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Water Polo, Women

Date24 July – 7 August 2021
StatusOlympic
LocationTokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
Participants130 from 10 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

The clear favorite in the women’s tournament was the United States team, which had won the last two gold medals, the World Championships in 2015, 2017, and 2019, and also the 2019 World League. The group stages were very close in both groups. The USA lost in an upset against Hungary, but still won their group. In the other group Australia, Spain, and the Netherlands were tied with 3 wins and 1 loss and were only classified according to their head-to-head results. The USA easily won their quarter- and semi-final, while Spain defeated China and Hungary to also advance to the final.

In the final the United States continued their dominance, easily defeating Spain, 14-5, to win their third gold medal in a row. Hungary, the record winner in men’s water polo, won the bronze medal match against the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) team and secured its first ever women water polo medal.

PosNumberTeamNOC
1United StatesUSAGold
2SpainESPSilver
3HungaryHUNBronze
4ROCROC
5AustraliaAUS
6NetherlandsNED
7CanadaCAN
8People's Republic of ChinaCHN
9JapanJPN
10South AfricaRSA

Preliminary Round

Date24 July – 1 August 2021

Group A

Date24 July – 1 August 2021
FormatRound-robin pool.
PosTeamNOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals
1SpainESP301671-37
2AustraliaAUS301646-33
3NetherlandsNED301675-41
4CanadaCAN103248-39
5South AfricaRSA00407-97
MatchDate/TimeTeamNOCResultTeamNOC
Match #124 Jul 14:00AustraliaAUS8 – 5CanadaCAN
Match #224 Jul 15:30SpainESP29 – 4South AfricaRSA
Match #326 Jul 18:20AustraliaAUS15 – 12NetherlandsNED
Match #426 Jul 19:50SpainESP14 – 10CanadaCAN
Match #528 Jul 14:00CanadaCAN21 – 1South AfricaRSA
Match #628 Jul 15:30NetherlandsNED14 – 13SpainESP
Match #730 Jul 14:00NetherlandsNED33 – 1South AfricaRSA
Match #830 Jul 19:50SpainESP15 – 9AustraliaAUS
Match #901 Aug 15:30NetherlandsNED16 – 12CanadaCAN
Match #1001 Aug 19:50AustraliaAUS14 – 1South AfricaRSA

Group B

Date24 July – 1 August 2021
FormatRound-robin pool.
PosTeamNOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals
1United StatesUSA301664-26
2HungaryHUN211546-43
3ROCROC211553-61
4People's Republic of ChinaCHN202451-50
5JapanJPN004044-78
MatchDate/TimeTeamNOCResultTeamNOC
Match #124 Jul 18:20United StatesUSA25 – 4JapanJPN
Match #224 Jul 19:50ROCROC18 – 17People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Match #326 Jul 14:00United StatesUSA12 – 7People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Match #426 Jul 15:30ROCROC10 – 10HungaryHUN
Match #528 Jul 18:20HungaryHUN10 – 9United StatesUSA
Match #628 Jul 19:50People's Republic of ChinaCHN16 – 11JapanJPN
Match #730 Jul 15:30United StatesUSA18 – 5ROCROC
Match #830 Jul 18:20HungaryHUN17 – 13JapanJPN
Match #901 Aug 14:00People's Republic of ChinaCHN11 – 9HungaryHUN
Match #1001 Aug 18:20ROCROC20 – 16JapanJPN

Quarter-Finals

Date3 August 2021
FormatWinners of each match advanced to semi-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match #103 Aug 14:00United StatesUSA16 – 5CanadaCAN
Match #203 Aug 15:30SpainESP11 – 7People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Match #303 Aug 18:20HungaryHUN14 – 11NetherlandsNED
Match #403 Aug 19:50ROCROC9 – 8AustraliaAUS

Classification Round 5-8

Date5 – 7 August 2021
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match #105 Aug 18:20NetherlandsNED13 – 6People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Match #207 Aug 9:30AustraliaAUS10 – 10CanadaCAN

Semi-Finals

Date5 August 2021
FormatWinners of each match advanced to finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match #105 Aug 18:20United StatesUSA15 – 11ROCROC
Match #205 Aug 19:50SpainESP8 – 6HungaryHUN

Final Round

Date5 – 7 August 2021
FormatClassification round.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match 1/207 Aug 16:30United StatesUSA14 – 5SpainESP
Match 3/407 Aug 13:40HungaryHUN11 – 9ROCROC
Match 5/607 Aug 11:00AustraliaAUS14 – 7NetherlandsNED
Match 7/805 Aug 14:00CanadaCAN16 – 7People's Republic of ChinaCHN