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Water Polo, Men

Date1 – 9 August 1992
StatusOlympic
LocationPiscina Municipal de Montjuïc, Barcelona / Piscinas Bernat Picornell, Barcelona
Participants152 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

Yugoslavia was the world’s top side. They had won the gold medal in 1984, and won the World and European Championships in 1991, defeating Spain in the final of both of those tournaments. The tournament was expected to come down to those two teams. But shortly before the Barcelona Olympics, the United Nations had sanctioned Yugoslavia for its actions in the Bosnian and Croatian war, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed to ban the nation from the Olympics. It provided an out, however, by allowing individual Yugoslav athletes to competed as Independent Olympic Participants (IOP), but teams from Yugoslavia could not compete, and thus their water polo team was not in Barcelona.

The United States and the Unified Team advanced to the semi-finals from Group A, while Spain and Italy advanced from Group B. In the semis, Italy defeated the Unified Team 9-8, while Spain defeated the United States 6-4. Italy and Spain had already met in pool play, tying 9-9.

The final became the longest water polo match in Olympic history. It was tied at the end of regulation, 7-7, and remained that way through two overtime periods. In the second overtime, Spanish superstar, Manuel Estiarte scored on a penalty throw with only 42 seconds remaining, appearing to give Spain the gold medal. But with 33 seconds to go, Jordi Sans was sent off and Italy’s Massimiliano Ferretti scored the equalizer. Three more overtimes were played, with no score. In the sixth overtime, Italy’s Fernando Gandolfi scored with 32 seconds on the clock, to put Italy ahead, 9-8. A last second Spanish shot failed and Italy won the gold medal.

As in 1980, 1984, and 1988, Manuel Estiarte was the leading scorer in the Olympic tournament, with 22 goals in Barcelona, but this time he was tied by Hungary’s Tibor Benedek.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1ItalyITAGold
Francesco AttolicoAlessandro BovoPaolo CaldarellaSandro CampagnaMarco D'AltruiMassimiliano FerrettiMario FiorilloFerdinando GandolfiAmedeo PomilioFranco PorzioGiuseppe PorzioCarlo Silipo
2SpainESPSilver
Daniel BallartManuel EstiartePedro GarcíaSalvador GómezMarco Antonio GonzálezRubén MichavilaMiki OcaSergio PedrerolJosep PicóJesús Miguel RollánRicardo SánchezJordi Sans
3Unified TeamEUNBronze
Dmitry ApanasenkoAndrey BelofastovYevgeny SharonovDmitry GorshkovVladimir KarabutovAleksandr KolotovAndriy KovalenkoNikolay KozlovSerghei MarcociSergey NaumovAleksandr OgorodnikovAleksandr ChigirAleksey Vdovin
4United StatesUSA
Jeff CampbellChris DuplantyMike EvansKirk EveristErich FischerCharlie HarrisChris HumbertDoug KimbellCraig KlassAlex RousseauTerry SchroederJohn VargasCraig Wilson
5AustraliaAUS
Glenn TownsendTroy StockwellAndrew WightmanRay MayersGeoff ClarkJohn FoxChris WybrowSimon AsherDaniel MarsdenGreg McFaddenGuy NewmanMark ObermanPaul Oberman
6HungaryHUN
Péter KunaGábor SchmiedtZsolt PetőváryBalázs VinczeLászló TóthAndrás GyöngyösiImre TóthTibor BenedekIstván DócziGábor NemesImre PéterFrank TóthZsolt Varga
7GermanyGER
Frank OttoUwe SterzikIngo BorgmannHagen StammDirk TheismannRené ReimannPiotr BukowskiRaúl de la PeñaJörg DreselTorsten DreselCarsten KuschGuido Reibel
8CubaCUB
Juan Carlos BarrerasNorge BlayPablo CuestaJorge del ValleMarcelo DerouvilleBárbaro DíazLázaro FernándezJuan Hernández OliveraJuan Hernández SilveiraGuillermo Martínez LuisIván PérezJosé Ángel RamosErnesto García
9NetherlandsNED
Arie van de BuntMarc van BelkumGijsbert van der LedenHarry van der MeerJohn ScherrenburgHans NieuwenburgKoos IssardJalo de VriesJohn JansenRobert HavekotteJan WagenaarRemco PielstroomBert Brinkman
10GreeceGRE
Vangelis PatrasFilippos KaiafasEpaminondas SamartzidisKonstantinos LoudisKyriakos GiannopoulosTasos PapanastasiouNikolaos VenetopoulosDimitrios SeletopoulosDimitrios BitsakosEvangelos PaterosGeorgios MavrotasTheodoros LorantosGerasimos Voltyrakis
11FranceFRA
Jean-Marie OlivonChristian GrimaldiPatrice TilliePierre GarsauÉmmanuel DucherÉmmanuel CharlotVincent de NardiPascal LoustaneauThierry AlimondoGilles MadelenatNicolas JeleffChristophe GautierFrançois Besson
12CzechoslovakiaTCH
Štefan KmeťoLadislav VidumanskýTomáš BundschuhRoman PolačikVidor BorsigPeter HorňákEduard BalúchPavol DindžíkRoman BačíkPeter VeszelitsMiroslav JančichJúlius Iždinský

Preliminary Round (1 – 6 August 1992)

Group A (1 – 6 August 1992)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1Unified TeamEUN500105032
2United StatesUSA40184024
3AustraliaAUS21254441
4GermanyGER12243841
5FranceFRA11333842
6CzechoslovakiaTCH00503363

Match #1 EUN 10 – 6TCH
Match #2 USA 8 – 4AUS
Match #3 FRA 7 – 7GER
Match #4 USA 9 – 3TCH
Match #5 AUS 9 – 5FRA
Match #6 EUN 11 – 7GER
Match #7 USA 11 – 7FRA
Match #8 GER 15 – 9TCH
Match #9 EUN 12 – 9AUS
Match #10 FRA 14 – 6TCH
Match #11 EUN 8 – 5USA
Match #12 GER 7 – 7AUS
Match #13 AUS 15 – 9TCH
Match #14 USA 7 – 2GER
Match #15 EUN 9 – 5FRA

Group B (1 – 6 August 1992)

Round-robin pool.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1SpainESP41095236
2ItalyITA32084134
3HungaryHUN22164946
4CubaCUB20345053
5NetherlandsNED02323646
6GreeceGRE01413245

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

Semi-Finals (8 August 1992)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 ITA 9 – 8EUN
Match #2 ESP 6 – 4USA

Classification Round 5-8 (8 – 9 August 1992)

Classification matches.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1AustraliaAUS20041613
2GermanyGER10121714
3HungaryHUN10121616
4CubaCUB00201117

Match #1 AUS 7 – 5CUB
Match #2 HUN 8 – 7GER
Match #3 GER 10 – 6CUB
Match #4 AUS 9 – 8HUN

Classification Round 9-12 (8 – 9 August 1992)

Classification matches.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1NetherlandsNED20042416
2GreeceGRE20042014
3CzechoslovakiaTCH00201619
4FranceFRA00201425

Match #1 GRE 10 – 6FRA
Match #2 NED 9 – 8TCH
Match #3 GRE 10 – 8TCH
Match #4 NED 15 – 8FRA

Final Round (9 August 1992)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 ITA 9 – 8ESP
Match 3/4 EUN 8 – 4USA