Water polo at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

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Women's water polo
at the XXX Olympiad
Olympic rings without rims.svg
Tournament details
Host country United Kingdom
Dates30 July – 9 August
Teams(from 4 confederations)
Venue(s)(in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions United States (1st title)
Runner-up Spain
Third place Australia
Fourth place Hungary
Tournament statistics
Matches24
Goals scored468 (19.5 per match)
Top scorer(s)United States Maggie Steffens
(21 goals)
Best playerUnited States Maggie Steffens
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The women's water polo tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London was held from 30 July to 9 August at the Water Polo Arena.

Teams from eight nations competed in the tournament and have been seeded into two groups for the preliminary round. A total of 24 games were played, 12 of them in the preliminary 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. All eight teams advanced to the quarterfinal stage where they were seeded and played against a team from the other group.[2]

The winners of the quarterfinal games moved on to the semifinals, while the quarterfinal losers played a series of classification games. The semifinal winners played in the gold medal game, while the losers played each other for the bronze.

Preliminary round[edit]

All times are BST (UTC+1).

Group A[edit]

Team
GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 3 2 1 0 33 26 +7 5
 United States 3 2 1 0 30 28 +2 5
 Hungary 3 1 0 2 35 37 −2 2
 China 3 0 0 3 22 29 −7 0


30 July 2012
14:10
Report Spain  11–6  China Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Alan Balfanbayev (KAZ), Cory Williams (NZL)
Score by quarters: 2–2, 4–2, 4–2, 1–0
Espar 3 Goals Ma Huanhuan 3
30 July 2012
19:40
Report Hungary  13–14  United States Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Brian Littlejohn (GBR), Denis Danelon (BRA)
Score by quarters: 3–4, 4–4, 2–3, 4–3
Bujka 4 Goals Steffens 7

1 August 2012
14:10
Report Hungary  11–10  China Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Georgios Stavridis (GRE), Svetlana Dreval (RUS)
Score by quarters: 1–3, 4–4, 4–3, 2–0
Szűcs 4 Goals four players 2
1 August 2012
18:20
Report Spain  9–9  United States Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Marie Deslieres (CAN), Anton Bervoets (NED)
Score by quarters: 3–1, 2–2, 1–4, 3–2
Pareja 4 Goals Craig 4

3 August 2012
14:10
Report Spain  13–11  Hungary Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Massimiliano Caputi (ITA), Svetlana Dreval (RUS)
Score by quarters: 4–3, 3–2, 3–2, 3–4
Espar 3 Goals Antal 4
3 August 2012
19:40
Report China  6–7  United States Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Daniel Flahive (AUS), Marijo Brguljan (MNE)
Score by quarters: 1–0, 2–2, 0–3, 3–2
Sun Yating, Ma Huanhuan 2 Goals Steffens 3

Group B[edit]

Team
GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Australia 3 3 0 0 37 19 +18 6
 Russia 3 2 0 1 22 21 +1 4
 Italy 3 1 0 2 22 22 0 2
 Great Britain 3 0 0 3 14 33 −19 0


30 July 2012
15:30
Report Italy  8–10  Australia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Steven Rotsart (USA), Gyorgy Juhasz (HUN)
Score by quarters: 1–2, 3–2, 0–4, 4–2
Di Mario, Radicchi 2 Goals Gynther 3
30 July 2012
18:20
Report Great Britain  6–7  Russia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Marie Deslieres (CAN), Ni Shiwei (CHN)
Score by quarters: 2–3, 3–2, 0–1, 1–1
Winstanley-Smith 3 Goals Beliaeva, Prokofyeva 2

1 August 2012
15:30
Report Italy  4–7  Russia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Sergi Sanchez (ESP), German Moller (ARG)
Score by quarters: 0–1, 1–1, 1–4, 2–1
Di Mario 2 Goals Lisunova 3
1 August 2012
19:40
Report Great Britain  3–16  Australia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Gus Pinker (RSA), Denis Danelon (BRA)
Score by quarters: 1–3, 1–3, 1–5, 0–5
Wilcox 2 Goals Webster 5

3 August 2012
15:30
Report Russia  8–11  Australia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Dragan Stampalja (CRO), Marie Deslieres (CAN)
Score by quarters: 4–6, 1–2, 1–0, 2–3
Lisunova 3 Goals Gynther 2
3 August 2012
18:20
Report Great Britain  5–10  Italy Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
German Moller (ARG), Kazuhiko Makita (JPN)
Score by quarters: 2–4, 1–2, 1–2, 1–2
Gibson-Byrne 2 Goals Emmolo, Di Mario 3

Final round[edit]

Final bracket
  Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal match
                           
  A1  Spain 9  
B4  Great Britain 7  
  A1  Spain 10  
  A3  Hungary 9  
A3  Hungary 11
  B2  Russia 10  
    Silver medal icon.svg  Spain 5
  Gold medal icon.svg  United States 8
  A2  United States 9  
B3  Italy 6  
  A2  United States 11 Bronze medal match
  B1  Australia 9  
A4  China 18 Bronze medal icon.svg  Australia 13
  B1  Australia 20   4  Hungary 11
5th place bracket
 
5th–8th place classification5th place match
 
      
 
 
 
 
 Russia11
 
 
 
 Great Britain9
 
 China16
 
 
 
 Russia15
 
 Italy10
 
 
 China14
 
7th place match
 
 
 
 
 
 Italy11
 
 
 Great Britain7

Quarterfinals[edit]

All times are BST (UTC+1).


5 August 2012
14:50
Report Hungary  11–10  Russia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Massimiliano Caputi (ITA), Marijo Mrguljan (MNE)
Score by quarters: 3–3, 4–2, 1–3, 3–2
four players 2 Goals Ivanova 4
5 August 2012
16:10
Report China  18–20  Australia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Georgios Stavridis (GRE), Dragan Stampalija (CRO)
Score by quarters: 5–5, 3–3, 4–2, 2–4  OT: 1–2, 1–0  PSO: 2–4
Ma Huanhuan 4 Goals Ralph, Zagame 3
5 August 2012
19:00
Report United States  9–6  Italy Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU), Mihajlo Ćirić (SRB)
Score by quarters: 3–3, 3–0, 0–1, 3–2
Seidemann 3 Goals Di Mario 3
5 August 2012
20:20
Report Spain  9–7  Great Britain Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Cory Williams (NZL), Gus Pinker (RSA)
Score by quarters: 3–2, 3–0, 2–3, 1–2
Miranda, Espar 2 Goals Painter-Snell 3

5th–8th place classification[edit]

All times are BST (UTC+1).


7 August 2012
14:10
Report Italy  10–14  China Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Svetlana Dreval (RUS), Anton Bervoets (NED)
Score by quarters: 2–5, 2–5, 2–2, 4–2
Di Mario 4 Goals six players 2
7 August 2012
18:20
Report Russia  11–9  Great Britain Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Denis Danelon (BRA), German Moller (ARG)
Score by quarters: 3–3, 1–2, 4–2, 3–2
Prokofyeva 4 Goals Wilcox, Painter-Snell 3

Semifinals[edit]

All times are BST (UTC+1).


7 August 2012
15:30
Report United States  11–9  Australia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Ulrich Spiegel (GER), Marie Deslieres (CAN)
Score by quarters: 3–3, 3–2, 1–1, 2–3  OT: 2–0, 0–0
Steffens 4 Goals Southern 4
7 August 2012
19:40
Report Hungary  9–10  Spain Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Dragan Stampalija (CRO), Massimiliano Caputi (ITA)
Score by quarters: 1–2, 4–5, 2–2, 2–1
three players 2 Goals Espar 4

7th place match[edit]

All times are BST (UTC+1).


9 August 2012
14:30
Report Italy  11–7  Great Britain Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Daniel Flahive (AUS), Gyorgy Juhasz (HUN)
Score by quarters: 2–3, 4–0, 3–2, 2–2
Di Mario 4 Goals McCann, Clayton 2

5th place match[edit]

All times are BST (UTC+1).


9 August 2012
15:50
Report China  16–15  Russia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Brian Littlejohn (GBR), Steven Rotsart (USA)
Score by quarters: 3–3, 5–6, 3–2, 3–3  OT: 1–0, 1–1
Ma Huanhuan 6 Goals Fedotova, Antonova 4

Bronze medal match[edit]

All times are BST (UTC+1).


9 August 2012
18:40
Report 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Australia  13–11  Hungary Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU), Dragan Stampalija (CRO)
Score by quarters: 2–1, 5–3, 3–4, 1–3  OT: 1–0, 1–0
Beadsworth 4 Goals Keszthelyi 3

Gold medal match[edit]

All times are BST (UTC+1).


9 August 2012
20:25
Report 1st, gold medalist(s) United States  8–5  Spain 2nd, silver medalist(s) Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Marie Deslieres (CAN), Georgios Stavridis (GRE)
Score by quarters: 1–1, 4–1, 2–0, 1–3
Steffens 5
Seidemann, Petri, Villa 1
Goals Pareja 3
Espar 2

Ranking and statistics[edit]

Final ranking[edit]

Medallists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 United States (USA)
Elizabeth Armstrong
Heather Petri
Melissa Seidemann
Brenda Villa
Lauren Wenger
Maggie Steffens
Courtney Mathewson
Jessica Steffens
Elsie Windes
Kelly Rulon
Annika Dries
Kami Craig
Tumuaialii Anae

Head coach: Adam Krikorian
 Spain (ESP)
Laura Ester
Marta Bach
Anni Espar
Roser Tarragó
Matilde Ortiz
Jennifer Pareja
Lorena Miranda
Pilar Peña
Andrea Blas
Ona Meseguer
Maica García
Laura López
Ana Copado

Head coach: Miki Oca
 Australia (AUS)
Victoria Brown
Gemma Beadsworth
Sophie Smith
Holly Lincoln-Smith
Jane Moran
Bronwen Knox
Rowena Webster
Kate Gynther
Glencora Ralph
Ashleigh Southern
Melissa Rippon
Nicola Zagame
Alicia McCormack

Head coach: Greg McFadden

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Name Goals Shots %
1 United States Maggie Steffens 21 27 78
2 China Ma Huanhuan 19 53 36
3 Italy Tania Di Mario 18 45 40
4 Spain Anni Espar 15 41 37
5 Australia Nicola Zagame 12 16 75
Hungary Barbara Bujka 12 26 46
Hungary Dóra Antal 12 32 37
Australia Ashleigh Southern 12 32 37
Hungary Gabriella Szűcs 12 32 37
Spain Jennifer Pareja 12 34 35
Australia Rowie Webster 12 42 29

Awards[edit]

[3]

Most Valuable Player
Best Goalscorer
Olympic All-Star Team

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Draw announced for Olympic Water Polo competition
  2. ^ "London 2012 – Water Polo Competition Schedule". FINA. Archived from the original on 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
  3. ^ "USA Women Win GOLD! Team USA Tops Spain 8-5 In Olympic Games Final". USAwaterpolo.org. August 9, 2012.