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Water Polo at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games

2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date Started: August 6, 2016
Date Finished: August 20, 2016
Events: 2

Participants: 258 (154 men and 104 women) from 14 countries
Youngest Participant: ESP Paula Leitón (16 years, 105 days)
Oldest Participant: BRA Camila Pedrosa (41 years, 151 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 78 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): ITA Italy (2 medals)


Both the men’s and the women‘s water polo tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place at the [Maria Lenk Aquatic Center] in Barra da Tijuca and at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Twenty teams (twelve for men and eight for women) competed. As in the previous Olympic Games, there were two groups with six respectively four teams each. Then the best eight teams determined the medal winners in knock-out matches. Games in the elimination rounds which ended in ties were decided by shootouts and not during an overtime anymore. The defending Olympic champion USA won the women’s gold while for the first time. Serbia won the gold medal for the men.