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
Governing bodyFINA
Events2 (men: 1; women: 1)
Games
Note: demonstration or exhibition sport years indicated in italics

Events

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.
Event9600040812202428323648525660646872768084889296000408121620Games
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
Total01111111111111111111111222222

Results

Men

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 was a demonstration sport Water polo was a 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 (aet)
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

Women

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 nations

Men

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

Nation960004 08122024283236485256606468727680848892960004081216Games
 ArgentinaYYYY4
 AustraliaYYYYY YYYYYYYYYYYY16
 AustriaYYY3
 BelgiumYYYYYYYYYY10
 BrazilYYYYYYY7
 BulgariaYY2
 CanadaYYYY4
 ChileY1
 ChinaYYY3
 CroatiaYYYYYY6
 CubaYYYYY5
 CzechoslovakiaYYYYY5
 East GermanyY1
 EgyptYYYYY5
 France4[4]YYYYYYYYYY11
 GermanyYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY16
 Great BritainYYYYYYYYYYY11
 GreeceYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY15
 HungaryYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY22
 IcelandY1
 IndiaYY2
 IranY1
 IrelandYY2
 ItalyYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY19
 JapanYYYYYYY7
 KazakhstanYYY3
 LuxembourgY1
 MaltaYY2
 MexicoYYYY4
 MontenegroYYY3
 NetherlandsYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY16
 PortugalY1
 RomaniaYYYYYYYY8
 RussiaYYY3
 SerbiaYYY3
 Serbia and MontenegroY1
 SingaporeY1
 SlovakiaY1
 South AfricaYY2
 South KoreaY1
 Soviet UnionYYYYYYYYY9
 SpainYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY17
 SwedenYYYYYYYY8
 SwitzerlandYYYYY5
 UkraineY1
 Unified TeamY1
 United StatesYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY20
 UruguayYY2
 YugoslaviaYYYYYYYYYYYYYY14
Nations446121314516182110161315161212121212121212121212

Women

Nation00
04
08
12
16
Games
 Australia1st4th3rd3rd6th5
 Brazil8th1
 Canada5th7th2
 China5th5th7th3
 Great Britain8th1
 Greece2nd8th2
 Hungary6th4th4th4th4
 Italy1st6th7th2nd4
 Kazakhstan6th8th2
 Netherlands4th1st2
 Russia3rd5th7th6th3rd5
 Spain2nd5th2
 United States2nd3rd2nd1st1st5
Nations68888

Medal table

Men

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

Women

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

Total

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 also

References

  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.
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