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Water Polo, Men

Date13 – 20 July 1924
StatusOlympic
LocationPiscine des Tourelles, Saint-Mandé
Participants101 from 13 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament. Bergvall system for second- and third-place.

Great Britain had won the water polo gold medal in 1908, 1912, and 1920, but lost in the first round to Hungary, 7-0, and was eliminated. The hometown French team advanced to the final where they met Belgium. Belgium had won water polo medals in 1900, 1908, 1912, and 1920, while France had never won an Olympic medal in the sport. In a major surprise, even to the French fans, France shutout Belgium, 3-0, to win the gold medal. Belgium entered the second-place tournament, held in Bergvall style, defeating Sweden, 4-3, and then meeting the United States in the silver-medal match. Belgium defeated the US, 2-1, but the Americans protested, which was allowed, only to see Belgium win silver by the same score in the replay. Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Sweden met in the third-place tournament, with Sweden defeating both teams to meet the United States, which was seeded in as a result of losing the final match in the second-place tournament. The US narrowly defeated the Swedes, 3-2, to take the bronze medal, in an upset. Sweden had won medals in the sport in 1908, 1912, and 1920. Hungary placed fifth. The next time they would not medal in the sport, at an Olympics in which they competed, would be 1988.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1FranceFRAGold
Paul DujardinNoël DelbergheGeorges RigalHenri Padou, Sr.Robert DesmettreAlbert MayaudAlbert Deborgies
2BelgiumBELSilver
Albert DurantMaurice BlitzGérard BlitzJoseph PletincxPaul GaillyPierre DewinJoseph De CombeJoseph CludtsGeorges FleurixJules ThiryJean-Pierre Vermetten
3United StatesUSABronze
Fred LauerOliver HornGeorge MitchellGeorge SchrothHerb VollmerJohnny WeissmullerArt AustinJohn NortonWally O'Connor
4SwedenSWE
Theodor NaumanGösta PerssonWille AnderssonMartin NorbergErik AnderssonNils BacklundCletus AnderssonHilmer Wictorin
5HungaryHUN
István BartaTibor FazekasMárton HomonnaiAlajos KeserűLajos HomonnaiJános WenkFerenc KeserűJózsef Vértesy
6CzechoslovakiaTCH
Ladislav AnkertFrantišek FraněkFrantišek KůrkaHugo KlempfnerJosef TomášekJiří ReitmanVojtech NeményiJan HoraFrantišek Vacín
7NetherlandsNED
Gé BohlanderWilly BohlanderWillem BokhovenJan den BoerSjaak KöhlerKarel StruijsHan van Senus
=8IrelandIRL
Stewart BarrettJim BeckettJimmy BradyPat ConveryCecil FaganMichael O'ConnorNoel Purcell
=8SpainESP
Manuel BastéEnrique GranadosJaime CruellsJosé FontanetFrancisco GibertLuis GibertJosé María Puig
=10Great BritainGBR
Harold AnnisonJack BuddCharles BugbeeDick HodgsonArthur HuntPaul RadmilovicCharles Smith
=10GreeceGRE
Andreas AsimakopoulosNikolaos Baltatzis-MavrokordatosNikolaos KaloudisGeorgios KhalkiopoulosPantelis PsykhasAnastasios TheodorakisDionysios Vasilopoulos
=10ItalyITA
Tito AmbrosiniMario BallaAroldo BerrutiAchille GavoglioMario CazzanigaEugenio Della CasaGiuseppe Valle
=10SwitzerlandSUI
Charles BieferHenri DemiévilleRobert GirodCharles KoppAlbert MondetRobert WyssFernand Moret

Round One (13 – 14 July 1924)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 SWE 7 – 0ITA
Match #2 HUN 7 – 6GBR
Match #3 FRA 3 – 1USA
Match #4 NED 7 – 0SUI
Match #5 TCH 6 – 1GRE

Quarter-Finals (15 July 1924)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 SWE 9 – 0ESP
Match #2 TCH 4 – 2IRL
Match #3 BEL 7 – 2HUN
Match #4 FRA 6 – 3NED

Semi-Finals (16 July 1924)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 BEL 5 – 1TCH
Match #2 FRA 4 – 2SWE

Final Round (17 July 1924)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 FRA 3 – 0BEL

Third-Place Tournament (18 – 20 July 1924)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 HUN 7 – 0TCH
Match #2 SWE 4 – 1HUN
Match #3 USA 3 – 2SWE

Consolation Round (18 – 20 July 1924)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 BEL 4 – 3SWE
Match #2 USA 4 – 2NED
Match #3 BEL 2 – 1USA
Match #4 BEL 2 – 1USA