Water polo at the World Aquatics Championships

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

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

Water polo ballgame-team sport played in water by teams competing to put the ball into the opponents goal

Water polo is a competitive team sport played in the water between two teams. The game consists of four quarters in which the two teams attempt to score goals by throwing the ball into the opposing team's goal. The team with the most goals at the end of the game wins the match. Each team is made up of six field players and one goalkeeper. Except for the goalkeeper, players participate in both offensive and defensive roles. Water polo is typically played in an all-deep pool meaning that players cannot touch the bottom.

FINA World Aquatics Championships aquatic sports tournament

The FINA World Championships or World Aquatics Championships are the World Championships for aquatics sports: swimming, diving, high diving, open water swimming, synchronized swimming, and water polo. They are run by FINA, and all swimming events are contested in a long course (50-metre) pool.

Croatia mens national water polo team mens national water polo team representing Croatia

The Croatia men's national water polo team represents Croatia in international water polo competitions and friendly matches. It is governed by the Croatian Water Polo Federation.

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Men's tournament

History

Water polo at the World Aquatics Championships – Men's tournament
YearHost Gold medal world centered-2.svg GoldScore Silver medal world centered-2.svg Silver Bronze medal world centered-2.svg BronzeScore4th place
1973
Details
Belgrade,
Yugoslavia
Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
Round-robin Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
Round-robin Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
1975
Details
Cali,
Colombia
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Round-robin Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Round-robin Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
1978
Details
West Berlin,
West Germany
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Round-robin Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
Round-robin Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
1982
Details
Guayaquil,
Ecuador
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Round-robin Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
Flag of Germany.svg
West Germany
Round-robin Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
1986
Details
Madrid,
Spain
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
12–11Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
8–6Flag of the United States.svg
United States
1991
Details
Perth,
Australia
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
8–7Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
13–12Flag of the United States.svg
United States
1994
Details
Rome,
Italy
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
10–5Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
14–13Flag of Croatia.svg
Croatia
1998
Details
Perth,
Australia
Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
6–4Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
Flag of Yugoslavia (1992-2003).svg
Yugoslavia
9–5Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
2001
Details
Fukuoka,
Japan
Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
4–2Flag of Yugoslavia (1992-2003).svg
Yugoslavia
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
7–6Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
2003
Details
Barcelona,
Spain
Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
11–9Flag of Italy (2003-2006).svg
Italy
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg
Serbia and Montenegro
5–3Flag of Greece.svg
Greece
2005
Details
Montreal,
Canada
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg
Serbia and Montenegro
8–7Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
Flag of Greece.svg
Greece
11–10Flag of Croatia.svg
Croatia
2007
Details
Melbourne,
Australia
Flag of Croatia.svg
Croatia
9–8Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
18–17Flag of Serbia (2004-2010).svg
Serbia
2009
Details
Rome,
Italy
Flag of Serbia (2004-2010).svg
Serbia
14–13Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
Flag of Croatia.svg
Croatia
8–6Flag of the United States.svg
United States
2011
Details
Shanghai,
China
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
8–7Flag of Serbia.svg
Serbia
Flag of Croatia.svg
Croatia
12–11Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
2013
Details
Barcelona,
Spain
Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
8–7Flag of Montenegro.svg
Montenegro
Flag of Croatia.svg
Croatia
10–8Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
2015
Details
Kazan,
Russia
Flag of Serbia.svg
Serbia
11–4Flag of Croatia.svg
Croatia
Flag of Greece.svg
Greece
11–9Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
2017
Details
Budapest,
Hungary
Flag of Croatia.svg
Croatia
8–6Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
Flag of Serbia.svg
Serbia
11–8Flag of Greece.svg
Greece

Medal table

PlaceNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 37111
2Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 3216
3Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 2316
4Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 2136
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 2136
6Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 2114
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 2114
8Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg  Serbia and Montenegro 1012
9Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 0101
10Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 0022
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 0022
12Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 0011
Total17171751

All-time table for Champions

As of 2017

TeamParticipationsPldWDLTitlesTop 4
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 11735231828
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 17117861219312
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1712277837310
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
(including Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union)
141006063427
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 638301725
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia
(including Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg  Serbia and Montenegro)
1051412839
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 161127343526
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 6614341424

Multiple medalists

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

RankPlayerCountryFromToGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Slobodan Nikić Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg  Serbia and Montenegro
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia
200320153115
2 Daniel Ballart Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1991200122-4
Salvador Gómez Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1991200122-4
Norbert Madaras Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 2003201322-4
Jesús Rollán Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1991200122-4
6 Andro Bušlje Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 200720172136
7 Maro Joković Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 200720172125
8 Milan Aleksić Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 200920172114
Filip Filipović Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 200920172114
Stefan Mitrović Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 200920172114
Iván Pérez Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 199820092114
Duško Pijetlović Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 200920172114
Gojko Pijetlović Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 200920172114
Andrija Prlainović Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 200920172114
Vanja Udovičić Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg  Serbia and Montenegro
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia
200320112114

Participating nations

Team 1973 1975 1978 1982 1986 1991 1994 1998 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015 2017 Years
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 16th1
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 14th11th9th11th10th8th10th4th10th7th10th10th10th9th8th8th7th17
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 12th12th13th13th13th14th10th12th8
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 13th12th8th3
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 14th14th14th13th13th14th13th15th14th13th12th8th10th11th9th15th16
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 16th1
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 10th14th16th16th13th12th15th14th15th9
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Part of Yugoslavia4th9th8th9th4th1st3rd3rd3rd2nd1st11
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 6th4th10th5th7th11th11th12th8
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 15th15th2
Flag of France.svg  France 13th8th12th14th4
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 11th6th7th3rd6th5th9th14th11th9th8th6th8th10th14
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 15th1
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 12th12th12th11th10th7th8th6th4th3rd6th6th3rd4th14
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 1st2nd2nd2nd9th3rd5th2nd5th1st2nd2nd5th4th1st6th2nd17
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 15th15th2
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 16th16th15th3
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 4th3rd1st9th2nd6th1st5th4th2nd8th5th11th1st4th4th6th17
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 16th15th14th16th11th13th10th7
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan Part of Soviet Union12th11th12th16th13th12th11th11th8
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia Part of Yugoslavia14th1
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 9th9th15th3
Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Part of Yugoslavia9th7th2nd5th5th5
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 8th7th13th4th14th8th9th7
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 16th16th16th16th15th16th6
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 7th5th6th9th13th12th6th11th7th12th13th11
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Part of Soviet Union3rd6th3rd10th7th7th14th8th8
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Part of Yugoslavia4th1st2nd7th1st3rd6
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg  Serbia and Montenegro Part of Yugoslavia3rd2nd3rd1stdefunct4
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Part of Czechoslovakia10th11th8th3
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 15th14th15th14th15th16th15th12th16th9
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 2nd1st4th1st3rd7th6
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 10th10th11th8th5th2nd2nd1st1st5th5th3rd2nd5th5th9th16
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 5th8th5th6th4th4th6th7th7th6th11th9th4th6th9th7th13th17
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 3rd13th3rd7th1st1st6
Total1616161615161616161616161616161616

Women's tournament

History

Water polo at the World Aquatics Championships – Women's tournament
YearHost Gold medal world centered-2.svg GoldScore Silver medal world centered-2.svg Silver Bronze medal world centered-2.svg BronzeScore4th place
1986
Details
Madrid,
Spain
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Round-robin Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Round-robin Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
1991
Details
Perth,
Australia
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
Round-robin Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Round-robin Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
1994
Details
Rome,
Italy
Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
7–5Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
14–9Flag of the United States.svg
United States
1998
Details
Perth,
Australia
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
7–6Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
8–5Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
2001
Details
Fukuoka,
Japan
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
7–3Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
6–5Flag of the United States.svg
United States
2003
Details
Barcelona,
Spain
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
8–6Flag of Italy (2003-2006).svg
Italy
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
9–7Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
2005
Details
Montreal,
Canada
Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
10–7Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
8–3Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
2007
Details
Melbourne,
Australia
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
6–5Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
9–8Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
2009
Details
Rome,
Italy
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
7–6Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
10–9Flag of Greece.svg
Greece
2011
Details
Shanghai,
China
Flag of Greece.svg
Greece
9–8Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
8–7Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
2013
Details
Barcelona,
Spain
Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
8–6Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
10–8Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
2015
Details
Kazan,
Russia
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
5–4Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
12–10Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
2017
Details
Budapest,
Hungary
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
13–6Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
11–9Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada

Medal table

PlaceNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States 5128
2Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 2125
3Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 2114
4Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1405
5Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1214
6Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1102
7Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 1001
8Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 0224
9Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 0101
10Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 0055
Total13131339

Multiple medalists

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

RankPlayerCountryFromToGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Heather Petri Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2003200931-4
Brenda Villa Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2003200931-4
3 Kami Craig Flag of the United States.svg  United States 200720153--3
4 Carmela Allucci Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 199420032114
Francesca Conti Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 199420032114
Melania Grego Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 199420032114
Giusi Malato Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 199420032114
Martina Miceli Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 199420032114
9 Alexandra Araújo Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1998200321-3
Natalie Golda Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2003200721-3
Ericka Lorenz Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2003200721-3
Maddalena Musumeci Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1998200321-3
Mercédesz Stieber Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 1994200521-3
Moriah van Norman Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2005200921-3
Lauren Wenger Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2005200921-3

Participating nations

Team 1986 1991 1994 1998 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015 2017 Years
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1st5th6th3rd5th7th6th2nd6th5th2nd4th8th13
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 7th1
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 8th11th10th10th13th13th10th13th14th14th10th14th12
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 4th2nd5th6th3rd4th3rd6th2nd8th8th11th4th13
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 16th14th11th2nd9th5th10th7
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 9th15th10th3
Flag of France.svg  France 9th9th15th14th11th5
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 6th6th8th10th8th11th10th7
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 9th16th13th3
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 5th7th9th5th8th4th1st6th6th7th10
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 5th4th1st7th2nd5th1st4th7th9th3rd9th5th13
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 3rd1st1st2nd7th5th9th4th10th3rd6th11
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 11th11th15th13th4
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 12th12th8th12th13th14th13th11th12th15th10
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 2nd1st2nd2nd9th6th10th9th5th7th7th2nd9th13
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 7th10th11th12th12th12th12th12th12th13th12th11
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 8th1
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico 16th1
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 7th4th6th3rd4th3rd3rd3rd4th8th3rd11
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 16th15th15th16th16th5
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 9th8th11th7th8th11th1st7th2nd9
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 3rd3rd4th8th4th1st2nd1st1st6th5th1st1st13
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 15th15th16th16th4
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela 14th14th2
Total991212121616161616161616

Combined medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 58215
2Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 53311
3Flag of the United States.svg  United States 5128
4Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 3418
5Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 2136
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 2136
7Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 2114
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 2114
9Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1405
10Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1214
11Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 1023
12Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg  Serbia and Montenegro 1012
13Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 0224
14Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 0101
Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 0101
16Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 0077
17Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 0011
Totals (17 nations)30303090

Multiple medalists

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

RankPlayerCountryGenderFromToGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Slobodan Nikić Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg  Serbia and Montenegro
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia
M200320153115
2 Heather Petri Flag of the United States.svg  United States F2003200931-4
Brenda Villa Flag of the United States.svg  United States F2003200931-4
4 Kami Craig Flag of the United States.svg  United States F200720153--3
5 Daniel Ballart Flag of Spain.svg  Spain M1991200122-4
Salvador Gómez Flag of Spain.svg  Spain M1991200122-4
Norbert Madaras Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary M2003201322-4
Jesús Rollán Flag of Spain.svg  Spain M1991200122-4
9 Andro Bušlje Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia M200720172136
10 Maro Joković Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia M200720172125

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