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Water Polo, Men

Date27 August – 4 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationDantebad, München / Schwimmhalle, Olympiapark, München
Participants176 from 16 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to the round-robin final pool.

At the last four Olympics the top four teams had been Hungary, Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union, and Italy, although the order changed slightly, but Hungary had won three of the last four gold medals. These four teams all advanced to the final round, the biggest surprise coming in Group A, won by the United States with Yugoslavia second. West Germany (FRG) also advanced, placing second in Group B to Hungary. In the final pool, Hungary and the Soviet Union tied with 3 wins and 2 ties, as they tied in their head-on match, 3-3, with the Soviet Union winning their first water polo gold medal by goal differential. The United States won its fourth bronze medal in the sport, but its first since 1932, having also placed third in 1920 and 1924. The leading scorer in water polo in Munich was Cuban Carlos Sánchez with 18 goals.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Soviet UnionURSGold
Vadim GulyayevAnatoly AkimovAleksandr DrevalAleksandr DolgushinVladimir ZhmudskyAleksandr KabanovAleksey BarkalovAleksandr ShidlovskyNikolay MelnikovLeonid OsipovVyacheslav Sobchenko
2HungaryHUNSilver
Endre MolnárTibor CservenyákAndrás BodnárIstván GörgényiZoltán KásásTamás FaragóLászló SárosiIstván Szívós, Jr.István MagasDénes PócsikFerenc Konrád
3United StatesUSABronze
Jim SlattonStan ColeRuss WebbBarry WeitzenbergGary SheererBruce BradleyPeter AschJim FergusonSteve BarnettJohn ParkerEric Lindroth
4West GermanyFRG
Gerd OlbertHermann HaverkampPeter TeicherKurt KüpperGünter WolfIngulf NossekLudger WeekeKurt SchuhmannJürgen StiefelHans SimonHans Hoffmeister
5YugoslaviaYUG
Karlo StipanićRatko RudićOzren BonačićUroš MarovićRonald LopatnyZoran JankovićSiniša BelamarićDušan AntunovićĐorđe PerišićMirko SandićMiloš Marković
6ItalyITA
Alberto Alberani SamaritaniEraldo PizzoRoldano SimeoniMario CevascoAlessandro GhibelliniGianni De MagistrisGuglielmo MarsiliSilvio BaracchiniFranco LavoratoriSante MarsiliFerdinando Lignano
7NetherlandsNED
Evert KroonHans WoudaJan Evert VeerHans HoogveldWim HermsenHans ParrelTon SchmidtMart BrasTon BuunkGijze StroboerWim van de Schilde
8RomaniaROU
Șerban HuberBogdan MihăilescuGheorghe ZamfirescuGruia NovacDinu PopescuClaudiu RusuIosif CulineacCornel RusuViorel RusRadu LazărCornel Frățilă
9CubaCUB
Oscar PericheDavid RodríguezJorge RizoGuillermo Martínez GinorisOrlando CowleyEugenio AlmenterosCarlos SánchezGerardo RodríguezOsvaldo GarcíaGuillermo CañeteJesús Pérez
10SpainESP
Salvador FranchJuan RubioJuan SansJuan JanéAlfonso CánovasGabriel SolerPoncio PuigdevallEnrique GuardiaJosé PadrósGaspar VenturaLuis Bestit
11BulgariaBUL
Biser NaumovIvan KovachevAleksandar ShpitserToma TomovPlamen BrankovMladen KhristovNedelcho YordanovVasil TomovAndrey KonstantinovMatey PopovLyubomir Runtov
12AustraliaAUS
Michael WithersTom HoadDavid WoodsPeter MontgomeryIan McLauchlainRobert MenziesDavid NeeshamLes NunnNicky BarnesLeon WiegardBill Tilley
=13MexicoMEX
Daniel GómezFrancisco GarcíaMaximiliano AguilarRaúl AlanísArturo Valencia, Jr.Juan Manuel GarcíaArmando FernándezAlfredo SauzaRicardo ChapaVíctor GarcíaRafael Azpeitia
=13GreeceGRE
Dimitrios KonstasGeorgios TheodorakopoulosEvangelos VoultsosKyriakos IosifidisDimitrios KougevetopoulosPeriklis DamaskosThomas KaralogosIoannis KaralogosEfstathios SarantosIoannis PaliosPanagiotis Mikhalos
=13JapanJPN
Yukiharu OshitaHirokatsu KuwayamaToshio TakahashiShuzo YajimaHiroshi HashimotoKoji NakanoNaoto MinegishiTatsuo JihiraTakashi KimuraYoshihiro YasumiToru Arase
16CanadaCAN
William Van der PolAlan PyleRick PuglieseClifford BarryDonald PackerStephen HartJack GauldieRobert ThompsonDavid HartGabor CsepregiGuy Leclerc

Preliminary Round (27 – 31 August 1972)

Group A (27 – 31 August 1972)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1United StatesUSA500103118
2YugoslaviaYUG40183524
3CubaCUB30262823
4RomaniaROU20343826
5MexicoMEX10422530
6CanadaCAN00501450

Match #1 YUG 12 – 4CAN
Match #2 CUB 6 – 4MEX
Match #3 USA 4 – 3ROU
Match #4 USA 7 – 6CUB
Match #5 MEX 7 – 3CAN
Match #6 YUG 8 – 7ROU
Match #7 USA 8 – 1CAN
Match #8 YUG 5 – 3MEX
Match #9 CUB 4 – 3ROU
Match #10 YUG 7 – 5CUB
Match #11 ROU 16 – 4CAN
Match #12 USA 7 – 5MEX
Match #13 CUB 7 – 2CAN
Match #14 USA 5 – 3YUG
Match #15 ROU 9 – 6MEX

Group B (27 – 31 August 1972)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1HungaryHUN3107226
2West GermanyFRG22062113
3NetherlandsNED21151411
4AustraliaAUS01311427
5GreeceGRE01311327

Match #1 HUN 3 – 0NED
Match #2 GRE 7 – 7AUS
Match #3 NED 4 – 2AUS
Match #4 FRG 3 – 3HUN
Match #5 NED 4 – 4FRG
Match #6 HUN 6 – 1GRE
Match #7 HUN 10 – 2AUS
Match #8 FRG 8 – 3GRE
Match #9 FRG 6 – 3AUS
Match #10 NED 6 – 2GRE

Group C (27 – 31 August 1972)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1Soviet UnionURS4008309
2ItalyITA30162716
3SpainESP20241922
4BulgariaBUL10321825
5JapanJPN00401436

Match #1 ESP 6 – 4JPN
Match #2 URS 4 – 1ITA
Match #3 URS 11 – 1JPN
Match #4 ITA 8 – 5BUL
Match #5 URS 7 – 2BUL
Match #6 ITA 6 – 2ESP
Match #7 BUL 7 – 4JPN
Match #8 URS 8 – 5ESP
Match #9 ITA 12 – 5JPN
Match #10 ESP 6 – 4BUL

Classification Round 7-12 (1 – 4 September 1972)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1NetherlandsNED410929201
2RomaniaROU311724192
3CubaCUB311724233
4SpainESP203426264
5BulgariaBUL023217235
6AustraliaAUS014118276

Match #1 ROU 7 – 4ESP
Match #2 NED 5 – 2BUL
Match #3 CUB 6 – 5AUS
Match #4 ROU 4 – 3BUL
Match #5 ESP 8 – 4AUS
Match #6 NED 8 – 6CUB
Match #7 AUS 4 – 4BUL
Match #8 ROU 5 – 5NED
Match #9 CUB 4 – 3ESP
Match #10 BUL 4 – 4CUB
Match #11 ROU 5 – 3AUS
Match #12 NED 7 – 5ESP

Final Round (1 – 4 September 1972)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1Soviet UnionURS320822167
2HungaryHUN320823188
3United StatesUSA221624239
4West GermanyFRG0323151810
5YugoslaviaYUG1133202411
6ItalyITA0232212612

Match #1 HUN 8 – 7ITA
Match #2 FRG 4 – 4USA
Match #3 URS 5 – 4YUG
Match #4 ITA 6 – 6YUG
Match #5 URS 4 – 2FRG
Match #6 HUN 5 – 3USA
Match #7 ITA 2 – 2FRG
Match #8 HUN 4 – 2YUG
Match #9 USA 6 – 6URS
Match #10 YUG 5 – 4FRG
Match #11 USA 6 – 5ITA
Match #12 HUN 3 – 3URS