Water polo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

The men's tournament of water polo at the 2008 Summer Olympics at Beijing, People's Republic of China, began on 10 August and lasted until 24 August 2008. All games were held at the Ying Tung Natatorium.

Teams from twelve nations competed, seeded into two groups for the preliminary round. 44 games were played, 30 of them in the preliminary round (each team played the other teams in the group). Seven classification games and seven games in the medal round were also played.

Men's water polo
at the XXIX Olympiad
Serbia-bronze-mens-waterpolo-2008
Medal ceremony (left Hungary, right Serbia)
Tournament details
Host country China
Dates9 August – 24 August
Teams12 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)(in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Hungary
Runner-up United States
Third place Serbia
Fourth place Montenegro

Format

The format of water polo at the 2008 Summer Olympics:[1]

  • Twelve teams are divided into two preliminary groups,[2] composed of six teams each, and play a single round robin in each group.
  • The first placed team of each group will have a bye. The second and third placed teams will play against each other in a cross-group format. Losers go on to play a series of classification games.
  • The fifth and sixth placed teams from each group in the preliminary round play against each other in a cross-group format to determine who will play for places 9–12. These games make up part of the quarterfinal round. The fourth placed teams from each group have a bye in this round. The losers of the classification games in the quarterfinal round will play for places 11–12. The winners of the classification games in the quarterfinal round will play the fourth placed teams from each group to determine who will play for places 7–10. These games are part of the semifinal round. The losers of the classification 7–10 games will play each other for places 9–10. The winners will play for places 7–8.
  • Winners from the quarterfinal will progress to the semifinals and play against the first placed teams in each group of the preliminary round. Losers go on to play classification games.
  • Winners of the semifinals will contest the gold medal game and the losers the bronze medal game.

Preliminary round

Group A

Qualified for the semifinals
Qualified for the quarterfinals
Will play for places 7–10
Will play for places 7–12
Team
GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Hungary 5 4 1 0 60 36 +24 9
 Spain 5 4 0 1 52 34 +18 8
 Montenegro 5 2 2 1 43 33 +10 6
 Australia 5 2 1 2 45 40 +5 5
 Greece 5 1 0 4 39 56 −17 2
 Canada 5 0 0 5 21 61 −40 0

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8).

10 August 2008
9:30
Game reference Spain  16–6  Canada Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Ciric (SRB), Ni (CHN)
Score by quarters: 5-2, 4-2, 3-1, 4-1
Molina 3, X. García 3, Piralkov 2, Vallès 2, F. Perrone 2 Goals Feltham 2
10 August 2008
10:50
Game reference Hungary  10–10  Montenegro Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Margeta (SLO), Caputi (ITA)
Score by quarters: 3-3, 3-1, 2-4, 2-2
Dé. Varga 2, Kásás 2, Benedek 2 Goals M. Janović 4, Ivović 2, Gojković 2
10 August 2008
14:00
Game reference Australia  12–8  Greece Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Bock (GER), Chaney (USA)
Score by quarters: 5-5, 4-3, 2-0, 1-0
Figlioli 4, McGregor 3 Goals Ntoskas 3
12 August 2008
9:30
Game reference Canada  0–12  Montenegro Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Knights (NZL), Pinker (RSA)
Score by quarters: 0-3, 0-4, 0-4, 0-1
- Goals Vukčević 2, M. Janović 2, Gojković 2
12 August 2008
10:50
Game reference Spain  9–8  Australia Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Margeta (SLO), Caputi (ITA)
Score by quarters: 4-0, 2-4, 2-2, 1-2
X. García 3 Goals Whalan 2, Woods 2
12 August 2008
14:00
Game reference Greece  6–17  Hungary Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Rak (CRO), Ciric (SRB)
Score by quarters: 2-7, 2-2, 1-4, 1-4
Schizas 2 Goals Biros 4, Benedek 3, Madaras 2, Dá. Varga 2, Molnár 2
14 August 2008
12:10
Game reference Hungary  8–5  Spain Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Ciric (SRB), Chaney (USA)
Score by quarters: 2-3, 4-2, 0-0, 2-0
Dé. Varga 2, Benedek 2, Kis 2 Goals Molina 2
14 August 2008
14:00
Game reference Montenegro  10–6  Greece Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Tulga (TUR), Margeta (SLO)
Score by quarters: 3-1, 2-1, 5-2, 0-2
M. Janović 2, Zloković 2, Gojković 2, Jokić 2 Goals Ntoskas 2
14 August 2008
15:20
Game reference Australia  8–5  Canada Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Bock (GER), Klopper (NED)
Score by quarters: 2-3, 2-1, 3-1, 1-0
Figlioli 3, Franklin 2 Goals Feltham 2
16 August 2008
10:50
Game reference Canada  7–13  Greece Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Hart (AUS), Ni (CHN)
Score by quarters: 1-6, 4-5, 2-1, 0-1
Graham 3, Feltham 3 Goals Ntoskas 4, Theodoropoulos 3
16 August 2008
14:00
Game reference Spain  12–6  Montenegro Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Chaney (USA), Tulga (TUR)
Score by quarters: 3-0, 4-1, 3-4, 2-1
Molina 3, F. Perrone 2, X. García 2 Goals N. Janović 2, Ivović 2
16 August 2008
15:20
Game reference Australia  12–13  Hungary Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Klopper (NED), Rak (CRO)
Score by quarters: 4-4, 1-5, 4-2, 3-2
Figlioli 3, Whalan 2 Goals Molnár 3, Kiss 2, Biros 2, Kis 2
18 August 2008
10:50
Game reference Hungary  12–3  Canada Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Ciric (SRB), Littlejohn (GBR)
Score by quarters: 3-1, 3-0, 1-2, 5-0
Madaras 2, Kásás 2, Biros 2, Molnár 2 Goals Graham 2
18 August 2008
12:10
Game reference Montenegro  5–5  Australia Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Chaney (USA), Caputi (ITA)
Score by quarters: 2-1, 1-2, 0-1, 2-1
Vukčević 1, M. Janović 1, Ivović 1, Zloković 1, Gojković 1 Goals Campbell 1, Martin 1, McGregor 1, Woods 1, Beadsworth 1
18 August 2008
15:20
Game reference Spain  10–6  Greece Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Rak (CRO), Simion (ROU)
Score by quarters: 2-0, 3-0, 3-5, 2-1
F. Perrone 7 Goals Theodoropoulos 2

Group B

Qualified for the semifinals
Qualified for the quarterfinals
Will play for places 7–10
Will play for places 7–12
Team
GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 5 4 0 1 37 31 +6 8
 Croatia 5 4 0 1 56 31 +25 8
 Serbia 5 3 0 2 50 38 +12 6
 Germany 5 2 0 3 33 44 −11 4
 Italy 5 2 0 3 57 50 +7 4
 China 5 0 0 5 25 64 −39 0
10 August 2008
12:10
Game reference Serbia  11–7  Germany Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Tulga (TUR), Littlejohn (GBR)
Score by quarters: 1-3, 5-2, 2-2, 3-0
Pijetlović 4, Udovičić 2, Šapić 2 Goals Politze 2, Mackeben 2
10 August 2008
15:20
Game reference Croatia  11–7  Italy Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Simion (ROU), Antsiferov (RUS)
Score by quarters: 3-3, 2-0, 4-1, 2-3
Bošković 3, Bušlje 2, Marković 2 Goals Felugo 3, Calcaterra 2
10 August 2008
16:40
Game reference United States  8–4  China Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Balfanbayev (KAZ), Brguljan (MNE)
Score by quarters: 3-1, 1-2, 2-1, 2-0
Azevedo 5, Beaubien 2 Goals Wang B. 2
12 August 2008
12:10
Game reference Italy  11–12  United States Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Brguljan (MNE), Patelli (BRA)
Score by quarters: 1-2, 2-3, 4-3, 4-4
Gallo 3, Felugo 3, Calcaterra 2, Sottani 2 Goals Powers 3, Azevedo 2
12 August 2008
15:20
Game reference Serbia  8–11  Croatia Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Turcotte (CAN), Klopper (NED)
Score by quarters: 3-1, 1-4, 1-4, 3-2
Šapić 4, Udovičić 2 Goals Joković 3, Barač 3, Smodlaka 2
12 August 2008
16:40
Game reference Germany  6–5  China Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Moliner Molins (ESP), Hart (AUS)
Score by quarters: 0-2, 5-2, 0-0, 1-1
Savić 2, Schertwitis 2 Goals Yu 2
14 August 2008
9:30
Game reference Croatia  13–5  Germany Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Moliner Molins (ESP), Argyros (GRE)
Score by quarters: 4-1, 3-2, 2-1, 4-1
Burić 3, Joković 2, Smodlaka 2, Marković 2, Bošković 2 Goals Politze 2
14 August 2008
10:50
Game reference United States  2–4  Serbia Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Antsiferov (RUS), Littlejohn (GBR)
Score by quarters: 0-0, 1-2, 0-2, 1-0
Varellas 2 Goals Udovičić 1, Pijetlović 1, Šapić 1, Vujasinović 1
14 August 2008
16:40
Game reference China  7–19  Italy Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Kiszelly (HUN), Koryzna (POL)
Score by quarters: 2-5, 2-5, 1-4, 2-5
Xie 3, Han 2 Goals Calcaterra 4, Gallo 3, Angelini 3, Di Costanzo 2, Felugo 2, Mistrangelo 2
16 August 2008
9:30
Game reference Germany  8–7  Italy Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Brguljan (MNE), Turcotte (CAN)
Score by quarters: 2-1, 3-1, 0-2, 3-3
Schertwitis 2 Goals Calcaterra 3
16 August 2008
12:10
Game reference Croatia  5–7  United States Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Simion (ROU), Antsiferov (RUS)
Score by quarters: 2-2, 1-3, 0-0, 2-2
Đogaš 2 Goals Azevedo 3
16 August 2008
16:40
Game reference Serbia  15–5  China Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Koryzna (POL), Oshima (JPN)
Score by quarters: 5-2, 2-1, 4-2, 4-0
Šapić 9, Vujasinović 3 Goals Liang 3, Xie 2
18 August 2008
9:30
Game reference Serbia  12–13  Italy Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Klopper (NED), Antsiferov (RUS)
Score by quarters: 3-3, 2-3, 3-5, 4-2
Šapić 3, Prlainović 2, Filipović 2, Vujasinović 2 Goals Calcaterra 3, Felugo 2, Bencivenga 2, Sottani 2
18 August 2008
14:00
Game reference United States  8–7  Germany Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Margeta (SLO), Kiszelly (HUN)
Score by quarters: 3-2, 2-1, 2-2, 1-2
Powers 2, Wright 2 Goals Nossek 5
18 August 2008
16:40
Game reference China  4–16  Croatia Ying Tung Natatorium
Score by quarters: 0-4, 0-3, 1-1, 3-8
Wu 2 Goals Barač 4, Joković 3, Đogaš 2, Marković 2, Hinić 2

Classification round

Bracket
  7th–12th 7th–10th 7th–8th
                           
A4  Australia 17  
B5  Italy 13  
B5  Italy 16  
A6  Canada 11  
  8  Australia 8
  7  Greece 9
B4  Germany 9
A5  Greece 13  
A5  Greece 13  
B6  China 8  
11th–12th 9th–10th
11  Canada 8 9  Italy 10
12  China 7 10  Germany 8

Classification 7th–12th

20 August 2008
09:30
Game reference Canada  11–13  Italy Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Rak (CRO), Ni (CHN)
Score by quarters: 1-4, 3-2, 3-3, 4-4
Graham 4, Miller 2 Goals Sottani 3, Gallo 2, Felugo 2, Calcaterra 2
20 August 2008
10:50
Game reference Greece  13–8  China Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Balfanbayev (KAZ), Knights (NZL)
Score by quarters: 3-1, 4-4, 2-0, 4-3
Ntoskas 4, G. Afroudakis 3, C. Afroudakis 2 Goals Xie 3, Wang Yo. 2

Classification 11th–12th

22 August 2008
09:30
Game reference Canada  8–7  China Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Koryzna (POL), Argyros (GRE)
Score by quarters: 1-1, 3-1, 1-2, 3-3
Boyd 2, Sayegh 2 Goals Yu 2, Han 2

Classification 7th–10th

22 August 2008
10:50
Game reference Australia  17–16  Italy Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Moliner Molins (ESP), Chaney (USA)
Score by quarters: 4-2, 1-5, 4-0, 1-3  OT: 0-1, 3-2, 4-3 (PS)
McGregor 3, Franklin 2, Figlioli 2, Maitland 2, Martin 2, Whalan 2 Goals Calcaterra 6, Gallo 2, Felugo 2, Angelini 2, Sottani 2
22 August 2008
17:00
Game reference Germany  9–13  Greece Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Ciric (SRB), Patelli (BRA)
Score by quarters: 3-3, 1-3, 2-4, 3-3
Nossek 3, Schertwitis 2, Kreuzmann 2 Goals Ntoskas 6, Schizas 3, Theodoropoulos 2

Classification 9th–10th

24 August 2008
09:30
Game reference Italy  10–8  Germany Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Rak (CRO), Hart (AUS)
Score by quarters: 4-3, 1-1, 1-1, 4-3
Calcaterra 5, Gallo 2, Angelini 2 Goals Savic 2, Schertwitis 2, Schlotterbeck 2

Classification 7th–8th

24 August 2008
10:50
Game reference Australia  8–9  Greece Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Simion (ROU), Pinker (RSA)
Score by quarters: 2-3, 2-2, 3-1, 1-3
Figlioli 3, Campbell 2, Martin 2 Goals Schizas 2, C. Afroudakis 2

Medal round

Bracket
  Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal game
                           
A1  Hungary 11  
B2  Croatia 6  
A3  Montenegro 9  
A3  Montenegro 7  
  Gold medal icon.svg  Hungary 14
  Silver medal icon.svg  United States 10
B1  United States 10
A2  Spain 5  
B3  Serbia 5  
B3  Serbia 9  
5th–6th Bronze medal game
5  Spain 11 Bronze medal icon.svg  Serbia 6
6  Croatia 9 4  Montenegro 4

Quarterfinals

20 August 2008
16:00
Game reference Montenegro  7–6  Croatia Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Tulga (TUR), Bock (GER)
Score by quarters: 3-1, 2-3, 1-0, 1-2
N. Janović 2, Ivović 2, Gojković 2 Goals Hinić 2
20 August 2008
17:20
Game reference Spain  5–9  Serbia Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Turcotte (CAN), Klopper (NED)
Score by quarters: 1-0, 1-5, 1-2, 2-2
Molina 2 Goals Pijetlović 4, Ćirić 2, Vujasinović 2

Classification 5th–6th

24 August 2008
13:00
Game reference Croatia  9–11  Spain Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Chaney (USA), Kiszelly (HUN)
Score by quarters: 2-0, 3-5, 1-3, 3-3
Bušlje 2, Đogaš 2 Goals X. García 4, Minguell 3, F. Perrone 2

Semifinals

22 August 2008
18:20
Game reference Hungary  11–9  Montenegro Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Simion (ROU), Tulga (TUR)
Score by quarters: 3-4, 3-3, 3-0, 2-2
Kiss 3, Madaras 2 Goals N. Janović 2, Uskoković 2, Gojković 2
22 August 2008
19:40
Game reference  United States 10–5 Serbia  Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Turcotte (CAN), Margeta (SLO)
Score by quarters: 3-3, 2-1, 2-1, 3-0
Azevedo 3, Beaubien 2, Bailey 2 Goals Pijetlović 2, Vujasinović 2

Bronze medal game

24 August 2008
14:20
Game reference Montenegro  4–6  Serbia 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Tulga (TUR), Margeta (SLO)
Score by quarters: 0-2, 1-2, 1-2, 2-0
M. Janović 2 Goals Savić 2

Gold medal game

24 August 2008
15:40
Game reference 1st, gold medalist(s) Hungary  14–10  United States 2nd, silver medalist(s) Ying Tung Natatorium
Referees:
Turcotte (CAN), Brguljan (MNE)
Score by quarters: 6-4, 3-4, 2-1, 3-1
Dá. Varga 3, Biros 3, Dé. Varga 2 Goals Azevedo 4, Beaubien 2, Smith 2

Final rankings

Rank Team
Gold medal icon.svg  Hungary
Silver medal icon.svg  United States
Bronze medal icon.svg  Serbia
4.  Montenegro
5.  Spain
6.  Croatia
7.  Greece
8.  Australia
9.  Italy
10.  Germany
11.  Canada
12.  China
 2008 men's Olympic champions 

Hungary
Ninth title

Statistics

Leading goalscorers

Rank Player GP G
1  Alessandro Calcaterra (ITA) 8 27
2  Georgios Ntoskas (GRE) 8 20
 Aleksandar Šapić (SRB) 8 20
4  Tony Azevedo (USA) 7 17
5  Maurizio Felugo (ITA) 8 16
 Pietro Figlioli (AUS) 7 16
 Felipe Perrone (ESP) 7 16
8  Valentino Gallo (ITA) 8 15
9  Xavier García (ESP) 7 14
10  Péter Biros (HUN) 7 13
 Mlađan Janović (MNE) 8 13
 Guillermo Molina (ESP) 7 13

See also

References

  1. ^ "Water Polo Competition format and rules". Beijing 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-09-15.
  2. ^ Beijing 2008 - Water Polo Men's Draw

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