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Water Polo, Men

Date20 – 29 July 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationPlavatelny basseyn, Sportivny kompleks Olimpiysky, Moskva / Plavatelny basseyn, Tsentralny stadion imeni V. I. Lenina, Moskva
Participants132 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to the round-robin final pool.

The United States-led boycott was hardly noticed as the top four water polo teams for almost 30 years had been Hungary, Yugoslavia, Italy, and the Soviet Union, all of whom were in Moscow. In major internationals before Moscow, this was still evident as Hungary won the 1977 Worlds, with Yugoslavia and Italy taking the other medals, and at the 1978 European Championships, Italy won gold, Hungary silver, and Yugoslavia bronze.

The biggest upset of the Moscow preliminaries was that Italy placed third in Group B and did not make the final round, placing behind the Soviet Union and Spain, which was moving onto the world water polo stage to soon become a power. Group A saw Hungary win with the Netherlands second, while Group C advanced Yugoslavia and Cuba to the final pool.

The Soviet Union won its second water polo gold medal, after 1972, by winning all five of its games in the medal round, defeating Yugoslavia 8-7 in a match that determined the gold medal, the Yugoslavs taking silver. Hungary won the bronze, losing both of their matches to the Soviets and Yugoslavia by one goal. This marked the 12th consecutive Olympic Games at which Hungary had won a medal in water polo, with six golds, three silvers, and three bronzes. The streak would end at Los Angeles in 1984, but likely only because of the Soviet-led boycott. István Szivós competed for Hungary in Moscow, winning his fourth consecutive Olympic medal.

Spain placed fourth, with new young star Manuel Estiarte, who led all goal scorers with 22. Estiarte would eventually compete in six Olympics, and he would be the leading goal scorer in 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992, setting the all-time Olympic record for a single tournament in 1984 with 34 goals. He is considered, along with Hungary’s Dezső Gyarmati, winner of five Olympic medals from 1948-64, one of the two greatest water poloists of all-time.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Soviet UnionURSGold
Yevgeny SharonovSergey KotenkoVladimir AkimovYevgeny GrishinMait RiismanAleksandr KabanovOleksiy BarkalovErkin ShagayevGiorgi MshvenieradzeMikhail IvanovVyacheslav Sobchenko
2YugoslaviaYUGSilver
Luka VezilićZoran GopčevićDamir PolićRatko RudićZoran MusturZoran RojeMilivoj BebićSlobodan TrifunovićBoško LozicaPredrag ManojlovićMilorad Krivokapić
3HungaryHUNBronze
Endre MolnárIstván Szívós, Jr.Attila SudárGyörgy GerendásGyörgy HorkaiGábor CsapóIstván KissIstván UdvardiLászló KunczTamás FaragóKároly Hauszler
4SpainESP
Manuel DelgadoGaspar VenturaAntonio EstellerFederico SabriáManuel EstiartePedro RobertJorge AlonsoJosé AlcázarAntonio AguilarJorge CarmonaSalvador Franch
5CubaCUB
Oscar PericheOrlando CowleyBárbaro DíazLázaro CostaDavid RodríguezNelson DomínguezJorge RizoArturo RamosCarlos BenítezGerardo RodríguezOriel Domínguez
6NetherlandsNED
Wouly de BieNico LandeweerdJan Evert VeerHans van ZeelandTon BuunkEric NoordegraafStan van BelkumAad van MilDick NieuwenhuizenJan Jaap KorevaarRuud Misdorp
7AustraliaAUS
Michael TurnerDavid NeeshamRobert BryantPeter MontgomeryJulian MusprattAndrew KerrTony FalsonCharles TurnerMartin CallaghanRandall GoffAndrew Steward
8ItalyITA
Alberto Alberani SamaritaniRoldano SimeoniAlfio MisaggiSante MarsiliMassimo FondelliGianni De MagistrisAntonello SteardoPaolo RagosaRomeo CollinaEnzo D'AngeloUmberto Panerai
9RomaniaROU
Doru SpînuVasile UngureanuDorin CostrașAdrian NastasiuDinu PopescuClaudiu RusuIlie SlăveiLiviu RăducanuViorel RusAdrian SchervanFlorin Slăvei
10GreeceGRE
Ioannis VossosThomas KaralogosSotirios StathakisSpyros KapralosKyriakos GiannopoulosAristidis KefalogiannisIoannis GaryfallosAndreas GounasAntonis AronisMarkellos SitareniosIoannis Giannouris
11SwedenSWE
Anders FlodqvistKenth KarlssonHans LundénTommy DanielsonSören CarlssonChrister StenbergGunnar JohanssonPeter CarlströmLars SkåålPer-Arne AnderssonArne Claesson
12BulgariaBUL
Volodya SirakovAndrey AndreevKiril KiryakovAsen DenchevVasil NanovAntoni PartalevPetar KostadinovNikola StamatovBiser GeorgievMatey PopovGeorgi Gospodinov

Preliminary Round (20 – 22 July 1980)

Group A (20 – 22 July 1980)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1HungaryHUN21051914
2NetherlandsNED20141615
3RomaniaROU11131515
4GreeceGRE00301622

Match #1 ROU 6 – 6HUN
Match #2 NED 8 – 7GRE
Match #3 HUN 5 – 3NED
Match #4 ROU 6 – 4GRE
Match #5 HUN 8 – 5GRE
Match #6 NED 5 – 3ROU

Group B (20 – 22 July 1980)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1Soviet UnionURS30062410
2SpainESP20141511
3ItalyITA01211417
4SwedenSWE0121823

Match #1 ESP 7 – 3SWE
Match #2 URS 8 – 6ITA
Match #3 SWE 4 – 4ITA
Match #4 URS 4 – 3ESP
Match #5 URS 12 – 1SWE
Match #6 ESP 5 – 4ITA

Group C (20 – 22 July 1980)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1YugoslaviaYUG21052410
2CubaCUB21051911
3AustraliaAUS10221520
4BulgariaBUL0030825

Match #1 CUB 6 – 6YUG
Match #2 AUS 9 – 5BUL
Match #3 YUG 9 – 2BUL
Match #4 CUB 6 – 4AUS
Match #5 YUG 9 – 2AUS
Match #6 CUB 7 – 1BUL

Classification Round 7-12 (24 – 29 July 1980)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1AustraliaAUS41093019
2ItalyITA40182618
3RomaniaROU31173626
4GreeceGRE20342828
5SwedenSWE10422340
6BulgariaBUL00502537

Match #1 ITA 5 – 3ROU
Match #2 GRE 9 – 5SWE
Match #3 AUS 8 – 5BUL
Match #4 ROU 4 – 4AUS
Match #5 GRE 6 – 4BUL
Match #6 ITA 8 – 3SWE
Match #7 ROU 8 – 3SWE
Match #8 AUS 4 – 2GRE
Match #9 ITA 5 – 4BUL
Match #10 ROU 10 – 6BUL
Match #11 ITA 4 – 3GRE
Match #12 AUS 9 – 4SWE
Match #13 ROU 11 – 8GRE
Match #14 AUS 5 – 4ITA
Match #15 SWE 8 – 6BUL

Final Round (24 – 29 July 1980)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1Soviet UnionURS500103421
2YugoslaviaYUG31173432
3HungaryHUN30263230
4SpainESP20342831
5CubaCUB02323138
6NetherlandsNED01412633

Match #1 URS 5 – 4HUN
Match #2 ESP 6 – 5NED
Match #3 CUB 7 – 7YUG
Match #4 YUG 8 – 7HUN
Match #5 NED 7 – 7CUB
Match #6 URS 6 – 2ESP
Match #7 HUN 6 – 5ESP
Match #8 YUG 5 – 4NED
Match #9 URS 8 – 5CUB
Match #10 HUN 7 – 5CUB
Match #11 URS 7 – 3NED
Match #12 YUG 7 – 6ESP
Match #13 HUN 8 – 7NED
Match #14 URS 8 – 7YUG
Match #15 ESP 9 – 7CUB