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Water Polo at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Water Polo

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Dante Baths, München; Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 27, 1972
Date Finished: September 4, 1972
Format: Round-robin pools advanced teams to the round-robin final pool.

Gold: URS Soviet Union
Silver: HUN Hungary
Bronze: USA United States


At the last four Olympics the top four teams had been Hungary, Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union, and Italy, although the order changed slightly, but Hungary had won three of the last four gold medals. These four teams all advanced to the final round, the biggest surprise coming in Group A, won by the United States with Yugoslavia second. West Germany (FRG) also advanced, placing second in Group B to Hungary. In the final pool, Hungary and the Soviet Union tied with 3 wins and 2 ties, as they tied in their head-on match, 3-3, with the Soviet Union winning their first water polo gold medal by goal differential. The United States won its fourth bronze medal in the sport, but its first since 1932, having also placed third in 1920 and 1924. The leading scorer in water polo in Munich was Cuban [Carlos Sánchez] with 18 goals.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Hungary HUN Silver
3 United States USA Bronze
4 West Germany FRG
5 Yugoslavia YUG
6 Italy ITA
7 Netherlands NED
8 Romania ROU
9 Cuba CUB
10 Spain ESP
11 Bulgaria BUL
12 Australia AUS
13T Mexico MEX
13T Greece GRE
13T Japan JPN
16 Canada CAN