Water polo at the 1932 Summer Olympics

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Men's water polo
at the Games of the X Olympiad
VenueLos Angeles
Dates4–13 August
Competitors41 from 5 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Hungary
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Germany
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) United States
 United States
← 1928
1936 →

Final results for the water polo tournament at the 1932 Summer Olympics:[1]

Medal summary[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Hungary (HUN)
István Barta
György Bródy
Olivér Halassy
Márton Homonnai
Sándor Ivády
Alajos Keserű
Ferenc Keserű
János Németh
Miklós Sárkány
József Vértesy
 Germany (GER)
Emil Benecke
Otto Cordes
Hans Eckstein
Fritz Gunst
Erich Rademacher
Joachim Rademacher
Hans Schulze
Heiko Schwartz
 United States (USA)
Austin Clapp
Philip Daubenspeck
Charles Finn
Charles McCallister
Wally O'Connor
Cal Strong
Herbert Wildman
Tex Robertson


  • 4 August
Germany  7 – 3  Brazil
  • 6 August
United States  6 – 1  Brazil
Hungary  6 – 2  Germany
  • 7 August
United States  10 – 0  Japan
  • 8 August
Hungary  17 – 0  Japan
  • 9 August
United States  4 – 4  Germany
  • 11 August
Hungary  7 – 0  United States
  • 12 August
Germany  10 – 0  Japan

Final Standings[edit]

Rk Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts Civil Ensign of Hungary.svg Germany Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Japan Brazil
1st place, gold medalist(s)  Hungary (HUN) 3 3 0 0 30 2 6 X 6:2 7:0 17:0 -
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Germany (GER) 3 1 1 1 16 10 3 2:6 X 4:4 10:0 7:3
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  United States (USA) 3 1 1 1 14 11 3 0:7 4:4 X 10:0 6:1
4  Japan (JPN) 3 0 0 3 0 37 0 0:17 0:10 0:10 X -
1  Brazil (BRA) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 3:7 1:6 - X

1 Brazil was disqualified after their players assaulted officials at the end of their match against Germany. Their two matches were annulled.[2]

Participating nations[edit]

Each country was allowed to enter a team of 11 players and all were eligible for participation.

A total of 41(*) water polo players from 5 nations competed at the Los Angeles Games:

(*) NOTE: There are only players counted, which participated in one game at least.

Not all reserve players are known.


Place Nation
1  Hungary (HUN)
István Barta (III. ker. TVE)
György Bródy (FTC)
Olivér Halassy (UTE)
Márton Homonnai (UTE)
Sándor Ivády (MAC)
Alajos Keserű (FTC)
Ferenc Keserű (III. ker. TVE)
János Németh (UTE)
Miklós Sárkány (UTE)
József Vértesy (BSE)
2  Germany (GER)
Emil Benecke (Hellas Magdeburg)
Otto Cordes (Hellas Magdeburg)
Hans Eckstein (Poseidon Leipzig)
Fritz Gunst (Wasserfreunde 98 Hannover)
Erich Rademacher (Hellas Magdeburg)
Joachim Rademacher (Hellas Magdeburg)
Hans Schulze
Heiko Schwartz
Gerd Pohl
Hans Schwartz
Albert Schumberg
3  United States (USA)
Coach: Frank Rivas (Venice Swimming Association)
Austin Clapp (Los Angeles Athletic Club)
Philip Daubenspeck (Los Angeles Athletic Club)
Charles Finn (Los Angeles Athletic Club)
Charles McCallister (Los Angeles Athletic Club)
Wally O'Connor (Los Angeles Athletic Club)
Cal Strong (Los Angeles Athletic Club)
Herbert Wildman (Los Angeles Athletic Club)
Frank C. Graham (Los Angeles Athletic Club)
Fred Lauer (Illinois Athletic Club)
William O'Connor (Los Angeles Athletic Club)
Raymond Ruddy (New York Athletic Club)
Tex Robertson
Duke Kahanamoku alternate
4  Japan (JPN)
Shuji Doi
Akira Fujita
Seibei Kimura
Takashige Matsumoto
Yasutarō Sakagami
Tosuke Sawami
Takaji Takebayashi
Iwao Tokito
DSQ  Brazil (BRA)
Salvador Amendola
Carlos Branco
Luiz da Silva
Mario de Lorenzo
Antônio Jacobina Filho
Jefferson Souza
Adhemar Serpa
Pedro Theberge


  1. ^ "Water Polo at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of the Modern Olympic Movement, John E. Findling, Kimberly D. Pelle, Greenwood Publishing group, 2004