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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.

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

Contents

EventsEdit

Notes
The X indicates that the tournament was held on the appropriate olympic game
The bullet () denotes that it was contested as a demonstration 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 27
Women's tournament X X X X X X 6
Events 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

ResultsEdit

MenEdit

Year Host Gold medal game Bronze medal game Number of teams
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score 4th place
1900
Details
 
Paris
 
Great Britain

(Osborne Swimming Club)
7–2  
Belgium
(Brussels Swimming and Water Polo Club)
 
France
(Libellule de Paris)
 
France
(Pupilles de Neptune de Lille #2)
[1] 8
1904
Details
 
St. Louis
Water polo tournament was only demonstration sport Water polo tournament was only demonstration sport
1908
Details
 
London
 
Great Britain
9–2  
Belgium
 
Sweden
[2]  
Netherlands
4
1912
Details
 
Stockholm
 
Great Britain
8–0  
Sweden
 
Belgium
5–4  
Austria
6
1920
Details
 
Antwerp
 
Great Britain
3–2  
Belgium
 
Sweden
5–0  
United States
12
1924
Details
 
Paris
 
France
3–0  
Belgium
 
United States
3–2  
Sweden
13
1928
Details
 
Amsterdam
 
Germany
5–2  
Hungary
 
France
8–1  
Great Britain
14
1932
Details
 
Los Angeles
 
Hungary
Round-robin  
Germany
 
United States
Round-robin  
Japan
5
1936
Details
 
Berlin
 
Hungary
Round-robin  
Germany
 
Belgium
Round-robin  
France
16
1948
Details
 
London
 
Italy
Round-robin  
Hungary
 
Netherlands
Round-robin  
Belgium
18
1952
Details
 
Helsinki
 
Hungary
Round-robin  
Yugoslavia
 
Italy
Round-robin  
United States
21
1956
Details
 
Melbourne
 
Hungary
Round-robin  
Yugoslavia
 
Soviet Union
Round-robin  
Italy
10
1960
Details
 
Rome
 
Italy
Round-robin  
Soviet Union
 
Hungary
Round-robin  
Yugoslavia
16
1964
Details
 
Tokyo
 
Hungary
Round-robin  
Yugoslavia
 
Soviet Union
Round-robin  
Italy
13
1968
Details
 
Mexico City
 
Yugoslavia
13–11 (aet)  
Soviet Union
 
Hungary
9–4  
Italy
15
1972
Details
 
Munich
 
Soviet Union
Round-robin  
Hungary
 
United States
Round-robin  
West Germany
16
1976
Details
 
Montreal
 
Hungary
Round-robin  
Italy
 
Netherlands
Round-robin  
Romania
12
1980
Details
 
Moscow
 
Soviet Union
Round-robin  
Yugoslavia
 
Hungary
Round-robin  
Spain
12
1984
Details
 
Los Angeles
 
Yugoslavia
Round-robin  
United States
 
West Germany
Round-robin  
Spain
12
1988
Details
 
Seoul
 
Yugoslavia
9–7  
United States
 
Soviet Union
14–13  
West Germany
12
1992
Details
 
Barcelona
 
Italy
9–8 (aet)  
Spain
 
Unified Team
8–4  
United States
12
1996
Details
 
Atlanta
 
Spain
7–5  
Croatia
 
Italy
20–18 (aet)  
Hungary
12
2000
Details
 
Sydney
 
Hungary
13–6  
Russia
 
Yugoslavia
8–3  
Spain
12
2004
Details
 
Athens
 
Hungary
8–7  
Serbia and Montenegro
 
Russia
6–5  
Greece
12
2008
Details
 
Beijing
 
Hungary
14–10  
United States
 
Serbia
6–4  
Montenegro
12
2012
Details
 
London
 
Croatia
8–6  
Italy
 
Serbia
12–11  
Montenegro
12
2016
Details
 
Rio
 
Serbia
11–7  
Croatia
 
Italy
12–10  
Montenegro
12[3]
2020
Details
 
Tokyo
12

WomenEdit

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

Participating nationsEdit

MenEdit

(Note: Where applicable, numbers refer to the number of teams from each country; italic number in header means demonstration tournament was held)

Nation 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 Games
  Argentina Y Y Y Y 4
  Australia Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 16
  Austria Y Y Y 3
  Belgium Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10
  Brazil Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 7
  Bulgaria Y Y 2
  Canada Y Y Y Y 4
  Chile Y 1
  China Y Y Y 3
  Croatia Y Y Y Y Y Y 6
  Cuba Y Y Y Y Y 5
  Czechoslovakia Y Y Y Y Y 5
  East Germany Y 1
  Egypt Y Y Y Y Y 5
  France 4[4] Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11
  Germany Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 16
  Great Britain Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11
  Greece Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 15
  Hungary Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 22
  Iceland Y 1
  India Y Y 2
  Iran Y 1
  Ireland Y Y 2
  Italy Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 19
  Japan Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 7
  Kazakhstan Y Y Y 3
  Luxembourg Y 1
  Malta Y Y 2
  Mexico Y Y Y Y 4
  Montenegro Y Y Y 3
  Netherlands Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 16
  Portugal Y 1
  Romania Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 8
  Russia Y Y Y 3
  Serbia Y Y 1
  Serbia and Montenegro Y 1
  Singapore Y 1
  Slovakia Y 1
  South Africa Y Y 2
  South Korea Y 1
  Soviet Union Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
  Spain Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 17
  Sweden Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 8
  Switzerland Y Y Y Y Y 5
  Ukraine Y 1
  Unified Team Y 1
  United States Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 20
  Uruguay Y Y 2
  Yugoslavia Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 14
Nations 4 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

WomenEdit

Nation 00
 
04
 
08
 
12
 
16
 
Games
  Australia 1st 4th 3rd 3rd 6th 5
  Brazil 8th 1
  Canada 5th 7th 2
  China 5th 5th 7th 3
  Great Britain 8th 1
  Greece 2nd 8th 2
  Hungary 6th 4th 4th 4th 4
  Italy 1st 6th 7th 2nd 4
  Kazakhstan 6th 8th 2
  Netherlands 4th 1st 2
  Russia 3rd 5th 7th 6th 3rd 5
  Spain 2nd 5th 2
  United States 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 5
Nations 6 8 8 8 8

Medal tableEdit

MenEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Hungary (HUN)93315
2  Great Britain (GBR)4004
3  Yugoslavia (YUG)3418
4  Italy (ITA)3238
5  Soviet Union (URS)2237
6  Croatia (CRO)1203
  Germany (GER)1203
8  Spain (ESP)1102
9  France (FRA)1034
10  Serbia (SRB)1023
11  Belgium (BEL)0426
12  United States (USA)0336
13  Sweden (SWE)0123
14  Russia (RUS)0112
15  Serbia and Montenegro (SCG)0101
16  Netherlands (NED)0022
17  Unified Team (EUN)0011
  West Germany (FRG)0011
Totals (18 nations)26262779

WomenEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  United States (USA)2215
2  Italy (ITA)1102
3  Australia (AUS)1023
4  Netherlands (NED)1001
5  Greece (GRE)0101
  Spain (ESP)0101
7  Russia (RUS)0022
Totals (7 nations)55515

TotalEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Hungary (HUN)93315
2  Italy (ITA)43310
3  Great Britain (GBR)4004
4  Yugoslavia (YUG)3418
5  United States (USA)25411
6  Soviet Union (URS)2237
7  Croatia (CRO)1203
  Germany (GER)1203
  Spain (ESP)1203
10  France (FRA)1034
11  Australia (AUS)1023
  Netherlands (NED)1023
  Serbia (SRB)1023
14  Belgium (BEL)0426
15  Russia (RUS)0134
16  Sweden (SWE)0123
17  Greece (GRE)0101
  Serbia and Montenegro (SCG)0101
19  Unified Team (EUN)0011
  West Germany (FRG)0011
Totals (20 nations)31313294

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ There was no bronze medal match for the 1900 Games in Paris.
  2. ^ There was no bronze medal match for the 1908 Games in London. Belgium beat Netherlands in the only one first round match and beats Sweden in the only one semifinal.
  3. ^ Qualification System, fina.org
  4. ^ France had four teams compete in 1900. Bronze medals were given to the losers of both semifinals; France took both bronze.