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Water Polo, Men

Date21 September – 1 October 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationSu-yeong-jang, Ol-lim-pik Gong-won, Seoul / Jam-sil Su-yeong-jang, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants156 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

Yugoslavia had won the gold medal in 1984, although it came down only to goal differential over the United States in the final round. Yugoslavia had also won the 1986 World Championship, but by 1988 the United States was at least their equal. The two teams had played eight times in the 2½ months before the Seoul Olympics, with the USA winning five times. The two teams met in group play in their opening match of the Olympics, with the United States winning 7-6. But Yugoslavia won the group, as the United States lost to Spain 9-7, and the Yugoslavs again had a better goal differential. Both teams advanced to the semi-finals, however, where they each won to meet again in the final.

Just as in Los Angeles, the United States led by 5-2 in the third quarter. Yugoslavia then scored four straight goals to lead 6-5, but the American tied the match 6-6. The match went to overtime and Yugoslavia scored the first three goals to lead 9-6, eventually winning 9-7 for the gold medal.

Hungary was eliminated in group play and would eventually place fifth in Seoul. Hungary had won medals in water polo at every Olympics from 1924-80, and then did not play in 1984 because of the Soviet-led boycott. Seoul marked the first time since Amsterdam in 1928 that Hungary did not win a water polo medal at an Olympics in which they competed.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1YugoslaviaYUGGold
Aleksandar ŠoštarDeni LušićDubravko ŠimencPerica BukićVeselin ĐuhoDragan AndrićMirko VičevićIgor GočaninMislav BezmalinovićTomislav PaškvalinIgor MilanovićGoran RađenovićRenco Posinković
2United StatesUSASilver
Craig WilsonKevin RobertsonJames BergesonPeter CampbellDoug KimbellCraig KlassAlan MouchawarJeff CampbellGreg BoyerTerry SchroederJody CampbellChris DuplantyMike Evans
3Soviet UnionURSBronze
Yevgeny SharonovNurlan MendygaliyevYevgeny GrishinAleksandr KolotovSergey NaumovViktor BerendiuhaSergey KotenkoDmitry ApanasenkoGiorgi MshvenieradzeMikhail IvanovSerghei MarcociMykola SmyrnovMikheil Giorgadze
4West GermanyFRG
Peter RöhleDirk JacobyFrank OttoUwe SterzikArmando FernándezAndreas EhrlIngo BorgmannRainer OsselmannHagen StammThomas HuberDirk TheismannRené ReimannWerner Obschernikat
5HungaryHUN
Péter KunaGábor BujkaGábor SchmiedtZsolt PetőváryIstván PintérTibor KeszthelyiBalázs VinczeZoltán MohiTibor PardiLászló TóthAndrás GyöngyösiZoltán KószImre Tóth
6SpainESP
Jesús Miguel RollánMiguel ChillidaMarco Antonio GonzálezMiguel PérezManuel EstiartePedro RobertJordi PayáJosé Antonio RodríguezJordi SansSalvador GómezMariano MoyaJorge NeiraPedro García
7ItalyITA
Paolo TrapaneseAlfio MisaggiAndrea PisanoAntonello SteardoSandro CampagnaPaolo CaldarellaMario FiorilloFranco PorzioStefano PostiglioneRiccardo TempestiniMassimiliano FerrettiMarco D'AltruiGianni Averaimo
8AustraliaAUS
Glenn TownsendRichard PengelleyChris HarrisonTroy StockwellAndrew WightmanAndrew KerrRay MayersGeoff ClarkJohn FoxChris WybrowSimon AsherAndrew TaylorDon Cameron
9GreeceGRE
Nikolaos KhristoforidisFilippos KaiafasEpaminondas SamartzidisAnastasios TsikarisKyriakos GiannopoulosAristidis KefalogiannisNikolaos VenetopoulosDimitrios SeletopoulosAntonis AronisEvangelos PaterosGeorgios MavrotasVangelis PatrasTasos Papanastasiou
10FranceFRA
Arnaud BouetMarc BrisferMarc CrousillatPierre GarsauBruno BoyadjianPhilippe HervéMichel IdouxThierry AlimondoMichel CrousillatNicolas MarischaelNicolas JeleffPascal PérotChristian Volpi
11People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Ni ShiweiWang MinhuiYang YongYu XiangHuang LongHuang QijiangCui ShipingZhao BilongLi JianxiongCai ShengliuWen FanGe JianqingZheng Qing
12Republic of KoreaKOR
Lee Jeong-SeokJang Si-YeongKim Seong-EunYu Seung-HunKim Gi-ChunKim Jae-YeonChoi Seon-YongKim Gil-HwanKim Jin-TaeSong Seung-HoHong Sun-BoLee Taek-WonPark Sang-Won

Preliminary Round (21 – 27 September 1988)

Group A (21 – 27 September 1988)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1West GermanyFRG500106037
2Soviet UnionURS31176330
3ItalyITA31174833
4AustraliaAUS20344039
5FranceFRA10424354
6Republic of KoreaKOR00501475

Match #1 ITA 9 – 9URS
Match #2 FRA 16 – 5KOR
Match #3 FRG 13 – 11AUS
Match #4 ITA 11 – 1KOR
Match #5 FRG 10 – 9FRA
Match #6 URS 11 – 4AUS
Match #7 FRG 18 – 2KOR
Match #8 ITA 7 – 5AUS
Match #9 URS 18 – 4FRA
Match #10 FRG 10 – 7ITA
Match #11 URS 17 – 4KOR
Match #12 AUS 7 – 6FRA
Match #13 ITA 14 – 8FRA
Match #14 AUS 13 – 2KOR
Match #15 FRG 9 – 8URS

Group B (21 – 27 September 1988)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1YugoslaviaYUG40186038
2United StatesUSA40185640
3SpainESP31174838
4HungaryHUN21255043
5GreeceGRE10424566
6People's Republic of ChinaCHN00503468

Match #1 HUN 12 – 10GRE
Match #2 USA 7 – 6YUG
Match #3 ESP 13 – 6CHN
Match #4 GRE 10 – 7CHN
Match #5 ESP 9 – 7USA
Match #6 YUG 10 – 9HUN
Match #7 USA 14 – 7CHN
Match #8 YUG 17 – 7GRE
Match #9 HUN 6 – 6ESP
Match #10 USA 18 – 9GRE
Match #11 HUN 14 – 7CHN
Match #12 YUG 10 – 8ESP
Match #13 ESP 12 – 9GRE
Match #14 USA 10 – 9HUN
Match #15 YUG 17 – 7CHN

Semi-Finals (30 September 1988)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 YUG 14 – 10FRG
Match #2 USA 8 – 7URS

Classification Round 5-8 (30 September – 1 October 1988)

Classification matches.

Match #1 HUN 9 – 9ITA
Match #2 AUS 8 – 7ESP
Match #3 HUN 13 – 5AUS
Match #4 ESP 11 – 9ITA

Classification Round 9-12 (30 September – 1 October 1988)

Classification matches.

Match #1 FRA 11 – 4CHN
Match #2 GRE 17 – 7KOR
Match #3 CHN 14 – 7KOR
Match #4 GRE 10 – 7FRA

Final Round (1 October 1988)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 YUG 9 – 7USA
Match 3/4 URS 14 – 13FRG