List of men's Olympic water polo tournament records and statistics

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List of men's Olympic water polo tournament records and statistics
Water polo pictogram.svg
Governing body FINA
Events2 (men: 1; women: 1)
Games
Note: demonstration or exhibition sport years indicated in italics

Overall statistics (menwomen)
Champions (menwomen)
Team appearances (menwomen)
Player appearances (menwomen)
Top goalscorers (menwomen)
Goalkeepers (menwomen)
Venues

This is a list of records and statistics of the men's Olympic water polo tournament since the inaugural official edition in 1900.

Contents

General statistics

This is a summary of men's water polo at the Summer Olympics by tournament.

The following table shows winning teams, coaches and captains by tournament. Last updated: 31 March 2021.

Legend
Winning teams, coaches and captains by tournament
#Men's tournament [1] Winning teamWinning coachWinning captain
1Flag of France.svg Paris 1900 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain (1st title)N/A Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Thomas Coe
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)N/A Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Charles Smith
4Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm 1912 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain (3rd title)N/A Flag of the United Kingdom.svg George Wilkinson
5Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Antwerp 1920 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain (4th title)N/A Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Radmilovic
6Flag of France.svg Paris 1924 Flag of France.svg  France (1st title)N/A Flag of France.svg Georges Rigal
7Flag of the Netherlands.svg Amsterdam 1928 Flag of Germany.svg  Germany (1st title)N/AN/A
8Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Los Angeles 1932 Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg  Hungary (1st title)N/AN/A
9Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg Berlin 1936 Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg  Hungary (2nd title)N/AN/A
10Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London 1948 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy (1st title) Flag of Italy.svg Giuseppe Valle N/A
11Flag of Finland.svg Helsinki 1952 Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary (3rd title) Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg Béla Rajki N/A
12Flag of Australia (converted).svg Melbourne 1956 Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary (4th title) Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg Béla Rajki (2) Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg Dezső Gyarmati
13Flag of Italy.svg Rome 1960 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy (2nd title) Flag of Hungary.svg Andres Zolyomy N/A
14Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tokyo 1964 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (5th title) Flag of Hungary.svg Károly Laky Flag of Hungary.svg Dezső Gyarmati (2)
15Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City 1968 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia (1st title) Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Aleksandar Sajfert N/A
16Flag of Germany.svg Munich 1972 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union (1st title) Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Vladimir Semyonov N/A
17Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Montreal 1976 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (6th title) Flag of Hungary.svg Dezső Gyarmati N/A
18Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Moscow 1980 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union (2nd title) Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Boris Popov N/A
19Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles 1984 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia (2nd title) Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Ratko Rudić N/A
20Flag of South Korea.svg Seoul 1988 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia (3rd title) Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Ratko Rudić (2)N/A
21Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona 1992 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy (3rd title) Flag of Croatia.svg Ratko Rudić (3)N/A
22Flag of the United States.svg Atlanta 1996 Flag of Spain.svg  Spain (1st title) Flag of Spain.svg Juan Jané Flag of Spain.svg Manuel Estiarte
23Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sydney 2000 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (7th title) Flag of Hungary.svg Dénes Kemény N/A
24Flag of Greece.svg Athens 2004 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (8th title) Flag of Hungary.svg Dénes Kemény (2) Flag of Hungary.svg Tibor Benedek
25Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing 2008 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (9th title) Flag of Hungary.svg Dénes Kemény (3) Flag of Hungary.svg Tibor Benedek (2)
26Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London 2012 Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia (1st title) Flag of Croatia.svg Ratko Rudić (4) Flag of Croatia.svg Samir Barać
27Flag of Brazil.svg Rio 2016 Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia (1st title) Flag of Serbia.svg Dejan Savić Flag of Serbia.svg Živko Gocić
#Men's tournamentWinning teamWinning coachWinning captain

The following table shows top goalscorers, goalkeepers, sprinters and Most Valuable Players by tournament. Last updated: 31 March 2021.

Notes:

Legend and abbreviation
Top goalscorers, goalkeepers, sprinters and Most Valuable Players by tournament
Year [1] Winning teamTop goalscorer
(Goals)
Top goalkeeper
(Saves, Eff %)
Top sprinter
(Sprints won)
Most Valuable Player
(Goals or Saves, Eff %)
1900 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Jarvis (6)N/AN/AN/A
1904 Water polo was a demonstration sport
1908 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Fernand Feyaerts (8)N/AN/AN/A
1912 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain Flag of Sweden.svg Robert Andersson (9)
1920 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain Flag of Sweden.svg Erik Andersson (10)
1924 Flag of France.svg  France Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Pierre Dewin (14)
1928 Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg Ferenc Keserű (10)
1932 Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg  Hungary Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Philip Daubenspeck (14)
1936 Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg  Hungary Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg Hans Schneider (22)
1948 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Italy.svg Aldo Ghira (18) [lower-alpha 1]
1952 Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg István Szívós Sr. (16)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud van Feggelen (16) [lower-alpha 2]
1956 Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Petre Mshvenieradze (11)
1960 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of the United States.svg Fred Tisue (12)
Flag of Romania (1952-1965).svg Aurel Zahan (12)
1964 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Flag of the Netherlands.svg Nico van der Voet (10)
1968 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia Flag of the Netherlands.svg Nico van der Voet (33)
1972 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union Flag of Cuba.svg Carlos Sánchez (18)
1976 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Flag of Hungary.svg Tamás Faragó (22)
1980 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union Flag of Spain.svg Manuel Estiarte (21)
1984 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia Flag of Spain.svg Manuel Estiarte (34)
1988 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia Flag of Spain.svg Manuel Estiarte (27)
1992 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Hungary.svg Tibor Benedek (22)
Flag of Spain.svg Manuel Estiarte (22)
1996 Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Flag of Hungary.svg Tibor Benedek (19) Flag of the Netherlands.svg Arie van de Bunt (81, 52.6%)
2000 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg Aleksandar Šapić (18) Flag of the United States.svg Dan Hackett (70, 51.9%) Flag of the United States.svg Brad Schumacher (20)
2004 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg Aleksandar Šapić (18) Flag of Russia.svg Nikolay Maksimov (62, 59.6%) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Pietro Figlioli (24) Flag of Hungary.svg Gergely Kiss (14 goals)
2008 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Flag of Italy.svg Alessandro Calcaterra (27) Flag of Italy.svg Stefano Tempesti (83, 49.1%) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Pietro Figlioli (21)N/A
2012 Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Flag of Serbia.svg Andrija Prlainović (22) Flag of Italy.svg Stefano Tempesti (87, 59.2%) Flag of Italy.svg Pietro Figlioli (19)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Rhys Howden (19)
Flag of Croatia.svg Josip Pavić (85 saves, 70.2%)
2016 Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Flag of Serbia.svg Filip Filipović (19)
Flag of Spain.svg Guillermo Molina (19)
Flag of Brazil.svg Slobodan Soro (81, 53.3%) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Rhys Howden (18) Flag of Serbia.svg Filip Filipović (19 goals)
YearWinning teamTop goalscorer
(Goals)
Top goalkeeper
(Saves, Eff %)
Top sprinter
(Sprints won)
Most Valuable Player
(Goals or Saves, Eff %)

Confederation statistics

Best performances by tournament

This is a summary of the best performances of each confederation in each tournament. [1] Last updated: 15 January 2021.

Note: italic number in header means demonstration tournament was held.

Legend
Confederation 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20
Africa – CANA 7th10th9th12th15th12thQ
Americas – ASUA 4th3rd7th3rd9th10th4th5th7th9th5th3rd7th5th2nd2nd4th7th6th7th2nd8th10thQ
Asia – AASF 4th14th12th21st10th14th11th12th15th12th9th11th9th11th12th11th12thQ
Europe – LEN 1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1stQ
Oceania – OSA 18th19th9th15th10th12th11th7th5th8th5th8th9th8th7th9thQ
Total teams74612131451618211016131516121212121212121212121212

All-time best performances

This is a summary of the best performances of each confederation at the Olympics. [1] Last updated: 15 January 2021.

Legend
ConfederationBest performanceMen's team
Africa – CANA 7thFlag of Egypt.svg  Egypt (1948)
Americas – ASUA 2ndFlag of the United States.svg  United States (1984*, 1988, 2008)
Asia – AASF 4thFlag of Japan.svg  Japan (1932)
Europe – LEN 1stFlag of Croatia.svg  Croatia (2012), Flag of France.svg  France (1924*), Flag of Germany.svg  Germany (1928), Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain (1900, 1908*, 1912, 1920), Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (1932, 1936, 1952, 1956, 1964, 1976, 2000, 2004, 2008), Flag of Italy.svg  Italy (1948, 1960*, 1992), Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia (2016), Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union (1972, 1980*), Flag of Spain.svg  Spain (1996), Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia (1968, 1984, 1988)
Oceania – OSA 5thFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (1984, 1992)

Team statistics

AppsAppearancesRefReferenceRkRank

Number of appearances by team

The following table is pre-sorted by number of appearances (in descending order), year of the last appearance (in ascending order), year of the first appearance (in ascending order), name of the team (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 1 April 2021.

Legend and abbreviation
Number of appearances by team
RkMen's team [1] AppsRecord
streak
Active
streak
DebutMost
recent
Best finishConfederation
1Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 2213819122016ChampionsEurope – LEN
2Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2112919202016Runners-upAmericas – ASUA
3Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 20181819202016ChampionsEurope – LEN
4Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 177019082000Third placeEurope – LEN
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 17101019202016ChampionsEurope – LEN
6Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 166519482016Fifth placeOceania – OSA
7Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 15101019202016Fourth placeEurope – LEN
8Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 1212019361988ChampionsEurope – LEN
9Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 115019001964Runners-upEurope – LEN
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 115019002012*ChampionsEurope – LEN
Flag of France.svg  France 11411900*2016ChampionsEurope – LEN
12Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 98019521988ChampionsEurope – LEN
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 93019002008ChampionsEurope – LEN
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 94019522012Fourth placeEurope – LEN
15Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 84019081980Runners-upEurope – LEN
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 83119202016*Sixth placeAmericas – ASUA
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 84119322016Fourth placeAsia – AASF
18Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 63019482004Seventh placeAfrica – CANA
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 66619962016ChampionsEurope – LEN
20Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 53019201948Eleventh placeEurope – LEN
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 53019681988Third placeEurope – LEN
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 53019201992Sixth placeEurope – LEN
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 54019681992Fifth placeAmericas – ASUA
24Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 42019281960Tenth placeAmericas – ASUA
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 43019521976Tenth placeAmericas – ASUA
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 42019722008Ninth placeAmericas – ASUA
27Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 31019121952Fourth placeEurope – LEN
German Olympic flag (1959-1968).svg United Team of Germany 33019561964Sixth placeEurope – LEN
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 33019962004Runners-upEurope – LEN
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 32019842008*Ninth placeAsia – AASF
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 32020002012Ninth placeAsia – AASF
Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 33320082016Fourth placeEurope – LEN
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 33320082016ChampionsEurope – LEN
34Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 22019241928Ninth placeEurope – LEN
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 21019281936Eighth placeEurope – LEN
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 22019361948Thirteenth placeAmericas – ASUA
Flag of India.svg  India 22019481952Twelfth placeAsia – AASF
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 21019521960Ninth placeAfrica – CANA
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 21019721980Eleventh placeEurope – LEN
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FR Yugoslavia [lower-alpha 3] 22019962000Third placeEurope – LEN
41Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 11019281928Eleventh placeEurope – LEN
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 11019361936Fifteenth placeEurope – LEN
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 11019481948Seventeenth placeAmericas – ASUA
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 11019521952Twentieth placeEurope – LEN
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 11019561956Tenth placeAsia – AASF
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 11019681968Sixth placeEurope – LEN
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 11019761976Twelfth placeAsia – AASF
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 1101988*1988*Twelfth placeAsia – AASF
Olympic flag.svg Unified Team [lower-alpha 4] 11019921992Third placeEurope – LEN
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 11019961996Twelfth placeEurope – LEN
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 11020002000Twelfth placeEurope – LEN
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro 11020042004Runners-upEurope – LEN
RkMen's teamAppsRecord
streak
Active
streak
DebutMost
recent
Best finishConfederation

Comprehensive team results by tournament

Note: Results of Olympic qualification tournaments are not included. Numbers refer to the final placing of each team at the respective Games; italic number in header means demonstration tournament was held. Last updated: 31 March 2021.

Legend
  •  1  – Champions
  •  2  – Runners-up
  •  3  – Third place
  •  4  – Fourth place
  •   – Qualified but were not allowed to compete
  •   – Disqualified
  •    – The nation did not participate in the Games
  •  Q  – Qualified for forthcoming tournament
  •     – Hosts
  • = – More than one team tied for that rank
  • Team – Defunct team
Abbreviation
  • EUA – United Team of Germany
  • FRG – West Germany
  • FRY – FR Yugoslavia
  • GDR – East Germany
  • SCG – Serbia and Montenegro
Africa – CANA (2 teams)
Men's team [1] 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 710131215126
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 149Q3
Americas – ASUA (8 teams)
Men's team [1] 00040812202428323648525660646872768084889296000408121620Years
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 131016114
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 6 [lower-alpha 5] 91213131288
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 16910114
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 171
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 897585
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 181113104
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 43739114579532247672810Q22
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 13162
Asia – AASF (7 teams)
Men's team [1] 00040812202428323648525660646872768084889296000408121620Years
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  PR China 911123
Flag of India.svg  India 12212
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 121
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 414141112151112Q9
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan Part of Soviet Union [lower-alpha 4] 91111Q4
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 101
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 121
Europe – LEN (34 teams)
Men's team [1] 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 47133
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 22322634616711
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 11122
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Part of Yugoslavia2710612Q7
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 126101112Defunct5
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany Part of GermanyP. of EUA6Part of Germany1
Flag of France.svg  France 3 [lower-alpha 6] 6913461010111111
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany =512215See EUASee FRG and GDR795109
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 1111848131271211
Men's team00040812202428323648525660646872768084889296000408121620Years
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 8131514141089106104796Q16
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 5521121131321356411155Q23
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 151
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 9142
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1011134144628771358923Q21
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 111
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 8162
Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Part of YugoslaviaP. of FRY / SCG444Q4
Men's team00040812202428323648525660646872768084889296000408121620Years
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 457553588773669101117
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 201
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 1785584911109
Flag of Russia.svg  Russian Federation Part of Soviet Union [lower-alpha 4] 5233
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Part of YugoslaviaP. of FRY / SCG331Q4
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro Part of YugoslaviaSee FRY2Defunct1
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Part of Czechoslovakia121
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union [lower-alpha 7] 732321813Defunct9
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 7109889104462146567Q18
Men's team 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 32346511118
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 11121212145
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Part of Soviet Union [lower-alpha 4] 121
Olympic flag.svg Unified Team [lower-alpha 4] Part of Soviet Union3Defunct1
German Olympic flag (1959-1968).svg United Team of Germany See Germany666See FRG and GDRSee Germany3
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany Part of GermanyP. of EUA104634Part of Germany5
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 1092242155211Defunct12
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FR Yugoslavia [lower-alpha 3] Part of Yugoslavia83Defunct2
Oceania – OSA (1 team)
Men's team [1] 00040812202428323648525660646872768084889296000408121620Years
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 181991510 [lower-alpha 8] 1211758589879Q17
Total teams74612131451618211016131516121212121212121212121212

Best finishes by team

The following table is pre-sorted by best finish (in descending order), name of the team (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 18 January 2021.

Legend and abbreviation
Best finishes by team
RkMen's team [1] Best finishAppsConfederation
1Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Champions (1932, 1936, 1952, 1956, 1964, 1976, 2000, 2004, 2008)22Europe – LEN
2Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain Champions (1900, 1908*, 1912, 1920)11Europe – LEN
3Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Champions (1948, 1960*, 1992)20Europe – LEN
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia Champions (1968, 1984, 1988)12Europe – LEN
5Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union Champions (1972, 1980*)9Europe – LEN
6Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Champions (2012)6Europe – LEN
Flag of France.svg  France Champions (1924*)11Europe – LEN
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Champions (1928)9Europe – LEN
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Champions (2016)3Europe – LEN
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Champions (1996)17Europe – LEN
11Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Runners-up (1900, 1908, 1920*, 1924)11Europe – LEN
12Flag of the United States.svg  United States Runners-up (1984*, 1988, 2008)21Americas – ASUA
13Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Runners-up (2000)3Europe – LEN
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro Runners-up (2004)1Europe – LEN
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Runners-up (1912*)8Europe – LEN
16Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Third place (1948, 1976)17Europe – LEN
17Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FR Yugoslavia [lower-alpha 3] Third place (2000)2Europe – LEN
Olympic flag.svg Unified Team [lower-alpha 4] Third place (1992)1Europe – LEN
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany Third place (1984)5Europe – LEN
20Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Fourth place (2008, 2012, 2016)3Europe – LEN
21Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Fourth place (1912)3Europe – LEN
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Fourth place (2004*)15Europe – LEN
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Fourth place (1932)8Asia – AASF
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Fourth place (1976)9Europe – LEN
25Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Fifth place (1984, 1992)16Oceania – OSA
26Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba Fifth place (1980)5Americas – ASUA
27 German Olympic flag (1959-1968).svg United Team of Germany Sixth place (1956, 1960, 1964)3Europe – LEN
28Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Sixth place (1920)8Americas – ASUA
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia Sixth place (1924)5Europe – LEN
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany Sixth place (1968)1Europe – LEN
31Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt Seventh place (1948)6Africa – CANA
32Flag of Malta.svg  Malta Eighth place (1928)2Europe – LEN
33Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Ninth place (1976*)4Americas – ASUA
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Ninth place (1984)3Asia – AASF
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland Ninth place (1924)2Europe – LEN
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan Ninth place (2000)3Asia – AASF
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Ninth place (1960)2Africa – CANA
38Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Tenth place (1948)4Americas – ASUA
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Tenth place (1976)4Americas – ASUA
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore Tenth place (1956)1Asia – AASF
41Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Eleventh place (1972)2Europe – LEN
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg Eleventh place (1928)1Europe – LEN
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Eleventh place (1920)5Europe – LEN
44Flag of India.svg  India Twelfth place (1948)2Asia – AASF
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Twelfth place (1976)1Asia – AASF
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Twelfth place (1988*)1Asia – AASF
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Twelfth place (2000)1Europe – LEN
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Twelfth place (1996)1Europe – LEN
49Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Thirteenth place (1936)2Americas – ASUA
50Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Fifteenth place (1936)1Europe – LEN
51Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Seventeenth place (1948)1Americas – ASUA
52Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Twentieth place (1952)1Europe – LEN
RkMen's teamBest finishAppsConfederation

Finishes in the top four

The following table is pre-sorted by total finishes in the top four (in descending order), number of Olympic gold medals (in descending order), number of Olympic silver medals (in descending order), number of Olympic bronze medals (in descending order), name of the team (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 18 January 2021.

Legend
RkMen's team [1] TotalChampionsRunners-upThird placeFourth placeFirstLast
1Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 169 (1932, 1936, 1952, 1956, 1964, 1976, 2000, 2004, 2008)3 (1928, 1948, 1972)3 (1960, 1968, 1980)1 (1996)19282008
2Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 133 (1948, 1960*, 1992)2 (1976, 2012)3 (1952, 1996, 2016)3 (1956, 1964, 1968)19482016
3Flag of the United States.svg  United States 93 (1984*, 1988, 2008)3 (1924, 1932*, 1972)3 (1920, 1952, 1992)19202008
4Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 83 (1968, 1984, 1988)4 (1952, 1956, 1964, 1980)1 (1960)19521988
5Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 72 (1972, 1980*)2 (1960, 1968)3 (1956, 1964, 1988)19561988
6Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 74 (1900, 1908, 1920*, 1924)2 (1912, 1936)1 (1948)19001948
7Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 54 (1900, 1908*, 1912, 1920)1 (1928)19001928
8Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 51 (1996)1 (1992*)3 (1980, 1984, 2000)19802000
9Flag of France.svg  France 51 (1924*)3 (1900*×2 [lower-alpha 6] , 1928)1 (1936)19001936
10Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 41 (1912*)2 (1908, 1920)1 (1924)19081924
11Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 31 (2012)2 (1996, 2016)19962016
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1 (1928)2 (1932, 1936*)19281936
13Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 31 (2016)2 (2008, 2012)20082016
14Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 32 (1948, 1976)1 (1908)19081976
15Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 31 (1984)2 (1972*, 1988)19721988
16Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 33 (2008, 2012, 2016)20082016
17Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 21 (2000)1 (2004)20002004
18Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro 11 (2004)20042004
19Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FR Yugoslavia [lower-alpha 3] 11 (2000)20002000
Olympic flag.svg Unified Team [lower-alpha 4] 1 (1992)19921992
21Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 11 (1912)19121912
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 1 (2004*)20042004
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1 (1932)19321932
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 1 (1976)19761976
RkMen's teamTotalChampionsRunners-upThird placeFourth placeFirstLast

Medal table

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

Hungary is the most successful country in the men's Olympic water polo tournament, with nine gold, three silver and three bronze. [1]

Legend
RankMen's teamGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 93315
2Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 4004
3Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 3407
4Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 3238
5Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 2237
6Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 1203
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1203
8Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1102
9Flag of France.svg  France [lower-alpha 6] 1034
10Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 1023
11Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 0426
12Flag of the United States.svg  United States 0336
13Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 0123
14Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 0112
15Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro 0101
16Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 0022
17Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FR Yugoslavia [lower-alpha 3] 0011
Olympic flag.svg Unified Team [lower-alpha 4] 0011
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 0011
Totals (19 men's teams)26262779

Champions (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 9] 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 5] 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 1] 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 5] 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, 227 days

The following tables show records of goals against per match.

The following tables show records of goals difference per match.

Champions (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 10] 80 kg (176 lb) [lower-alpha 11]
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 12] 81 kg (179 lb) [lower-alpha 13]
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 10] 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, 239 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 11] 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, 239 days

Olympic and world champions (teams)

Team records

Teams having equal quantities in the tables below are ordered by the tournament the quantity was attained in (the teams that attained the quantity first are listed first). If the quantity was attained by more than one team in the same tournament, these teams are ordered alphabetically. Last updated: 8 April 2021.

Legend

Appearances

Most appearances
22, Hungary (1912, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016).
Most appearances, never winning a title
21, United States (1920, 1924, 1928, 1932*, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1984*, 1988, 1992, 1996*, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016).
Most appearances, never finishing in the top two
17, Netherlands (1908, 1920, 1924, 1928*, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000).
Most appearances, never winning a medal
16, Australia (1948, 1952, 1956*, 1960, 1964, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000*, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016).
Most appearances, never finishing in the top four
16, Australia (1948, 1952, 1956*, 1960, 1964, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000*, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016).
Fewest appearances
1, Luxembourg (1928), Iceland (1936), Chile (1948), Portugal (1952), Singapore (1956), East Germany (1968), Iran (1976), South Korea (1988*), Unified Team [lower-alpha 4] (1992), Ukraine (1996), Slovakia (2000), Serbia and Montenegro (2004).
Fewest appearances, winning a title
3, Serbia (2008, 2012, 2016).
Fewest appearances, finishing in the top two
1, Serbia and Montenegro (2004).
Fewest appearances, finishing in the top two, active team
3, Russia (1996, 2000, 2004), Serbia (2008, 2012, 2016).
Fewest appearances, winning a medal
1, Unified Team [lower-alpha 4] (1992), Serbia and Montenegro (2004).
Fewest appearances, winning a medal, active team
3, Russia (1996, 2000, 2004), Serbia (2008, 2012, 2016).
Fewest appearances, finishing in the top four
1, Unified Team [lower-alpha 4] (1992), Serbia and Montenegro (2004).
Fewest appearances, finishing in the top four, active team
3, Austria (1912, 1936, 1952), Russia (1996, 2000, 2004), Montenegro (2008, 2012, 2016), Serbia (2008, 2012, 2016).

Top four

Most titles won
9, Hungary (1932, 1936, 1952, 1956, 1964, 1976, 2000, 2004, 2008).
Most second-place finishes
4, Belgium (1900, 1908, 1920*, 1924), Yugoslavia (1952, 1956, 1964, 1980).
Most third-place finishes
3, France (1900*×2 [lower-alpha 6] , 1928), United States (1924, 1932*, 1972), Hungary (1960, 1968, 1980), Soviet Union (1956, 1964, 1988), Italy (1952, 1996, 2016).
Most fourth-place finishes
3, Italy (1956, 1964, 1968), United States (1920, 1952, 1992), Spain (1980, 1984, 2000), Montenegro (2008, 2012, 2016).
Most finishes in the top two
12, Hungary (1928, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1964, 1972, 1976, 2000, 2004, 2008).
Most finishes in the top two, never winning a title
4, Belgium (1900, 1908, 1920*, 1924).
Most finishes in the top three
15, Hungary (1928, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 2000, 2004, 2008).
Most finishes in the top three, never winning a title
6, Belgium (1900, 1908, 1912, 1920*, 1924, 1936), United States (1924, 1932, 1972, 1984, 1988, 2008).
Most finishes in the top three, never finishing in the top two
2, Netherlands (1948, 1976).
Most finishes in the top four
16, Hungary (1928, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).
Most finishes in the top four, never winning a title
9, United States (1920, 1924, 1932*, 1952, 1972, 1984*, 1988, 1992, 2008).
Most finishes in the top four, never finishing in the top two
3, Netherlands (1908, 1948, 1976), West Germany (1972*, 1984, 1988), Montenegro (2008, 2012, 2016).
Most finishes in the top four, never winning a medal
3, Montenegro (2008, 2012, 2016).
Fewest finishes in the top two, winning a title
1, France (1924*), Serbia (2016).
Fewest finishes in the top three, winning a title
2, Spain (1992*, 1996).
Fewest finishes in the top three, finishing in the top two
1, Serbia and Montenegro (2004).
Fewest finishes in the top three, finishing in the top two, active team
2, Spain (1992*, 1996), Russia (2000, 2004).
Fewest finishes in the top four, winning a title
3, Germany (1928, 1932, 1936*), Croatia (1996, 2012, 2016), Serbia (2008, 2012, 2016).
Fewest finishes in the top four, finishing in the top two
1, Serbia and Montenegro (2004).
Fewest finishes in the top four, finishing in the top two, active team
2, Russia (2000, 2004).
Fewest finishes in the top four, winning a medal
1, Unified Team [lower-alpha 4] (1992), FR Yugoslavia (2000), Serbia and Montenegro (2004).
Fewest finishes in the top four, winning a medal, active team
2, Russia (2000, 2004).

Consecutive

Most consecutive titles won
3, Great Britain (1908*–1912–1920), Hungary (2000–2004–2008).
Most consecutive second-place finishes
2, Belgium (1920*–1924), Germany (1932–1936*), Yugoslavia (1952–1956), United States (1984*–1988).
Most consecutive third-place finishes
2, Serbia (2008–2012).
Most consecutive fourth-place finishes
3, Montenegro (2008–2012–2016).
Most consecutive finishes in the top two
6, Hungary (1928–1932–1936–1948–1952–1956).
Most consecutive finishes in the top three
12, Hungary (1928–1932–1936–1948–1952–1956–1960–1964–1968–1972–1976–1980).
Most consecutive finishes in the top four
12, Hungary (1928–1932–1936–1948–1952–1956–1960–1964–1968–1972–1976–1980).
Most consecutive appearances
18, Italy (1948–1952–1956–1960*–1964–1968–1972–1976–1980–1984–1988–1992–1996–2000–2004–2008–2012–2016).
Biggest improvement in position in consecutive tournaments
Did not participate/qualify, then won the title, Germany (1924–1928), Italy (1936–1948).

Gaps

Longest gap between successive titles
24 years, Hungary (1976–2000).
Longest gap between successive second-place finishes
36 years, Italy (1976–2012).
Longest gap between successive third-place finishes
44 years, Italy (1952–1996).
Longest gap between successive fourth-place finishes
40 years, United States (1952–1992).
Longest gap between successive appearances in the top two
24 years, Hungary (1976–2000).
Longest gap between successive appearances in the top three
40 years, United States (1932*–1972).
Longest gap between successive appearances in the top four
40 years, Netherlands (1908–1948).
Longest gap between successive appearances
56 years, Czechoslovakia (1936–1992), Great Britain (1956–2012*).

Debuting teams

Best finish by a debuting team
Champions, Great Britain (1900).
Best finish by a debuting team after 1900
Runners-up, Croatia (1996), Serbia and Montenegro (2004).
Worst finish by a debuting team
20th position, Portugal (1952).
Worst finish by a debuting team after 1972
12th position (last position), Iran (1976), South Korea (1988*), Ukraine (1996), Slovakia (2000).

Host teams

Best finish by host team
Champions, Great Britain (1908*), France (1924*), Italy (1960*), Soviet Union (1980*).
Worst finish by host team
Did not participate/qualify, Finland (1952*).
Worst finish by host team that participates in the tournament
13th position, Great Britain (1948*).
Worst finish by host team that participates in the tournament after 1972
12th position (last position), South Korea (1988*), China (2008*), Great Britain (2012*).
Best finish by last host team
Champions, Great Britain (1912), Spain (1996).
Worst finish by last host team
Did not participate/qualify, Netherlands (1932), Germany (1948), Canada (1980), Soviet Union (1984, withdrew), South Korea (1992), China (2012), Great Britain (2016).
Worst finish by last host team that participates in the tournament
15th position, Australia (1960).
Worst finish by last host team that participates in the tournament after 1972
9th position, Australia (2004).
Had its best performance as hosts
Champions, Great Britain (1908*), France (1924*), Italy (1960*), Soviet Union (1980*).
Runners-up, Sweden (1912*), Belgium (1920*), United States (1984*).
4th position, Greece (2004*).
9th position, Canada (1976*).
12th position, South Korea (1988*).
Had its worst performance as hosts
12th position, South Korea (1988*), China (2008*).
13th position, Great Britain (1948*).
Had its worst performance as hosts after 1972
12th position (last position), South Korea (1988*), China (2008*), Great Britain (2012*).

Defending champions

Best finish by defending champions
Champions, Great Britain (1912, 1920), Hungary (1936, 1956, 2004, 2008), Yugoslavia (1988).
Worst finish by defending champions
Did not participate/qualify, Soviet Union (1984, withdrew), Yugoslavia (1992, defunct).
Worst finish by defending champions that participates in the next tournament
8th position, Great Britain (1924), Soviet Union (1976).

Defending runners-up

Best finish by defending runners-up
Champions, Hungary (1932, 1952, 1976), Soviet Union (1972), Spain (1996), Yugoslavia (1968, 1984).
Worst finish by defending runners-up
Did not participate/qualify, Germany (1948), Serbia and Montenegro (2008, defunct).
Worst finish by defending runners-up that participates in the next tournament
8th position, Italy (1980), United States (2012).

Population

Most populated country, participant
China (2008*), 1,324,655,000 (source)
Least populated country, participant
Iceland (1928), 104,000 (source)
Least populated country, participant, after 1972
Montenegro (2008), 616,000 (source)
Most populated country, hosts
China (2008*), 1,324,655,000 (source)
Least populated country, hosts
Finland (1952*), 4,090,000 (source)
Most populated country, champions
Soviet Union (1980*), more than 260,000,000 (source)
Least populated country, champions
Croatia (2012), 4,267,000 (source)
Most populated country, runners-up
United States (2008), 304,375,000 (source)
Least populated country, runners-up
Croatia (1996), 4,516,000 (source)
Most populated country, third place
Unified Team [lower-alpha 4] (1992), more than 280,000,000 (source)
Least populated country, third place
Sweden (1908), 5,404,000 (source)
Most populated country, fourth place
United States (1992), 256,514,000 (source)
Least populated country, fourth place
Montenegro (2008), 616,000 (source)

Player statistics

(C) Captain AppsAppearancesRefReferenceRkRank
L/R Handedness Pos Playing position FP Field player GK Goalkeeper

Age records

The following tables show the oldest and youngest players who competed in men's water polo at the Summer Olympics, and the oldest and youngest male Olympic medalists in water polo. Last updated: 1 April 2021.

Legend

Appearance

RecordAge of the
first Olympic
water polo match
PlayerMen's teamPosDate of birthDate of the
first Olympic
water polo match
Ref
Oldest Olympic debutant42 years, 303 days Alexandr Polukhin Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan GK15 October 196113 August 2004 [2]
Youngest male Olympian14 years, 133 days Alfonso Tusell Flag of Spain (1785-1873, 1875-1931).svg  Spain FP11 April 190622 August 1920 [3]
RecordAge of the
last Olympic
water polo match
PlayerMen's teamPosDate of birthDate of the
last Olympic
water polo match
Ref
Oldest male Olympian45 years, 169 days Charles Smith Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain GK26 January 187913 July 1924 [4]

Medalist

RecordAge of receiving
the last Olympic
gold/silver/bronze
medal in water polo
PlayerMen's teamPosDate of birthDate of receiving
the last Olympic
gold/silver/bronze
medal in water polo
Ref
Oldest male Olympic gold medalist41 years, 216 days Charles Smith Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain GK26 January 187929 August 1920 [4]
Oldest male Olympic silver medalist41 years, 128 days Boris Goykhman Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union GK28 April 19193 September 1960 [5]
Oldest male Olympic bronze medalist37 years, 223 days Boris Goykhman Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union GK28 April 19197 December 1956 [5]
RecordAge of receiving
the first Olympic
gold/silver/bronze
medal in water polo
PlayerMen's teamPosDate of birthDate of receiving
the first Olympic
gold/silver/bronze
medal in water polo
Ref
Youngest male Olympic gold medalist17 years, 40 days György Kárpáti Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary FP23 June 19352 August 1952 [6]
Youngest male Olympic silver medalist18 years, 334 days Herman Meyboom Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium FP23 August 1889July 22 1908 [7]
Youngest male Olympic bronze medalist15 years, 306 days Paul Vasseur Flag of France.svg  France FP10 October 188412 August 1900 [8]

Multiple appearances (five-time Olympians)

Manuel Estiarte of Spain is the only water polo player to compete at six Olympic Games (1980-2000). Manel Estiarte (Diada de Sant Jordi 2009).jpg
Manuel Estiarte of Spain is the only water polo player to compete at six Olympic Games (1980–2000).

The following table is pre-sorted by number of Olympic appearances (in descending order), year of the last Olympic appearance (in ascending order), year of the first Olympic appearance (in ascending order), date of birth (in ascending order), name of the player (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 1 April 2021.

Fourteen athletes competed in water polo at five or more Olympic Games between 1900 and 2016 inclusive. Paul Radmilovic, representing Great Britain, is the first water polo player to compete at five Olympics (1908–1928). [9]

Four players (Manuel Estiarte, Salvador Gómez, Jesús Rollán and Jordi Sans) were all members of the Spain men's national water polo team (1988–2000). Manuel Estiarte is the first and only water polo player (man or woman) to compete at six Olympics (1980–2000). [10] Jesús Rollán is the first water polo goalkeeper of either gender to compete at five Olympics (1984–2004). [11]

Tony Azevedo of the United States is the first non-European water polo player to compete at five Olympic Games (2000–2016). [12]

Italian goalkeeper Stefano Tempesti competed at five Olympics between 2000 and 2016. [13]

Legend and abbreviation
Male athletes who competed in water polo at five or more Olympics
AppsPlayerBirthHeightMen's teamPosWater polo tournamentsPeriod
(age of
first/last)
MedalsRef
123456GSBT
6 Manuel Estiarte 19611.78 m
(5 ft 10 in)
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain FP19801984198819921996200020 years
(18/38)
1102 [10]
5 Paul Radmilovic 18861.80 m
(5 ft 11 in)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain FP1908191219201924192820 years
(22/42)
3003 [9]
Dezső Gyarmati 19271.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP1948195219561960196416 years
(20/36)
3115 [14]
Gianni De Magistris 19501.85 m
(6 ft 1 in)
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy FP1968197219761980198416 years
(17/33)
0101 [15]
Jordi Sans 19651.80 m
(5 ft 11 in)
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain FP1984198819921996200016 years
(18/35)
1102 [16]
George Mavrotas 19671.75 m
(5 ft 9 in)
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece FP1984198819921996200016 years
(17/33)
0000 [17]
Salvador Gómez 19681.94 m
(6 ft 4 in)
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain FP1988199219962000200416 years
(20/36)
1102 [18]
Jesús Rollán 19681.87 m
(6 ft 2 in)
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain GK1988199219962000200416 years
(20/36)
1102 [11]
Tibor Benedek 19721.90 m
(6 ft 3 in)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP1992199620002004200816 years
(20/36)
3003 [19]
Igor Hinić 19752.02 m
(6 ft 8 in)
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia FP1996200020042008201216 years
(20/36)
1102 [20]
Tamás Kásás 19762.00 m
(6 ft 7 in)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP1996200020042008201216 years
(20/36)
3003 [21]
Georgios Afroudakis 19761.94 m
(6 ft 4 in)
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece FP1996200020042008201216 years
(19/35)
0000 [22]
Stefano Tempesti 19792.05 m
(6 ft 9 in)
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy GK2000200420082012201616 years
(21/37)
0112 [13]
Tony Azevedo 19811.85 m
(6 ft 1 in)
Flag of the United States.svg  United States FP2000200420082012201616 years
(18/34)
0101 [12]
AppsPlayerBirthHeightMen's teamPos123456Period
(age of
first/last)
GSBTRef
Water polo tournamentsMedals

Multiple medalists

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

Eight male athletes won four or more Olympic medals in water polo. Aside from Belgian player Joseph Pletincx who won medals before World War II, [23] all were members of the Hungary men's national water polo team. Dezső Gyarmati is the first and only athlete (man or woman) to win five Olympic medals in water polo (three gold, one silver and one bronze). [14]

Legend
Male athletes who won four or more Olympic medals in water polo
RkPlayerBirthHeightMen's teamPosWater polo tournamentsPeriod
(age of
first/last)
MedalsRef
12345GSBT
1 Dezső Gyarmati 19271.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP1948195219561960196416 years
(20/36)
3115 [14]
2 György Kárpáti 19351.67 m
(5 ft 6 in)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP195219561960196412 years
(17/29)
3014 [24]
3 László Jeney 19231.81 m
(5 ft 11 in)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary GK194819521956196012 years
(25/37)
2114 [25]
4 Mihály Mayer 19331.85 m
(6 ft 1 in)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP195619601964196812 years
(22/34)
2024 [26]
5 András Bodnár 19421.80 m
(5 ft 11 in)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP196019641968197212 years
(18/30)
1124 [27]
Endre Molnár 19451.85 m
(6 ft 1 in)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary GK196819721976198012 years
(23/35)
1124 [28]
István Szívós Jr. 19482.02 m
(6 ft 8 in)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP196819721976198012 years
(20/32)
1124 [29]
8 Joseph Pletincx 1888Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium FP190819121920192416 years
(20/36)
0314 [23]
RkPlayerBirthHeightMen's teamPos12345Period
(age of
first/last)
GSBTRef
Water polo tournamentsMedals

Source:

Multiple gold medalists

Paul Radmilovic, representing Great Britain, won three gold medals in water polo at the 1908, 1912 and 1920 Olympics. Paul Radmilovic 1909.jpg
Paul Radmilovic, representing Great Britain, won three gold medals in water polo at the 1908, 1912 and 1920 Olympics.

The following table is pre-sorted by number of Olympic gold medals (in descending order), number of Olympic silver medals (in descending order), number of Olympic bronze medals (in descending order), 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: 31 March 2021.

Ten athletes won three or more Olympic gold medals in water polo. Six players (Tibor Benedek, Péter Biros, Tamás Kásás, Gergely Kiss, Tamás Molnár and Zoltán Szécsi) were all members of the Hungary men's national water polo team that won three consecutive Olympic gold medals in 2000, 2004 and 2008. [19] [30] [21] [31] [32] [33]

There are thirty-one male athletes who won two Olympic gold medals in water polo.

Legend
Male athletes who won three or more Olympic gold medals in water polo
RkPlayerBirthHeightMen's teamPosWater polo tournamentsPeriod
(age of
first/last)
MedalsRef
12345GSBT
1 Dezső Gyarmati 19271.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP1948195219561960196416 years
(20/36)
3115 [14]
2 György Kárpáti 19351.67 m
(5 ft 6 in)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP195219561960196412 years
(17/29)
3014 [24]
3 Paul Radmilovic 18861.80 m
(5 ft 11 in)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain FP1908191219201924192820 years
(22/42)
3003 [9]
Charles Smith 18791.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain GK190819121920192416 years
(29/45)
3003 [34]
Tibor Benedek 19721.90 m
(6 ft 3 in)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP1992199620002004200816 years
(20/36)
3003 [19]
Péter Biros 19761.96 m
(6 ft 5 in)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP200020042008201212 years
(24/36)
3003 [30]
Tamás Kásás 19762.00 m
(6 ft 7 in)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP1996200020042008201216 years
(20/36)
3003 [21]
Gergely Kiss 19771.98 m
(6 ft 6 in)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP200020042008201212 years
(22/34)
3003 [31]
Tamás Molnár 19751.93 m
(6 ft 4 in)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary FP2000200420088 years
(25/33)
3003 [32]
Zoltán Szécsi 19771.98 m
(6 ft 6 in)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary GK200020042008201212 years
(22/34)
3003 [33]
RkPlayerBirthHeightMen's teamPos12345Period
(age of
first/last)
GSBTRef
Water polo tournamentsMedals

Top goalscorers (one match)

Despite his disability of losing the left leg below the knee, Oliver Halassy of Hungary scored seven goals in a match in 1932. Oliver Halassy 1931.jpg
Despite his disability of losing the left leg below the knee, Olivér Halassy of Hungary scored seven goals in a match in 1932.

The following table is pre-sorted by date of the match (in ascending order), name of the player (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 1 April 2021.

Scoring seven or more goals in a water polo match is a great feat, as it has only been accomplished 11 times, by 11 players, in the history of men's Olympic tournament.

The first two Olympians to do so were Olivér Halassy and János Németh, with Hungary men's national team in Los Angeles on 8 August 1932. [35] Halassy lost his left leg below the knee when he was a boy. [36] He is the first and only amputee athlete to compete in water polo at the Summer Olympics. [37]

The most recent player to do so was Felipe Perrone, with Spain men's national team in Beijing on 18 August 2008. [38]

Four players have each netted nine goals in an Olympic match. Hungarian center forward János Németh is the first water polo player to achieve this feat. [35] On 22 October 1968, Zoran Janković of Yugoslavia became the second player to do so. [39] And Manuel Estiarte of Spain is the third player. [40] At the 2008 Games, Aleksandar Šapić of Serbia became the first player to score nine goals in an Olympic match in the 21st century.

At the 1968 Summer Olympics, László Felkai netted seven goals in the bronze medal match on 26 October 1968, helping the Hungarian team win the match. [41] A few hours later, Yugoslavia won the gold medal match over the Soviet Union after extra time, 13–11, despite seven goals scored by Aleksei Barkalov. [42] [43]

Legend and abbreviation
  •   – Player's team drew the match
  •   – Player's team lost the match
  •  Team  – Host team
  • Player – Player who won the tournament with his team
  • G – Goals
  • aet – After extra time
  • pso – Penalty shootout
Male players with seven or more goals in an Olympic match
#GPlayerBirthAgeHeightL/RForResultAgainstTournamentRoundDateRef
17 Olivér Halassy 1909231.55 m
(5 ft 1 in)
Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg  Hungary 18–0Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Los Angeles 1932 Round-robin group8 Aug 1932 [35]
29 János Németh 1906261.85 m
(6 ft 1 in)
38 Veit Herrmanns 1946221.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 19–2Flag of the United Arab Republic.svg  Egypt Mexico City 1968 Preliminary round
Group B
21 Oct 1968 [44]
49 Zoran Janković 1940281.78 m
(5 ft 10 in)
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 17–2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 22 Oct 1968 [39]
57 László Felkai 1941271.80 m
(5 ft 11 in)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 9–4Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Bronze medal match26 Oct 1968 [41]
67 Aleksei Barkalov 1946221.80 m
(5 ft 11 in)
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 11–11
11–13 (aet)
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia Gold medal match [42]
[43]
79 Manuel Estiarte 1961221.78 m
(5 ft 10 in)
RightFlag of Spain.svg  Spain 19–12Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Los Angeles 1984 Preliminary round
Group B
1 Aug 1984 [40]
88 Pierre Garsau 1961261.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
Flag of France.svg  France 11–4Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Seoul 1988 Classification round
9th–12th place
30 Sep 1988 [45]
97 Ivan Zaitsev 1975291.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
RightFlag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 15–7Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt Athens 2004 11th–12th place match27 Aug 2004 [46]
109 Aleksandar Šapić 1978301.88 m
(6 ft 2 in)
RightFlag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 15–5Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Beijing 2008 Preliminary round
Group B
16 Aug 2008 [47]
117 Felipe Perrone 1986221.83 m
(6 ft 0 in)
RightFlag of Spain.svg  Spain 10–6Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Preliminary round
Group A
18 Aug 2008 [38]
#GPlayerBirthAgeHeightL/RForResultAgainstTournamentRoundDateRef
Zoran Jankovic of Yugoslavia scored nine goals in a match in 1968. ZORAN JANKOVIC.jpg
Zoran Janković of Yugoslavia scored nine goals in a match in 1968.

The following table shows the historical progression of the record of goals scored by a male water polo player in a single Olympic match. Last updated: 1 April 2021.

Legend
Historical progression of records – most goals scored by a male player, one match
GoalsAchievementYearPlayerAgeHeightL/RMen's teamDateDuration of recordRef
6Set record1900 John Jarvis 28Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 11 August 190031 years, 363 days [48]
Tied record1908 Fernand Feyaerts 27–28Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 15 July 1908 [49]
Tied record1928 Koos Köhler 22Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 5 August 1928 [50]
Tied record1928 Herbert Topp 28Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 8 August 1928 [51]
Tied record1932 Philip Daubenspeck 26Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 6 August 1932 [52]
9Broke record1932 János Németh 261.85 m
(6 ft 1 in)
Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg  Hungary 8 August 193288 years, 243 days [35]
Tied record1968 Zoran Janković 281.78 m
(5 ft 10 in)
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 22 October 1968 [39]
Tied record1984 Manuel Estiarte 221.78 m
(5 ft 10 in)
RightFlag of Spain.svg  Spain 1 August 1984 [40]
Tied record2008 Aleksandar Šapić 301.88 m
(6 ft 2 in)
RightFlag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 16 August 2008 [47]
GoalsAchievementYearPlayerAgeHeightL/RMen's teamDateDuration of recordRef

Top goalscorers (one tournament)

Eraldo Pizzo of Italy scored 29 goals at the 1968 Olympics. Eraldo Pizzo.jpg
Eraldo Pizzo of Italy scored 29 goals at the 1968 Olympics.

The following table is pre-sorted by number of goals (in descending order), edition of the Olympics (in ascending order), number of matches played (in ascending order), name of the player (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 1 April 2021.

Five male players have scored 25 or more goals in an Olympic water polo tournament.

Spaniard Manuel Estiarte is the first and only water polo player to achieve this feat twice. At the 1984 Summer Olympics, Estiarte netted 34 goals, setting the record for the most goals scored by a water polo player in a single Olympic tournament. Four years later, he scored 27 goals in Seoul. [53]

The most recent player to scoring 25 or more goals in a tournament was Alessandro Calcaterra, with Italy men's national team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. [54]

Legend
Male players with 25 or more goals in an Olympic tournament
RkYearPlayerBirthAgeHeightL/RGoalsMatches
played
Goals
per
match
Men's teamFinishRef
1 1984 Manuel Estiarte 1961221.78 m
(5 ft 10 in)
Right3474.857Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 4th of 12
teams
[53]
2 1968 Nico van der Voet 1944241.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
3393.667Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 7th of 15
teams
[55]
3 1968 Eraldo Pizzo 1938301.87 m
(6 ft 2 in)
Right2993.222Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 4th of 15
teams
[56]
4 1988 Manuel Estiarte (2)1961261.78 m
(5 ft 10 in)
Right2773.857Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 6th of 12
teams
[53]
2008 Alessandro Calcaterra 1975331.87 m
(6 ft 2 in)
Right2783.375Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 9th of 12
teams
[54]
6 1968 Rubén Junco 1950181.54 m
(5 ft 1 in)
2683.250Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 8th of 15
teams
[57]
RkYearPlayerBirthAgeHeightL/RGoalsMatches
played
Goals
per
match
Men's teamFinishRef

Sources:

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.

The following table is pre-sorted by edition of the Olympics (in ascending order), number of matches played (in ascending order), name of the player (in ascending order), respectively. Last updated: 1 April 2021.

Hans Schneider of Germany scored 22 goals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, [58] which stood as an Olympic water polo record for one Games until 1968, when the Dutch player Nico van der Voet netted 33 goals in Mexico City. [55]

At 18 years old, Manuel Estiarte of Spain made his Olympic debut at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, where he was the youngest-ever male top goalscorer with 21 goals. He was also the top goalscorer at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and the 1988 Seoul Olympics, with 34 and 27 goals, respectively. He was the joint top goalscorer at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with 22 goals. [53]

Hungarian left-handed player Tibor Benedek was the joint top goalscorer at the 1992 Games with 22 goals, and the top goalscorer at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics with 19 goals. [59]

Aleksandar Šapić, representing FR Yugoslavia, was the top goalscorer at the 2000 Sydney Olympics with 18 goals. Four years later, he netted 18 goals for Serbia and Montenegro, becoming the top goalscorer at the 2004 Athens Olympics. [60]

31-year-old István Szívós Sr. scored 16 goals for Hungary at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, [61] which stood as an age record for the oldest top goalscorer in a single Olympic water polo tournament until 2008, when 33-year-old Alessandro Calcaterra of Italy netted 27 goals in Beijing. [54]

Left-hander Filip Filipović of Serbia was the joint top goalscorer at the 2016 Olympics, with 19 goals. He netted two goals in the gold medal match, helping the Serbian team win the Olympics. [62]

Legend
Male players with the most goals in each Olympic tournament
YearPlayerBirthAgeHeightL/RGoalsMatches
played
Goals
per
match
Men's teamFinishRef
1900 John Jarvis 187228616.000Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 1st of 7
teams
[63]
1908 Fernand Feyaerts 188027–28832.667Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2nd of 4
teams
[64]
1912 Robert Andersson 188625942.250Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2nd of 6
teams
[65]
1920 Erik Andersson 1896241042.500Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 3rd of 12
teams
[66]
1924 Pierre Dewin 189429–301452.800Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2nd of 13
teams
[67]
1928 Ferenc Keserű 1903241.55 m
(5 ft 1 in)
1042.500Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg  Hungary 2nd of 14
teams
[68]
1932 Philip Daubenspeck 1905261443.500Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 3rd of 5
teams
[69]
1936 Hans Schneider 1909262273.143Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg  Germany 2nd of 16
teams
[58]
1948 Aldo Ghira 19202818 [lower-alpha 1] 7 [lower-alpha 1] 2.571Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1st of 18
teams
[70]
1952 Ruud van Feggelen 19242816 [lower-alpha 2] 8 [lower-alpha 2] 2.000Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 5th of 21
teams
[71]
István Szívós Sr. 1920311.85 m
(6 ft 1 in)
Right1682.000Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary 1st of 21
teams
[61]
1956 Petre Mshvenieradze 1929271.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
1171.571Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 3rd of 10
teams
[72]
1960 Fred Tisue 1938211.75 m
(5 ft 9 in)
1271.714Flag of the United States.svg  United States 7th of 16
teams
[73]
Aurel Zahan 1938221.83 m
(6 ft 0 in)
1271.714Flag of Romania (1952-1965).svg  Romania 5th of 16
teams
[74]
1964 Nico van der Voet 1944201.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
1071.429Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 8ht of 13
teams
[55]
1968 Nico van der Voet (2)1944241.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
3393.667Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 7th of 15
teams
[55]
1972 Carlos Sánchez 1952201.71 m
(5 ft 7 in)
1892.000Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 9th of 16
teams
[75]
1976 Tamás Faragó 1952231.94 m
(6 ft 4 in)
Right2282.750Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 1st of 12
teams
[76]
1980 Manuel Estiarte 1961181.78 m
(5 ft 10 in)
Right2182.625Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 4th of 12
teams
[53]
1984 Manuel Estiarte (2)1961221.78 m
(5 ft 10 in)
Right3474.857Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 4th of 12
teams
[53]
1988 Manuel Estiarte (3)1961261.78 m
(5 ft 10 in)
Right2773.857Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 6th of 12
teams
[53]
1992 Tibor Benedek 1972201.90 m
(6 ft 3 in)
Left2273.143Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 6th of 12
teams
[59]
Manuel Estiarte (4)1961301.78 m
(5 ft 10 in)
Right2273.143Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 2nd of 12
teams
[53]
1996 Tibor Benedek (2)1972241.90 m
(6 ft 3 in)
Left1982.375Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 4th of 12
teams
[59]
2000 Aleksandar Šapić 1978221.88 m
(6 ft 2 in)
Right1882.250Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FR Yugoslavia 3rd of 12
teams
[60]
2004 Aleksandar Šapić (2)1978261.88 m
(6 ft 2 in)
Right1882.250Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro 2nd of 12
teams
[60]
2008 Alessandro Calcaterra 1975331.87 m
(6 ft 2 in)
Right2783.375Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 9th of 12
teams
[54]
2012 Andrija Prlainović 1987251.87 m
(6 ft 2 in)
Right2282.750Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 3rd of 12
teams
[77]
2016 Filip Filipović 1987291.96 m
(6 ft 5 in)
Left1982.375Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 1st of 12
teams
[62]
Guillermo Molina 1984321.95 m
(6 ft 5 in)
Right1982.375Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 7th of 12
teams
[78]
YearPlayerBirthAgeHeightL/RGoalsMatches
played
Goals
per
match
Men's teamFinishRef

Sources:

Nico van der Voet of the Netherlands scored 33 goals at the 1968 Olympics. Nico van der Voet (1964).jpg
Nico van der Voet of the Netherlands scored 33 goals at the 1968 Olympics.

The following table shows the historical progression of the record of goals scored by a male water polo player in a single Olympic tournament. Last updated: 1 April 2021.

Legend
Historical progression of records – most goals scored by a male player, one tournament
GoalsAchievementYearPlayerAgeHeightL/RMen's teamDateDuration of recordRef
6Set record1900 John Jarvis 28Flag of the United Kingdom.svg