List of Olympic champions in men's water polo

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This is a list of Olympic champions in men's water polo since the inaugural official edition in 1900.

Contents

Abbreviations

RkRankRefReferenceCap No. Water polo cap number
Pos Playing position FP Field player GK Goalkeeper ISHOF International Swimming Hall of Fame
L/R Handedness LLeft-handedRRight-handedOly debutOlympic debut in water polo
(C) Captain p.pagepp.pages

History

Men's water polo tournaments have been staged at the Olympic Games since 1900. At the 1904 Summer Olympics, a water polo tournament was contested, but only American contestants participated. Currently International Olympic Committee (IOC) consider water polo event as part of unofficial program in 1904.

As of 2016, men's water polo teams from ten European countries won all 26 official tournaments. [1]

From 1908 to 1920, the Great Britain men's national water polo team won three consecutive gold medals at the Olympics, becoming the first team to have an Olympic winning streak in water polo.

Hungary is the most successful country in the men's Olympic water polo tournament, with nine Olympic gold medals. The team won three gold medals in a row between 2000 and 2008, becoming the second water polo team to have an Olympic winning streak.

Italy and Yugoslavia have both won three Olympic titles in men's water polo tournament.

The Serbia men's national team is current Olympic champion.

Legend
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Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Part of YugoslaviaDC1
Flag of France.svg  France DC1
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany DCEast Germany and West Germany1
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain CCCC4
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary DCCCCCCCCC9
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy DCCC3
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Part of Yugoslavia, then of FR Yugoslavia, and Serbia and MontenegroDC1
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union DCCDefunct2
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain DC1
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia DCCCDefunct3
Champions00040812202428323648525660646872768084889296000408121620Total

Team statistics

Results

Serbia men's national water polo team celebrated after the gold medal match of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Campeoes!.jpg
Serbia men's national water polo team celebrated after the gold medal match of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The following table shows results of Olympic champions in men's water polo by tournament. Last updated: 1 April 2021.

Legend
Abbreviation
  • MP – Matches played
  • W – Won
  • D – Drawn
  • L – Lost
  • GF – Goals for
  • GA – Goals against
  • GD – Goals difference
  • GF/MP – Goals for per match
  • GA/MP – Goals against per match
  • GD/MP – Goals difference per match
Results of champions by tournament
#Men's tournamentChampionsMPWDLWin %GFGAGDGF/MPGA/MPGD/MP
1Flag of France.svg Paris 1900 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain (1st title)3300100.0%293269.6671.0008.667
2Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg St. Louis 1904 Water polo was a demonstration sport
3Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London 1908 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain (2nd title)1 [lower-alpha 1] 100100.0%9279.0002.0007.000
4Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm 1912 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain (3rd title)3300100.0%218137.0002.6674.333
5Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Antwerp 1920 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain (4th title)3300100.0%194156.3331.3335.000
6Flag of France.svg Paris 1924 Flag of France.svg  France (1st title)4400100.0%166104.0001.5002.500
7Flag of the Netherlands.svg Amsterdam 1928 Flag of Germany.svg  Germany (1st title)3300100.0%181086.0003.3332.667
8Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Los Angeles 1932 Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg  Hungary (1st title)3 [lower-alpha 2] 300100.0%3022810.0000.6679.333
9Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg Berlin 1936 Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg  Hungary (2nd title)761085.7%444406.2860.5715.714
10Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London 1948 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy (1st title)7 [lower-alpha 3] 61085.7%3514215.0002.0003.000
11Flag of Finland.svg Helsinki 1952 Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary (3rd title)862075.0%5316376.6252.0004.625
12Flag of Australia (converted).svg Melbourne 1956 Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary (4th title)6600100.0%264224.3330.6673.667
13Flag of Italy.svg Rome 1960 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy (2nd title)761085.7%3112194.4291.7142.714
14Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tokyo 1964 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (5th title)651083.3%3413215.6672.1673.500
15Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City 1968 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia (1st title)971177.8%8635519.5563.8895.667
16Flag of Germany.svg Munich 1972 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union (1st title)862075.0%4824246.0003.0003.000
17Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Montreal 1976 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (6th title)871087.5%4532135.6254.0001.625
18Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Moscow 1980 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union (2nd title)8800100.0%5831277.2503.8753.375
19Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles 1984 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia (2nd title)761085.7%72442810.2866.2864.000
20Flag of South Korea.svg Seoul 1988 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia (3rd title)760185.7%83552811.8577.8574.000
21Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona 1992 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy (3rd title)752071.4%595098.4297.1431.286
22Flag of the United States.svg Atlanta 1996 Flag of Spain.svg  Spain (1st title)860275.0%5848107.2506.0001.250
23Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sydney 2000 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (7th title)860275.0%7857219.7507.1252.625
24Flag of Greece.svg Athens 2004 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (8th title)7700100.0%5939208.4295.5712.857
25Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing 2008 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (9th title)761085.7%85553012.1437.8574.286
26Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London 2012 Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia (1st title)8800100.0%7342319.1255.2503.875
27Flag of Brazil.svg Rio 2016 Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia (1st title)852162.5%80661410.0008.2501.750
#Men's tournamentTotal16113816785.7%12496765737.7584.1993.559
ChampionsMPWDLWin %GFGAGDGF/MPGA/MPGD/MP

Sources:

From 1900 to 1928, single-elimination tournaments were used to determine Olympic champions in men's water polo. The following table shows men's teams that won all matches during the Olympic tournament since 1932.

Winning all matches during the tournament
(since 1932)
#YearChampionsMPWDLWin %
11932Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg  Hungary (1st title)3 [lower-alpha 2] 300100.0%
21956Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary (4th title)6600100.0%
31980Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union (2nd title)8800100.0%
42004Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (8th title)7700100.0%
52012Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia (1st title)8800100.0%

The following tables show records of goals for per match.

Historical progression of records: Goals for per match
Goals for
per match
AchievementYearChampionsDate of
winning gold
Duration of record
9.667Set record1900Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain (1st title)12 August 190032 years, 1 day
10.000Broke record1932Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg  Hungary (1st title)13 August 193251 years, 363 days
10.286Broke record1984Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia (2nd title)10 August 19844 years, 52 days
11.857Broke record1988Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia (3rd title)1 October 198819 years, 328 days
12.143Broke record2008Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (9th title)24 August 200812 years, 283 days

The following tables show records of goals against per match.

The following tables show records of goals difference per match.

Squads

The following table shows number of players and average age, height and weight of Olympic champions in men's water polo by tournament. Last updated: 1 April 2021.

Legend
Winning squads by tournament
#Men's tournamentChampionsPlayersReturning OlympiansAverage
NumberNumber %AgeHeightWeight
1Flag of France.svg Paris 1900 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain (1st title)700.0%
2Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg St. Louis 1904 Water polo was a demonstration sport
3Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London 1908 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain (2nd title)700.0%26 years, 111 days
4Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm 1912 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain (3rd title)7457.1%29 years, 16 days
5Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Antwerp 1920 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain (4th title)7342.9%33 years, 279 days
6Flag of France.svg Paris 1924 Flag of France.svg  France (1st title)7342.9%26 years, 303 days
7Flag of the Netherlands.svg Amsterdam 1928 Flag of Germany.svg  Germany (1st title)800.0%24 years, 329 days
8Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Los Angeles 1932 Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg  Hungary (1st title)10770.0%27 years, 291 days
9Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg Berlin 1936 Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg  Hungary (2nd title)11545.5%26 years, 66 days
10Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London 1948 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy (1st title)900.0%30 years, 203 days
11Flag of Finland.svg Helsinki 1952 Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary (3rd title)13646.2%26 years, 337 days
12Flag of Australia (converted).svg Melbourne 1956 Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary (4th title)12758.3%26 years, 148 days1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) [lower-alpha 4] 80 kg (176 lb) [lower-alpha 5]
13Flag of Italy.svg Rome 1960 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy (2nd title)12325.0%22 years, 363 days1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)81 kg (179 lb)
14Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tokyo 1964 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (5th title)121083.3%28 years, 208 days1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)82 kg (181 lb)
15Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City 1968 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia (1st title)11545.5%26 years, 151 days1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)94 kg (207 lb)
16Flag of Germany.svg Munich 1972 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union (1st title)11545.5%26 years, 351 days1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)87 kg (192 lb)
17Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Montreal 1976 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (6th title)11654.5%25 years, 333 days1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)88 kg (194 lb)
18Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Moscow 1980 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union (2nd title)11436.4%25 years, 117 days1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)87 kg (192 lb)
19Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles 1984 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia (2nd title)13323.1%23 years, 362 days1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)92 kg (203 lb)
20Flag of South Korea.svg Seoul 1988 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia (3rd title)13646.2%23 years, 341 days1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)94 kg (207 lb)
21Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona 1992 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy (3rd title)13753.8%26 years, 224 days1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) [lower-alpha 6] 81 kg (179 lb) [lower-alpha 7]
22Flag of the United States.svg Atlanta 1996 Flag of Spain.svg  Spain (1st title)13969.2%26 years, 279 days1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)81 kg (179 lb)
23Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sydney 2000 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (7th title)13538.5%25 years, 254 days1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)93 kg (205 lb)
24Flag of Greece.svg Athens 2004 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (8th title)131076.9%27 years, 344 days1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)96 kg (212 lb)
25Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing 2008 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (9th title)13969.2%29 years, 248 days1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)100 kg (220 lb)
26Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London 2012 Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia (1st title)13861.5%29 years, 85 days1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)102 kg (225 lb)
27Flag of Brazil.svg Rio 2016 Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia (1st title)13969.2%28 years, 205 days1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)96 kg (212 lb)
#Men's tournamentChampionsNumberNumber %AgeHeightWeight
PlayersReturning OlympiansAverage

Sources:

The following tables show records of the number of returning Olympians.

The following tables show records of average age.

The following tables show records of average height.

Historical progression of records: Average height (statistics since 1956)
Average heightAchievementYearChampionsDate of
winning gold
Duration of record
1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) [lower-alpha 4] Set record1956Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary (4th title)7 December 19563 years, 271 days
1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)Broke record1960Flag of Italy.svg  Italy (2nd title)3 September 19608 years, 53 days
Tied record1964Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (5th title)18 October 1964
1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)Broke record1968Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia (1st title)26 October 196815 years, 289 days
1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)Broke record1984Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia (2nd title)10 August 19844 years, 52 days
1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)Broke record1988Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia (3rd title)1 October 198815 years, 333 days
1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)Broke record2004Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (8th title)29 August 20047 years, 349 days
Tied record2008Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (9th title)24 August 2008
1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)Broke record2012Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia (1st title)12 August 20128 years, 295 days

The following tables show records of average weight.

Historical progression of records: Average weight (statistics since 1956)
Average weightAchievementYearChampionsDate of
winning gold
Duration of record
80 kg (176 lb) [lower-alpha 5] Set record1956Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary (4th title)7 December 19563 years, 271 days
81 kg (179 lb)Broke record1960Flag of Italy.svg  Italy (2nd title)3 September 19604 years, 45 days
82 kg (181 lb)Broke record1964Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (5th title)18 October 19644 years, 8 days
94 kg (207 lb)Broke record1968Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia (1st title)26 October 196835 years, 308 days
Tied record1988Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia (3rd title)1 October 1988
96 kg (212 lb)Broke record2004Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (8th title)29 August 20043 years, 361 days
100 kg (220 lb)Broke record2008Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (9th title)24 August 20083 years, 354 days
102 kg (225 lb)Broke record2012Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia (1st title)12 August 20128 years, 295 days

Olympic and world champions (teams)

The following table is pre-sorted by number of Olympic titles (in descending order), number of world titles (in descending order), name of the team (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 12 December 2020.

As of 2019, there are seven men's national water polo teams that won gold medals at the Summer Olympics and the World Aquatics Championships.

Legend
#ChampionsOlympic titleWorld titleTotalFirstLast
1Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 9 (1932–1936, 1952–1956, 1964, 1976, 2000–2004–2008)3 (1973, 2003, 2013)1219322013
2Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 3 (1948, 1960*, 1992)4 (1978, 1994*, 2011, 2019)719482019
3Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 3 (1968, 1984–1988)2 (1986–1991)519681991
4Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 2 (1972, 1980*)2 (1975, 1982)419721982
5Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 1 (2012)2 (2007, 2017)320072017
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 1 (2016)2 (2009, 2015)320092016
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1 (1996)2 (1998–2001)319962001

Player statistics

Age records

38-year-old Samir Barac was the captain of Croatia at the 2012 Olympics. Samir Barac kolovoz 2012.jpg
38-year-old Samir Barać was the captain of Croatia at the 2012 Olympics.

The following tables show the oldest and youngest male Olympic champions in water polo. Last updated: 18 January 2021.

Legend
Top 10 oldest male Olympic champions in water polo
RkPlayerAge of
winning gold
Men's teamPosDate of birthDate of
winning gold
1 Charles Smith 41 years, 216 daysFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain GK26 January 187929 August 1920
2 William Henry 41 years, 45 daysFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain GK28 June 185912 August 1900
3 Samir Barać 38 years, 284 daysFlag of Croatia.svg  Croatia FP2 November 197312 August 2012
4 Mario Majoni 38 years, 72 daysFlag of Italy.svg  Italy FP27 May 19107 August 1948
5 István Barta 37 years, 0 daysFlag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg  Hungary GK13 August 189513 August 1932
6 Dezső Gyarmati 36 years, 361 daysFlag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP23 October 192718 October 1964
7 Igor Hinić 36 years, 252 daysFlag of Croatia.svg  Croatia FP4 December 197512 August 2012
8 Frano Vićan 36 years, 201 daysFlag of Croatia.svg  Croatia GK24 January 197612 August 2012
9 István Szívós Sr. 36 years, 109 daysFlag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary FP20 August 19207 December 1956
10 Christopher Jones 36 years, 67 daysFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain FP23 June 188429 August 1920
RkPlayerAge of
winning gold
Men's teamPosDate of birthDate of
winning gold
Top 10 youngest male Olympic champions in water polo
RkPlayerAge of
winning gold
Men's teamPosDate of birthDate of
winning gold
1 György Kárpáti 17 years, 40 daysFlag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary FP23 June 19352 August 1952
2 Perica Bukić 18 years, 172 daysFlag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia FP20 February 196610 August 1984
3 Igor Milanović 18 years, 236 daysFlag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia FP18 December 196510 August 1984
4 Franco Lavoratori 19 years, 172 daysFlag of Italy.svg  Italy FP15 March 19413 September 1960
5 Nikola Jakšić 19 years, 216 daysFlag of Serbia.svg  Serbia FP17 January 199720 August 2016
6 Fritz Gunst 19 years, 324 daysFlag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg  Germany FP22 September 190811 August 1928
7 Giorgi Mshvenieradze 19 years, 352 daysFlag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union FP12 August 196029 July 1980
8 György Kenéz 20 years, 34 daysFlag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP23 June 195627 July 1976
9 Antal Bolvári 20 years, 88 daysFlag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary FP6 May 19322 August 1952
10 Mirko Vičević 20 years, 93 daysFlag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia FP30 June 19681 October 1988
RkPlayerAge of
winning gold
Men's teamPosDate of birthDate of
winning gold

Multiple gold medalists

The following tables are pre-sorted by year of receiving the last Olympic gold medal (in ascending order), year of receiving the first Olympic gold medal (in ascending order), name of the player (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 18 January 2021.

Ten male athletes won three Olympic gold medals in water polo.

Legend
Male athletes who won three Olympic gold medals in water polo
YearPlayerDate of birthHeightMen's teamPosOlympic titlesAge of
first/last
1920 Paul Radmilovic 5 March 18861.80 m (5 ft 11 in)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain FP1908*–1912–192022/34
Charles Smith 26 January 18791.86 m (6 ft 1 in)GK29/41
1964 Dezső Gyarmati 23 October 19271.86 m (6 ft 1 in)Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP1952–1956, 196424/36
György Kárpáti 23 June 19351.67 m (5 ft 6 in)FP17/29
2008 Tibor Benedek 12 July 19721.90 m (6 ft 3 in)Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP2000–2004–200828/36
Péter Biros 5 April 19761.96 m (6 ft 5 in)FP24/32
Tamás Kásás 20 July 19762.00 m (6 ft 7 in)FP24/32
Gergely Kiss 21 September 19771.98 m (6 ft 6 in)FP23/30
Tamás Molnár 2 August 19751.93 m (6 ft 4 in)FP25/33
Zoltán Szécsi 22 December 19771.98 m (6 ft 6 in)GK22/30
YearPlayerDate of birthHeightMen's teamPosOlympic titlesAge of
first/last

Thirty-one male athletes won two Olympic gold medals in water polo.

Legend
Male athletes who won two Olympic gold medals in water polo
YearPlayerDate of birthHeightMen's teamPosOlympic titlesAge of
first/last
1912 George Cornet 15 July 18771.91 m (6 ft 3 in)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain FP1908*–191231/35
George Wilkinson 3 March 18791.73 m (5 ft 8 in)FP29/33
1920 Charles Bugbee 29 August 18871.91 m (6 ft 3 in)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain FP1912–192025/33
1936 György Bródy 21 July 19081.85 m (6 ft 1 in)Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg  Hungary GK1932–193624/28
Olivér Halassy 31 July 1909FP23/27
Márton Homonnai 5 February 1906FP26/30
János Németh 12 June 1906FP26/30
Miklós Sárkány 15 August 1908FP23/28
1956 Antal Bolvári 6 May 1932Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary FP1952–195620/24
László Jeney 30 May 19231.81 m (5 ft 11 in)GK29/33
Kálmán Markovits 26 August 19311.78 m (5 ft 10 in)FP20/25
Miklós Martin 29 June 1931FP21/25
István Szívós Sr. 20 August 19201.85 m (6 ft 1 in)FP31/36
1964 Ottó Boros 5 August 19291.86 m (6 ft 1 in)Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary GK1956, 196427/35
Tivadar Kanizsa 4 April 19331.80 m (5 ft 11 in)FP23/31
Mihály Mayer 27 December 19331.85 m (6 ft 1 in)FP22/30
1980 Aleksei Barkalov 18 February 19461.80 m (5 ft 11 in)Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union FP1972, 1980*26/34
Aleksandr Kabanov 11 June 19481.81 m (5 ft 11 in)FP24/32
Viacheslav Sobchenko 18 April 19491.87 m (6 ft 2 in)GK23/31
1988 Dragan Andrić 6 June 19621.92 m (6 ft 4 in)Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia FP1984–198822/26
Perica Bukić 20 February 19661.98 m (6 ft 6 in)FP18/22
Veselin Đuho 5 January 19601.87 m (6 ft 2 in)FP24/28
Deni Lušić 14 April 19621.90 m (6 ft 3 in)FP22/26
Igor Milanović 18 December 19651.95 m (6 ft 5 in)FP18/22
Tomislav Paškvalin 29 August 19612.04 m (6 ft 8 in)FP22/27
2004 Rajmund Fodor 21 February 19761.90 m (6 ft 3 in)Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP2000–200424/28
Barnabás Steinmetz 6 October 19751.96 m (6 ft 5 in)FP24/28
Attila Vári 26 February 19762.00 m (6 ft 7 in)FP24/28
2008 István Gergely 20 August 19762.01 m (6 ft 7 in)Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary GK2004–200828/32
Norbert Madaras 1 December 19791.91 m (6 ft 3 in)FP24/28
Tamás Varga 14 July 19752.01 m (6 ft 7 in)FP29/33
YearPlayerDate of birthHeightMen's teamPosOlympic titlesAge of
first/last

Olympic and world champions (players)

The following tables are pre-sorted by number of Olympic titles (in descending order), number of world titles (in descending order), year of receiving the last gold medal (in ascending order), year of receiving the first gold medal (in ascending order), name of the player (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 30 March 2021.

As of 2019, there are ninety-six male athletes who won gold medals in water polo at the Summer Olympics and the World Aquatics Championships.

Legend
Male water polo players who won two or more Olympic titles and one or more world titles
#PlayerBirthHeightPosSummer OlympicsWorld Aquatics ChampionshipsTotal
titles
ISHOF
member
AgeMen's teamTitleAgeMen's teamTitle
1 Tibor Benedek 19721.90 m (6 ft 3 in)FP28–32–36Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 2000–2004–200831Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 200342016
Péter Biros 19761.94 m (6 ft 4 in)FP24–28–32272016
Tamás Kásás 19762.00 m (6 ft 7 in)FP24–28–32272016
Gergely Kiss 19771.99 m (6 ft 6 in)FP23–26–30252016
Tamás Molnár 19751.93 m (6 ft 4 in)FP25–29–33272016
Zoltán Szécsi 19771.98 m (6 ft 6 in)GK22–26–30252016
7 Aleksandr Kabanov 19481.81 m (5 ft 11 in)FP24, 32Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 1972, 1980*27, 34Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 1975, 198242001
8 Perica Bukić 19661.98 m (6 ft 6 in)FP18–22Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 1984–198820–24Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 1986–199142008
Igor Milanović 19651.95 m (6 ft 5 in)FP18–2220–252006
10 Norbert Madaras 19791.91 m (6 ft 3 in)FP24–28Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 2004–200823, 33Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 2003, 20134
11 Aleksei Barkalov 19461.80 m (5 ft 11 in)FP26, 34Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 1972, 1980*29Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 197531993
12 Dragan Andrić 19621.92 m (6 ft 4 in)FP22–26Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 1984–198824Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 19863
Veselin Đuho 19601.87 m (6 ft 2 in)FP24–2826
Deni Lušić 19621.90 m (6 ft 3 in)FP22–2624
Tomislav Paškvalin 19612.04 m (6 ft 8 in)FP22–2724
16 Rajmund Fodor 19761.90 m (6 ft 3 in)FP24–28Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 2000–200427Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 20033
Barnabás Steinmetz 19751.96 m (6 ft 5 in)FP24–2827
Attila Vári 19762.00 m (6 ft 7 in)FP24–2827
19 István Gergely 19762.01 m (6 ft 7 in)GK28–32Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 2004–200826Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 20033
Tamás Varga 19752.01 m (6 ft 7 in)FP29–3328
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#PlayerBirthHeightPosSummer OlympicsWorld Aquatics ChampionshipsTotal
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ISHOF
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AgeMen's teamTitleAgeMen's teamTitle
21 Slobodan Nikić 19831.97 m (6 ft 6 in)FP33Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 201622Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro 20054
26, 32Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 2009, 2015
22 Dubravko Šimenc 19662.01 m (6 ft 7 in)FP21Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 198819–24Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 1986–19913
Mirko Vičević 19681.92 m (6 ft 4 in)FP2018–22
24 Daniel Ballart 19731.78 m (5 ft 10 in)FP23Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 199624–28Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1998–20013
Salvador Gómez 19681.94 m (6 ft 4 in)FP2829–33
Iván Moro 19741.86 m (6 ft 1 in)FP2123–26
Sergi Pedrerol 19691.90 m (6 ft 3 in)FP2628–31
Jesús Rollán 19681.87 m (6 ft 2 in)GK2829–332012
Carles Sanz 19751.77 m (5 ft 10 in)FP2122–26
30 Milan Aleksić 19861.93 m (6 ft 4 in)FP30Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 201623, 29Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 2009, 20153
Filip Filipović 19871.96 m (6 ft 5 in)FP2922, 28
Živko Gocić 19821.93 m (6 ft 4 in)FP3326, 32
Stefan Mitrović 19881.95 m (6 ft 5 in)FP2821, 27
Duško Pijetlović 19851.97 m (6 ft 6 in)FP3124, 30
Gojko Pijetlović 19831.94 m (6 ft 4 in)GK3325, 32
Andrija Prlainović 19871.87 m (6 ft 2 in)FP2922, 28
37 Andro Bušlje 19862.00 m (6 ft 7 in)FP26Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 201221, 31Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 2007, 20173
Maro Joković 19872.03 m (6 ft 8 in)FP2419, 29
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#PlayerBirthHeightPosSummer OlympicsWorld Aquatics ChampionshipsTotal
titles
ISHOF
member
AgeMen's teamTitleAgeMen's teamTitle
39 András Bodnár 19421.80 m (5 ft 11 in)FP22Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 196431Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 197322017
40 Aleksandr Dolgushin 19461.87 m (6 ft 2 in)FP26Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 197229Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 197522010
Aleksandr Dreval 19441.90 m (6 ft 3 in)FP2831
Nikolay Melnikov 19481.84 m (6 ft 0 in)FP2427
43 Gábor Csapó 19501.98 m (6 ft 6 in)FP25Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 197622Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 19732
Tibor Cservenyák 19481.85 m (6 ft 1 in)FP2725
Tamás Faragó 19521.94 m (6 ft 4 in)FP23211993
Ferenc Konrád 19451.83 m (6 ft 0 in)FP3128
Endre Molnár 19451.85 m (6 ft 1 in)GK3128
László Sárosi 19461.83 m (6 ft 0 in)FP2926
István Szívós Jr. 19482.02 m (6 ft 8 in)FP28251996
50 Vladimir Akimov 19531.84 m (6 ft 0 in)FP27Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 1980*29Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 19822
Mikhail Ivanov 19581.88 m (6 ft 2 in)FP2224
Sergey Kotenko 19561.76 m (5 ft 9 in)FP2325
Giorgi Mshvenieradze 19601.88 m (6 ft 2 in)FP1921
Erkin Shagaev 19591.78 m (5 ft 10 in)FP2123
Yevgeny Sharonov 19581.89 m (6 ft 2 in)GK21232003
#PlayerBirthHeightPosAgeMen's teamTitleAgeMen's teamTitleTotal
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#PlayerBirthHeightPosSummer OlympicsWorld Aquatics ChampionshipsTotal
titles
ISHOF
member
AgeMen's teamTitleAgeMen's teamTitle
56 Milorad Krivokapić 19561.87 m (6 ft 2 in)GK28Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 198430Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 19862
Zoran Petrović 19602.03 m (6 ft 8 in)FP2326
Andrija Popović 19591.93 m (6 ft 4 in)GK2426
Goran Sukno 19591.88 m (6 ft 2 in)FP2527
60 Mislav Bezmalinović 19671.97 m (6 ft 6 in)FP21Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 198823Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 19912
Renco Posinković 19641.97 m (6 ft 6 in)GK2427
Goran Rađenović 19661.97 m (6 ft 6 in)FP2124
Aleksandar Šoštar 19641.96 m (6 ft 5 in)GK24262011
64 Francesco Attolico 19631.93 m (6 ft 4 in)FP29Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 199231Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1994*2
Gianni Averaimo 19641.83 m (6 ft 0 in)GK2730
Alessandro Bovo 19691.85 m (6 ft 1 in)FP2325
Alessandro Campagna 19631.82 m (6 ft 0 in)FP29312019
Marco D'Altrui 19641.80 m (5 ft 11 in)FP28302010
Massimiliano Ferretti 19661.94 m (6 ft 4 in)FP2628
Mario Fiorillo 19621.79 m (5 ft 10 in)FP2931
Ferdinando Gandolfi 1967FP2527
Amedeo Pomilio 19671.78 m (5 ft 10 in)FP2527
Francesco Porzio 19661.85 m (6 ft 1 in)FP2628
Pino Porzio 1967FP2527
Carlo Silipo 19711.99 m (6 ft 6 in)FP2023
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titles
ISHOF
member
AgeMen's teamTitleAgeMen's teamTitle
76 Manuel Estiarte 19611.78 m (5 ft 10 in)FP34Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 199636Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 199822007
Pedro García 19681.93 m (6 ft 4 in)FP2729
Jordi Sans 19651.80 m (5 ft 11 in)FP3032
79 Ángel Andreo 19721.91 m (6 ft 3 in)GK23Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 199628Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 20012
80 Zsolt Varga 19721.93 m (6 ft 4 in)FP28Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 200031Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 20032
81 Samir Barać 19731.87 m (6 ft 2 in)FP38Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 201233Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 20072
Miho Bošković 19831.96 m (6 ft 5 in)FP2924
Damir Burić 19802.05 m (6 ft 9 in)FP3126
Igor Hinić 19752.02 m (6 ft 8 in)FP3631
Josip Pavić 19821.95 m (6 ft 5 in)GK3025
Frano Vićan 19761.92 m (6 ft 4 in)GK3631
87 Norbert Hosnyánszky 19841.96 m (6 ft 5 in)FP24Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 200829Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 20132
Dániel Varga 19832.01 m (6 ft 7 in)FP2429
Dénes Varga 19871.93 m (6 ft 4 in)FP2126
90 Miloš Ćuk 19901.91 m (6 ft 3 in)FP25Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 201624Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 20152
Nikola Jakšić 19971.97 m (6 ft 6 in)FP1918
Dušan Mandić 19942.02 m (6 ft 8 in)FP2221
Branislav Mitrović 19852.01 m (6 ft 7 in)GK3130
Sava Ranđelović 19931.93 m (6 ft 4 in)FP2322
95 Ivan Buljubašić 19871.98 m (6 ft 6 in)FP24Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 201229Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 20172
Sandro Sukno 19902.00 m (6 ft 7 in)FP2227
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Olympic champion families

The following tables are pre-sorted by year of receiving the Olympic gold medal (in ascending order), name of the player (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 18 January 2021.

Legend
RelationshipFamilyPlayerDate of birthHeightMen's teamPosOlympic
title
AgeNoteRef
Two brothersRademacher Erich Rademacher 9 June 1901Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg  Germany GK192827Two brothers in an
Olympic tournament
[2]
Joachim Rademacher 20 June 1906FP22 [3]
Keserű Alajos Keserű 8 March 1905Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg  Hungary FP193227Two brothers in an
Olympic tournament
[4]
Ferenc Keserű 27 August 1903FP28 [5]
Pandolfini Gianfranco Pandolfini 16 September 1920Flag of Italy.svg  Italy FP194827Two brothers in an
Olympic tournament
[6]
Tullio Pandolfini 6 August 191434 [7]
Konrád János Konrád 27 August 19411.83 m (6 ft 0 in)Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP196423 [8]
Ferenc Konrád 17 April 19451.83 m (6 ft 0 in)FP197631 [9]
Akimov Anatoly Akimov 15 November 19471.81 m (5 ft 11 in)Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union FP197224 [10]
Vladimir Akimov 20 July 19531.84 m (6 ft 0 in)FP1980*27 [11]
Porzio Francesco Porzio 26 January 19661.85 m (6 ft 1 in)Flag of Italy.svg  Italy FP199226Two brothers in an
Olympic tournament
[12]
Pino Porzio 26 February 1967FP25 [13]
Steinmetz Barnabás Steinmetz 6 October 19751.96 m (6 ft 5 in)Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary CB200024 [14]
200428Two brothers in an
Olympic tournament
Ádám Steinmetz 11 August 19801.97 m (6 ft 6 in)FP24 [15]
Varga Dániel Varga 25 September 19832.00 m (6 ft 7 in)Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP200824Two brothers in an
Olympic tournament
[16]
Dénes Varga 29 March 19871.93 m (6 ft 4 in)FP21 [17]
Pijetlović Duško Pijetlović 25 April 19851.97 m (6 ft 6 in)Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia FP201631Two brothers in an
Olympic tournament
[18]
Gojko Pijetlović 7 August 19831.94 m (6 ft 4 in)GK33 [19]
RelationshipFamilyPlayerDate of birthHeightMen's teamPosOlympic
title
AgeNoteRef
RelationshipFamilyPlayerDate of birthHeightMen's teamPosOlympic
title
AgeRef
Father and sonSzívós István Szívós Sr. 20 August 19201.85 m (6 ft 1 in)Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP1952–195631–36 [20]
István Szívós Jr. 24 April 19482.02 m (6 ft 8 in)FP197628 [21]
D'Altrui Giuseppe D'Altrui 7 April 19341.85 m (6 ft 1 in)Flag of Italy.svg  Italy FP1960*26 [22]
Marco D'Altrui 25 April 19641.80 m (5 ft 11 in)FP199228 [23]
Sukno Goran Sukno 6 April 19591.88 m (6 ft 2 in)Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia FP198425 [24]
Sandro Sukno 30 June 19902.00 m (6 ft 7 in)Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia FP201222 [25]

Coach statistics

Most successful coaches

Ratko Rudic coached three men's national teams to four Olympic gold medals. Ratko Rudic kolovoz 2012.jpg
Ratko Rudić coached three men's national teams to four Olympic gold medals.

The following table is pre-sorted by number of Olympic gold medals (in descending order), year of winning the last Olympic gold medal (in ascending order), name of the coach (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 18 January 2021.

There are three coaches who led men's national water polo teams to win two or more Olympic gold medals.

Ratko Rudić is the most successful water polo coach in Olympic history. As a head coach, he led three men's national water polo teams to win four Olympic gold medals. He guided Yugoslavia men's national team to two consecutive gold medals in 1984 and 1988, Italy men's national team to a gold medal in 1992, and Croatia men's national team to a gold medal in 2012, making him the first and only coach to lead three different men's national water polo teams to the Olympic titles. [26] [27]

Dénes Kemény of Hungary is another coach who led men's national water polo team(s) to win three Olympic gold medals. Under his leadership, the Hungary men's national team won three gold in a row between 2000 and 2008, becoming the second water polo team to have an Olympic winning streak. [28]

Béla Rajki coached the Hungary men's national team to two consecutive Olympic gold medals in 1952 and 1956. [29]

Legend
Head coaches who led men's national teams to win two or more Olympic gold medals
RkHead coachNationalityBirthAgeMen's teamOlympic titlesTotalRef
1 Ratko Rudić Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 194836–40Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 1984–19884 [30]
[26]
[27]
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 44Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1992
64Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 2012
2 Dénes Kemény Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 195446–54Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 2000–2004–20083 [28]
3 Béla Rajki Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 190943–47Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 1952–19562 [29]

Champions as coach and player

The following table is pre-sorted by number of Olympic gold medals (in descending order), year of winning the last Olympic gold medal (in ascending order), name of the person (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 18 January 2021.

Only one water polo player won an Olympic gold medal and then guided a men's national water polo team to the Olympic title as a head coach.

Dezső Gyarmati of Hungary won three Olympic gold medals in 1952–1956 and 1964. He coached the Hungary men's national team to a gold in 1976. [31] [32]

Legend
RkPersonBirthHeightPlayerHead coachTotal
titles
Ref
AgeMen's teamPosOlympic titleAgeMen's teamOlympic title
1 Dezső Gyarmati 19271.86 m (6 ft 1 in)24–27, 36Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP1952–1956, 196448Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 19764 [31] [32]

Olympic and world champions (coaches)

The following table is pre-sorted by number of Olympic titles (in descending order), number of world titles (in descending order), year of winning the last gold medal (in ascending order), year of winning the first gold medal (in ascending order), name of the coach (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 30 March 2021.

As of 2019, there are six head coaches who led men's national teams to win gold medals in water polo at the Summer Olympics and the World Aquatics Championships.

Legend
Head coaches who led men's national teams to win gold medals in water polo
at the Summer Olympics and the World Aquatics Championships
#CoachNationalityBirthSummer OlympicsWorld Aquatics ChampionshipsTotal
titles
ISHOF
member
Ref
AgeMen's teamTitleAgeMen's teamTitle
1 Ratko Rudić Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 194836–40Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 1984–198838Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 198672007 [30]
[26]
[27]
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 44Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 199246Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1994*
64Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 201258Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 2007
2 Dénes Kemény Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 195446–54Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 2000–2004–200849Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 200342011 [28]
3 Juan Jané Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 195343Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 199644–48Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1998–20013 [33]
4 Dezső Gyarmati Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 192748Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 197645Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 197321976 [31] [32]
Boris Popov Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 194139Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 1980*41Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 198222019 [34] [35]
Dejan Savić Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 197541Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 201640Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 20152 [36]

Champions by tournament

2020 (TBD)

2016 (Serbia, 1st title)

* Edition of men's tournament: 27th

Results
MatchRoundDateCap
color
OpponentResultGoals
for
Goals
against
Goals
diff.
Match 1/8Preliminary round – Group A6 August 2016  WhiteFlag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Drawn13130
Match 2/8Preliminary round – Group A8 August 2016  WhiteFlag of Greece.svg  Greece Drawn990
Match 3/8Preliminary round – Group A10 August 2016  BlueFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Lost56-1
Match 4/8Preliminary round – Group A12 August 2016  WhiteFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Won1082
Match 5/8Preliminary round – Group A14 August 2016  WhiteFlag of Japan.svg  Japan Won1284
Match 6/8Quarter-finals16 August 2016  WhiteFlag of Spain.svg  Spain Won1073
Match 7/8Semi-finals18 August 2016  BlueFlag of Italy.svg  Italy Won1082
Match 8/8Gold medal match20 August 2016  BlueFlag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Won1174
TotalMatches played: 8 • Wins: 5 • Ties: 2 • Defeats: 1 • Win %: 62.5%806614

Source: Official Results Books (PDF): 2016 (pp. 9, 21, 37, 53, 65, 75, 83, 91).

Filip Filipovic scored 19 goals at the 2016 Olympics, helping Serbia win gold. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the men's water polo tournament. Filip Filipovic Rio 2016.jpg
Filip Filipović scored 19 goals at the 2016 Olympics, helping Serbia win gold. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the men's water polo tournament.
Roster
Cap
No.
PlayerPosL/RHeightWeightDate of birthAge of
winning gold
Oly
debut
ISHOF
member
1 Gojko Pijetlović GKR1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)92 kg (203 lb)7 August 198333 years, 13 daysNo
2 Dušan Mandić FPL2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)105 kg (231 lb)16 June 199422 years, 65 daysNo
3 Živko Gocić (C)FPR1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)93 kg (205 lb)22 August 198233 years, 364 daysNo
4 Sava Ranđelović FPR1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)98 kg (216 lb)17 July 199323 years, 34 daysYes
5 Miloš Ćuk FPR1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)91 kg (201 lb)21 December 199025 years, 243 daysYes
6 Duško Pijetlović FPR1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)97 kg (214 lb)25 April 198531 years, 117 daysNo
7 Slobodan Nikić FPR1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)106 kg (234 lb)25 January 198333 years, 208 daysNo
8 Milan Aleksić FPR1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)96 kg (212 lb)13 May 198630 years, 99 daysNo
9 Nikola Jakšić FPR1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)89 kg (196 lb)17 January 199719 years, 216 daysYes
10 Filip Filipović FPL1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)101 kg (223 lb)2 May 198729 years, 110 daysNo
11 Andrija Prlainović FPR1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)93 kg (205 lb)28 April 198729 years, 114 daysNo
12 Stefan Mitrović FPR1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)91 kg (201 lb)29 March 198828 years, 144 daysNo
13 Branislav Mitrović GKR2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)100 kg (220 lb)30 January 198531 years, 203 daysYes
Average1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)96 kg (212 lb)28 January 198828 years, 205 days
Coach Dejan Savić 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)24 April 197541 years, 118 days

Note: Duško Pijetlović and Gojko Pijetlović are brothers.
Sources:

Abbreviation
  • MP – Matches played
  • Min – Minutes
  • G – Goals
  • Sh – Shots
  • AS – Assists
  • TF – Turnover fouls
  • ST – Steals
  • BL – Blocked shots
  • SP – Sprints
  • 20S – 20 seconds exclusion
  • DE – Double exclusion
  • Pen – Penalty
  • EX – Exclusion
Statistics
Cap
No.
PlayerPosMPMinutes playedGoals/ShotsASTFSTBLSprintsPersonal fouls
Min %GSh %WonSP %20SDEPenEX
1 Gojko Pijetlović GK83212.5%1
2 Dušan Mandić FP817066.4%122450.0%410166
3 Živko Gocić (C)FP815660.9%21216.7%33333837.5%11
4 Sava Ranđelović FP86023.4%2450.0%2421311
5 Miloš Ćuk FP812247.7%62128.6%143251145.5%411
6 Duško Pijetlović FP812950.4%81650.0%1172111
7 Slobodan Nikić FP811544.9%102050.0%113124
8 Milan Aleksić FP813452.3%41330.8%46531112
9 Nikola Jakšić FP88834.4%4757.1%4221312
10 Filip Filipović FP817869.5%194443.2%7966010.0%7
11 Andrija Prlainović FP821082.0%52520.0%65559112
12 Stefan Mitrović FP817468.0%82630.8%1104741233.3%3
13 Branislav Mitrović GK822487.5%11
Team3
Total8256100%8021237.7%28864640123237.5%92159
Against6621630.6%241024722203262.5%82147
Cap
No.
PlayerPosSaves/Shots
SavesShots %
1 Gojko Pijetlović GK142166.7%
13 Branislav Mitrović GK6011950.4%
Total7414052.9%

Source: Official Results Books (PDF): 2016 (p. 131).

2012 (Croatia, 1st title)

* Edition of men's tournament: 26th

Results
MatchRoundDateCap
color
OpponentResultGoals
for
Goals
against
Goals
diff.
Match 1/8Preliminary round – Group A29 July 2012  BlueFlag of Greece.svg  Greece Won862
Match 2/8Preliminary round – Group A31 July 2012  WhiteFlag of Spain.svg  Spain Won871
Match 3/8Preliminary round – Group A2 August 2012  BlueFlag of Italy.svg  Italy Won1165
Match 4/8Preliminary round – Group A4 August 2012  WhiteFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Won1165
Match 5/8Preliminary round – Group A6 August 2012  BlueFlag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan Won1248
Match 6/8Quarter-finals8 August 2012  WhiteFlag of the United States.svg  United States Won826
Match 7/8Semi-finals10 August 2012  WhiteFlag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Won752
Match 8/8Gold medal match12 August 2012  WhiteFlag of Italy.svg  Italy Won862
TotalMatches played: 8 • Wins: 8 • Ties: 0 • Defeats: 0 • Win %: 100%734231

Source: Official Results Books (PDF): 2012 (pp. 373, 391, 399, 415, 421, 433, 445, 455).

Josip Pavic saved 85 shots at the 2012 Games, helping Croatia win the Olympic title. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the men's water polo tournament. Josip Pavic 2015.JPG
Josip Pavić saved 85 shots at the 2012 Games, helping Croatia win the Olympic title. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the men's water polo tournament.
Roster
Cap
No.
PlayerPosL/RHeightWeightDate of birthAge of
winning gold
Oly
debut
ISHOF
member
1 Josip Pavić GKR1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)90 kg (198 lb)15 January 198230 years, 210 daysNo
2 Damir Burić FPR2.05 m (6 ft 9 in)115 kg (254 lb)2 December 198031 years, 254 daysNo
3 Miho Bošković FPR1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)96 kg (212 lb)11 January 198329 years, 214 daysNo
4 Nikša Dobud FPR1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)118 kg (260 lb)5 August 198527 years, 7 daysYes
5 Maro Joković FPL2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)95 kg (209 lb)1 October 198724 years, 316 daysNo
6 Ivan Buljubašić FPR1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)108 kg (238 lb)31 October 198724 years, 286 daysYes
7 Petar Muslim FPR2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)102 kg (225 lb)26 March 198824 years, 139 daysYes
8 Andro Bušlje FPR2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)115 kg (254 lb)4 January 198626 years, 221 daysNo
9 Sandro Sukno FPR2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)93 kg (205 lb)30 June 199022 years, 43 daysYes
10 Samir Barać (C)FPR1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)89 kg (196 lb)2 November 197338 years, 284 daysNo
11 Igor Hinić FPR2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)110 kg (243 lb)4 December 197536 years, 252 daysNo
12 Paulo Obradović FPR1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)100 kg (220 lb)9 March 198626 years, 156 daysYes
13 Frano Vićan GKR1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)94 kg (207 lb)24 January 197636 years, 201 daysNo
Average1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)102 kg (225 lb)19 May 198329 years, 85 days
Coach Ratko Rudić 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)7 June 194864 years, 66 days2007

Sources:

Abbreviation
  • MP – Matches played
  • Min – Minutes
  • G – Goals
  • Sh – Shots
  • AS – Assists
  • TF – Turnover fouls
  • ST – Steals
  • BL – Blocked shots
  • SP – Sprints
  • 20S – 20 seconds exclusion
  • DE – Double exclusion
  • Pen – Penalty
  • EX – Exclusion
Statistics
Cap
No.
PlayerPosMPMinutes playedGoals/ShotsASTFSTBLSprintsPersonal fouls
Min %GSh %WonSP %20SDEPenEX
1 Josip Pavić GK822286.7%4
2 Damir Burić FP813151.2%51435.7%1547101
3 Miho Bošković FP815560.5%153345.5%91021250.0%71
4 Nikša Dobud FP814958.2%122060.0%292561
5 Maro Joković FP820680.5%82532.0%1582671353.8%41
6 Ivan Buljubašić FP88834.4%31618.8%63132
7 Petar Muslim FP811846.1%21811.1%511241
8 Andro Bušlje FP811544.9%31323.1%17541313
9 Sandro Sukno FP821082.0%143046.7%71173111668.8%7111
10 Samir Barać (C)FP813552.7%41526.7%42119
11 Igor Hinić FP810541.0%2825.0%21135311
12 Paulo Obradović FP812448.4%51241.7%4724010.0%911
13 Frano Vićan GK83413.3%1
Team6
Total8256100%7320435.8%551073537193259.4%85558
Against4223018.3%31865519133240.6%82587
Cap
No.
PlayerPosSaves/Shots
SavesShots %
1 Josip Pavić GK8512170.2%
13 Frano Vićan GK101662.5%
Total9513769.3%

Source: Official Results Books (PDF): 2012 (p. 471).

2008 (Hungary, 9th title)

* Edition of men's tournament: 25th

Results
MatchRoundDateCap
color
OpponentResultGoals
for
Goals
against
Goals
diff.
Match 1/7Preliminary round – Group A10 August 2008  WhiteFlag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Drawn10100
Match 2/7Preliminary round – Group A12 August 2008  BlueFlag of Greece.svg  Greece Won17611
Match 3/7Preliminary round – Group A14 August 2008  WhiteFlag of Spain.svg  Spain Won853
Match 4/7Preliminary round – Group A16 August 2008  BlueFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Won13121
Match 5/7Preliminary round – Group A18 August 2008  WhiteFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Won1239
Match 6/7Semi-finals22 August 2008  WhiteFlag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Won1192
Match 7/7Gold medal match24 August 2008  WhiteFlag of the United States.svg  United States Won14104
TotalMatches played: 7 • Wins: 6 • Ties: 1 • Defeats: 0 • Win %: 85.7%855530

Source: Official Results Books (PDF): 2008 (pp. 84, 92, 94, 104, 106, 156, 168).

Roster
Cap
No.
PlayerPosL/RHeightWeightDate of birthAge of
winning gold
Oly
debut
ISHOF
member
1 Zoltán Szécsi GKR1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)96 kg (212 lb)22 December 197730 years, 246 daysNo2016
2 Tamás Varga FPR2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)105 kg (231 lb)14 July 197533 years, 41 daysNo
3 Norbert Madaras FPL1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)91 kg (201 lb)1 December 197928 years, 267 daysNo
4 Dénes Varga FPR1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)97 kg (214 lb)29 March 198721 years, 148 daysYes
5 Tamás Kásás FPR2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)94 kg (207 lb)20 July 197632 years, 35 daysNo2016
6 Norbert Hosnyánszky FPR1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)94 kg (207 lb)4 March 198424 years, 173 daysYes
7 Gergely Kiss FPL1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)112 kg (247 lb)21 September 197730 years, 338 daysNo2016
8 Tibor Benedek (C)FPL1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)96 kg (212 lb)12 July 197236 years, 43 daysNo2016
9 Dániel Varga FPR2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)95 kg (209 lb)25 September 198324 years, 334 daysYes
10 Péter Biros FPR1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)95 kg (209 lb)5 April 197632 years, 141 daysNo2016
11 Gábor Kis FPR1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)108 kg (238 lb)27 September 198225 years, 332 daysYes
12 Tamás Molnár FPR1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)104 kg (229 lb)2 August 197533 years, 22 daysNo2016
13 István Gergely GKR2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)112 kg (247 lb)20 August 197632 years, 4 daysNo
Average1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)100 kg (220 lb)20 December 197829 years, 248 days
Coach Dénes Kemény 14 June 195454 years, 71 days2011

Note: Dániel Varga and Dénes Varga are brothers.
Sources:

Abbreviation
  • MP – Matches played
  • Min – Minutes
  • G – Goals
  • Sh – Shots
  • AS – Assists
  • TF – Turnover fouls
  • ST – Steals
  • BL – Blocked shots
  • SP – Sprints
  • 20S – 20 seconds exclusion
  • Pen – Penalty
  • EX – Exclusion
Statistics
Cap
No.
PlayerPosMPMinutes playedGoals/ShotsASTFSTBLSprintsPersonal fouls
Min %GSh %WonSP %20SPenEX
1 Zoltán Szécsi GK715167.4%3
2 Tamás Varga FP77031.3%090.0%51122
3 Norbert Madaras FP713158.5%91947.4%5333650.0%511
4 Dénes Varga FP711350.4%101855.6%15431425.0%3
5 Tamás Kásás FP717979.9%82927.6%68114101283.3%6
6 Norbert Hosnyánszky FP74520.1%2728.6%2211114
7 Gergely Kiss FP717879.5%92536.0%12121111100%9
8 Tibor Benedek (C)FP712857.1%101855.6%36616
9 Dániel Varga FP710848.2%82040.0%353391
10 Péter Biros FP717678.6%132356.5%34883560.0%31
11 Gábor Kis FP710446.4%6966.7%215233
12 Tamás Molnár FP711149.6%101952.6%2126
13 István Gergely GK77332.6%010.0%14
Team2
Total7224100%8519743.1%36884727182864.3%7338
Against5519528.2%19935227102835.7%7479
Cap
No.
PlayerPosSaves/Shots
SavesShots %
1 Zoltán Szécsi GK428350.6%
13 István Gergely GK243863.2%
Total6612154.5%

Source: Official Results Books (PDF): 2008 (p. 202).

2004 (Hungary, 8th title)

* Edition of men's tournament: 24th

Results
MatchRoundDateCap
color
OpponentResultGoals
for
Goals
against
Goals
diff.
Match 1/7Preliminary round – Group A15 August 2004  BlueFlag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro Won642
Match 2/7Preliminary round – Group A17 August 2004  WhiteFlag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Won1082
Match 3/7Preliminary round – Group A19 August 2004  BlueFlag of the United States.svg  United States Won752
Match 4/7Preliminary round – Group A21 August 2004  BlueFlag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan Won14410
Match 5/7Preliminary round – Group A23 August 2004  BlueFlag of Russia.svg  Russia Won761
Match 6/7Semi-finals27 August 2004  WhiteFlag of Russia.svg  Russia Won752
Match 7/7Gold medal match29 August 2004  WhiteFlag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro Won871
TotalMatches played: 7 • Wins: 7 • Ties: 0 • Defeats: 0 • Win %: 100%593920

Source: Official Results Books (PDF): 2004 (pp. 93, 101, 105, 109, 116, 164, 173).

Gergely Kiss scored 14 goals at the 2004 Olympics, helping Hungary win gold. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the men's water polo tournament. KissGergelyFotoThalerTamas.jpg
Gergely Kiss scored 14 goals at the 2004 Olympics, helping Hungary win gold. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the men's water polo tournament.
Roster
Cap
No.
PlayerPosL/RHeightWeightDate of birthAge of
winning gold
Oly
debut
ISHOF
member
1 Zoltán Szécsi GKR1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)93 kg (205 lb)22 December 197726 years, 251 daysNo2016
2 Tamás Varga FPR2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)105 kg (231 lb)14 July 197529 years, 46 daysYes
3 Norbert Madaras FPL1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)87 kg (192 lb)1 December 197924 years, 272 daysYes
4 Ádám Steinmetz FPR1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)95 kg (209 lb)11 August 198024 years, 18 daysYes
5 Tamás Kásás FPR2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)90 kg (198 lb)20 July 197628 years, 40 daysNo2016
6 Attila Vári FPR2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)93 kg (205 lb)26 February 197628 years, 185 daysNo
7 Gergely Kiss FPL1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)100 kg (220 lb)21 September 197726 years, 343 daysNo2016
8 Tibor Benedek (C)FPL1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)96 kg (212 lb)12 July 197232 years, 48 daysNo2016
9 Rajmund Fodor FPR1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)94 kg (207 lb)21 February 197628 years, 190 daysNo
10 István Gergely GKR2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)110 kg (243 lb)20 August 197628 years, 9 daysNo
11 Barnabás Steinmetz FPR1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)98 kg (216 lb)6 October 197528 years, 328 daysNo
12 Tamás Molnár FPR1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)98 kg (216 lb)2 August 197529 years, 27 daysNo2016
13 Péter Biros FPR1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)95 kg (209 lb)5 April 197628 years, 146 daysNo2016
Average1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)96 kg (212 lb)20 September 197627 years, 344 days
Coach Dénes Kemény 14 June 195450 years, 76 days2011

Note: Ádám Steinmetz and Barnabás Steinmetz are brothers.
Sources:

Abbreviation
  • MP – Matches played
  • Min – Minutes
  • G – Goals
  • Sh – Shots
  • AS – Assists
  • TF – Turnover fouls
  • ST – Steals
  • BL – Blocked shots
  • SP – Sprints
  • 20S – 20 seconds exclusion
  • Pen – Penalty
  • EX – Exclusion
Statistics
Cap
No.
PlayerPosMPMinutes playedGoals/ShotsASTFSTBLSprintsPersonal fouls
Min %GSh %WonSP %20SPenEX
1 Zoltán Szécsi GK716885.7%6
2 Tamás Varga FP74824.5%3560.0%311122
3 Norbert Madaras FP77638.8%51050.0%1253933.3%3
4 Ádám Steinmetz FP78241.8%3560.0%11133
5 Tamás Kásás FP718393.4%143046.7%37867977.8%3
6 Attila Vári FP77035.7%21811.1%231111
7 Gergely Kiss FP716885.7%143145.2%72537
8 Tibor Benedek (C)FP714272.4%52123.8%487161
9 Rajmund Fodor FP78141.3%41040.0%3232
10 István Gergely GK72814.3%1
11 Barnabás Steinmetz FP75628.6%010.0%51121
12 Tamás Molnár FP710754.6%2728.6%15122
13 Péter Biros FP716383.2%72725.9%215241040.0%4
Total7196100%5916535.8%24515220142850.0%6214
Against3912930.2%12853619132846.4%70710
Cap
No.
PlayerPosSaves/Shots
SavesShots %
1 Zoltán Szécsi GK407553.3%
10 István Gergely GK81266.7%
Total488755.2%

Source: Official Results Books (PDF): 2004 (p. 207).

2000 (Hungary, 7th title)

* Edition of men's tournament: 23rd

Results
MatchRoundDateCap
color
OpponentResultGoals
for
Goals
against
Goals
diff.
Match 1/8Preliminary round – Group B23 September 2000  BlueFlag of Greece.svg  Greece Won743
Match 2/8Preliminary round – Group B24 September 2000  WhiteFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Won1688
Match 3/8Preliminary round – Group B25 September 2000  BlueFlag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Lost78-1
Match 4/8Preliminary round – Group B26 September 2000  WhiteFlag of the United States.svg  United States Won1091
Match 5/8Preliminary round – Group B27 S