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Water Polo, Men

Date4 – 13 August 1932
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Park Swimming Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Participants41 from 5 countries
FormatRound-robin tournament.

There were only five teams in the tournament, because of the lengthy travel to Los Angeles, but it included the two strongest teams in the world, Hungary and Germany. Germany was the defending Olympic Champion, while Hungary was second in 1928. But Hungary had been European Champion in 1926, 1927, and 1931, and was favored in LA. The gold medal came down to the match between the two favorites, with Hungary winning the match, 6-2, and going undefeated in the round-robin to win gold. Germany and the United States tied with 2 wins, 1 tie, and 1 loss, but Germany was awarded the silver on goal differential. From 1932-64, Hungary would win water polo gold in five of seven Olympic Games.

Brazil lost its first two matches, the second 7-3 against Germany. After the match the players attacked the Hungarian referee, Béla Komjadi, which had to be broken up by the police. Brazil was suspended and forfeited their final two games.

United States’ player Phil Daubenspeck scored 14 goals during the tournament, which stood as an Olympic water polo record for one Games until 1968, when the Netherlands’ Nico van der Voet scored 33 goals in Mexico City.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1HungaryHUNGold
György BródySándor IvádyAlajos KeserűMárton HomonnaiFerenc KeserűJózsef VértesyOlivér HalassyIstván BartaJános NémethMiklós Sárkány
2GermanyGERSilver
Erich RademacherOtto CordesEmil BeneckeItze GunstJoachim RademacherHeiko SchwartzHans SchulzeHans Eckstein
3United StatesUSABronze
Herb WildmanCal StrongCharley FinnHarold McCallisterPhil DaubenspeckAustin ClappWally O'Connor
4JapanJPN
Akira FujitaYasutaro SakagamiTakaji TakebayashiSeibei KimuraTosuke SawamiIwao TokitoShuji DoiTakashige Matsumoto
5BrazilBRA
Salvador AmendolaCarlos BrancoLuiz da SilvaMario de LorenzoAntônio Jacobina FilhoAdhemar SerpaJefferson SouzaPedro Theberge

Round-Robin (4 August 1932 — 16:10)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1HungaryHUN3006312
2GermanyGER21152313
3United StatesUSA21152012
4BrazilBRA0020413
5JapanJPN0030038

Match #1 GER 7 – 3BRA
Match #2 USA 6 – 1BRA
Match #3 HUN 6 – 2GER
Match #4 USA 10 – 0JPN
Match #5 1 HUN 218 – 0JPN
Match #6 GER 4 – 4USA
Match #7 HUN 7 – 0USA
Match #8 GER 10 – 0JPN