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Water Polo, Men

Date11 – 12 August 1900
StatusOlympic
LocationSeine, Pont de Courbevoie – Pont d'Asnières, Paris
Participants53 from 4 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

Four nations and seven teams competed, with one team, the “B” team from the Osborne Swimming Club of Manchester, England, not starting. Very little has been written about this tournament. In fact, prior to research by one of the MADmen (Mallon), team rosters had never been given for the three teams that lost in the first round. They were all given in Journal des Sports. One of the rosters, that of the German team, differs from the normaly seen team roster given in one well-known Germany source. There is also some controversy about the team composition for the champion Osborne Swimming Club of Manchester (see below); the Brussels Swimming and Water Polo Club of Belgium; and the Pupilles de Neptune de Lille team, which lost in the semis to Osborne.

The Osborne Swimming Club was the class of the tournament. They won their three matches by 12-0, 10-1, and 7-2. However, descriptions of the matches make it appear that they won as they wished, and the margins could have been larger, had they pressed the matter.

Traditionally, the British team is listed as composed of Thomas Coe, John Derbyshire, Peter Kemp, William Lister, Arthur Robertson, Eric Robinson and George Wilkinson. However, only one contemporary source listing a roster is known, which gives the seven names listed below (Henry, Crawshaw, Jarvis, Stapleton, Lindberg, Coe and Kemp). Of the “traditional” roster, Lister certainly did not compete: he died of typhoid fever in the Boer War two weeks before the Games. Wilkinson played in a match in Walsall during the Olympic tournament, and Robinson and Derbyshire played in Manchester two days after the final match. This leaves only Robertson, but there is no evidence he was even selected for the Olympic team.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Osborne Swimming Club, ManchesterGBRGold
Tom CoeRobert CrawshawWilliam HenryJohn JarvisPeter KempVictor LindbergFrederick Stapleton
2Brussels Swimming and Water Polo ClubBELSilver
Henri CohenJean De BackerVictor De BehrFernand FeyaertsOscar GrégoireAlbert MichantGeorges RomasGuillaume SéronVictor SonnemansA. R. Upton
=3Libellule de ParisFRABronze
Jules ClévenotAlphonse DecuyperLouis LaufrayHenri PeslierAuguste PesloyPaul VasseurBill Burgess
=3Pupilles de Neptune de Lille #2FRABronze
Auguste CamelinEugène CoulonFardelAntoine FioletPierre GelléLouis MarcLouis MartinDésiré Mérchez
=5GermanyGER
Hans AniolPaul GebauerMax HainleGeorg HaxGustav LexauFritz ScheiderHerbert von Petersdorff
=5Tritons LilloisFRA
Joseph BertrandVictor CadetCharles DevendevilleMaurice HochepiedJean LeclerqLéon TisserandJules Verbecke
=5Pupilles de Neptune de Lille #1FRA
FavierPhilippe HoubenRené LéricheGeorges LeuillieuxErnest MartinRené TartaraCharles Treffel

Round One (11 August 1900)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 GBR 12 – 0Tritons Lillois
Match #2 Pupilles de Neptune de Lille #23 – 2GER
Match #3 BEL 2 – 0Pupilles de Neptune de Lille #1

Semi-Finals (12 August 1900)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 GBR 10 – 1Pupilles de Neptune de Lille #2
Match #2 BEL 5 – 1Libellule de Paris

Final Round (12 August 1900)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 GBR 7 – 2BEL