2012 Women's Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament

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The 2012 Women's Water Polo Olympic Qualification Tournament was held at the Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi in Trieste, Italy, from 15 to 22 April 2012.

Participants[edit]

There were 12 places originally allocated to continental associations in the tournament not already directly qualified to the Olympics – 5 from Europe, 3 from the Americas, 2 from Asia, 1 from Africa, and 1 from Oceania.[1]

Italy qualified from Europe as host country. Greece, Hungary, Russia and Spain qualified from the 2012 European Water Polo Championships and confirmed their attendance at the tournament. Canada, Brazil and Cuba qualified from the 2011 Pan American Games, Canada and Brazil confirmed their attendance, but Cuba declined to participate and no other teams from the 2011 Pan American Games volunteered to take their place. Kazakhstan and Japan qualified from the 2012 Asian Water Polo Championships, Kazakhstan confirmed their attendance, but Japan declined to participate and there were no other nations entered in the 2012 Asian Water Polo Championships to take their place. There was an article written by a FINA press correspondent in Japan showing confusion around the qualification procedure from the Asian Championships, as the article states that the winners of the Asian Championships had advanced to this qualification tournament (in fact, they qualified directly for the Olympics) and that Japan could no longer get to the Olympics (in fact, according to FINA By-Laws, they were eligible for this tournament, and they did not apply).[2]

No teams from Africa or Oceania applied to participate in the qualification tournament. The next highest placed teams from the other continents were invited to take the four available places (one each from the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania), in the following rotation:[1]

As there were no remaining American, Asian, Oceanic, nor African teams making themselves available for selection, the available places were offered to the teams in the 2012 European Water Polo Championships that were not already either qualified for the Olympics or already in this tournament. Only the Netherlands accepted. The qualification tournament, designed as a 12-team tournament, therefore had only 9 entries.

Europe How qualified
 Italy Host country (1st, 2012 European Water Polo Championships)
 Greece 2nd, 2012 European Water Polo Championships
 Hungary 3rd, 2012 European Water Polo Championships
 Russia 4th, 2012 European Water Polo Championships
 Spain 5th, 2012 European Water Polo Championships
 Netherlands[3] 6th, 2012 European Water Polo Championships
Americas
 Canada 2nd, 2011 Pan American Games
 Brazil 3rd, 2011 Pan American Games
Asia
 Kazakhstan 2nd, 2012 Asian Water Polo Championships
Africa
No entries
Oceania
No entries

Draw[edit]

The draw took place on 19 February 2012 at 12:00 at the Crowne Plaza, London Docklands. There were originally to be six teams in each preliminary round group. However, with the low number of entries for this tournament, there was one group of four teams and one group of five teams. Each team was taken from a draw line of two teams based on their results, first in the last World Championships, then by their last continental championships.[1]

Draw line Country Status Drawn into group Country Status Drawn into group
Line 1  Greece 1st, 2011 World Championships B  Russia 3rd, 2011 World Championships A
Line 2  Italy 4th, 2011 World Championships A  Netherlands 7th, 2011 World Championships B
Line 3  Canada 8th, 2011 World Championships B  Hungary 9th, 2011 World Championships A
Line 4  Spain 11th, 2011 World Championships A  Kazakhstan 13th, 2011 World Championships B
Line 5  Brazil 14th, 2011 World Championships B

After being drawn into Group A and B, the teams drew numbers from 1 to 5 to determine the order of matches.

Group A Group B
1  Italy 1  Greece
2  Russia 2  Brazil
3  Hungary 3  Canada
4  Spain 4  Kazakhstan
5  Netherlands

Preliminary round[edit]

All times are local (UTC+2)

Group A[edit]

Team G W D L GF GA Diff Points
1.  Hungary 3 2 0 1 32 32 0 4
2.  Russia 3 2 0 1 39 37 +2 4
3.  Spain 3 1 0 2 30 31 -1 2
4.  Italy 3 1 0 2 33 34 -1 2
17 April 2012
18:40
Report Russia  12–13  Hungary Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Littlejohn (GBR), Stavridis (GRE)
Score by quarters: 2-3, 3-3, 4-4, 3-3

17 April 2012
20:00
Report Italy  9–10  Spain Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Matache (ROU), Williams (NZL)
Score by quarters: 4-2, 2-2, 0-1, 3-5

18 April 2012
18:40
Report Russia  12–11  Spain Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Klopper (NED), Deslieres (CAN)
Score by quarters: 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 3-2

18 April 2012
20:00
Report Italy  11–9  Hungary Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Stavridis (GRE), Carvalho (BRA)
Score by quarters: 1-3, 4-2, 4-4, 2-0

19 April 2012
18:40
Report Hungary  10–9  Spain Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Williams (NZL), Deslieres (CAN)
Score by quarters: 2-0, 3-2, 2-5, 3-2

19 April 2012
20:00
Report Russia  15–13  Italy Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Matache (ROU), Carvalho (BRA)
Score by quarters: 3-4, 6-3, 4-4, 2-2

Group B[edit]

Team G W D L GF GA Diff Points
1.  Netherlands 4 3 1 0 62 28 +34 7
2.  Greece 4 3 0 1 55 27 +28 6
3.  Canada 4 2 1 1 39 29 +10 5
4.  Kazakhstan 4 0 1 3 26 53 -27 1
5.  Brazil 4 0 1 3 19 64 -45 1
15 April 2012
18:00
Report Canada  15–4  Kazakhstan Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Littlejohn (GBR), Teixido (ESP)
Score by quarters: 3-2, 3-2, 5-0, 4-0

15 April 2012
19:20
Report Brazil  4–23  Netherlands Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Williams (NZL), Cao (CHN)
Score by quarters: 1-6, 1-6, 1-4, 1-7

16 April 2012
17:30
Report Netherlands  11–11  Canada Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Bianchi (ITA), Matache (ROU)
Score by quarters: 2-3, 2-3, 3-1, 4-4

16 April 2012
18:50
Report Greece  23–4  Brazil Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Vogel (HUN), Krapivin (RUS)
Score by quarters: 7-1, 5-1, 6-1, 5-1

17 April 2012
16:00
Report Kazakhstan  7–15  Netherlands Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Cao (CHN), Vogel (HUN)
Score by quarters: 1-4, 3-6, 2-3, 1-2

17 April 2012
17:20
Report Canada  2–10  Greece Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Teixido (ESP), Bianchi (ITA)
Score by quarters: 0-2, 0-1, 1-2, 1-5

18 April 2012
16:00
Report Greece  16–8  Kazakhstan Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Cao (CHN), Krapivin (RUS)
Score by quarters: 4-3, 6-1, 5-2, 1-2

18 April 2012
17:20
Report Brazil  4–11  Canada Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Matache (ROU), Littlejohn (GBR)
Score by quarters: 1-2, 2-4, 0-3, 1-2

19 April 2012
16:00
Report Kazakhstan  7–7  Brazil Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Littlejohn (GBR), Vogel (HUN)
Score by quarters: 3-1, 1-2, 2-3, 1-1

19 April 2012
17:20
Report Greece  6–13  Netherlands Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Teixido (ESP), Bianchi (ITA)
Score by quarters: 2-3, 1-3, 1-4, 2-3

Final phase[edit]

All times are local (UTC+2)

Bracket
  Quarterfinals 1st-4th semifinals Gold medal game
                           
  A1   Hungary 18  
B4   Kazakhstan 5  
  A1   Hungary 8  
  A3   Spain 10  
A3   Spain 9
  B2   Greece 7  
    A3   Spain 9
  A4   Italy 5
  A2   Russia 7  
B3   Canada 6  
  A2   Russia 13 Bronze medal game
  A4   Italy 14  
A4   Italy 7 A1   Hungary 13
  B1   Netherlands 6   A2   Russia 18
5th-8th place bracket
  5th-8th semifinals     5th place
                 
  B4   Kazakhstan 9  
  B2   Greece 21    
      B2   Greece 10
      B1   Netherlands 11
  B3   Canada 13    
  B1   Netherlands 16   7th place
 
B4   Kazakhstan 2
  B3   Canada 17

Quarterfinal round[edit]

The winners in the quarterfinal round qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games water polo tournament.


20 April 2012
15:30
Report Hungary  18–5  Kazakhstan Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Williams (NZL), Klopper (NED)
Score by quarters: 6-1, 3-1, 4-1, 5-2

20 April 2012
17:00
Report Russia  7–6  Canada Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Matache (ROU), Carvalho (BRA)
Score by quarters: 4-1, 1-1, 1-1, 1-3

20 April 2012
18:30
Report Spain  9–7  Greece Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Krapivin (RUS), Vogel (HUN)
Score by quarters: 1-0, 5-6, 2-1, 1-0

20 April 2012
20:00
Report Italy  7–6  Netherlands Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Stavridis (GRE), Teixido (ESP)
Score by quarters: 2-2, 3-3, 0-1, 2-0

Semifinal round[edit]

5th-8th classification semifinals[edit]

21 April 2012
16:00
Report Kazakhstan  9–21  Greece Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Vogel (HUN), Deslieres (CAN)
Score by quarters: 1-7, 4-4, 2-6, 2-4

21 April 2012
17:30
Report Canada  13–16  Netherlands Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Williams (NZL), Aimbetov (KAZ)
Score by quarters: 3-6, 3-4, 5-3, 2-3

1st-4th classification semifinals[edit]

21 April 2012
19:00
Report Hungary  8–10  Spain Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Bianchi (ITA), Cao (CHN)
Score by quarters: 0-2, 4-3, 2-3, 2-2

21 April 2012
20:30
Report Russia  13–14  Italy Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Littlejohn (GBR), Matache (ROU)
Score by quarters: 5-5, 2-3, 4-3, 2-3

Final round[edit]

7th-8th place[edit]

22 April 2012
08:30
Report Kazakhstan  2–17  Canada Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Cao (CHN), Klopper (NED)
Score by quarters: 0-5, 0-5, 1-2, 1-5

5th-6th place[edit]

22 April 2012
10:00
Report Greece  10–11  Netherlands Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Deslieres (CAN), Aimbetov (KAZ)
Score by quarters: 1-2, 2-4, 5-2, 1-1  OT: 1-2

Bronze medal game[edit]

22 April 2012
11:30
Report Hungary  13–18  Russia Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Bianchi (ITA), Teixido (ESP)
Score by quarters: 4-5, 4-5, 3-5, 2-3

Gold medal game[edit]

22 April 2012
13:00
Report Spain  9–5  Italy Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, Trieste
Referees:
Carvalho (BRA), Williams (NZL)
Score by quarters: 2-1, 4-1, 1-3, 2-0

Final ranking[edit]

RANK TEAM
1.  Spain
2.  Italy
3.  Russia
4.  Hungary
5.  Netherlands
6.  Greece
7.  Canada
8.  Kazakhstan
9.  Brazil

See also[edit]

2012 Men's Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament

References[edit]

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