Water polo at the 1968 Summer Olympics

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Water polo
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
VenuesFrancisco Márquez Olympic Pool
Date14–26 October 1968
Competitors162 from 15 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s)  Yugoslavia
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Soviet Union
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Hungary
← 1964
1972 →

The water polo tournament at the 1968 Summer Olympics was held from 14 to 25 October 1968, in Mexico City, Mexico.[1][2]

Qualification[3]

Event Dates Hosts Quotas Qualified Teams
Host Nation 18 October 1963 West Germany Baden-Baden 1  Mexico
1964 Summer Olympics 11-18 October 1964 Japan Tokyo 6 5  Hungary

 Yugoslavia

 Soviet Union

 Italy

 Romania

 East Germany

1967 Pan American Games 26 July - 1 August 1967 Canada Winnipeg 3  United States

 Brazil

 Cuba

European Qualifier 3-8 June 1968 Italy Milan 3  West Germany

 Netherlands

 Spain

Oceania Qualifier 1  Australia
Asian Qualifier 1  Japan
African Qualifier 1  Egypt
Reallocation 1  Greece
Total 16 15

Groups

While Australia had been accepted as one of the 16 teams, the Australian Olympic Committee, considering it a waste of money to send a team, did not endorse them. The players responded by paying their own way to travel to Mexico City, but after the AOC informed the organisers, the team were barred from competing.[4]

Squads

Preliminary round

Group A

Team Points G W D L GF GA Diff
1.  Hungary 12 6 6 0 0 39 14 +25
2.  Soviet Union 10 6 5 0 1 43 18 +25
3.  United States 7 6 3 1 2 37 36 +1
4.  Cuba 7 6 3 1 2 31 35 –4
5.  West Germany 4 6 2 0 4 33 34 –1
6.  Spain 1 6 0 1 5 20 37 –17
7.  Brazil 1 6 0 1 5 22 51 –29
  • 14 October 1968
United States  10 – 5  Brazil
Soviet Union  11 – 4  Cuba
West Germany  5 – 3  Spain
  • 15 October 1968
Cuba  9 – 2  Brazil
  • 16 October 1968
Hungary  6 – 4  West Germany
United States  10 – 7  Spain
  • 17 October 1968
Soviet Union  6 – 3  West Germany
Cuba  6 – 6  United States
Hungary  7 – 1  Spain
  • 19 October 1968
Soviet Union  5 – 0  Spain
Hungary  5 – 1  United States
West Germany  10 – 5  Brazil
  • 20 October 1968
Cuba  7 – 6  West Germany
Spain  6 – 6  Brazil
Hungary  6 – 5  Soviet Union
  • 21 October 1968
Cuba  4 – 3  Spain
Soviet Union  8 – 3  United States
Hungary  8 – 2  Brazil
  • 22 October 1968
Soviet Union  8 – 2  Brazil
United States  7 – 5  West Germany
Hungary  7 – 1  Cuba

Group B

Team Points G W D L GF GA Diff
1.  Italy 13 7 6 1 0 48 21 +27
2.  Yugoslavia 11 7 5 1 1 65 18 +47
3.  East Germany 11 7 5 1 1 66 22 +44
4.  Netherlands 9 7 4 1 2 42 28 +14
5.  Japan 6 7 3 0 4 26 57 –31
6.  Mexico 3 7 1 1 5 27 56 –29
7.  Greece 2 7 1 0 6 34 62 –28
8.  Egypt 1 7 0 1 6 21 65 –44
  • 14 October 1968
Netherlands  9 – 5  Greece
Yugoslavia  13 – 2  Egypt
Italy  9 – 2  Japan
Mexico  4 – 12  East Germany
  • 15 October 1968
Japan  8 – 7  Greece
Italy  10 – 1  Egypt
East Germany  4 – 4  Yugoslavia
  • 16 October 1968
Mexico  1 – 8  Netherlands
Greece  7 – 6  Egypt
Italy  5 – 4  East Germany
  • 17 October 1968
Mexico  0 – 9  Yugoslavia
Netherlands  9 – 1  Japan
  • 19 October 1968
East Germany  11 – 4  Greece
Japan  7 – 4  Egypt
Mexico  5 – 10  Italy
Yugoslavia  7 – 4  Netherlands
  • 20 October 1968
Italy  5 – 4  Yugoslavia
East Germany  8 – 0  Japan
Mexico  11 – 8  Greece
Netherlands  6 – 3  Egypt
  • 21 October 1968
Mexico  3 – 6  Japan
Yugoslavia  11 – 1  Greece
Netherlands  3 – 3  Italy
East Germany  19 – 2  Egypt
  • 22 October 1968
Mexico  3 – 3  Egypt
Italy  6 – 2  Greece
East Germany  8 – 3  Netherlands
Yugoslavia  17 – 2  Japan

Classification round

  • 24 October 1968 — 13th/15th place
Brazil  5 – 3  Egypt
  • 24 October 1968 — 9th/12th place
Mexico  3 – 6  West Germany
Spain  5 – 0  Japan
  • 24 October 1968 — 5th/8th place
East Germany  8 – 2  Cuba
United States  6 – 3  Netherlands
  • 24 October 1968 — Semi Finals
Yugoslavia  8 – 6  Hungary
Soviet Union  8 – 5  Italy

Final round

  • 25 October 1968 — 13th place
Brazil  5 – 2  Greece
  • 25 October 1968 — 11th place
Mexico  5 – 4  Japan
  • 25 October 1968 — 9th place
Spain  7 – 5  West Germany
  • 25 October 1968 — 7th place
Netherlands  8 – 5  Cuba
  • 25 October 1968 — 5th place
United States  6 – 4  East Germany
  • 25 October 1968 — Bronze Medal Match
Hungary  9 – 4  Italy
  • 25 October 1968 — Gold Medal Match
Yugoslavia  13 – 11 [aet]  Soviet Union

Final ranking

Medallists

Gold Silver Bronze
 Yugoslavia[1]
Ozren Bonačić
Dejan Dabović
Zdravko Hebel
Zoran Janković
Ronald Lopatni
Uroš Marović
Đorđe Perišić
Miroslav Poljak
Mirko Sandić
Karlo Stipanić
Ivo Trumbić

Head Coach: Aleksandar Seifert
 Soviet Union
Vadim Gulyaev
Givi Chikvanaya
Boris Grishin
Aleksandr Dolgushin
Aleksei Barkalov
Yuri Grigorovsky
Vladimir Semyonov
Aleksandr Shidlovsky
Vyacheslav Skok
Leonid Osipov
Oleg Bovin

Head Coach:
 Hungary
András Bodnár
Zoltán Dömötör
László Felkai
Ferenc Konrád
János Konrád
Mihály Mayer
László Sárosi
János Steinmetz
Endre Molnár
Dénes Pócsik
István Szívós, Jr.

Head Coach: Kálmán Markovits

References

  1. ^ a b c "HistoFINA – Water polo medalists and statistics" (PDF). fina.org. FINA. September 2019. p. 4. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 August 2021. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Water Polo at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Men Water Polo Olympic Games 1968 Mexico City". Todor66.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Wallechinsky, David (1984). The Complete Book To The Olympics. England: Penguin Books. p. 425. ISBN 0140066322.

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