Water polo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

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The women's water polo tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was held from 11 August to 21 August at the Beijing's Ying Tung Pool.

Teams from eight nations competed, seeded into two groups for the preliminary round. 20 games were played, 12 of them in the preliminary round (each team played the other teams in the group). Eight games were played in the final round.

Format[edit]

The tournament featured eight teams, separated into two groups of four teams.[1] Each team played the other three teams in its pool once in a round-robin format. The first-place team in each pool qualified directly for the semifinal, the second- and third-place teams moved on to the quarterfinal round, and the fourth-place teams played each other in a seventh place game.[2]

The winners of the quarterfinal games moved on to the semifinals to face the top teams from each pool, while the quarterfinal losers played a fifth place classification game. The semifinal winners played in the gold medal game, while the losers played each other for the bronze.[2]

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Qualified for the semifinals
Qualified for the quarterfinals
Will play for places 7–8
Team
GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 3 2 1 0 33 27 +6 5
 Italy 3 2 1 0 28 26 +2 5
 China 3 1 0 2 33 33 0 2
 Russia 3 0 0 3 26 34 −8 0

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8).

11 August 2008
14:20
Game reference Russia  8–9  Italy Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Turcotte (CAN), Argyros (GRE)
Score by quarters: 3-3, 2-1, 2-3, 1-2
Smurova 2 Goals Miceli 2, di Mario 2
11 August 2008
17:00
Game reference United States  12–11  China Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Kiszelly (HUN), Tulga (TUR)
Score by quarters: 3-3, 5-4, 2-2, 2-2
Golda 4, Craig 3, Hayes 2 Goals Gao 3, Teng 2, Sun Yu. 2, Sun H. 2

13 August 2008
15:40
Game reference United States  9–9  Italy Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Balfanbayev (KAZ), Kiszelly (HUN)
Score by quarters: 0-2, 4-2, 2-2, 3-3
Hayes 2, Villa 2 Goals Miceli 2, di Mario 2
13 August 2008
17:00
Game reference Russia  11–13  China Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Turcotte (CAN), Bock (GER)
Score by quarters: 2-3, 5-4, 3-1, 1-5
Pantyulina 3, Vylegzhanina 2 Goals Sun Yu. 4, Gao 2, Sun H. 2

15 August 2008
14:20
Game reference Russia  7–12  United States Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Moliner Molins (ESP), Tulga (TUR)
Score by quarters: 0-5, 3-2, 2-4, 2-1
Konukh 2, Turova 2 Goals Golda 3, Villa 2, Gregorka 2
15 August 2008
17:00
Game reference Italy  10–9  China Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Kiszelly (HUN), Margeta (SLO)
Score by quarters: 2-2, 4-2, 2-4, 2-1
Casanova 4, di Mario 3 Goals Sun Ya. 3, Wang Yi 2, Qiao 2

Group B[edit]

Qualified for the semifinals
Qualified for the quarterfinals
Will play for places 7–8
Team
GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Hungary 3 2 1 0 28 20 +8 5
 Australia 3 2 1 0 25 22 +3 5
 Netherlands 3 1 0 2 27 27 0 2
 Greece 3 0 0 3 16 27 −11 0
11 August 2008
13:00
Game reference Hungary  11–9  Netherlands Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Caputi (ITA), Koryzna (POL)
Score by quarters: 3-3, 3-2, 4-3, 1-1
Pelle 4, Kisteleki 2, Stieber 2, Valkai 2 Goals de Bruijn 4, van den Berg 3
11 August 2008
15:40
Game reference Greece  6–8  Australia Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Patelli (BRA), Margeta (SLO)
Score by quarters: 2-5, 2-2, 1-1, 1-0
Roumpesi 3, Liosi 2 Goals Beadsworth 4, Gofers 2

13 August 2008
13:00
Game reference Hungary  7–7  Australia Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Brguljan Mario (MNE), Tulga Ahmet Erhan (TUR)
Score by quarters: 1-1, 1-1, 1-2, 4-3
Drávucz 3, Pelle 2, Valkai 2 Goals R. Rippon 2, B. Knox 2, M. Rippon 2
13 August 2008
14:20
Game reference Greece  6–9  Netherlands Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Ni Shiwei (CHN), Patelli Decio Jr (BRA)
Score by quarters: 3-3, 2-2, 1-3, 0-1
Liosi 2 Goals Cabout 4, de Bruijn 2, van Belkum 2

15 August 2008
13:00
Game reference Netherlands  9–10  Australia Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Caputi (ITA), Turcotte (CAN)
Score by quarters: 1-2, 2-2, 1-2, 5-4
van den Ham 3, van Belkum 2, Sijbring 2 Goals B. Knox 4, Beadsworth 2, Gynther 2
15 August 2008
15:40
Game reference Hungary  10–4  Greece Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Balfanbayev (KAZ), Patelli (BRA)
Score by quarters: 1-1, 3-1, 3-0, 3-2
Kisteleki 2, Stieber 2, Drávucz 2, Pelle 2 Goals Gerolymou 1, Liosi 1, Roumpesi 1, Asimaki 1

Classification round[edit]

Classification 7th–8th[edit]

17 August 2008
13:00
Game reference Russia  12–6  Greece Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Knights (NZL), Pinker (RSA)
Score by quarters: 3-2, 4-1, 3-1, 2-2
Shepelina 3, Konukh 3, Pantyulina 2, Belyaeva 2 Goals Roumpesi 4

Medal round[edit]

Bracket
  Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal game
                           
A1  United States 9  
A3  China 11  
B2  Australia 8  
B2  Australia 12  
  Silver medal icon.svg  United States 8
  Gold medal icon.svg  Netherlands 9
B1  Hungary 7
A2  Italy 8 (3)  
B3  Netherlands 8  
B3  Netherlands 8 (5)  
5th–6th Bronze medal game
5  China 10 Bronze medal icon.svg  Australia 9 (3)
6  Italy 7 4  Hungary 9 (2)

Quarterfinals[edit]

17 August 2008
14:20
Game reference China  11–12  Australia Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Patelli (BRA), Moliner Molins (ESP)
Score by quarters: 4-4, 2-2, 2-4, 3-2
Ma 3, Sun H. 2 Goals Gynther 5, Cuffe 2, M. Rippon 2
17 August 2008
15:40
Game reference Italy  8 (3)–8 (5)  Netherlands Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Bock (GER), Argyros (GRE)
Score by quarters: 2-2, 1-3, 3-2, 2-1  OT: 0-0, 0-0, 3-5 (PS)
Zanchi 4, Miceli 2, Bosurgi 2 Goals Cabout 4, de Bruijn 3, Smit 2, van Belkum 2

Classification 5th–6th[edit]

19 August 2008
13:00
Game reference China  10–7  Italy Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Tulga (TUR), Turcotte (CAN)
Score by quarters: 3-1, 2-3, 1-3, 4-0
Gao 4, Sun H. 2 Goals di Mario 3, Zanchi 2

Semifinals[edit]

19 August 2008
14:20
Game reference United States  9–8  Australia Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Margeta (SLO), Caputi (ITA)
Score by quarters: 2-2, 2-2, 4-1, 1-3
Villa 3, Hayes 2 Goals Gynther 3, R. Rippon 2
19 August 2008
15:40
Game reference Hungary  7–8  Netherlands Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Brguljan (MNE), Antsiferov (RUS)
Score by quarters: 2-1, 1-3, 3-3, 1-1
Pelle 3, Drávucz 2, Primász 2 Goals van den Ham 3, van Belkum 3

Bronze medal game[edit]

21 August 2008
17:00
Game reference 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Australia  9 (3)–9 (2)  Hungary Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Antsiferov (RUS), Rak (CRO)
Score by quarters: 2-2, 1-3, 3-1, 1-1  OT: 2-1, 0-1, 3-2 (PS)
B. Knox 3, Gynther 3, Fraser 2 Goals Kisteleki 4, Valkai 3, Drávucz 2

Gold medal game[edit]

21 August 2008
18:20
Game reference 2nd, silver medalist(s) United States  8–9  Netherlands 1st, gold medalist(s) Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Kiszelly (HUN), Caputi (ITA)
Score by quarters: 2-4, 3-1, 1-2, 2-2
Steffens 2 Goals de Bruijn 7

Final rankings[edit]

Rank Team
1  Netherlands
2  United States
3  Australia
4  Hungary
5  China
6  Italy
7  Russia
8  Greece

Statistics[edit]

Leading goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player GP G
1  Daniëlle de Bruijn (NED) 6 17
2  Kate Gynther (AUS) 6 13
3  Bronwen Knox (AUS) 6 12
 Anikó Pelle (HUN) 5 12
5  Gao Ao (CHN) 5 11
6  Iefke van Belkum (NED) 6 10
 Mieke Cabout (NED) 6 10
 Rita Drávucz (HUN) 5 10
 Tania di Mario (ITA) 5 10
10  Gemma Beadsworth (AUS) 6 9
 Natalie Golda (USA) 5 9
 Marieke van den Ham (NED) 6 9
 Antigoni Roumpesi (GRE) 4 9
 Brenda Villa (USA) 5 9

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beijing 2008 - Water Polo Women's Draw
  2. ^ a b "Water Polo Competition format and rules". Beijing 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-09-15.

External links[edit]