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Water Polo at the 1908 London Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Date Started: July 15, 1908
Date Finished: July 22, 1908
Events: 1

Participants: 28 (28 men and 0 women) from 4 countries
Youngest Participant: SWE Harald Julin (18 years, 110 days)
Oldest Participant: BEL Oscar Grégoire (31 years, 110 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 21 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): 3 countries with 1 medal


Water polo had been contested at both the 1900 and 1904 Olympics. Six teams entered, but Austria and Hungary withdrew, leaving four teams to contest the medals. The British team was a true representative side, with players from four different swim clubs. They eventually won the gold medal, although because of the draw, and the Austrian withdrawal, they had only to play one match, defeating Belgium in the final, 9-2. The matches were held in swimming pool on the infield of the huge [White City Stadium] in Shepherd's Bush, the main Olympic Stadium in 1908.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Water Polo GBR Great Britain BEL Belgium SWE Sweden