Water polo at the 1980 Summer Olympics

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Water polo
at the Games of the XXII Olympiad
Venues

Swimming Pool of the Olimpiysky Sports Complex

Outdoor Swimming Pool of the Central Lenin Stadium
Date 20–29 July 1980
Competitors 132 from 12 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  Soviet Union
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Yugoslavia
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Hungary
← 1976
1984 →
Outdoor Swimming Pool of the Central Lenin Stadium during the event. RIAN photo
Swimming Moscow 1980.jpg

Water polo at the 1980 Summer Olympics as usual was a part of the swimming sport, other two parts were swimming and diving. They were not three separate sports, because they all were governed by one federation — FINA. Water Polo discipline consisted of one event: men's team. In the preliminary round 12 teams were divided into three groups. Two best teams from each group (shaded ones) advanced to Group A of the final round to determine places 1 through 6. The rest of teams played in Group B of the final round to determine places 7 through 12.

The event was held between July 20 and July 29 in two venues:

118,247 spectators watched 48 matches of water polo event at these venues.

USSR Team, congratulated by their fans after victory in the final. RIAN photo

Medals[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's  Soviet Union (URS)
Vladimir Akimov
Aleksey Barkalov
Yevgeny Grishin
Mikhail Ivanov
Aleksandr Kabanov
Sergey Kotenko
Georgi Mshvenieradze
Mait Riisman
Viacheslav Sobchenko
Yevgeny Sharonov
Erkin Shagaev
 Yugoslavia (YUG)
Luka Vezlić
Zoran Gopčević
Damir Polić
Ratko Rudić
Zoran Mustur
Zoran Roje
Milivoj Bebić
Slobodan Trifunović
Boško Lozica
Predrag Manojlović
Milorad Krivokapić
 Hungary (HUN)
Endre Molnár
István Szívós, Jr.
Attila Sudár
György Gerendás
György Horkai
Gábor Csapó
István Udvardi
László Kuncz
Tamás Faragó
Károly Hauszler
István Kiss

Results[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

All matches of the preliminary round were played in the Outdoor Swimming Pool of the Central Lenin Stadium at Luzhniki.

Group A[edit]

Team Points G W D L GF GA Diff
1.  Hungary (HUN) 5 3 2 1 0 19 14 +5
2.  Netherlands (NED) 4 3 2 0 1 16 15 +1
3.  Romania (ROU) 3 3 1 1 1 15 15 0
4.  Greece (GRE) 0 3 0 0 3 16 22 –6


  • July 20
    • Hungary 6-6 Romania
    • Greece 7-8 Netherlands
  • July 21
    • Hungary 5-3 Netherlands
    • Greece 4-6 Romania
  • July 22
    • Hungary 8-5 Greece
    • Romania 3-5 Netherlands

Group B[edit]

Team Points G W D L GF GA Diff
1.  Soviet Union (URS) 6 3 3 0 0 24 10 +14
2.  Spain (ESP) 4 3 2 0 1 15 11 +4
3.  Italy (ITA) 1 3 0 1 2 14 17 –2
4.  Sweden (SWE) 1 3 0 1 2 8 23 –15


  • July 20
    • Sweden 3-7 Spain
    • USSR 8-6 Italy
  • July 21
    • Sweden 4-4 Italy
    • USSR 4-3 Spain
  • July 22
    • Sweden 1-12 USSR
    • Spain 5-4 Italy

Group C[edit]

Team Points G W D L GF GA Diff
1.  Yugoslavia (YUG) 5 3 2 1 0 24 10 +14
2.  Cuba (CUB) 5 3 2 1 0 19 11 +8
3.  Australia (AUS) 2 3 1 0 2 15 20 –5
4.  Bulgaria (BUL) 0 3 0 0 3 8 25 –17


  • July 20
    • Yugoslavia 6-6 Cuba
    • Australia 9-5 Bulgaria
  • July 21
    • Yugoslavia 9-2 Bulgaria
    • Australia 4-6 Cuba
  • July 22
    • Yugoslavia 9-2 Australia
    • Cuba 7-1 Bulgaria

Final round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Points G W D L GF GA Diff
1.  Soviet Union (URS) 10 5 5 0 0 34 21 +13
2.  Yugoslavia (YUG) 7 5 3 1 1 34 32 +2
3.  Hungary (HUN) 6 5 3 0 2 32 30 +2
4.  Spain (ESP) 4 5 2 0 3 28 31 –3
5.  Cuba (CUB) 2 5 0 2 3 31 38 –7
6.  Netherlands (NED) 1 5 0 1 4 26 33 –7


  • July 24
    • Luzhniki Hungary 4-5 USSR
    • Luzhniki Netherlands 5-6 Spain
    • Luzhniki Yugoslavia 7-7 Cuba
  • July 25
    • Luzhniki Hungary 7-8 Yugoslavia
    • Luzhniki Netherlands 7-7 Cuba
    • Luzhniki USSR 6-2 Spain
  • July 26
    • Luzhniki Hungary 6-5 Spain
    • Luzhniki Netherlands 4-5 Yugoslavia
    • Luzhniki USSR 8-5 Cuba
  • July 28
    • Olympiiski Hungary 7-5 Cuba
    • Olympiiski Netherlands 3-7 USSR
    • Olympiiski Spain 6-7 Yugoslavia
  • July 29
    • Olympiiski Hungary 8-7 Netherlands
    • Olympiiski USSR 8-7 Yugoslavia
    • Olympiiski Spain 9-7 Cuba

Group B[edit]

Team Points G W D L GF GA Diff
7.  Australia (AUS) 9 5 4 1 0 30 19 +11
8.  Italy (ITA) 8 5 4 0 1 26 18 +8
9.  Romania (ROU) 7 5 3 1 1 36 26 +10
10.  Greece (GRE) 4 5 2 0 3 28 28 0
11.  Sweden (SWE) 2 5 1 0 4 23 40 –17
12.  Bulgaria (BUL) 0 5 0 0 5 25 37 –12
  • July 24
    • Luzhniki Romania 3-5 Italy
    • Luzhniki Greece 9-5 Sweden
    • Luzhniki Australia 8-5 Bulgaria
  • July 25
    • Luzhniki Romania 4-4 Australia
    • Luzhniki Greece 6-4 Bulgaria
    • Luzhniki Italy 8-3 Sweden
  • July 26
    • Luzhniki Romania 8-3 Sweden
    • Luzhniki Greece 2-4 Australia
    • Luzhniki Italy 5-4 Bulgaria
  • July 28
    • Olympiiski Romania 10-6 Bulgaria
    • Olympiiski Greece 3-4 Italy
    • Olympiiski Sweden 4-9 Australia
  • July 29
    • Olympiiski Romania 11-8 Greece
    • Olympiiski Italy 4-5 Australia
    • Olympiiski Sweden 8-6 Bulgaria

Final ranking[edit]



Remark: Country names in the medal table are not given in the form they were used in the official documents of the IOC in 1980


Team rosters[edit]

 Australia[edit]

Michael Turner, David Neesham, Robert Bryant, Peter Montgomery, Julian Muspratt, Andrew Kerr, Anthony Falson, Charles Turner, Martin Callaghan, Randall Goff, and Andrew Steward.

 Bulgaria[edit]

Volodia Sirakov, Andrei Andreev, Kiril Kiriakov, Asen Denchev, Vasil Nanov, Anton Partalev, Petar Kostadinov, Nikolai Stamatov, Biser Georgiev, Matei Popov, and Georgi Gospodinov.

 Cuba[edit]

Oscar Periche, Orlando Cowley, Barbaro Díaz, Lazaro Costa, Pedro Rodríguez, Nelson Domínguez, Jorge Rizo, Arturo Ramos, Carlos Benítez, Gerardo Rodríguez, and Oriel Domínguez.

 Greece[edit]

Ioannis Vossos, Thomas Karalogos, Sotirios Stathakis, Spyros Kapralos, Kiriakos Giannopoulos, Aris Kefalogiannis, Ioannis Garifallos, Andreas Gounas, Antonios Aronis, Markellos Sitarenios, and Ioannis Giannouris.

 Hungary[edit]

Endre Molnár, István Szívós, Jr., Attila Sudár, György Gerendás, György Horkai, Gábor Csapó, István Kiss, István Udvardi, László Kuncz, Tamás Faragó, and Károly Hauszler.

 Italy[edit]

Alberto Alberani, Roldano Simeoni, Sante Misaggi, Alfio Marsili, Massimo Fondelli, Gianni de Magistris, Antonello Steardo, Paolo Ragosa, Romeo Collina, Vincenzo d'Angelo, and Umberto Panerai.

 Netherlands[edit]

Stan van Belkum, Wouly de Bie, Ton Buunk, Jan Jaap Korevaar, Nico Landeweerd, Aad van Mil, Ruud Misdorp, Dick Nieuwenhuizen, Eric Noordegraaf, Jan Evert Veer, and Hans van Zeeland.

 Romania[edit]

Doru Spînu, Vasile Ungureanu, Dorin Viorel Costras, Adrian Nastasiu, Dinu Popescu, Claudiu loan Rusu, Ilie Slâvei, Liviu Râducanu, Viorel Rus, Adrian Schervan, and Florin Slâvei.

 Spain[edit]

Manuel Delgado, Gaspar Ventura, Antonio Esteller, Federico Sabria, Manuel Estiarte, Pedro Robert, Jorge Alonso, José Alcazar, Antonio Aquilar, Jorge Carmona, and Salvador Franch.

 Soviet Union[edit]

Sergey Kotenko, Vladimir Akimov, Yevgeny Grishin, Mait Riisman, Aleksandr Kabanov, Aleksei Barkalov, Erkin Shagaev, Giorgi Mshvenieradze, Mikhail Ivanov, and Viacheslav Sobchenko.

 Sweden[edit]

Anders Flodqvist, Kenth Karlson, Hans Lundén, Tommy Danielson, Sören Carlsson, Christer Stenberg, Gunnar Johansson, Peter Carlström, Lars Skåål, Per Arne Andersson, and Arne Claesson.

 Yugoslavia[edit]

Luko Vezilić, Zoran Gopčević, Damir Polić, Ratko Rudić, Zoran Mustur, Zoran Roje, Milivoj Bebić, Slobodan Trifunović, Petar Kočić, Predrag Manojlović, and Milorad Krivokapić.

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