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Polo, Men

Date3 – 8 August 1936
LocationMaifeld, Reichssportfeld, Berlin
Participants21 from 5 countries
FormatTwo groups. Top two teams in A group played for gold and silver medals. B group winner played last-place finisher for bronze medal.

The United States did not enter a team, which opened the tournament to Argentina. The USA had won the Cup de las Americas in 1928 and 1932, but Argentina won that tournament early in 1936, defeating the USA twice. The Argentine team of Luis Duggan, Roberto Cavanagh, Andrès Gazzoni, and Manuel Andrada competed at the Cup de las Americas and the same team won the Olympic gold medal easily, defeating Mexico 15-5, and Great Britain in the final, 11-0. This was the 5th and final appearance at the Olympic Games for polo, which remained the last sport to have been removed from the Olympic Program until baseball and softball were excluded after the 2008 Olympics. Remarkably the Hungarian and German teams were considered to be so weak that they were placed in a separate pool. The winner, Hungary, was allowed to play for the bronze medal, but were swept away by Mexico 16-2.

Luis DugganRoberto CavanaghAndrés GazzottiManuel Andrada
2Great BritainGBRSilver
Bryan FowlerWilliam HindeDavid DawnayHumphrey Guinness
Juan GraciaAntonio NavaJulio MüllerAlberto Ramos
Tivadar Dienes-ÖhmImre SzentpályDezső KovácsKálmán BartalisIstván Bethlen
Heinrich AmsinckArthur KöserRobert Miles ReinckeWalter Bartram

Group A (3 – 5 August 1936)

Match #1 GBR 13 – 11MEX
Match #2 ARG 15 – 5MEX

Group B (4 – 6 August 1936)

Match #1 HUN 8 – 8GER
Match #1 Replay HUN 16 – 6GER

Final Round (7 – 8 August 1936)

Match 1/2 ARG 11 – 0GBR
Match 3/4 MEX 16 – 2HUN