Water polo at the 1968 Summer Olympics

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Water polo
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venues Francisco Márquez Olympic Pool
Date 14–26 October 1968
Competitors 162 from 15 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  Yugoslavia
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Soviet Union
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Hungary
← 1964
1972 →

The Water Polo Tournament at the 1968 Summer Olympics was held from October 14 to October 25, 1968, in Mexico City, Mexico.

Teams[edit]


Australia had been accepted as one of the teams, but the Australian Olympic Committee considered it a waste of money to send a team, and did not endorse them. The players paid their own way to go to Mexico City, but were not allowed to compete.[1]

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A[edit]

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
  • October 14, 1968
United States  10 – 5  Brazil
Soviet Union  11 – 4  Cuba
West Germany  5 – 3  Spain
  • October 15, 1968
Cuba  9 – 2  Brazil
  • October 16, 1968
Hungary  6 – 4  West Germany
United States  10 – 7  Spain
  • October 17, 1968
Soviet Union  6 – 3  West Germany
Cuba  6 – 6  United States
Hungary  7 – 1  Spain
  • October 19, 1968
Soviet Union  5 – 0  Spain
Hungary  5 – 1  United States
West Germany  10 – 5  Brazil
  • October 20, 1968
Cuba  7 – 6  West Germany
Spain  6 – 6  Brazil
Hungary  6 – 5  Soviet Union
  • October 21, 1968
Cuba  4 – 3  Spain
Soviet Union  8 – 3  United States
Hungary  8 – 2  Brazil
  • October 22, 1968
Soviet Union  8 – 2  Brazil
United States  7 – 5  West Germany
Hungary  7 – 1  Cuba

Group B[edit]

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
  • October 14, 1968
Netherlands  9 – 5  Greece
Yugoslavia  13 – 2  Egypt
Italy  9 – 2  Japan
Mexico  4 – 12  East Germany
  • October 15, 1968
Japan  8 – 7  Greece
Italy  10 – 1  Egypt
East Germany  4 – 4  Yugoslavia
  • October 16, 1968
Mexico  1 – 8  Netherlands
Greece  7 – 6  Egypt
Italy  5 – 4  East Germany
  • October 17, 1968
Mexico  0 – 9  Yugoslavia
Netherlands  9 – 1  Japan
  • October 19, 1968
East Germany  11 – 4  Greece
Japan  7 – 4  Egypt
Mexico  5 – 10  Italy
Yugoslavia  7 – 4  Netherlands
  • October 20, 1968
Italy  5 – 4  Yugoslavia
East Germany  8 – 0  Japan
Mexico  11 – 8  Greece
Netherlands  6 – 3  Egypt
  • October 21, 1968
Mexico  3 – 6  Japan
Yugoslavia  11 – 1  Greece
Netherlands  3 – 3  Italy
East Germany  19 – 2  Egypt
  • October 22, 1968
Mexico  3 – 3  Egypt
Italy  6 – 2  Greece
East Germany  8 – 3  Netherlands
Yugoslavia  17 – 2  Japan

Classification round[edit]

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

Final round[edit]

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

Ranking of the scorer[edit]

Final ranking[edit]

Medallists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Yugoslavia
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[edit]

  1. ^ Wallechinsky, David (1984). The Complete Book To The Olympics. England: Penguin Books. p. 425. ISBN 0140066322.