Polo at the Summer Olympics

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Polo at the Summer Olympics
Polo pictogram.svg
Governing bodyFIP
Events1 (men)
Games
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Polo was introduced in the Summer Olympics at the 1900 Games. It was contested in another four Olympiads before being removed from the official programme after the 1936 Summer Olympics.

Polo declined in relative popularity around the time of World War II due at least in part to the logistical and financial difficulties of competing in the sport.[1] In 1996, the International Olympic Committee voted to classify polo as a recognized sport.[2]

Polo was accepted as a demonstration sport for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics.[3]

Events[edit]

Event 96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 Years
Men's tournament X X X X X 5
Events - 1 - 1 - 1 1 - - 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
Year 96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 5

Tournaments[edit]

Year Host Gold medal game Bronze medal game
Gold medalist Score Silver medalist Bronze medalist Score Fourth place
1900
Details
France
Paris
 Mixed team
(Great Britain and United States)
3-1  Mixed team
(Great Britain and United States)
 Mixed team
(Great Britain and France)
Mexico
Mexico
Round Robin
1908
Details
United Kingdom
London
United Kingdom
Great Britain
Round Robin United Kingdom
Great Britain
United Kingdom
Great Britain
only 3 teams
1920
Details
Belgium
Antwerp
United Kingdom
Great Britain
13-11 Spain
Spain
United States
United States
11-3 Belgium
Belgium
1924
Details
France
Paris
Argentina
Argentina
Round Robin United States
United States
United Kingdom
Great Britain
Round Robin Spain
Spain
1936
Details
Germany
Berlin
Argentina
Argentina
11-0 United Kingdom
Great Britain
Mexico
Mexico
16-2 Hungary
Hungary

Medal table by nation[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Great Britain (GBR)2316
2 Argentina (ARG)2002
3 Mixed team (ZZX)1113
4 United States (USA)0112
5 Spain (ESP)0101
6 Mexico (MEX)0022
Totals (6 nations)56516

Players by nations[edit]

Event 96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 Years
 Argentina - - - 5 1
 Belgium - - 4 - -
 France 6 - - 5 -
 Great Britain 7 12 4 4 2
 Germany - - - - 5
 Hungary - - - - 4
 Mexico 4 - - - 3
 Spain - - 4 6 -
 United States 3 - 4 4 -
Nations - 4 - 1 - 4 5 - - 5 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Year 96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fetters, Ashley (July 20, 2012). "Lost Sports of the Summer Olympics". The Atlantic. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  2. ^ Austen, Catherine (June 14, 2013). "Polo: Campaigners push for Olympic inclusion". Financial Times. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Polo en los Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud 2018". Asociación Argentina de Polo. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2018.