Water polo at the 1952 Summer Olympics

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Twenty-one nations competed in water polo at the 1952 Summer Olympics at Helsinki in Helsinki Swimming Stadium.

Results[edit | edit source]

Eliminating rounds[edit | edit source]

In order to reduce the field from 21 teams to 16 for the round-robin pools, two eliminating rounds were used. The teams were drawn into 10 pairs, with one team (Finland) drawing a bye through the eliminating rounds. The 10 winners of the first eliminating round advanced to the round robins, while the 10 losers were paired again for a second eliminating round. Again the winners advanced to the round robins; the 5 losers of this second eliminating round, however, were eliminated from competition.

First eliminating round[edit | edit source]

25 July 1952
● Australia def. Sweden, 5-3
● Yugoslavia def. South Japan, 12-1
● Soviet Union def. South Africa, 7-2
● India def. Egypt, 5-4
● Hungary def. United States 7-0
● Italy def. Netherlands 3-2
● Romania def. Argentina 6-2
● Spain def. Brazil, 3-2
● Portugal def. Norway 3-0
● Great Britain def. Mexico 10-3

Second eliminating round[edit | edit source]

26 July 1952
● United States def. Egypt 4-3
● South Africa def. Netherlands 4-2
● Argentina def. South Japan 5-0
● Mexico def. Norway 5-3
● Brazil def. Sweden 6-5

First Round[edit | edit source]

Group A[edit | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Spain Spain 3 1 2 0 10 5 5 4
Flag of Australia Australia 3 0 3 0 8 8 0 3
Flag of United States United States 3 0 3 0 7 7 0 3
Flag of Finland Finland 3 0 2 1 4 9 -5 2

26 July: Australia draw United States 3-3
27 July: Spain draw United States 2-2
27 July: United States draw Finland 2-2
27 July: Spain draw Australia 3-3
27 July: Australia draw Finland 2-2
29 July: Spain def. Finland 5-0

Group B[edit | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Hungary Hungary 3 3 0 0 22 2 20 6
Flag of South Africa South Africa 3 1 1 1 11 15 -4 3
Flag of Argentina Argentina 3 0 2 1 7 16 -9 2
Flag of Portugal Portugal 3 0 1 2 6 13 -7 1

26 July: Hungary def. Portugal 5-0
27 July: Hungary def. South Africa 8-2
27 July: Portugal draw Argentina 3-3
27 July: South Africa draw Argentina 4-4
29 July: Hungary def. Agentina 9-0
1 August: South Africa def. Portugal 5-3

Group C[edit | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Italy Italy 3 3 0 0 18 4 14 6
Flag of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 3 3 0 1 13 5 8 4
Flag of Mexico Mexico 3 1 0 2 4 12 -8 2
Flag of India India 3 0 0 3 2 16 -14 0

26 July: Italy def. Yugoslavia 4-3
27 July: Yugoslavia def. India 6-1
27 July: Italy def. Mexico 7-1
27 July: Yugoslavia def. Mexico 4-0
27 July: Italy def. India 7-0
29 July: Mexico def. India 3-1

Group D[edit | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union 3 2 1 0 18 9 9 5
Flag of Romania Romania 3 2 1 0 14 8 6 5
Flag of United Kingdom Great Britain 3 1 0 2 10 14 -4 2
Flag of Brazil Brazil 3 0 0 0 6 17 -11 0

26 July: Great Britain def. Brazil 5-4
27 July: Soviet Union def Brazil 6-1
27 July: Romania def Great Britain 3-2
27 July: Romania def Brazil 6-1
27 July: Soviet Union def Great Britain 7-3
29 July: Soviet Union draw Romania 5-5

Semifinals[edit | edit source]

Group E[edit | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 3 2 1 0 9 5 4 5
Flag of Hungary Hungary 3 2 0 1 10 6 4 4
Flag of Spain Spain 3 1 0 2 8 11 -3 2
Flag of Romania Romania 3 0 1 2 6 11 -5 1

30 July: Yugoslavia draw Romania 2-2
30 July: Hungary def. Spain 4-2
31 July: Yugoslavia def. Hungary 4-2
31 July: Spain def. Romania 5-4
1 August: Hungary def. Romania 4-0
1 August: Yugoslavia def. Spain 3-1

Group F[edit | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Italy Italy 3 3 0 0 14 4 10 6
Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union 3 1 1 1 9 8 1 3
Flag of Australia Australia 3 1 1 1 11 11 0 3
Flag of South Africa South Africa 3 0 0 3 2 13 -11 0

30 July: Soviet Union def. South Africa 5-1
30 July: Italy def. Australia 6-4
31 July: Italy def. South Africa 5-0
31 July: Australia draw Soviet Union 4-4
31 July: Italy def. Soviet Union 3-0
1 August: Australia def. South Africa 3-1

Finals[edit | edit source]

The semifinals match between Hungary and Yugoslavia, and Soviet Union and Italy counted for the final pool.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Hungary Hungary 3 2 0 1 12 6 6 4
Flag of Italy Italy 3 2 0 1 9 9 0 4
Flag of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 3 1 0 2 7 8 -1 2
Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union 3 1 0 2 2 7 -5 2

1 August: Hungary def. Soviet Union 3-0
1 August: Italy def. Yugoslavia 4-2
2 August: Hungary def. Italy 7-2
2 August: Soviet Union def. Yugoslavia 2-1