Water polo at the World Aquatics Championships

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Water polo at the World Aquatics Championships
SportWater Polo
Founded1973
Continentall (International)
Most recent
champion(s)
Men
 Croatia (2nd title)
Women
 United States (5th title)
Most titlesMen
 Hungary &  Italy (3 titles)
Women
 United States (5 titles)

Water polo at the World Aquatics Championships is an international water polo tournament held every two years as part of the FINA World Aquatics Championships. The reigning champions are Croatia in men's and the United States in women's competition.[1]

Men's tournament[edit]

History[edit]

Water polo at the World Aquatics Championships – Men's tournament
Year Host Gold medal world centered-2.svg Gold Score Silver medal world centered-2.svg Silver Bronze medal world centered-2.svg Bronze Score 4th place
1973
Details
Belgrade,
Yugoslavia

Hungary
Round-robin
Soviet Union

Yugoslavia
Round-robin
Italy
1975
Details
Cali,
Colombia

Soviet Union
Round-robin
Hungary

Italy
Round-robin
Cuba
1978
Details
West Berlin,
West Germany

Italy
Round-robin
Hungary

Yugoslavia
Round-robin
Soviet Union
1982
Details
Guayaquil,
Ecuador

Soviet Union
Round-robin
Hungary

West Germany
Round-robin
Netherlands
1986
Details
Madrid,
Spain

Yugoslavia
12–11
Italy

Soviet Union
8–6
United States
1991
Details
Perth,
Australia

Yugoslavia
8–7
Spain

Hungary
13–12
United States
1994
Details
Rome,
Italy

Italy
10–5
Spain

Russia
14–13
Croatia
1998
Details
Perth,
Australia

Spain
6–4
Hungary

Yugoslavia
9–5
Australia
2001
Details
Fukuoka,
Japan

Spain
4–2
Yugoslavia

Russia
7–6
Italy
2003
Details
Barcelona,
Spain

Hungary
11–9
Italy

Serbia and Montenegro
5–3
Greece
2005
Details
Montreal,
Canada

Serbia and Montenegro
8–7
Hungary

Greece
11–10
Croatia
2007
Details
Melbourne,
Australia

Croatia
9–8
Hungary

Spain
18–17
Serbia
2009
Details
Rome,
Italy

Serbia
14–13
Spain

Croatia
8–6
United States
2011
Details
Shanghai,
China

Italy
8–7
Serbia

Croatia
12–11
Hungary
2013
Details
Barcelona,
Spain

Hungary
8–7
Montenegro

Croatia
10–8
Italy
2015
Details
Kazan,
Russia

Serbia
11–4
Croatia

Greece
11–9
Italy
2017
Details
Budapest,
Hungary

Croatia
8–6
Hungary

Serbia
11–8
Greece

Medal table[edit]

Place Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Hungary 3 7 1 11
2  Italy 3 2 1 6
3  Spain 2 3 1 6
4  Croatia 2 1 3 6
 Yugoslavia 2 1 3 6
6  Serbia 2 1 1 4
 Soviet Union 2 1 1 4
8  Serbia and Montenegro 1 0 1 2
9  Montenegro 0 1 0 1
10  Greece 0 0 2 2
 Russia 0 0 2 2
12  Germany 0 0 1 1
Total 17 17 17 51

All-time table for Champions[edit]

As of 2017

Team Participations Pld W D L Titles Top 4
 Croatia 11 73 52 3 18 2 8
 Hungary 17 117 86 12 19 3 12
 Italy 17 122 77 8 37 3 10
 Russia
(including  Soviet Union)
14 100 60 6 34 2 7
 Serbia 6 38 30 1 7 2 5
 Serbia
(including  Serbia and Montenegro)
10 51 41 2 8 3 9
 Spain 16 112 73 4 35 2 6
 Yugoslavia 6 61 43 4 14 2 4

Multiple medalists[edit]

Boldface denotes active players and highest medal count (among all players) per type.

Rank Player Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Slobodan Nikić  Serbia and Montenegro
 Serbia
2003 2015 3 1 1 5
2 Daniel Ballart  Spain 1991 2001 2 2 - 4
Salvador Gómez  Spain 1991 2001 2 2 - 4
Norbert Madaras  Hungary 2003 2013 2 2 - 4
Jesús Rollán  Spain 1991 2001 2 2 - 4
6 Andro Bušlje  Croatia 2007 2017 2 1 3 6
7 Maro Joković  Croatia 2007 2017 2 1 2 5
8 Milan Aleksić  Serbia 2009 2017 2 1 1 4
Filip Filipović  Serbia 2009 2017 2 1 1 4
Stefan Mitrović  Serbia 2009 2017 2 1 1 4
Iván Pérez  Spain 1998 2009 2 1 1 4
Duško Pijetlović  Serbia 2009 2017 2 1 1 4
Gojko Pijetlović  Serbia 2009 2017 2 1 1 4
Andrija Prlainović  Serbia 2009 2017 2 1 1 4
Vanja Udovičić  Serbia and Montenegro
 Serbia
2003 2011 2 1 1 4

Participating nations[edit]

Team 1973 1975 1978 1982 1986 1991 1994 1998 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015 2017 Years
 Argentina 16th 1
 Australia 14th 11th 9th 11th 10th 8th 10th 4th 10th 7th 10th 10th 10th 9th 8th 8th 7th 17
 Brazil 12th 12th 13th 13th 13th 14th 10th 12th 8
 Bulgaria 13th 12th 8th 3
 Canada 14th 14th 14th 13th 13th 14th 13th 15th 14th 13th 12th 8th 10th 11th 9th 15th 16
 Colombia 16th 1
 China 10th 14th 16th 16th 13th 12th 15th 14th 15th 9
 Croatia Part of Yugoslavia 4th 9th 8th 9th 4th 1st 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 11
 Cuba 6th 4th 10th 5th 7th 11th 11th 12th 8
 Egypt 15th 15th 2
 France 13th 8th 12th 14th 4
 Germany 11th 6th 7th 3rd 6th 5th 9th 14th 11th 9th 8th 6th 8th 10th 14
 Great Britain 15th 1
 Greece 12th 12th 12th 11th 10th 7th 8th 6th 4th 3rd 6th 6th 3rd 4th 14
 Hungary 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 9th 3rd 5th 2nd 5th 1st 2nd 2nd 5th 4th 1st 6th 2nd 17
 Iran 15th 15th 2
 Israel 16th 16th 15th 3
 Italy 4th 3rd 1st 9th 2nd 6th 1st 5th 4th 2nd 8th 5th 11th 1st 4th 4th 6th 17
 Japan 16th 15th 14th 16th 11th 13th 10th 7
 Kazakhstan Part of Soviet Union 12th 11th 12th 16th 13th 12th 11th 11th 8
 North Macedonia Part of Yugoslavia 14th 1
 Mexico 9th 9th 15th 3
 Montenegro Part of Yugoslavia 9th 7th 2nd 5th 5th 5
 Netherlands 8th 7th 13th 4th 14th 8th 9th 7
 New Zealand 16th 16th 16th 16th 15th 16th 6
 Romania 7th 5th 6th 9th 13th 12th 6th 11th 7th 12th 13th 11
 Russia Part of Soviet Union 3rd 6th 3rd 10th 7th 7th 14th 8th 8
 Serbia Part of Yugoslavia 4th 1st 2nd 7th 1st 3rd 6
 Serbia and Montenegro Part of Yugoslavia 3rd 2nd 3rd 1st defunct 4
 Slovakia Part of Czechoslovakia 10th 11th 8th 3
 South Africa 15th 14th 15th 14th 15th 16th 15th 12th 16th 9
 Soviet Union 2nd 1st 4th 1st 3rd 7th 6
 Spain 10th 10th 11th 8th 5th 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 5th 5th 3rd 2nd 5th 5th 9th 16
 United States 5th 8th 5th 6th 4th 4th 6th 7th 7th 6th 11th 9th 4th 6th 9th 7th 13th 17
 Yugoslavia 3rd 13th 3rd 7th 1st 1st 6
Total 16 16 16 16 15 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16

Women's tournament[edit]

History[edit]

Water polo at the World Aquatics Championships – Women's tournament
Year Host Gold medal world centered-2.svg Gold Score Silver medal world centered-2.svg Silver Bronze medal world centered-2.svg Bronze Score 4th place
1986
Details
Madrid,
Spain

Australia
Round-robin
Netherlands

United States
Round-robin
Canada
1991
Details
Perth,
Australia

Netherlands
Round-robin
Canada

United States
Round-robin
Hungary
1994
Details
Rome,
Italy

Hungary
7–5
Netherlands

Italy
14–9
United States
1998
Details
Perth,
Australia

Italy
7–6
Netherlands

Australia
8–5
Russia
2001
Details
Fukuoka,
Japan

Italy
7–3
Hungary

Canada
6–5
United States
2003
Details
Barcelona,
Spain

United States
8–6
Italy

Russia
9–7
Canada
2005
Details
Montreal,
Canada

Hungary
10–7
United States

Canada
8–3
Russia
2007
Details
Melbourne,
Australia

United States
6–5
Australia

Russia
9–8
Hungary
2009
Details
Rome,
Italy

United States
7–6
Canada

Russia
10–9
Greece
2011
Details
Shanghai,
China

Greece
9–8
China

Russia
8–7
Italy
2013
Details
Barcelona,
Spain

Spain
8–6
Australia

Hungary
10–8
Russia
2015
Details
Kazan,
Russia

United States
5–4
Netherlands

Italy
12–10
Australia
2017
Details
Budapest,
Hungary

United States
13–6
Spain

Russia
11–9
Canada

Medal table[edit]

Place Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 5 1 2 8
2  Italy 2 1 2 5
3  Hungary 2 1 1 4
4  Netherlands 1 4 0 5
5  Australia 1 2 1 4
6  Spain 1 1 0 2
7  Greece 1 0 0 1
8  Canada 0 2 2 4
9  China 0 1 0 1
10  Russia 0 0 5 5
Total 13 13 13 39

Multiple medalists[edit]

Boldface denotes active players and highest medal count (among all players) per type.

Rank Player Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Heather Petri  United States 2003 2009 3 1 - 4
Brenda Villa  United States 2003 2009 3 1 - 4
3 Kami Craig  United States 2007 2015 3 - - 3
4 Carmela Allucci  Italy 1994 2003 2 1 1 4
Francesca Conti  Italy 1994 2003 2 1 1 4
Melania Grego  Italy 1994 2003 2 1 1 4
Giusi Malato  Italy 1994 2003 2 1 1 4
Martina Miceli  Italy 1994 2003 2 1 1 4
9 Alexandra Araújo  Italy 1998 2003 2 1 - 3
Natalie Golda  United States 2003 2007 2 1 - 3
Ericka Lorenz  United States 2003 2007 2 1 - 3
Maddalena Musumeci  Italy 1998 2003 2 1 - 3
Mercédesz Stieber  Hungary 1994 2005 2 1 - 3
Moriah van Norman  United States 2005 2009 2 1 - 3
Lauren Wenger  United States 2005 2009 2 1 - 3

Participating nations[edit]

Team 1986 1991 1994 1998 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015 2017 Years
 Australia 1st 5th 6th 3rd 5th 7th 6th 2nd 6th 5th 2nd 4th 8th 13
 Belgium 7th 1
 Brazil 8th 11th 10th 10th 13th 13th 10th 13th 14th 14th 10th 14th 12
 Canada 4th 2nd 5th 6th 3rd 4th 3rd 6th 2nd 8th 8th 11th 4th 13
 China 16th 14th 11th 2nd 9th 5th 10th 7
 Cuba 9th 15th 10th 3
 France 9th 9th 15th 14th 11th 5
 Germany 6th 6th 8th 10th 8th 11th 10th 7
 Great Britain 9th 16th 13th 3
 Greece 5th 7th 9th 5th 8th 4th 1st 6th 6th 7th 10
 Hungary 5th 4th 1st 7th 2nd 5th 1st 4th 7th 9th 3rd 9th 5th 13
 Italy 3rd 1st 1st 2nd 7th 5th 9th 4th 10th 3rd 6th 11
 Japan 11th 11th 15th 13th 4
 Kazakhstan 12th 12th 8th 12th 13th 14th 13th 11th 12th 15th 10
 Netherlands 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 9th 6th 10th 9th 5th 7th 7th 2nd 9th 13
 New Zealand 7th 10th 11th 12th 12th 12th 12th 12th 12th 13th 12th 11
 Norway 8th 1
 Puerto Rico 16th 1
 Russia 7th 4th 6th 3rd 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th 8th 3rd 11
 South Africa 16th 15th 15th 16th 16th 5
 Spain 9th 8th 11th 7th 8th 11th 1st 7th 2nd 9
 United States 3rd 3rd 4th 8th 4th 1st 2nd 1st 1st 6th 5th 1st 1st 13
 Uzbekistan 15th 15th 16th 16th 4
 Venezuela 14th 14th 2
Total 9 9 12 12 12 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16

Combined medal table[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Hungary58215
2 Italy53311
3 United States5128
4 Spain3418
5 Croatia2136
 Yugoslavia2136
7 Serbia2114
 Soviet Union2114
9 Netherlands1405
10 Australia1214
11 Greece1023
12 Serbia and Montenegro1012
13 Canada0224
14 China0101
 Montenegro0101
16 Russia0077
17 West Germany0011
Totals (17 nations)30303090

Multiple medalists[edit]

Boldface denotes active players and highest medal count (among all players) per type.

Rank Player Country Gender From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Slobodan Nikić  Serbia and Montenegro
 Serbia
M 2003 2015 3 1 1 5
2 Heather Petri  United States F 2003 2009 3 1 - 4
Brenda Villa  United States F 2003 2009 3 1 - 4
4 Kami Craig  United States F 2007 2015 3 - - 3
5 Daniel Ballart  Spain M 1991 2001 2 2 - 4
Salvador Gómez  Spain M 1991 2001 2 2 - 4
Norbert Madaras  Hungary M 2003 2013 2 2 - 4
Jesús Rollán  Spain M 1991 2001 2 2 - 4
9 Andro Bušlje  Croatia M 2007 2017 2 1 3 6
10 Maro Joković  Croatia M 2007 2017 2 1 2 5

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