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Water Polo, Men

Date29 July – 12 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationWater Polo Arena, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants155 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

Yugoslavia had once been one of the powers in men’s water polo, having won Olympic gold medals in 1968, 1984, and 1988, and winning four silver medals. However, since the break-up of Yugoslavia into its constituent republics, Croatia had won a silver medal in 1996, and Serbia had won silver in 2004 and bronze in 2008, but the former Yugoslav republics had yet to win an Olympic title.

Both Serbia and Croatia came into London among the favorites. Serbia had won the 2011 World League Super-Final, and Croatia had won a bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships. At the 2010 World Cup, Serbia had defeated Croatia in the final.

Croatia was drawn in Group A and Serbia in Group B and they both won their respective groups, with Croatia winning all five group matches, while Serbia was tied by another Yugoslav remnant, Montenegro. In the knock-out round, Croatia easily defeated the United States in the quarter-finals and then beat Montenegro, 7-5, to advance to the final. On the other side of the draw, Serbia handled Australia easily, but then lost to Italy, the 2011 World Champions, in the semi-finals, 9-7, setting up a Croatia-Italy final.

In the final, Italy opened the scoring with the first two goals, leading 2-0, but Croatia led at the half, 3-2. Italy tied it up, 3-3, early in the third period, but Croatia then scored four consecutive goals to open a 7-3 lead, and put the match away. Italy came back a little, but Croatia’s first Olympic water polo gold medal was never in much doubt in the second half. The bronze was a re-match of Serbia and Montenegro, with Serbia winning the bronze medal, 12-11.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPtsGoals
1CroatiaCRO8001673–42Gold
2ItalyITA5121166–60Silver
3SerbiaSRB6111399–66Bronze
4MontenegroMNE413981–69
5HungaryHUN5031098–80
6SpainESP404877–74
7AustraliaAUS305667–74
8United StatesUSA305661–70
9GreeceGRE113341–43
10RomaniaROU104248–55
11KazakhstanKAZ005024–53
12Great BritainGBR005028–77

Preliminary Round (29 July – 6 August 2012)

Group A (29 July – 6 August 2012)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1CRO5001050–29Q
2ITA311740–36Q
3ESP302652–42Q
4AUS203440–44Q
5GRE113341–43
6KAZ005024–53

Match #129 Jul 10:00CRO 8 – 6GRE
Match #229 Jul 11:20ESP 14 – 6KAZ
Match #329 Jul 14:10ITA 8 – 5AUS
Match #431 Jul 11:20CRO 8 – 7ESP
Match #531 Jul 14:10AUS 7 – 4KAZ
Match #631 Jul 15:30GRE 7 – 7ITA
Match #702 Aug 10:00ESP 13 – 9AUS
Match #802 Aug 19:40CRO 11 – 6ITA
Match #902 Aug 11:20GRE 11 – 4KAZ
Match #1004 Aug 11:20CRO 11 – 6AUS
Match #1104 Aug 14:10ESP 11 – 9GRE
Match #1204 Aug 15:30ITA 9 – 6KAZ
Match #1306 Aug 10:00CRO 12 – 4KAZ
Match #1406 Aug 19:40ITA 10 – 7ESP
Match #1506 Aug 11:20AUS 13 – 8GRE

Group B (29 July – 6 August 2012)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1SRB410969–38Q
2MNE311754–41Q
3HUN302665–52Q
4USA302643–44Q
5ROU104248–55
6GBR005028–77

Match #129 Jul 15:30SRB 14 – 10HUN
Match #229 Jul 18:20ROU 13 – 4GBR
Match #329 Jul 19:40USA 8 – 7MNE
Match #431 Jul 18:20SRB 21 – 7GBR
Match #531 Jul 19:40USA 10 – 8ROU
Match #631 Jul 10:00MNE 11 – 10HUN
Match #702 Aug 18:20USA 13 – 7GBR
Match #802 Aug 14:10MNE 11 – 11SRB
Match #902 Aug 15:30HUN 17 – 15ROU
Match #1004 Aug 19:40SRB 11 – 6USA
Match #1104 Aug 18:20HUN 17 – 6GBR
Match #1204 Aug 10:00MNE 12 – 8ROU
Match #1306 Aug 14:10SRB 12 – 4ROU
Match #1406 Aug 18:20MNE 13 – 4GBR
Match #1506 Aug 15:30HUN 11 – 6USA

Quarter-Finals (8 August 2012)

Winners of each match advanced to semi-finals.

Match #108 Aug 14:30MNE 11 – 9ESP
Match #208 Aug 15:50SRB 11 – 8AUS
Match #308 Aug 18:40ITA 11 – 9HUN
Match #408 Aug 20:00CRO 8 – 2USA

Classification Round 5-8 (10 August 2012)

Classification matches.

Match #110 Aug 14:20ESP 8 – 7USA
Match #210 Aug 18:30HUN 10 – 9AUS

Semi-Finals (10 August 2012)

Winners of each match advanced to finals.

Match #110 Aug 15:40CRO 7 – 5MNE
Match #210 Aug 19:50ITA 9 – 7SRB

Final Round (12 August 2012)

Classification round.

Match 1/212 Aug 15:50CRO 8 – 6ITA
Match 3/412 Aug 14:30SRB 12 – 11MNE
Match 5/612 Aug 11:40HUN 14 – 8ESP
Match 7/812 Aug 10:20AUS 10 – 9USA