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Polo at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games

1936 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Sports:

Host City: Berlin, Germany
Date Started: August 3, 1936
Date Finished: August 8, 1936
Events: 1

Participants: 21 (21 men and 0 women) from 5 countries
Youngest Participant: ARG Roberto Cavanagh (21 years, 265 days)
Oldest Participant: HUN Kálmán Bartalis (47 years, 79 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 12 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): 3 countries with 1 medal

Overview

Polo was previously contested at the 1900, 1908, 1920, and 1924 Olympics, but the 1936 Olympics would be the last time it would appear on the Olympic Program. Argentina had won the gold medal in 1924 and, with the United States, was won of the two strongest polo nations, but the USA did not enter a team in 1936 polo.

The format was unusual. Five teams entered, but Germany and Hungary were considered second-rate polo nations, so they played in Group B, and could not actually compete for the gold medal. Group A consisted of Argentina, Great Britain, and Mexico, who held a round-robin tournament for the gold medal, with Argentina winning its two matches easily and defending its gold medal. Mexico, who finished last in Group A, then met Hungary, who had won Group B be defeating Germany in the only match, for the bronze medal, with Mexico winning, 16-2.

The 1936 polo competition was held on the Maifeld, just outside the Olympiastadion on the Reichssportfeld, which also hosted equestrianism in 1936.

Medalists

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Polo ARG Argentina GBR Great Britain MEX Mexico