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Water Polo, Women

Date16 – 26 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Kentro Ugrou Stivou, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Athina (Main Pool)
Participants101 from 8 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

The United States came into Athens as the defending World Champion, having won the 2003 title by defeating Italy, the 2001 World Champions, in the final match. The USA led Group B in the preliminary with defending champion Australia leading Group A. The groups served to eliminate only Canada and Kazakhstan from title contention, as the other six teams moved on to the single-elimination tournament. Italy advanced but was not seeded into the semi-finals and had to face Hungary in the quarters, defeating them 8-5. Greece, which had never placed better than fifth at the Worlds, upset Russia to win the other quarter-final, placing Australia, Greece, Italy and the United States in the semi-finals.

In the first semi-final the surprising Greeks continued their unexpected run, defeating Australia 6-2 to move on to the finals. Italy trailed the United States for much of the other semi, but eventually won 6-5. Italy had defeated Greece, 7-2, the group play, but the final was much closer. The match was tied 7-7 at the end of regulation. Greece went ahead 9-7 in the first overtime, but Italy came back to tie the match again, and then won the gold medal in the second overtime, 10-9, on a goal by Melania Grego.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1ItalyITAGold
Carmela AllucciAlexandra AraujoSilvia BosurgiFrancesca ContiElena GigliMelania GregoGiusi MalatoTania Di MarioMartina MiceliMaddalena MusumeciCinzia RagusaNoémi TóthEmanuela Zanchi
2GreeceGRESilver
Dimitra AsilianGeorgia EllinakiEftykhia KaragianniAngeliki KarapatakiVoula KozomboliGeorgia LaraKiki LiosiAntiopi MelidoniTonia MoraitiEvi MoraitidouAnthi MylonakiKaterina OikonomopoulouAntigoni Roumbesi
3United StatesUSABronze
Robin BeauregardMargie DingeldeinEllen EstesJacqueline FrankNatalie GoldaEricka LorenzHeather MoodyThalia MunroHeather PetriKelly RulonAmber StachowskiBrenda Villa
4AustraliaAUS
Belinda BrooksJemma BrownlowNaomi CastleNikita CuffeJoanne FoxKate GyntherKelly HeuchanEmma KnoxElise NorwoodMel RipponBec RipponBronwyn Mayer-SmithJodie Stuhmcke
5Russian FederationRUS
Svetlana BogdanovaSofya KonukhTatyana PetrovaYekaterina SalimovaNataliya ShepelinaYekaterina ShishovaYelena SmurovaOlga TurovaYekaterina VasilyevaValentina VorontsovaMariya YaynaGalina ZlotnikovaAnastasiya Zubkova
6HungaryHUN
Rita DrávuczAnett GyöreDóra KistelekiAnikó PelleÁgnes PrimászMercédesz StieberKrisztina SzremkóAndrea TóthÁgnes ValkaiErzsébet ValkayZsuzsanna TibaKrisztina ZantleitnerIldikó Sós Zirigh
7CanadaCAN
Marie-Luc ArpinJohanne BéginCora CampbellMelissa CollinsAndrea DewarValérie DionneAnn DowSue GardinerMarianne IllingWhynter LamarreRachel RiddellChristine RobinsonJana Salat
8KazakhstanKAZ
Yekaterina GariyevaMarina GritsenkoTatyana GubinaNataliya IgnatyevaSvetlana KorolyovaNataliya KrasilnikovaLarisa MikhaylovaGalina RytovaIrina TolkunovaAsel DzhakayevaAnna Zubkova

Preliminary Round (16 – 20 August 2004)

Group A (16 – 20 August 2004)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1AustraliaAUS21052216
2ItalyITA20142014
3GreeceGRE11131720
4KazakhstanKAZ00301625

Match #1 AUS 6 – 5ITA
Match #2 GRE 8 – 6KAZ
Match #3 AUS 9 – 4KAZ
Match #4 ITA 7 – 2GRE
Match #5 ITA 8 – 6KAZ
Match #6 AUS 7 – 7GRE

Group B (16 – 20 August 2004)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1United StatesUSA20142016
2Russian FederationRUS20142122
3HungaryHUN10221920
4CanadaCAN10221618

Match #1 USA 7 – 6HUN
Match #2 RUS 8 – 6CAN
Match #3 CAN 6 – 5USA
Match #4 RUS 9 – 8HUN
Match #5 USA 8 – 4RUS
Match #6 HUN 5 – 4CAN

Quarter-Finals (22 August 2004)

Match #1 GRE 7 – 4RUS
Match #2 ITA 8 – 5HUN

Semi-Finals (24 August 2004)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 GRE 6 – 2AUS
Match #2 ITA 6 – 5USA

Final Round (22 – 26 August 2004)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 ITA 10 – 9GRE
Match 3/4 USA 6 – 5AUS
Match 5/6 RUS 12 – 11HUN
Match 7/8 CAN 10 – 4KAZ