London 2012


from July 27 to August 12


Water Polo


About the sport

A team sport taking place in a pool, water polo involved teams of seven (six field and one keeper), where the objective is to score on the opponent’s net. It was developed in the XIX century as an exhibition event during swimming competitions. The rules were established by William Wilson of the United Kingdom.

Water Polo has been present at all of the Olympic Games except the inaugural Athens 1896 games. Hungary has dominated the sport with 9 gold medals and is currently the three-time defending champion for the men. In London 2012, twelve men’s teams and eight women’s teams will participate in the competition to take place at the Water Polo Arena in the Olympic Park.

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Star athletes

Athletes to Watch

They will be protagonists at the Olympic Games

Hall of Fame

Stars that made history in the Olympic Games

Elizabeth ArmstrongElizabeth ArmstrongCountry:USA

Rome's World Champion of aquatic sports in 2009, she became the favorite to lead the U.S. to the top of the podium at London 2012 Games.

Alexandra AsimakiAlexandra AsimakiCountry: Greece

Alexandra Asimaki was named the best player in the world in 2011, the year she led the team to the aquatics sports world title in Shanghai.

Dezsö GyarmatiDezsö GyarmatiCountry: Hungary

Considered the best to ever compete in the event, he collaborated in the Hungarian hegemony in water polo after winning a medal in five straight Olympic Games.

Daniëlle de BruijnDaniëlle de BruijnCountry: Netherlands

After finishing fourth in the Sydney Games, she was not in Athens. In Beijing , she scored 17 goals - seven in the final against the US - and led the Champions.

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