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Water Polo, Men

Date4 – 11 August 1928
StatusOlympic
LocationZwemstadion, Amsterdam
Participants112 from 14 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament. Bergvall system for third-place.

European Aquatics Championships were instituted in 1926, the first ones held in Budapest, Hungary, so it made it a bit easier to know who were the strongest teams in international sport. Hungary won the water polo title at the 1926 meet, followed by Sweden and Germany. Germany and Hungary were in Amsterdam for the 1928 Olympics but for some reason, Sweden did not participate. Germany and Hungary advanced to the final of the single-elimination tournament, with Germany upsetting the Magyars, 5-2 in overtime, for the gold medal, Hungary taking silver. This was the first of 12 consecutive Olympics at which Hungary would earn a water polo medal.

The defending Olympic champions France advanced to the third-place tournament, after losing in the semi-finals to Hungary. France won three matches to take the bronze medal, shutting out Argentina 8-0 in the final match of the consolation event. The details of how the third-place tournament was contested are confusing. It was apparently to be held by the Bergvall System, in which all those losing to the winner and runner-up contested a tournament for 3rd-place. But that system was not followed precisely and even Dutch and French newspapers mention that the organizers did not know how to follow the Bergvall System. Some of the matches played may have been friendlies or exhibitions.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1GermanyGERGold
Erich RademacherOtto CordesEmil BeneckeItze GunstJoachim RademacherKarl BähreMax AmannJohann Blank
2HungaryHUNSilver
István BartaSándor IvádyAlajos KeserűMárton HomonnaiFerenc KeserűJózsef VértesyOlivér Halassy
3FranceFRABronze
Paul DujardinJules KeignaertHenri Padou, Sr.Émile BulteelAchille TribouilletHenri CuvelierAlbert VandeplanckeErnest RogezAlbert Thévenon
4Great BritainGBR
Ted TemmePaul RadmilovicPercy PeterVic BeamanJack BuddLes AblettDick HodgsonJack HatfieldBilly Quick
=5BelgiumBEL
Jules BrandeleerRené BauwensJoseph MalissartGérard BlitzPierre CoppietersLouis Van GheemHenri De PauwFernand VisserAndré MélardyF. Bettens
=5NetherlandsNED
Appie van OlstJean van SilfhoutHan van SenusSjaak KöhlerCees LeenheerJan ScholteKoos KöhlerFrans KuijperPieter van Senus
=5United StatesUSA
Harry DanielsGeorge MitchellGeorge SchrothRichard GreenbergSam GrellerJohnny WeissmullerHerbert ToppPaul SamsonWally O'Connor
=5MaltaMLT
Francisco NappaVictor BusiettaMeme BusiettaEdward MagriHarry BonaviaRoger VellaLouis DarmaninTuru RizzoVictor Pace
=9CzechoslovakiaTCH
Josef BušekFrantišek GetreuerLadislav ŠvehlaKurt EpsteinPavol SteinerMichal SchmuckFrantišek Schulz
=9SwitzerlandSUI
Othmar SchmalzRobert WyssRobert HürlimannEric BrochonErnest HüttenmoserRobert MermoudFernand Moret
=9IrelandIRL
Sammy MooreNorman JuddMichael O'ConnorHayes DockrellJoseph O'ConnorPaddy McClureCecil Fagan
=9ArgentinaARG
Ricardo BustamenteCarlos CastroFrancisco UrangaJorge MoreauCésar VásquezMario BistolettiLuciano Rovere
=9LuxembourgLUX
Georges BauerVictor KleesEugène KubornFélix UndenJules StaudtBoyty StaudtCharles Mersch
=9SpainESP
Gonzalo JiménezÁngel SabataJaime CruellsJosé María PuigRafael JiménezManuel MajoMariano Trigo

Round One (4 – 5 August 1928)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 HUN 14 – 0ARG
Match #2 GBR 4 – 2TCH
Match #3 FRA 4 – 0ESP
Match #4 NED 11 – 1SUI
Match #5 BEL 11 – 1IRL
Match #6 MLT 3 – 1LUX

Quarter-Finals (6 August 1928)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 FRA 16 – 0MLT
Match #2 GBR 5 – 3NED
Match #3 HUN 5 – 0USA
Match #4 GER 5 – 3BEL

Semi-Finals (7 August 1928)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 GER 8 – 5GBR
Match #2 HUN 5 – 3FRA

Final Round (10 August 1928)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 GER 5 – 2HUN

Third-Place Tournament (11 August 1928)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 NED 3 – 2BEL
Match #2 USA 10 – 0MLT
Match #3 FRA 8 – 1GBR
Match #4 FRA 2 – 1USA
Match #5 FRA 8 – 0ARG