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Water Polo, Men

Date25 August – 3 September 1960
StatusOlympic
LocationStadio Olimpico del Nuoto, Roma / Piscina delle Rose, Roma
Participants150 from 16 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to the round-robin final pool.

Italy had won the gold medal at the 1948 Olympics, while Hungary had won the last two golds, also placing first in 1932 and 1936. Along with Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union, these were the four strongest sides in the world, and they would finish in the top four at Rome, with all four advancing out of the semi-final pools to the medal round. There Italy and the Soviets tied with one win and one loss, and were equal on goal differential among the contested matches of the final pool. But the gold medal came down to the Italy-USSR match that had taken place in the semi-final pools, which Italy won 2-0. Hungary claimed the bronze medal as Yugoslavia lost both of its final pool matches.

Hungary’s Dezső Gyarmati won his fourth consecutive water polo medal, after golds in 1952 and 1956 and a silver in 1948. He would return in 1964 to win his fifth medal, an all-time Olympic water polo record, with another gold. He is considered, with Spain’s Manuel Estiarte, who competed from 1980-92, one of the two greatest ever water poloists. The leading goal scorer of the 1960 Olympic tournament was the surprising Fred Tisue of the United States, which placed seventh. Tisue scored 12 goals in Rome, including five in one game against France in a preliminary round match.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1ItalyITAGold
Dante RossiGiuseppe D'AltruiEraldo PizzoGianni LonziFranco LavoratoriRosario ParmegianiDanio BardiBrunello SpinelliSalvatore GiontaAmedeo AmbronGiancarlo GuerriniLuigi Mannelli
2Soviet UnionURSSilver
P'et're MshvenieradzeBoris GoykhmanViktor AgeyevVyacheslav KurennoyLeri GogoladzeGivi ChikvanaiaAnatoly KartashovYury GrigorovskyVladimir SemyonovYevgeny SaltsynVladimir Novikov
3HungaryHUNBronze
Dezső GyarmatiGyörgy KárpátiOttó BorosIstván HevesiMihály MayerTivadar KanizsaZoltán DömötörLászló FelkaiLászló JeneyAndrás KatonaKálmán MarkovitsPéter RusoránJános KonrádAndrás Bodnár
4YugoslaviaYUG
Milan MuškatirovićHrvoje KačićZlatko ŠimencZdravko JežićMarijan ŽužejAnte NardeliMirko SandićBožidar Stanišić
5RomaniaROU
Mircea ȘtefănescuAlexandru BădițăAurel ZahanGavril BlajekAlexandru SzaboAnatol GrințescuȘtefan Kroner
6GermanyGER
Hans HoffmeisterAchim SchneiderHans SchepersBernd StrasserLajos NagyFriedhelm OsselmannDieter SeitzEmil BildsteinJürgen Honig
7United StatesUSA
Bob HornMarvin BurnsRonald SeveraRon CrawfordFred TisueWally WolfRon VolmerGordie HallChuck BittickChick McIlroy
8NetherlandsNED
Ben KniestHarry LammeFred van der ZwanHarro RanBram LeenardsHarry VriendFred van DorpHans MullerHenk Hermsen
=9ArgentinaARG
Diego WolffJorge LuceyAlfredo CarnovaliRoberto FischerPedro ConsuegraErnesto PargaOsvaldo Codaro
=9South AfricaRSA
William AucampRon MeredithLeon NahonFrank ButlerWally VogesRonald TinklerStephanus BothaRobert SchwartzAllan Brown
=9FranceFRA
Roland MoelléRené DaubinetAlex JanyClaude HaasClaude GrederRoger NeubauerCharles LambertGérard FaetiboltAndré LochonJacques MeslierJean-Paul Weil
=9United Arab RepublicUAR
Abdel Aziz KhalifaAmin Abdel RahmanIbrahim Abdel RahmanMohamed AzmiMoustafa BakriMoukhtar Hussain El-GamalGamal El-NazerDorri Abdel KaderAbdel Aziz El-ShafeiMohamed Abdel Hafiz
=13JapanJPN
Mineo KatoKanji AsanumaTakanao SatoYoji ShimizuMotonobu MiyamuraShigenobu FujimotoKoki Takagi
=13BrazilBRA
Jorge CruzEduardo da Cruz FilhoRolando da CruzLuiz DanielHilton de AlmeidaMárvio dos SantosJoão Gonçalves FilhoAdhemar Grijó FilhoHenry Sanson
=13AustraliaAUS
Michael WithersGraeme ShermanKeith WhiteheadJohn O'BrienTed PierceDick ThornettTom HoadAllan CharlestonKeith WiegardDes Clark
=13BelgiumBEL
Bruno De HesselleJozef SmitsRoger De WildeJacques CaufrierNicolas DumontKarel De VisLéon Pickers

Preliminary Round (25 – 29 August 1960)

Group A (25 – 27 August 1960)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1ItalyITA3006218
2RomaniaROU2014125
=3JapanJPN0121515
=3United Arab RepublicUAR0121717

Match #1 JPN 3 – 3UAR
Match #2 ITA 4 – 3ROU
Match #3 ROU 5 – 0UAR
Match #4 ITA 8 – 1JPN
Match #5 ITA 9 – 4UAR
Match #6 ROU 4 – 1JPN

Group B (25 – 29 August 1960)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1Soviet UnionURS30062010
2GermanyGER2014159
3ArgentinaARG0121714
4BrazilBRA0121716

Match #1 ARG 2 – 2BRA
Match #2 URS 5 – 4GER
Match #3 GER 6 – 3BRA
Match #4 URS 7 – 4ARG
Match #5 URS 8 – 2BRA
Match #6 GER 5 – 1ARG

Classification Round 5-8 (2 – 3 September 1960)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1RomaniaROU210514111
2GermanyGER210513112
3United StatesUSA102214163
4NetherlandsNED003015184

Match #1 GER 4 – 3USA
Match #2 ROU 5 – 4NED
Match #3 ROU 6 – 4USA
Match #4 GER 6 – 5NED

Semi-Finals (30 August – 1 September 1960)

Group A (30 – 31 August 1960)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1ItalyITA3006935
2Soviet UnionURS2014886
3RomaniaROU01218107
4GermanyGER01217118

Match #1 URS 3 – 2ROU
Match #2 ITA 3 – 0GER
Match #3 GER 3 – 3ROU
Match #4 ITA 2 – 0URS

Group B (30 August – 1 September 1960)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1YugoslaviaYUG30061049
2HungaryHUN201411510
3United StatesUSA1022111911
4NetherlandsNED003081212

Match #1 HUN 3 – 1NED
Match #2 YUG 6 – 2USA
Match #3 USA 7 – 6NED
Match #4 YUG 2 – 1HUN

Group C (25 – 29 August 1960)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1YugoslaviaYUG3006154
2NetherlandsNED111398
3South AfricaRSA1113712
4AustraliaAUS0030714

Match #1 YUG 2 – 1NED
Match #2 RSA 3 – 2AUS
Match #3 NED 5 – 3AUS
Match #4 YUG 7 – 1RSA
Match #5 NED 3 – 3RSA
Match #6 YUG 6 – 2AUS

Final Round (2 – 3 September 1960)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1ItalyITA21057413
2Soviet UnionURS11137814
3HungaryHUN02127815
4YugoslaviaYUG10226716

Match #1 HUN 3 – 3URS
Match #2 ITA 2 – 1YUG
Match #3 URS 4 – 3YUG
Match #4 HUN 3 – 3ITA

Group D (25 – 29 August 1960)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1HungaryHUN3006279
2United StatesUSA20141713
3FranceFRA10221023
4BelgiumBEL0030817

Match #1 FRA 3 – 2BEL
Match #2 HUN 7 – 2USA
Match #3 USA 10 – 4FRA
Match #4 HUN 9 – 4
1 Own Goal
BEL
Match #5 USA 5 – 2BEL
Match #6 HUN 11 – 3FRA