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Water Polo, Men

Date8 – 15 August 1936
StatusOlympic
LocationSchwimmstadion, Reichssportfeld, Berlin
Participants142 from 16 countries
FormatSeries of round-robin elimination pools, followed by round-robin semi-final pools, and then round-robin final pools.

Hungary was the clear favorite, having won four straight European Championships, the most recent in 1934, and was the defending champion. Their biggest challenge was expected to come from the host Germans, runner-up in 1932, champions in 1928, and silver medalist at the Europeans in 1931 and 1934. The four first round groups were won Hungary, Germany, Austria, and Belgium. In the semi-finals, Hungary won Group A and Germany Group B, as both favorites made it to the final round without losing a game. When the two favorites met it resulted in a 2-2 tie, and the pool ended with both teams winning one other game, losing one other, and carrying over a win from the previous rounds, but Hungary won the gold medal on goal differential. Belgium took bronze, their sixth Olympic medal in the sport, but with no golds. It was also their last Olympic water polo medal, at least through 2008.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1HungaryHUNGold
János NémethOlivér HalassyMárton HomonnaiMiklós SárkányGyörgy BródyKálmán HazaiJenő BrandiMihály BozsiGyörgy KutasiSándor TaricsIstván Molnár
2GermanyGERSilver
Paul KlingenburgBernhard BaierGustav SchürgerItze GunstJosef HauserHans SchneiderHans SchulzeFritz StolzeHeinrich KrugAlfred KienzleHelmut Schwenn
3BelgiumBELBronze
Henri DisyJoseph De CombeHenri StoelenFernand IsseléAlbert CasteleynsGérard BlitzPierre CoppietersHenri De PauwEdmond Michiels
4FranceFRA
Georges DelportePaul LambertMaurice LefèbvreHenri Padou, Sr.Roger Van de CasteeleAndré BuschRené Joder
5NetherlandsNED
Joop van WoerkomSoesoe van Oostrom SoedeRu den HamerGé RegterHans MaierKees van AelstLex FrankenHerman VeenstraJan van Heteren
6AustriaAUT
Franz WenningerKarl SeitzKarl SteinbachSebastian PlonerFranz SchönfelsAlfred LergetporerWilhelm HawlikErwin BlaslOtto MüllerAnton KunzPeter Riedl
7SwedenSWE
Åke NaumanBertil BergTore LjungqvistGösta PerssonErik HolmGeorg SvenssonGöte AnderssonTore LindzénRunor SandströmSven Pettersson
8Great BritainGBR
Ted TemmeAlfred NorthDavid GroganFreddie MiltonReg SuttonBill MartinBobby MitchellLes AblettDavid McGregorErnie BlakeLeslie Palmer
=9United StatesUSA
Herb WildmanCharley FinnHarold McCallisterDixon FiskeWally O'ConnorKenneth BeckPhil DaubenspeckRay RuddyFred Lauer
=9YugoslaviaYUG
Miro MihovilovićMirko TaranaVinko CvjetkovićAnte RojeFilip BonačićLuka CiganovićBogdan Tošović
=9CzechoslovakiaTCH
Josef BušekJosef MedřickýKurt EpsteinKonstantin KoutekLešek BoubelaKarel SchmuckHugo Vondřejc
=9SwitzerlandSUI
Ferdy DenzlerBenjamin VessazRoger ZirilliRobert MermoudRobert WyssHeinz MeierWerner KoppJean Gysel
=13UruguayURU
Enrique PereiraJulio César CostemalleMaximino GarcíaFrancisco FigueroaHugo GarcíaAlberto BatignaniJosé Castro
=13MaltaMLT
Jack Frendo AzzopardiJoseph DemicoliAlfred LanzonFrank WismayerPippo SchembriBabsie PodestáSydney ScottWilfred PodestáJimmy Chetcuti
=13JapanJPN
Jihei FurushoKosei TanoShigetaka KatsuhisaTakimi WakayamaYasutaro SakagamiTorajiro KataokaZenjiro TakahashiKoichi Wada
=13IcelandISL
Jón Ingi GuðmundssonÞórður GuðmundssonJónas HalldórssonÞorsteinn HjálmarssonJón JónssonStefán JónssonMagnús PálssonÚlfar Þórðarson

Preliminary Round (8 – 10 August 1936)

Group A (8 – 10 August 1936)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1BelgiumBEL210564
2NetherlandsNED120454
3United StatesUSA102278
4UruguayURU012124

Match #1 BEL 1 – 0URU
Match #2 NED 3 – 2USA
Match #3 USA 2 – 1URU
Match #4 BEL 1 – 1NED
Match #5 NED 1 – 1URU
Match #6 BEL 4 – 3USA

Group B (8 – 10 August 1936)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1HungaryHUN3006262
2Great BritainGBR20141315
3YugoslaviaYUG1022118
4MaltaMLT0030227

Match #1 GBR 8 – 2MLT
Match #2 HUN 4 – 1YUG
Match #3 HUN 12 – 0MLT
Match #4 GBR 4 – 3YUG
Match #5 YUG 7 – 0MLT
Match #6 HUN 10 – 1GBR

Group C (8 – 10 August 1936)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1GermanyGER3006273
2FranceFRA20141210
3CzechoslovakiaTCH1022712
4JapanJPN0030425

Match #1 GER 8 – 1FRA
Match #2 TCH 4 – 3JPN
Match #3 FRA 8 – 0JPN
Match #4 GER 6 – 1TCH
Match #5 GER 13 – 1JPN
Match #6 FRA 3 – 2TCH

Group D (8 – 10 August 1936)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
=1AustriaAUT3006171
=1SwedenSWE2014182
3SwitzerlandSUI1022716
4IcelandISL0030124

Match #1 SUI 7 – 1ISL
Match #2 AUT 2 – 1SWE
Match #3 AUT 9 – 0SUI
Match #4 SWE 11 – 0ISL
Match #5 SWE 6 – 0SUI
Match #6 AUT 6 – 0ISL

Classification Round 5-8 (13 – 14 August 1936)

Classification matches.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1NetherlandsNED210513111
2AustriaAUT1113992
3SwedenSWE1022883
4Great BritainGBR02129114

Match #1 NED 5 – 4AUT
Match #2 SWE 4 – 2GBR
Match #3 NED 4 – 3SWE
Match #4 AUT 3 – 3GBR

Semi-Finals (11 – 12 August 1936)

Group A (11 – 12 August 1936)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1HungaryHUN30062115
2BelgiumBEL1113756
3NetherlandsNED02125137
4Great BritainGBR01216208

Match #1 GBR 4 – 4NED
Match #2 HUN 3 – 0BEL
Match #3 BEL 6 – 1GBR
Match #4 HUN 8 – 0NED

Group B (11 – 12 August 1936)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1GermanyGER30061539
2FranceFRA201471110
3AustriaAUT10225811
4SwedenSWE00303812

Match #1 FRA 2 – 1SWE
Match #2 GER 3 – 1AUT
Match #3 FRA 4 – 2AUT
Match #4 GER 4 – 1SWE

Final Round (14 – 15 August 1936)

Medal round.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1HungaryHUN210510213
2GermanyGER210514414
3BelgiumBEL10224815
4FranceFRA003021616

Match #1 BEL 3 – 1FRA
Match #2 GER 2 – 2HUN
Match #3 GER 4 – 1BEL
Match #4 HUN 5 – 0FRA