Water polo at the 2000 Summer Olympics

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The water polo competition at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia saw Hungary’s return to the gold medal platform and the introduction of the women’s tournament. The Australian women had lobbied the IOC hard for the inclusion of women’s water polo in the Olympics, including showing up at the airport dressed only in their swimsuits during one pre-Olympic visit by members of the IOC.

Six nations competed in the women’s tournament with home team Australia winning the gold medal over the United States.

Twelve nations competed in the men’s tournament and played a total of 48 matches. Spain was unable to follow up their 1996 gold medal performance with a medal. Hungary defeated Russia for the gold medal.

Men's medallists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Hungary
Attila Vári
Zoltán Szécsi
Bulcsú Székely
Zsolt Varga
Tamás Märcz
Tamás Molnár
Barnabás Steinmetz
Tamás Kásás
Gergely Kiss
Zoltán Kósz
Tibor Benedek
Péter Biros
Rajmund Fodor

Head Coach:
Dénes Kemény
 Russia
Irek Zinnourov
Dmitri Stratan
Revaz Tchomakhidze
Marat Zakirov
Nikolay Kozlov
Nikolai Maximov
Andrei Reketchinski
Serguei Garbouzov
Dmitry Gorshkov
Yuri Yatsev
Roman Balachov
Dmitri Douquine
Alexandre Erychov

Head Coach:
Alexander Kabanov
Yugoslavia
Pedrag Zimonjić
Jugoslav Vasović
Vladimir Vujasinović
Nenad Vukanić
Aleksandar Šoštar
Petar Trbojević
Veljko Uskoković
Nikola Kuljača
Aleksandar Šapić
Dejan Savić
Aleksandar Ćirić
Danilo Ikodinović
Viktor Jelenić

Head Coach:
Nenad Manojlović

Participants: Russia, Italy, Spain, Australia, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Fmr Yugoslavia, Croatia, Hungary, USA, Netherlands and Greece.

Final rankings[edit]

Women's medallists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Australia
Taryn Woods
Debbie Watson
Liz Weekes
Danielle Woodhouse
Bronwyn Mayer
Gail Miller
Melissa Mills
Simone Hankin
Yvette Higgins
Kate Hooper
Naomi Castle
Joanne Fox
Bridgette Gusterson

Head Coach:
István Görgényi
 United States
Brenda Villa
Kathy Sheehy
Coralie Simmons
Julie Swail
Courtney Johnson
Maureen O'Toole
Nicolle Payne
Heather Petri
Ericka Lorenz
Heather Moody
Bernice Orwig
Robin Beauregard
Ellen Estes

Head Coach:
 Russia
Ekaterina Vassilieva
Elena Smurova
Elena Tokoun
Irina Tolkounova
Ioulia Petrova
Tatiana Petrova
Galina Rytova
Maria Koroleva
Natalia Koutouzova
Svetlana Kouzina
Marina Akobia
Ekaterina Anikeeva
Sofia Konoukh

Head Coach:

Final rankings[edit]

References[edit]