playing area of the pool during an Olympic match 7 7   7   7  
During an Olympic match 11 11   13   12[9]  
During an Olympic tournament 11 11   13   13[9]  
per club per nation per nation per nation
Women's tournament
Maximum number of players
2000–2016 2020–
In the playing area of the pool during an Olympic match 7 7  
During an Olympic match 13 12[9]  
During an Olympic tournament 13 13[9]  
per nation per nation

Sources:

Anti-dopingEdit

The FINA follows the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) regulations on performance-enhancing drugs. According to the WADA, a positive in-competition test results in disqualification of the player and a suspension that varies based on the number of offences. When a player tests positive, the rest of their team is subjected to testing; another positive test can result in a disqualification of the entire team.[10][11][12][13]

Men's tournamentEdit

Results summaryEdit

# Year[4] Hosts Gold medal game Bronze medal game Number of teams
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score 4th place
1 1900
Details
 
Paris
 
Great Britain
(Mixed team)
(Osborne Swimming Club)
7–2  
Belgium
(Brussels Swimming and Water Polo Club)
 
France (Mixed team)
(Libellule de Paris)
 
France
(Pupilles de Neptune de Lille #2)
[d] 7
2 1904
Details
 
St. Louis
Water polo was an unofficial sport Water polo was an unofficial sport
3 1908
Details
 
London
 
Great Britain
9–2[e]  
Belgium
 
Sweden
[f]  
Netherlands
4
4 1912
Details
 
Stockholm
 
Great Britain
8–0  
Sweden
 
Belgium
5–4  
Austria
6
5 1920
Details
 
Antwerp
 
Great Britain
3–2  
Belgium
 
Sweden
5–0  
United States
12
6 1924
Details
 
Paris
 
France
3–0  
Belgium
 
United States
3–2  
Sweden
13
7 1928
Details
 
Amsterdam
 
Germany
5–2  
Hungary
 
France
8–1  
Great Britain
14
8 1932
Details
 
Los Angeles
 
Hungary
Round-robin  
Germany
 
United States
Round-robin  
Japan
5
9 1936
Details
 
Berlin
 
Hungary
Round-robin  
Germany
 
Belgium
Round-robin  
France
16
10 1948
Details
 
London
 
Italy
Round-robin  
Hungary
 
Netherlands
Round-robin  
Belgium
18
11 1952
Details
 
Helsinki
 
Hungary
Round-robin  
Yugoslavia
 
Italy
Round-robin  
United States
21
12 1956
Details
 
Melbourne
 
Hungary
Round-robin  
Yugoslavia
 
Soviet Union
Round-robin  
Italy
10
13 1960
Details
 
Rome
 
Italy
Round-robin  
Soviet Union
 
Hungary
Round-robin  
Yugoslavia
16
14 1964
Details
 
Tokyo
 
Hungary
Round-robin  
Yugoslavia
 
Soviet Union
Round-robin  
Italy
13
15 1968
Details
 
Mexico City
 
Yugoslavia
13–11 (aet)  
Soviet Union
 
Hungary
9–4  
Italy
15
16 1972
Details
 
Munich
 
Soviet Union
Round-robin  
Hungary
 
United States
Round-robin  
West Germany
16
17 1976
Details
 
Montreal
 
Hungary
Round-robin  
Italy
 
Netherlands
Round-robin  
Romania
12
18 1980
Details
 
Moscow
 
Soviet Union
Round-robin  
Yugoslavia
 
Hungary
Round-robin  
Spain
12
19 1984
Details
 
Los Angeles
 
Yugoslavia
Round-robin  
United States
 
West Germany
Round-robin  
Spain
12
20 1988
Details
 
Seoul
 
Yugoslavia
9–7 (aet)  
United States
 
Soviet Union
14–13  
West Germany
12
21 1992
Details
 
Barcelona
 
Italy
9–8 (aet)  
Spain
 
Unified Team[g]
8–4  
United States
12
22 1996
Details
 
Atlanta
 
Spain
7–5  
Croatia
 
Italy
20–18 (aet)  
Hungary
12
23 2000
Details
 
Sydney
 
Hungary
13–6  
Russia
 
FR Yugoslavia[h]
8–3  
Spain
12
24 2004
Details
 
Athens
 
Hungary
8–7  
Serbia and Montenegro
 
Russia
6–5  
Greece
12
25 2008
Details
 
Beijing
 
Hungary
14–10  
United States
 
Serbia
6–4  
Montenegro
12
26 2012
Details
 
London
 
Croatia
8–6  
Italy
 
Serbia
12–11  
Montenegro
12
27 2016
Details
 
Rio
 
Serbia
11–7  
Croatia
 
Italy
12–10  
Montenegro
12
28 2020
Details
 
Tokyo
 
Serbia
13–10  
Greece
 
Hungary
9–5  
Spain
12

Sources:

Confederation statisticsEdit

Best performances by tournamentEdit

This is a summary of the best performances of each confederation in each tournament.[4] Last updated: 8 August 2021.

Note: italic number in header means unofficial tournament was held.

Legend
  •  1st  – Champions
  •  2nd  – Runners-up
  •  3rd  – Third place
  •  4th  – Fourth place
  •  Q  – Qualified for forthcoming tournament
Confederation 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20
Africa – CANA 7th 10th 9th 12th 15th 12th 12th
Americas – UANA 4th 3rd 7th 3rd 9th 10th 4th 5th 7th 9th 5th 3rd 7th 5th 2nd 2nd 4th 7th 6th 7th 2nd 8th 10th 6th
Asia – AASF 4th 14th 12th 21st 10th 14th 11th 12th 15th 12th 9th 11th 9th 11th 12th 11th 12th 10th
Europe – LEN 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Oceania – OSA 18th 19th 9th 15th 10th 12th 11th 7th 5th 8th 5th 8th 9th 8th 7th 9th 9th
Total teams 7 4 6 12 13 14 5 16 18 21 10 16 13 15 16 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12

Team statisticsEdit

Rk Rank Ref Reference p. page pp. pages

Comprehensive team results by tournamentEdit

Note: Results of Olympic qualification tournaments are not included. Numbers refer to the final placing of each team at the respective Games; italic number in header means unofficial tournament was held. Last updated: 8 August 2021.

Legend
  •  1  – Champions
  •  2  – Runners-up
  •  3  – Third place
  •  4  – Fourth place
  •   – Qualified but were not allowed to compete
  •   – Disqualified
  •  —  – The nation did not participate in the Games
  •  Q  – Qualified for forthcoming tournament
  •     – Hosts
  • = – More than one team tied for that rank
  • Team – Defunct team
Abbreviation
  • stats – Olympic water polo team statistics
  • EUA – United Team of Germany
  • FRG – West Germany
  • FRY – FR Yugoslavia
  • GDR – East Germany
  • SCG – Serbia and Montenegro
Africa – CANA (2 teams)
Men's team[4] 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
  Egypt (stats) 7 10 13 12 15 12 6
  South Africa 14 9 12 3
Americas – UANA (8 teams)
Men's team[4] 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
  Argentina 13 10 16 11 4
  Brazil (stats) 6 [a] 9 12 13 13 12 8 8
  Canada (stats) 16 9 10 11 4
  Chile 17 1
  Cuba 8 9 7 5 8 5
  Mexico 18 11 13 10 4
  United States (stats) 4 3 7 3 9 11 4 5 7 9 5 3 2 2 4 7 6 7 2 8 10 6 22
  Uruguay 13 16 2
Asia – AASF (7 teams)
Men's team[4] 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
  PR China 9 11 12 3
  India 12 21 2
  Iran 12 1
  Japan (stats) 4 14 14 11 12 15 11 12 10 9
  Kazakhstan (stats) Part of Soviet Union [g] 9 11 11 11 4
  Singapore 10 1
  South Korea 12 1
Europe – LEN (34 teams)
Men's team[4] 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
  Austria 4 7 13 3
  Belgium (stats) 2 2 3 2 2 6 3 4 6 16 7 11
  Bulgaria 11 12 2
  Croatia (stats) Part of Yugoslavia 2 7 10 6 1 2 5 7
  Czechoslovakia 12 6 10 11 12 Defunct 5
  East Germany Part of Germany P. of EUA 6 Part of Germany 1
  France (stats) 3[d] 6 9 1 3 4 6 10 10 11 11 11
  Germany (stats) =5 1 2 2 15 See EUA See FRG and GDR 7 9 5 10 9
  Great Britain (stats) 1 1 1 1 8 4 8 13 12 7 12 11
Men's team 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
  Greece (stats) 8 13 15 14 14 10 8 9 10 6 10 4 7 9 6 2 16
  Hungary (stats) 5 5 2 1 1 2 1 1 3 1 3 2 1 3 5 6 4 1 1 1 5 5 3 23
  Iceland 15 1
  Ireland 9 14 2
  Italy (stats) 10 11 1 3 4 1 4 4 6 2 8 7 7 1 3 5 8 9 2 3 7 21
  Luxembourg 11 1
  Malta 8 16 2
  Montenegro (stats) Part of Yugoslavia P. of FRY / SCG 4 4 4 8 4
Men's team 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
  Netherlands (stats) 4 5 7 5 5 3 5 8 8 7 7 3 6 6 9 10 11 17
  Portugal 20 1
  Romania (stats) 17 8 5 5 8 4 9 11 10 9
  Russian Federation (stats) Part of Soviet Union [g] 5 2 3 3
  Serbia (stats) Part of Yugoslavia P. of FRY / SCG 3 3 1 1 4
  Serbia and Montenegro (stats) Part of Yugoslavia See FRY 2 Defunct 1
  Slovakia Part of Czechoslovakia 12 1
  Soviet Union[i] (stats) 7 3 2 3 2 1 8 1 3 Defunct 9
  Spain (stats) 7 10 9 8 8 9 10 4 4 6 2 1 4 6 5 6 7 4 18
Men's team 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
  Sweden (stats) 3 2 3 4 6 5 11 11 8
  Switzerland 11 12 12 12 14 5
  Ukraine Part of Soviet Union [g] 12 1
  Unified Team[g] (stats) Part of Soviet Union 3 Defunct 1
  United Team of Germany (stats) See Germany 6 6 6 See FRG and GDR See Germany 3
  West Germany (stats) Part of Germany P. of EUA 10 4 6 3 4 Part of Germany 5
  Yugoslavia (stats) 10 9 2 2 4 2 1 5 5 2 1 1 Defunct 12
  FR Yugoslavia[h] (stats) Part of Yugoslavia 8 3 Defunct 2
Oceania – OSA (1 team)
Men's team[4] 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
  Australia (stats) 18 19 9 15 10 [j] 12 11 7 5 8 5 8 9 8 7 9 9 17
Total teams 7 4 6 12 13 14 5 16 18 21 10 16 13 15 16 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12

Finishes in the top fourEdit

The following table is pre-sorted by total finishes in the top four (in descending order), number of Olympic gold medals (in descending order), number of Olympic silver medals (in descending order), number of Olympic bronze medals (in descending order), name of the team (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 8 August 2021.

Legend
  • Year* – As host team
  • Team – Defunct team
Rk Men's team[4] Total Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place First Last
1   Hungary 17 9 (1932, 1936, 1952, 1956, 1964, 1976, 2000, 2004, 2008) 3 (1928, 1948, 1972) 4 (1960, 1968, 1980, 2020) 1 (1996) 1928 2020
2   Italy 11 3 (1948, 1960*, 1992) 2 (1976, 2012) 3 (1952, 1996, 2016) 3 (1956, 1964, 1968) 1948 2016
3   United States 9 3 (1984*, 1988, 2008) 3 (1924, 1932*, 1972) 3 (1920, 1952, 1992) 1920 2008
4   Yugoslavia 8 3 (1968, 1984, 1988) 4 (1952, 1956, 1964, 1980) 1 (1960) 1952 1988
5   Soviet Union 7 2 (1972, 1980*) 2 (1960, 1968) 3 (1956, 1964, 1988) 1956 1988
6   Belgium 7 4 (1900, 1908, 1920*, 1924) 2 (1912, 1936) 1 (1948) 1900 1948
7   Spain 6 1 (1996) 1 (1992*) 4 (1980, 1984, 2000, 2020) 1980 2020
8   Great Britain 5 4 (1900, 1908*, 1912, 1920) 1 (1928) 1900 1928
9   France 5 1 (1924*) 3 (1900*×2[d], 1928) 1 (1936) 1900 1936
10   Serbia 4 2 (2016, 2020) 2 (2008, 2012) 2008 2020
11   Sweden 4 1 (1912*) 2 (1908, 1920) 1 (1924) 1908 1924
12   Croatia 3 1 (2012) 2 (1996, 2016) 1996 2016
  Germany 1 (1928) 2 (1932, 1936*) 1928 1936
14   Netherlands 3 2 (1948, 1976) 1 (1908) 1908 1976
15   West Germany 3 1 (1984) 2 (1972*, 1988) 1972 1988
16   Montenegro 3 3 (2008, 2012, 2016) 2008 2016
17   Russia 2 1 (2000) 1 (2004) 2000 2004
18   Greece 2 1 (2020) 1 (2004*) 2004 2020
19   Serbia and Montenegro 1 1 (2004) 2004 2004
20   FR Yugoslavia[h] 1 1 (2000) 2000 2000
  Unified Team[g] 1 (1992) 1992 1992
22   Austria 1 1 (1912) 1912 1912
  Japan 1 (1932) 1932 1932
  Romania 1 (1976) 1976 1976
Rk Men's team Total Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place First Last

Medal tableEdit

The following table is pre-sorted by number of Olympic gold medals (in descending order), number of Olympic silver medals (in descending order), number of Olympic bronze medals (in descending order), name of the team (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 31 December 2021.

Hungary is the most successful country in the men's Olympic water polo tournament, with nine gold, three silver and four bronze.[4]

Legend
  • Team – Defunct team
RankMen's teamGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Hungary (HUN)93416
2  Yugoslavia (YUG)3407
3  Italy (ITA)3238
4  Great Britain (GBR)[k]3003
5  Soviet Union (URS)2237
6  Serbia (SRB)2024
7  United States (USA)[l]1449
8  Croatia (CRO)1203
  Germany (GER)1203
10  Spain (ESP)1102
11  France (FRA)[d]1023
12  Mixed team (ZZX)1012
13  Belgium (BEL)0426
14  Sweden (SWE)0123
15  Russia (RUS)0112
  Serbia and Montenegro (SCG)[h]0112
17  Greece (GRE)0101
18  Netherlands (NED)0022
19  Unified Team (EUN)[g]0011
  West Germany (FRG)0011
Totals (20 entries)28282985

Champions (results, squads)Edit

Champions (results)

 
Serbia men's national water polo team celebrated after the gold medal match of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The following table shows results of Olympic champions in men's water polo by tournament. Last updated: 8 August 2021.

Legend
  •  6  – Winning 6 matches during the tournament
  •  4  – Drawing 4 matches during the tournament
  •  2  – Losing 2 matches during the tournament
  •  100.0%  – Winning all matches during the tournament
  •  Team  – Olympic winning streak (winning three or more Olympic titles in a row)
  •  Team  – Host team
  • Team – Defunct team
Abbreviation
  • MP – Matches played
  • W – Won
  • D – Drawn
  • L – Lost
  • GF – Goals for
  • GA – Goals against
  • GD – Goal difference
  • GF/MP – Goals for per match
  • GA/MP – Goals against per match
  • GD/MP – Goal difference per match
Results of champions by tournament
# Men's tournament Champions MP W D L Win % GF GA GD GF/MP GA/MP GD/MP
1   Paris 1900   Great Britain (1st title) 3 3 0 0 100.0% 29 3 26 9.667 1.000 8.667
2   St. Louis 1904 Water polo was an unofficial sport
3   London 1908   Great Britain (2nd title) 1[e] 1 0 0 100.0% 9 2 7 9.000 2.000 7.000
4   Stockholm 1912   Great Britain (3rd title) 3 3 0 0 100.0% 21 8 13 7.000 2.667 4.333
5   Antwerp 1920   Great Britain (4th title) 3 3 0 0 100.0% 19 4 15 6.333 1.333 5.000
6   Paris 1924   France (1st title) 4 4 0 0 100.0% 16 6 10 4.000 1.500 2.500
7   Amsterdam 1928   Germany (1st title) 3 3 0 0 100.0% 18 10 8 6.000 3.333 2.667
8   Los Angeles 1932   Hungary (1st title) 3[a] 3 0 0 100.0% 30 2 28 10.000 0.667 9.333
9   Berlin 1936   Hungary (2nd title) 7 6 1 0 85.7% 44 4 40 6.286 0.571 5.714
10   London 1948   Italy (1st title) 7[b] 6 1 0 85.7% 35 14 21 5.000 2.000 3.000
11   Helsinki 1952   Hungary (3rd title) 8 6 2 0 75.0% 53 16 37 6.625 2.000 4.625
12   Melbourne 1956   Hungary (4th title) 6 6 0 0 100.0% 26 4 22 4.333 0.667 3.667
13   Rome 1960   Italy (2nd title) 7 6 1 0 85.7% 31 12 19 4.429 1.714 2.714
14   Tokyo 1964   Hungary (5th title) 6 5 1 0 83.3% 34 13 21 5.667 2.167 3.500
15   Mexico City 1968   Yugoslavia (1st title) 9 7 1 1 77.8% 86 35 51 9.556 3.889 5.667
16   Munich 1972   Soviet Union (1st title) 8 6 2 0 75.0% 48 24 24 6.000 3.000 3.000
17   Montreal 1976   Hungary (6th title) 8 7 1 0 87.5% 45 32 13 5.625 4.000 1.625
18   Moscow 1980   Soviet Union (2nd title) 8 8 0 0 100.0% 58 31 27 7.250 3.875 3.375
19   Los Angeles 1984   Yugoslavia (2nd title) 7 6 1 0 85.7% 72 44 28 10.286 6.286 4.000
20   Seoul 1988   Yugoslavia (3rd title) 7 6 0 1 85.7% 83 55 28 11.857 7.857 4.000
21   Barcelona 1992   Italy (3rd title) 7 5 2 0 71.4% 59 50 9 8.429 7.143 1.286
22   Atlanta 1996   Spain (1st title) 8 6 0 2 75.0% 58 48 10 7.250 6.000 1.250
23   Sydney 2000   Hungary (7th title) 8 6 0 2 75.0% 78 57 21 9.750 7.125 2.625
24   Athens 2004   Hungary (8th title) 7 7 0 0 100.0% 59 39 20 8.429 5.571 2.857
25   Beijing 2008   Hungary (9th title) 7 6 1 0 85.7% 85 55 30 12.143 7.857 4.286
26   London 2012   Croatia (1st title) 8 8 0 0 100.0% 73 42 31 9.125 5.250 3.875
27   Rio 2016   Serbia (1st title) 8 5 2 1 62.5% 80 66 14 10.000 8.250 1.750
28   Tokyo 2020   Serbia (2nd title) 8 6 0 2 75.0% 103 71 32 12.875 8.875 4.000
# Men's tournament Total 169 144 16 9 85.2% 1352 747 605 8.000 4.420 3.580
Champions MP W D L Win % GF GA GD GF/MP GA/MP GD/MP

Sources:

Champions (squads)

The following table shows number of players and average age, height and weight of Olympic champions in men's water polo by tournament. Last updated: 30 August 2021.

Legend
  •  Team  – Olympic winning streak
  •  Team  – Winning all matches during the tournament
  •  Team  – Host team
  • Team – Defunct team
Winning squads by tournament
# Men's tournament Champions Players Returning Olympians Average
Number Number % Age Height Weight
1   Paris 1900   Great Britain (1st title) 7 0 0.0%
2   St. Louis 1904 Water polo was an unofficial sport
3   London 1908   Great Britain (2nd title) 7 0 0.0% 26 years, 111 days
4   Stockholm 1912   Great Britain (3rd title) 7 4 57.1% 29 years, 16 days
5   Antwerp 1920   Great Britain (4th title) 7 3 42.9% 33 years, 279 days
6   Paris 1924   France (1st title) 7 3 42.9% 26 years, 303 days
7   Amsterdam 1928   Germany (1st title) 8 0 0.0% 24 years, 329 days
8   Los Angeles 1932   Hungary (1st title) 10 7 70.0% 27 years, 291 days
9   Berlin 1936   Hungary (2nd title) 11 5 45.5% 26 years, 66 days
10   London 1948   Italy (1st title) 9 0 0.0% 30 years, 203 days
11   Helsinki 1952   Hungary (3rd title) 13 6 46.2% 26 years, 337 days
12   Melbourne 1956   Hungary (4th title) 12 7 58.3% 26 years, 148 days 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[m] 80 kg (176 lb)[n]
13   Rome 1960   Italy (2nd title) 12 3 25.0% 22 years, 363 days 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 81 kg (179 lb)
14   Tokyo 1964   Hungary (5th title) 12 10 83.3% 28 years, 208 days 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 82 kg (181 lb)
15   Mexico City 1968   Yugoslavia (1st title) 11 5 45.5% 26 years, 151 days 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 94 kg (207 lb)
16   Munich 1972   Soviet Union (1st title) 11 5 45.5% 26 years, 351 days 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 87 kg (192 lb)
17   Montreal 1976   Hungary (6th title) 11 6 54.5% 25 years, 333 days 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb)
18   Moscow 1980   Soviet Union (2nd title) 11 4 36.4% 25 years, 117 days 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 87 kg (192 lb)
19   Los Angeles 1984   Yugoslavia (2nd title) 13 3 23.1% 23 years, 362 days 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 92 kg (203 lb)
20   Seoul 1988   Yugoslavia (3rd title) 13 6 46.2% 23 years, 341 days 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 94 kg (207 lb)
21   Barcelona 1992   Italy (3rd title) 13 7 53.8% 26 years, 224 days 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[o] 81 kg (179 lb)[p]
22   Atlanta 1996   Spain (1st title) 13 9 69.2% 26 years, 279 days 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 81 kg (179 lb)
23   Sydney 2000   Hungary (7th title) 13 5 38.5% 25 years, 254 days 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 93 kg (205 lb)
24   Athens 2004   Hungary (8th title) 13 10 76.9% 27 years, 344 days 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 96 kg (212 lb)
25   Beijing 2008   Hungary (9th title) 13 9 69.2% 29 years, 248 days 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
26   London 2012   Croatia (1st title) 13 8 61.5% 29 years, 85 days 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 102 kg (225 lb)
27   Rio 2016   Serbia (1st title) 13 9 69.2% 28 years, 205 days 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 96 kg (212 lb)
28   Tokyo 2020   Serbia (2nd title) 13 10 76.9% 31 years, 250 days 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb)
# Men's tournament Champions Number Number % Age Height Weight
Players Returning Olympians Average

Sources:

Team recordsEdit

Player statisticsEdit

Rk Rank Ref Reference (C) Captain
Pos Playing position FP Field player GK Goalkeeper
L/R Handedness L Left-handed R Right-handed
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Multiple appearances (five-time Olympians)Edit

 
Manuel Estiarte of Spain is the only water polo player to compete at six Olympic Games (1980–2000).

The following table is pre-sorted by number of Olympic appearances (in descending order), year of the last Olympic appearance (in ascending order), year of the first Olympic appearance (in ascending order), date of birth (in ascending order), name of the player (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 26 July 2021.

Seventeen athletes competed in water polo at five or more Olympic Games between 1900 and 2020 inclusive. Paul Radmilovic, representing Great Britain, is the first water polo player to compete at five Olympics (1908–1928).[14]

Four players (Manuel Estiarte, Salvador Gómez, Jesús Rollán and Jordi Sans) were all members of the Spain men's national water polo team (1988–2000). Manuel Estiarte is the first and only water polo player (man or woman) to compete at six Olympics (1980–2000).[15] Jesús Rollán is the first water polo goalkeeper of either gender to compete at five Olympics (1984–2004).[16]

Tony Azevedo of the United States is the first non-European water polo player to compete at five Olympic Games (2000–2016).[17]

Italian goalkeeper Stefano Tempesti competed at five Olympics between 2000 and 2016.[18]

Legend and abbreviation
  •     – Hosts
  • Apps – Appearances
Male athletes who competed in water polo at five or more Olympics
Apps Player Birth Height Men's team Pos Water polo tournaments Period
(age of
first/last)
Medals Ref
1 2 3 4 5 6 G S B T
6 Manuel Estiarte 1961 1.78 m
(5 ft 10 in)
  Spain FP 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 20 years
(18/38)
1 1 0 2 [15]
5 Paul Radmilovic 1886 1.80 m
(5 ft 11 in)
  Great Britain FP 1908 1912 1920 1924 1928 20 years
(22/42)
3 0 0 3 [14]
Dezső Gyarmati 1927 1.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
  Hungary FP 1948 1952 1956 1960 1964 16 years
(20/36)
3 1 1 5 [19]
Gianni De Magistris 1950 1.85 m
(6 ft 1 in)
  Italy FP 1968 1972 1976 1980 1984 16 years
(17/33)
0 1 0 1 [20]
Jordi Sans 1965 1.80 m
(5 ft 11 in)
  Spain FP 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 16 years
(18/35)
1 1 0 2 [21]
George Mavrotas 1967 1.75 m
(5 ft 9 in)
  Greece FP 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 16 years
(17/33)
0 0 0 0 [22]
Salvador Gómez 1968 1.94 m
(6 ft 4 in)
  Spain FP 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 16 years
(20/36)
1 1 0 2 [23]
Jesús Rollán 1968 1.87 m
(6 ft 2 in)
  Spain GK 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 16 years
(20/36)
1 1 0 2 [16]
Tibor Benedek 1972 1.90 m
(6 ft 3 in)
  Hungary FP 1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 16 years
(20/36)
3 0 0 3 [24]
Igor Hinić 1975 2.02 m
(6 ft 8 in)
  Croatia FP 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 16 years
(20/36)
1 1 0 2 [25]
Tamás Kásás 1976 2.00 m
(6 ft 7 in)
  Hungary FP 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 16 years
(20/36)
3 0 0 3 [26]
Georgios Afroudakis 1976 1.94 m
(6 ft 4 in)
  Greece FP 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 16 years
(19/35)
0 0 0 0 [27]
Stefano Tempesti 1979 2.05 m
(6 ft 9 in)
  Italy GK 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016 16 years
(21/37)
0 1 1 2 [18]
Tony Azevedo 1981 1.85 m
(6 ft 1 in)
  United States FP 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016 16 years
(18/34)
0 1 0 1 [17]
Jesse Smith 1983 1.93 m
(6 ft 4 in)
  United States FP 2004 2008 2012 2016 2020 17 years
(21/38)
0 1 0 1 [28]
Xavier García 1984 1.98 m
(6 ft 6 in)
  Spain FP 2004 2008 2012 17 years
(20/37)
0 1 0 1 [29]
  Croatia FP 2016 2020
Pietro Figlioli 1984 1.91 m
(6 ft 3 in)
  Australia FP 2004 2008 17 years
(20/37)
0 1 1 2 [30]
  Italy FP 2012 2016 2020
Apps Player Birth Height Men's team Pos 1 2 3 4 5 6 Period
(age of
first/last)
G S B T Ref
Water polo tournaments Medals

Multiple medalistsEdit

The following table is pre-sorted by total number of Olympic medals (in descending order), number of Olympic gold medals (in descending order), number of Olympic silver medals (in descending order), year of receiving the last Olympic medal (in ascending order), year of receiving the first Olympic medal (in ascending order), name of the player (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 11 August 2021.

Eleven male athletes won four or more Olympic medals in water polo. Among them, seven were members of the Hungary men's national water polo team. Dezső Gyarmati is the first and only athlete (man or woman) to win five Olympic medals in water polo (three gold, one silver and one bronze).[19]

Filip Filipović, Duško Pijetlović and Andrija Prlainović, all representing Serbia, won four consecutive Olympic medals between 2008 and 2021.[31][32][33]

Legend
  •     – Hosts
Male athletes who won four or more Olympic medals in water polo
Rk Player Birth Height Men's team Pos Water polo tournaments Period
(age of
first/last)
Medals Ref
1 2 3 4 5 G S B T
1 Dezső Gyarmati 1927 1.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
  Hungary FP 1948 1952 1956 1960 1964 16 years
(20/36)
3 1 1 5 [19]
2 György Kárpáti 1935 1.67 m
(5 ft 6 in)
  Hungary FP 1952 1956 1960 1964 12 years
(17/29)
3 0 1 4 [34]
3 László Jeney 1923 1.81 m
(5 ft 11 in)
  Hungary GK 1948 1952 1956 1960 12 years
(25/37)
2 1 1 4 [35]
4 Mihály Mayer 1933 1.85 m
(6 ft 1 in)
  Hungary FP 1956 1960 1964 1968 12 years
(22/34)
2 0 2 4 [36]
Filip Filipović 1987 1.96 m
(6 ft 5 in)
  Serbia FP 2008 2012 2016 2020 13 years
(21/34)
2 0 2 4 [31]
Duško Pijetlović 1985 1.97 m
(6 ft 6 in)
  Serbia FP 2008 2012 2016 2020 13 years
(23/36)
2 0 2 4 [32]
Andrija Prlainović 1987 1.87 m
(6 ft 2 in)
  Serbia FP 2008 2012 2016 2020 13 years
(21/34)
2 0 2 4 [33]
8 András Bodnár 1942 1.80 m
(5 ft 11 in)
  Hungary FP 1960 1964 1968 1972 12 years
(18/30)
1 1 2 4 [37]
Endre Molnár 1945 1.85 m
(6 ft 1 in)
  Hungary GK 1968 1972 1976 1980 12 years
(23/35)
1 1 2 4 [38]
István Szívós Jr. 1948 2.02 m
(6 ft 8 in)
  Hungary FP 1968 1972 1976 1980 12 years
(20/32)
1 1 2 4 [39]
11 Joseph Pletincx 1888   Belgium FP 1908 1912 1920 1924 16 years
(20/36)
0 3 1 4 [40]
Rk Player Birth Height Men's team Pos 1 2 3 4 5 Period
(age of
first/last)
G S B T Ref
Water polo tournaments Medals

Sources:

Multiple gold medalistsEdit

 
Paul Radmilovic, representing Great Britain, won three gold medals in water polo at the 1908, 1912 and 1920 Olympics.

The following table is pre-sorted by number of Olympic gold medals (in descending order), number of Olympic silver medals (in descending order), number of Olympic bronze medals (in descending order), year of receiving the last Olympic gold medal (in ascending order), year of receiving the first Olympic gold medal (in ascending order), name of the player (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 31 March 2021.

Ten athletes won three or more Olympic gold medals in water polo. Six players (Tibor Benedek, Péter Biros, Tamás Kásás, Gergely Kiss, Tamás Molnár and Zoltán Szécsi) were all members of the Hungary men's national water polo team that won three consecutive Olympic gold medals in 2000, 2004 and 2008.[24][41][26][42][43][44]

There are thirty-one male athletes who won two Olympic gold medals in water polo.

Legend
  •     – Hosts
Male athletes who won three or more Olympic gold medals in water polo
Rk Player Birth Height Men's team Pos Water polo tournaments Period
(age of
first/last)
Medals Ref
1 2 3 4 5 G S B T
1 Dezső Gyarmati 1927 1.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
  Hungary FP 1948 1952 1956 1960 1964 16 years
(20/36)
3 1 1 5 [19]
2 György Kárpáti 1935 1.67 m
(5 ft 6 in)
  Hungary FP 1952 1956 1960 1964 12 years
(17/29)
3 0 1 4 [34]
3 Paul Radmilovic 1886 1.80 m
(5 ft 11 in)
  Great Britain FP 1908 1912 1920 1924 1928 20 years
(22/42)
3 0 0 3 [14]
Charles Smith 1879 1.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
  Great Britain GK 1908 1912 1920 1924 16 years
(29/45)
3 0 0 3 [45]
Tibor Benedek 1972 1.90 m
(6 ft 3 in)
  Hungary FP 1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 16 years
(20/36)
3 0 0 3 [24]
Péter Biros 1976 1.96 m
(6 ft 5 in)
  Hungary FP 2000 2004 2008 2012 12 years
(24/36)
3 0 0 3 [41]
Tamás Kásás 1976 2.00 m
(6 ft 7 in)
  Hungary FP 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 16 years
(20/36)
3 0 0 3 [26]
Gergely Kiss 1977 1.98 m
(6 ft 6 in)
  Hungary FP 2000 2004 2008 2012 12 years
(22/34)
3 0 0 3 [42]
Tamás Molnár 1975 1.93 m
(6 ft 4 in)
  Hungary FP 2000 2004 2008 8 years
(25/33)
3 0 0 3 [43]
Zoltán Szécsi 1977 1.98 m
(6 ft 6 in)
  Hungary GK 2000 2004 2008 2012 12 years
(22/34)
3 0 0 3 [44]
Rk Player Birth Height Men's team Pos 1 2 3 4 5 Period
(age of
first/last)
G S B T Ref
Water polo tournaments Medals

Top goalscorers (one match, one tournament, all-time)Edit

Top goalscorers (one match)

Top goalscorers (one tournament)

 
Eraldo Pizzo of Italy scored 29 goals at the 1968 Olympics.

The following table is pre-sorted by number of goals (in descending order), edition of the Olympics (in ascending order), number of matches played (in ascending order), name of the player (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 1 April 2021.

Five male players have scored 25 or more goals in an Olympic water polo tournament.

Spaniard Manuel Estiarte is the first and only water polo player to achieve this feat twice. At the 1984 Summer Olympics, Estiarte netted 34 goals, setting the record for the most goals scored by a water polo player in a single Olympic tournament. Four years later, he scored 27 goals in Seoul.[46]

The most recent player to scoring 25 or more goals in a tournament was Alessandro Calcaterra, with Italy men's national team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[47]

Legend
  •  Team  – Host team
  • Player – Player who won the tournament with his team
Male players with 25 or more goals in an Olympic tournament
Rk Year Player Birth Age Height L/R Goals Matches
played
Goals
per
match
Men's team Finish Ref
1 1984 Manuel Estiarte 1961 22 1.78 m
(5 ft 10 in)
Right 34 7 4.857   Spain 4th of 12
teams
[46]
2 1968 Nico van der Voet 1944 24 1.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
33 9 3.667   Netherlands 7th of 15
teams
[48]
3 1968 Eraldo Pizzo 1938 30 1.87 m
(6 ft 2 in)
Right 29 9 3.222   Italy 4th of 15
teams
[49]
4 1988 Manuel Estiarte (2) 1961 26 1.78 m
(5 ft 10 in)
Right 27 7 3.857   Spain 6th of 12
teams
[46]
2008 Alessandro Calcaterra 1975 33 1.87 m
(6 ft 2 in)
Right 27 8 3.375   Italy 9th of 12
teams
[47]
6 1968 Rubén Junco 1950 18 1.54 m
(5 ft 1 in)
26 8 3.250   Cuba 8th of 15
teams
[50]
Rk Year Player Birth Age Height L/R Goals Matches
played
Goals
per
match
Men's team Finish Ref

Sources:

 
Filip Filipović scored 19 goals at the 2016 Olympics, helping Serbia win gold. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the men's water polo tournament.

The following table is pre-sorted by edition of the Olympics (in ascending order), number of matches played (in ascending order), name of the player (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 1 April 2021.

Hans Schneider of Germany scored 22 goals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics,[51] which stood as an Olympic water polo record for one Games until 1968, when the Dutch player Nico van der Voet netted 33 goals in Mexico City.[48]

At 18 years old, Manuel Estiarte of Spain made his Olympic debut at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, where he was the youngest-ever male top goalscorer with 21 goals. He was also the top goalscorer at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and the 1988 Seoul Olympics, with 34 and 27 goals, respectively. He was the joint top goalscorer at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with 22 goals.[46]

Hungarian left-handed player Tibor Benedek was the joint top goalscorer at the 1992 Games with 22 goals, and the top goalscorer at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics with 19 goals.[52]

Aleksandar Šapić, representing FR Yugoslavia, was the top goalscorer at the 2000 Sydney Olympics with 18 goals. Four years later, he netted 18 goals for Serbia and Montenegro, becoming the top goalscorer at the 2004 Athens Olympics.[53]

31-year-old István Szívós Sr. scored 16 goals for Hungary at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics,[54] which stood as an age record for the oldest top goalscorer in a single Olympic water polo tournament until 2008, when 33-year-old Alessandro Calcaterra of Italy netted 27 goals in Beijing.[47]

Left-hander Filip Filipović of Serbia was the joint top goalscorer at the 2016 Olympics, with 19 goals. He netted two goals in the gold medal match, helping the Serbian team win the Olympics.[55]

Legend
  •  Team  – Host team
  • Player – Player who won the tournament with his team
Male players with the most goals in each Olympic tournament
Year Player Birth Age Height L/R Goals Matches
played
Goals
per
match
Men's team Finish Ref
1900 John Jarvis 1872 28 6 1 6.000   Great Britain 1st of 7
teams
[56]
1908 Fernand Feyaerts 1880 27–28 8 3 2.667   Belgium 2nd of 4
teams
[57]
1912 Robert Andersson 1886 25 9 4 2.250   Sweden 2nd of 6
teams
[58]
1920 Erik Andersson 1896 24 10 4 2.500   Sweden 3rd of 12
teams
[59]
1924 Pierre Dewin 1894 29–30 14 5 2.800   Belgium 2nd of 13
teams
[60]
1928 Ferenc Keserű 1903 24 1.55 m
(5 ft 1 in)
10 4 2.500   Hungary 2nd of 14
teams
[61]
1932 Philip Daubenspeck 1905 26 14 4 3.500   United States 3rd of 5
teams
[62]
1936 Hans Schneider 1909 26 22 7 3.143   Germany 2nd of 16
teams
[51]
1948 Aldo Ghira 1920 28 18[b] 7[b] 2.571   Italy 1st of 18
teams
[63]
1952 Ruud van Feggelen 1924 28 16[c] 8[c] 2.000   Netherlands 5th of 21
teams
[64]
István Szívós Sr. 1920 31 1.85 m
(6 ft 1 in)
Right 16 8 2.000   Hungary 1st of 21
teams
[54]
1956 Petre Mshvenieradze 1929 27 1.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
11 7 1.571   Soviet Union 3rd of 10
teams
[65]
1960 Fred Tisue 1938 21 1.75 m
(5 ft 9 in)
12 7 1.714   United States 7th of 16
teams
[66]
Aurel Zahan 1938 22 1.83 m
(6 ft 0 in)
12 7 1.714   Romania 5th of 16
teams
[67]
1964 Nico van der Voet 1944 20 1.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
10 7 1.429   Netherlands 8ht of 13
teams
[48]
1968 Nico van der Voet (2) 1944 24 1.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
33 9 3.667   Netherlands 7th of 15
teams
[48]
1972 Carlos Sánchez 1952 20 1.71 m
(5 ft 7 in)
18 9 2.000   Cuba 9th of 16
teams
[68]
1976 Tamás Faragó 1952 23 1.94 m
(6 ft 4 in)
Right 22 8 2.750   Hungary 1st of 12
teams
[69]
1980 Manuel Estiarte 1961 18 1.78 m
(5 ft 10 in)
Right 21 8 2.625   Spain 4th of 12
teams
[46]
1984 Manuel Estiarte (2) 1961 22 1.78 m
(5 ft 10 in)
Right 34 7 4.857   Spain 4th of 12
teams
[46]
1988 Manuel Estiarte (3) 1961 26 1.78 m
(5 ft 10 in)
Right 27 7 3.857   Spain 6th of 12
teams
[46]
1992 Tibor Benedek 1972 20 1.90 m
(6 ft 3 in)
Left 22 7 3.143   Hungary 6th of 12
teams
[52]
Manuel Estiarte (4) 1961 30 1.78 m
(5 ft 10 in)
Right 22 7 3.143   Spain 2nd of 12
teams
[46]
1996 Tibor Benedek (2) 1972 24 1.90 m
(6 ft 3 in)
Left 19 8 2.375   Hungary 4th of 12
teams
[52]
2000 Aleksandar Šapić 1978 22 1.88 m
(6 ft 2 in)
Right 18 8 2.250   FR Yugoslavia 3rd of 12
teams
[53]
2004 Aleksandar Šapić (2) 1978 26 1.88 m
(6 ft 2 in)
Right 18 8 2.250   Serbia and Montenegro 2nd of 12
teams
[53]
2008 Alessandro Calcaterra 1975 33 1.87 m
(6 ft 2 in)
Right 27 8 3.375   Italy 9th of 12
teams
[47]
2012 Andrija Prlainović 1987 25 1.87 m
(6 ft 2 in)
Right 22 8 2.750   Serbia 3rd of 12
teams
[70]
2016 Filip Filipović 1987 29 1.96 m
(6 ft 5 in)
Left 19 8 2.375   Serbia 1st of 12
teams
[55]
Guillermo Molina 1984 32 1.95 m
(6 ft 5 in)
Right 19 8 2.375   Spain 7th of 12
teams
[71]
Year Player Birth Age Height L/R Goals Matches
played
Goals
per
match
Men's team Finish Ref

Sources:

Top goalscorers (all-time)

 
Aleksandar Šapić scored 64 goals at four Olympics (1996–2008).

The following table is pre-sorted by number of total goals (in descending order), number of total Olympic matches played (in ascending order), date of the last Olympic match played (in ascending order), date of the first Olympic match played (in ascending order), name of the player (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 1 April 2021.

Six-time Olympian Manuel Estiarte holds the record for the most goals scored by a water polo player in Olympic history, with 127 goals, far more than any other player. At his first three Olympics (1980–1988), Estiarte netted 82 goals.[46]

Hungarian left-hander Tibor Benedek scored 65 goals at five Olympics (1992–2008),[52] and his teammate Tamás Kásás netted 56 goals between 1996 and 2012.[72]

Aleksandar Šapić, representing FR Yugoslavia in 1996 and 2000, Serbia and Montenegro in 2004, and Serbia in 2008, scored 64 goals in 32 matches.[53]

Tony Azevedo of the United States holds the record for the most goals scored by a non-European water polo player in Olympic history, with 61 goals at five Olympics (2000–2016).[73]

Gianni De Magistris is the top scorer for the Italy men's Olympic water polo team, with 59 goals (1968–1984).[74] His compatriot Eraldo Pizzo netted 53 goals at four Olympics between 1960 and 1972.[49]

Charles Turner, representing Australia between 1976 and 1984, scored 50 goals in 23 matches.[75]

Legend
  •     – Hosts
All-time male players with 50 or more goals at the Olympics
Rk Player Birth Height L/R Men's team Total
goals
Total
matches
played
Goals
per
match
Tournaments
(goals)
Period
(age of
first/last)
Medals Ref
1 2 3 4 5 6 G S B T
1 Manuel Estiarte 1961 1.78 m
(5 ft 10 in)
Right   Spain 127 45 2.822 1980
(21)
1984
(34)
1988
(27)
1992
(22)
1996
(13)
2000
(10)
20 years
(18/38)
1 1 0 2 [46]
2 Tibor Benedek 1972 1.90 m
(6 ft 3 in)
Left   Hungary 65 37 1.757 1992
(22)
1996
(19)
2000
(9)
2004
(5)
2008
(10)
16 years
(20/36)
3 0 0 3 [52]
3 Aleksandar Šapić 1978 1.88 m
(6 ft 2 in)
Right   FR Yugoslavia 64 32 2.000 1996
(8)
2000
(18)
12 years
(18/30)
0 1 2 3 [53]
  Serbia and Montenegro 2004
(18)
  Serbia 2008
(20)
4 Tony Azevedo 1981 1.85 m
(6 ft 1 in)
Right   United States 61 35 1.743 2000
(13)
2004
(15)
2008
(17)
2012
(11)
2016
(5)
16 years
(18/34)
0 1 0 1 [73]
5 Gianni De Magistris 1950 1.85 m
(6 ft 1 in)
Right   Italy 59 40 1.475 1968
(6)
1972
(11)
1976
(11)
1980
(20)
1984
(11)
16 years
(17/33)
0 1 0 1 [74]
6 Tamás Kásás 1976 2.00 m
(6 ft 7 in)
Right   Hungary 56 38 1.474 1996
(13)
2000
(12)
2004
(14)
2008
(8)
2012
(9)
16 years
(20/36)
3 0 0 3 [72]
7 Eraldo Pizzo 1938 1.87 m
(6 ft 2 in)
Right   Italy 53 29 1.828 1960
(7)
1964
(5)
1968
(29)
1972
(12)
12 years
(22/34)
1 0 0 1 [49]
8 Charles Turner 1952 1.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
Right   Australia 50 23 2.174 1976
(15)
1980
(17)
1984
(18)
8 years
(23/31)
0 0 0 0 [75]

Sources:

Top goalkeepers (one match, one tournament, all-time)Edit

Top goalkeepers (one match)

Top goalkeepers (one tournament)

 
Josip Pavić saved 85 shots at the 2012 Games, helping Croatia win the Olympic title. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the men's water polo tournament.

The following table is pre-sorted by number of saves (in descending order), edition of the Olympics (in ascending order), number of matches played (in ascending order), name of the goalkeeper (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 1 April 2021.

Since 1996, six male goalkeepers have saved 75 or more shots in an Olympic water polo tournament.

Stefano Tempesti of Italy is the first water polo goalkeeper to achieve this feat twice. At the 2008 Olympics, Tempesti saved 83 shots. Four years later in London, he blocked 87 shots, setting the record for the most saves by a water polo goalkeeper in a single Olympic tournament.

Slobodan Soro is the second goalkeeper to achieve this feat twice. At the 2012 London Olympics, Soro saved 75 shots for Serbia. In Rio de Janeiro, he saved 81 shots for Brazil.

At the 2012 Summer Games, Josip Pavić saved 85 shots, including nine in the gold medal match, helping the Croatia team win the Olympics. He is the most efficient one among these six goalkeepers.

Legend and abbreviation
  •  Team  – Host team
  • Player – Player who won the tournament with his team
  • MP – Matches played
  • Eff % – Save efficiency (Saves / Shots)
  • 70.2% – Highest save efficiency
Male goalkeepers with 75 or more saves in an Olympic tournament (statistics since 1996)
Rk Year Goalkeeper Birth Age Height Saves Shots Eff % MP Saves
per
match
Men's team Finish Ref
1 2012 Stefano Tempesti 1979 33 2.05 m
(6 ft 9 in)
87 147 59.2% 8 10.875   Italy 2nd of 12
teams
[18]
2 2012 Josip Pavić 1982 30 1.95 m
(6 ft 5 in)
85 121 70.2% 8 10.625   Croatia 1st of 12
teams
[76]
3 2008 Stefano Tempesti (2) 1979 29 2.05 m
(6 ft 9 in)
83 169 49.1% 8 10.375   Italy 9th of 12
teams
[18]
4 1996 Arie van de Bunt 1969 27 1.85 m
(6 ft 1 in)
81 154 52.6% 8 10.125   Netherlands 10th of 12
teams
[77]
2016 Slobodan Soro 1978 37 1.96 m
(6 ft 5 in)
81 152 53.3% 8 10.125   Brazil 8th of 12
teams
[78]
6 1996 Christopher Duplanty 1965 30 1.90 m
(6 ft 3 in)
77 132 58.3% 8 9.625   United States 7th of 12
teams
[79]
1996 Siniša Školneković 1968 28 1.94 m
(6 ft 4 in)
77 135 57.0% 8 9.625   Croatia 2nd of 12
teams
[80]
8 2012 Slobodan Soro (2) 1978 33 1.96 m
(6 ft 5 in)
75 135 55.6% 8 9.375   Serbia 3rd of 12
teams
[78]
Rk Year Goalkeeper Birth Age Height Saves Shots Eff % MP Saves
per
match
Men's team Finish Ref

Sources:

 
Stefano Tempesti of Italy saved 83 and 87 shots at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, respectively.

The following table is pre-sorted by edition of the Olympics (in ascending order), number of matches played (in ascending order), name of the goalkeeper (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 1 April 2021.

At the 2004 Summer Games, Nikolay Maksimov saved 62 shots, including seven in the bronze medal match, helping Russia win the match.

Stefano Tempesti of Italy blocked 83 shots at the 2008 Olympics. In the 2012 edition, he saved 87 shots, helping the Italian team win the Olympic silver medal.

Slobodan Soro, representing Brazil, saved 81 shots at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Legend and abbreviation
  •  Team  – Host team
  • Player – Player who won the tournament with his team
  • MP – Matches played
  • Eff % – Save efficiency (Saves / Shots)
Male goalkeepers with the most saves in each Olympic tournament (statistics since 1996)
Year Goalkeeper Birth Age Height Saves Shots Eff % MP Saves
per
match
Men's team Finish Ref
1996 Arie van de Bunt 1969 27 1.85 m
(6 ft 1 in)
81 154 52.6% 8 10.125   Netherlands 10th of 12
teams
[77]
2000 Dan Hackett 1970 30 1.98 m
(6 ft 6 in)
70 135 51.9% 8 8.750   United States 6th of 12
teams
[81]
2004 Nikolay Maksimov 1972 31 1.90 m
(6 ft 3 in)
62 104 59.6% 8 7.750   Russia 3rd of 12
teams
[82]
2008 Stefano Tempesti 1979 29 2.05 m
(6 ft 9 in)
83 169 49.1% 8 10.375   Italy 9th of 12
teams
[18]
2012 Stefano Tempesti (2) 1979 33 2.05 m
(6 ft 9 in)
87 147 59.2% 8 10.875   Italy 2nd of 12
teams
[18]
2016 Slobodan Soro 1978 37 1.96 m
(6 ft 5 in)
81 152 53.3% 8 10.125   Brazil 8th of 12
teams
[78]

Sources:

Top goalkeepers (all-time)

Coach statisticsEdit

Rk Rank Ref Reference p. page pp. pages

Most successful coachesEdit

 
Ratko Rudić coached three men's national teams to four Olympic gold medals (Yugoslavia in 1984 and 1988, Italy in 1992 and Croatia in 2012).

The following table is pre-sorted by total number of Olympic medals (in descending order), number of Olympic gold medals (in descending order), number of Olympic silver medals (in descending order), year of winning the last Olympic medal (in ascending order), year of winning the first Olympic medal (in ascending order), name of the coach (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 31 March 2021.

There are four coaches who led men's national water polo teams to win three or more Olympic medals.

Ratko Rudić is the most successful water polo coach in Olympic history. As a head coach, he led three men's national water polo teams to win four Olympic gold medals and one Olympic bronze medal. He guided Yugoslavia men's national team to two consecutive gold medals in 1984 and 1988, Italy men's national team to a gold medal in 1992 and a bronze medal in 1996, and Croatia men's national team to a gold medal in 2012, making him the first and only coach to lead three different men's national water polo teams to the Olympic titles.[83][84]

Dénes Kemény of Hungary is another coach who led men's national water polo team(s) to win three Olympic gold medals. Under his leadership, the Hungary men's national team won three gold in a row between 2000 and 2008, becoming the second water polo team to have an Olympic winning streak.[85]

Dezső Gyarmati coached the Hungary men's national team to three consecutive Olympic medals, a silver in 1972, a gold in 1976, and a bronze in 1980.[86]

Boris Popov led the Soviet Union men's national team to win an Olympic gold medal in 1980 and a bronze medal in 1988. Four years later, he coached the Unified Team to another bronze medal.[87]

Legend
  •     – Hosts
Head coaches who led men's national teams to win three or more Olympic medals
Rk Head coach Nationality Birth Age Men's team Tournaments
(finish)
Period Medals Ref
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 G S B T
1 Ratko Rudić   Yugoslavia 1948 36–40   Yugoslavia 1984
(1st)
1988
(1st)
32
years
4 0 1 5 [88]
[83]
[84]
  Croatia 44–52   Italy 1992
(1st)
1996
(3rd)
2000
(5th)
56   United States 2004
(7th)
60–64   Croatia 2008
(6th)
2012
(1st)
68   Brazil 2016
(8th)
2 Dénes Kemény   Hungary 1954 46–58   Hungary 2000
(1st)
2004
(1st)
2008
(1st)
2012
(5th)
12
years
3 0 0 3 [85]
3 Dezső Gyarmati   Hungary 1927 44–52   Hungary 1972
(2nd)
1976
(1st)
1980
(3rd)
8
years
1 1 1 3 [19]
[86]
4 Boris Popov   Soviet Union 1941 39, 47   Soviet Union 1980
(1st)
1988
(3rd)
12
years
1 0 2 3 [89]
[87]
  Russia 51   Unified Team 1992
(3rd)

Medals as coach and playerEdit

 
Terry Schroeder of the United States won two Olympic medals in 1984 and 1988, and then coached the United States men's national team to the podium in 2008.

The following table is pre-sorted by total number of Olympic medals (in descending order), number of Olympic gold medals (in descending order), number of Olympic silver medals (in descending order), year of winning the last Olympic medal (in ascending order), year of winning the first Olympic medal (in ascending order), name of the person (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 7 May 2021.

Twelve water polo players won Olympic medals and then guided men's national water polo teams to the Olympic podium as head coaches.

Dezső Gyarmati of Hungary won five Olympic medals in a row between 1948 and 1964. He coached the Hungary men's national team to three consecutive Olympic medals, including a gold in 1976,[19][86] making him the only man to win Olympic gold in water polo as player and head coach in the last 100 years.

Ivo Trumbić won the silver medal in 1964 and Yugoslavia's first Olympic gold medal in water polo in 1968. He moved to the Netherlands in 1973, hired as the head coach of the Netherlands men's national team. At the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, he led the Dutch team to win a bronze medal.[90][91]

Vladimir Semyonov, representing the Soviet Union, won three Olympic medals in a row between 1960 and 1968. As a head coach, he led the Soviet Union men's national water polo team to win an Olympic gold medal in 1972.[92]

Soviet Boris Popov won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. He guided the Soviet Union men's national team to two Olympic medals in 1980 and 1988, and the Unified Team to a bronze medal in 1992.[87]

Aleksandr Kabanov of the Soviet Union won a gold at the Munich Olympics in 1972, coached by Vladimir Semyonov. Eight years later, he won the second gold medal at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, coached by Boris Popov. As a head coach, he led Russia men's national team to win two consecutive medals in 2000 and 2004.[93][94]

Ratko Rudić won a silver medal for Yugoslavia at the Moscow Olympics in 1980. Upon retirement as an athlete, he immediately entered the coaching ranks. During his career, Rudić guided three different men's national teams to five Olympic medals, more than any other coaches.[88][83][84]

Terry Schroeder of the United States won two consecutive silver medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. Twenty years later, he coached the United States men's national team to a silver in 2008, becoming the first and only non-European to achieve this feat.[95][96]

Italian Alessandro Campagna won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, coached by Ratko Rudić. As a head coach, he led Italy men's national team to win two medals in 2012 and 2016.[97][98]

Dejan Savić won three consecutive Olympic medals between 2000 and 2008. At the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, he coached Serbia men's national team to the Olympic title.[99]

Legend
  • Year* – As host team
Rk Person Birth Height Player Head coach Total medals Ref
Age Men's team Pos Medal Age Men's team Medal G S B T
1 Dezső Gyarmati 1927 1.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
20–36   Hungary FP 1948  , 1952  ,
1956  , 1960  ,
1964  
44–52   Hungary 1972  , 1976  ,
1980  
4 2 2 8 [19]
[86]
2 Ratko Rudić 1948 1.88 m
(6 ft 2 in)
32   Yugoslavia FP 1980   36–40   Yugoslavia 1984  , 1988   4 1 1 6 [88]
[83]
[84]
44–48   Italy 1992  , 1996  
64   Croatia 2012  
3 Dejan Savić 1975 1.90 m
(6 ft 3 in)
25   FR Yugoslavia FP 2000   41–46   Serbia 2016  , 2020   2 1 2 5 [99]
29   Serbia and Montenegro FP 2004  
33   Serbia FP 2008  
4 Aleksandr Kabanov 1948 1.81 m
(5 ft 11 in)
24, 32   Soviet Union FP 1972  , 1980*   52–56   Russia 2000  , 2004   2 1 1 4 [93]
[94]
5 Vladimir Semyonov 1938 1.84 m
(6 ft 0 in)
22–30   Soviet Union FP 1960  , 1964  ,
1968  
34   Soviet Union 1972   1 2 1 4 [92]
6 Boris Popov 1941 1.81 m
(5 ft 11 in)
23   Soviet Union FP 1964   39, 47   Soviet Union 1980*  , 1988   1 0 3 4 [89]
[87]
51   Unified Team 1992  
7 Dezső Lemhényi 1917 30–34   Hungary FP 1948  , 1952   42   Hungary 1960   1 1 1 3 [100]
[101]
Ivo Trumbić 1935 1.97 m
(6 ft 6 in)
29–33   Yugoslavia FP 1964  , 1968   41   Netherlands 1976   1 1 1 3 [90]
[91]
Alessandro Campagna 1963 1.82 m
(6 ft 0 in)
29   Italy FP 1992   49–53   Italy 2012  , 2016   1 1 1 3 [97]
[98]
10 Terry Schroeder 1958 1.90 m
(6 ft 3 in)
25–29   United States FP 1984*  , 1988   49   United States 2008   0 3 0 3 [95]
[96]
11 Gianni Lonzi 1938 1.82 m
(6 ft 0 in)
22   Italy FP 1960*   37   Italy 1976   1 1 0 2 [102]
[103]
12 Mario Majoni 1910 38   Italy FP 1948*   42   Italy 1952   1 0 1 2 [104]
[105]
Rk Person Birth Height Age Men's team Pos Medal Age Men's team Medal G S B T Ref
Player Head coach Total medals

Women's tournamentEdit

Results summaryEdit

# Year[4] Hosts Gold medal game Bronze medal game Number of teams
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score 4th place
1 2000
Details
 
Sydney
 
Australia
4–3  
United States
 
Russia
4–3  
Netherlands
6
2 2004
Details
 
Athens
 
Italy
10–9 (aet)  
Greece
 
United States
6–5  
Australia
8
3 2008
Details
 
Beijing
 
Netherlands
9–8  
United States
 
Australia
9–9 (aet)
(3–2) (ps)
 
Hungary
8
4 2012
Details
 
London
 
United States
8–5  
Spain
 
Australia
13–11 (aet)  
Hungary
8
5 2016
Details
 
Rio
 
United States
12–5  
Italy
 
Russia
12–12
(7–6) (ps)
 
Hungary
8
6 2020
Details
 
Tokyo
 
United States
14–5  
Spain
 
Hungary
11–9  
ROC
10

Sources:

Confederation statisticsEdit

Best performances by tournamentEdit

This is a summary of the best performances of each confederation in each tournament.[4] Last updated: 7 August 2021.

Legend
  •  1st  – Champions
  •  2nd  – Runners-up
  •  3rd  – Third place
  •  4th  – Fourth place
  •  Q  – Qualified for forthcoming tournament
Confederation 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016 2020
Africa – CANA 10th
Americas – UANA 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 1st
Asia – AASF 6th 8th 5th 5th 7th 8th
Europe – LEN 3rd 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd
Oceania – OSA 1st 4th 3rd 3rd 6th 5th
Total teams 6 8 8 8 8 10

Team statisticsEdit

Rk Rank Ref Reference p. page pp. pages

Comprehensive team results by tournamentEdit

Note: Results of Olympic qualification tournaments are not included. Last updated: 7 August 2021.

Legend
  •  1st  – Champions
  •  2nd  – Runners-up
  •  3rd  – Third place
  •  4th  – Fourth place
  •  Q  – Qualified for forthcoming tournament
  •     – Hosts
Abbreviation
  • stats – Olympic water polo team statistics
Africa – CANA (1 team)
Women's team[4] 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016 2020 Years
  South Africa 10th 1
Americas – UANA (3 teams)
Women's team[4] 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016 2020 Years
  Brazil 8th 1
  Canada (stats) 5th 7th 7th 3
  United States (stats) 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 6
Asia – AASF (3 teams)
Women's team[4] 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016 2020 Years
  China (stats) 5th 5th 7th 8th 4
  Japan 9th 1
  Kazakhstan 6th 8th 2
Europe – LEN (8 teams)
Women's team[4] 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016 2020 Years
  Great Britain 8th 1
  Greece (stats) 2nd 8th 2
  Hungary (stats) 6th 4th 4th 4th 3rd 5
  Italy (stats) 1st 6th 7th 2nd 4
  Netherlands (stats) 4th 1st 6th 3
  ROC (stats) 4th 1
  Russia (stats) 3rd 5th 7th 6th 3rd 5
  Spain (stats) 2nd 5th 2nd 3
Oceania – OSA (1 team)
Women's team[4] 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016 2020 Years