Water Polo in History

Events in Sport

  • 1956-12-06 Against the background of the Soviet invasion of Hungary the nations square off at the Melbourne Olympics in a famous water polo match; game called off with Hungary leading 4-0 and near riot halted by police; Hungary goes on to win gold medal
  • 2008-08-21 Daniëlle de Bruijn scores a match winning 7 goals as the Netherlands upset the United States 9-8 to take the women's water polo gold medal at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2008-08-24 Dániel Varga & Péter Biros score 3 goals each as Hungary wins the men's water polo gold medal at the Beijing Olympics; third consecutive Olympic gold medal
  • 2016-08-19 Kiley Neushul scores 3 goals as the US women's water polo team routs Italy 12-5 to win the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro and retain their Olympic title
  • 2016-08-20 Rio de Janeiro Olympics: team sports - China beats Serbia, 3-1 for the women's indoor volleyball gold; in the men's water polo final, Serbia downs Croatia, 11-7 for first Olympic title

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1914-08-16 Tullio Pandolfini, Italian water polo (Olympic gold 1948), born in Florence (d. 1999)
  • 1920-09-16 Franco Pandolfini, Italian water polo (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1924-05-15 Andrea Gyarmati, Hungary water polo player (Olympics, 1948-60), (d. 2013)
  • 1957-02-05 Craig Wilson, American water polo goalkeeper (Olympic silver 1984, 88), born in Beeville, Texas
  • 1965-10-21 Chris Duplanty, water polo goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1966-03-12 Erich Fischer, American Olympic water polo forward (Olympic-92), born in Dinuba, California
  • 1966-11-10 Kyle Kopp, water polo 2m offense (Olympics 1996), born in San Bernardino, California
  • 1967-04-12 Kirk Everist, American water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1967-11-04 Alex Rousseau, US water polo 2m Offense (Olympic 4th 1992, 96), born in Paris, France
  • 1968-09-04 Rick McNair, American water polo 2m defender (Olympics 1996), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1969-02-12 Colin Keely, US water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1969-03-25 Guy Newman, Australian water polo goalie (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969-12-27 Chris Humbert, Modesto California, water polo 2m offense (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970-09-11 Dan Hackett, American water polo goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1971-02-16 Chi Kredell, water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1971-05-22 Troy Barnhart, water polo 2m offense (Olympics 1996), born in Hanford, California
  • 1971-09-10 Chris Oeding, water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1972-08-02 Nathan Thomas, Australian water polo player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973-02-16 James Young, Australian water polo player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973-05-08 Wolf Wigo, Abington Penn, water polo driver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974-02-24 Jeremy Laster, Fullerton California, water polo driver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1989-07-17 Marko Todorović, Swiss swimmer and water polo player, born in Zurich, Switzerland

Deaths in Sport

  • 1999-04-23 Tullio Pandolfini, Italian water polo (Olympic gold 1948), dies at 84
  • 2013-08-18 Dezső Gyarmati, Hungarian water polo player, dies at 85