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Water Polo at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Water Polo

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 4, 1928
Date Finished: August 11, 1928
Format: Single-elimination tournament. Bergvall system for third-place.

Gold: GER Germany
Silver: HUN Hungary
Bronze: FRA France

Summary

European Aquatics Championships were instituted in 1926, the first ones held in Budapest, Hungary, so it made it a bit easier to know who were the strongest teams in international sport. Hungary won the water polo title at the 1926 meet, followed by Sweden and Germany. Germany and Hungary were in Amsterdam for the 1928 Olympics but for some reason, Sweden did not participate. Germany and Hungary advanced to the final of the single-elimination tournament, with Germany upsetting the Magyars, 5-2 in overtime, for the gold medal, Hungary taking silver. This was the first of 12 consecutive Olympics at which Hungary would earn a water polo medal.

The defending Olympic champions France advanced to the third-place tournament, after losing in the semi-finals to Hungary. France won three matches to take the bronze medal, shutting out Argentina 8-0 in the final match of the consolation event. The details of how the third-place tournament was contested are confusing. It was apparently to be held by the Bergvall System, in which all those losing to the winner and runner-up contested a tournament for 3rd-place. But that system was not followed precisely and even Dutch and French newspapers mention that the organizers did not know how to follow the Bergvall System. Some of the matches played may have been friendlies or exhibitions.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Germany GER Gold
2 Hungary HUN Silver
3 France FRA Bronze
4 Great Britain GBR
5T Belgium BEL
5T Netherlands NED
5T United States USA
5T Malta MLT
9T Czechoslovakia TCH
9T Switzerland SUI
9T Ireland IRL
9T Argentina ARG
9T Luxembourg LUX
9T Spain ESP