Water polo at the 1912 Summer Olympics

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Men's water polo
at the Games of the V Olympiad
Water polo pictogram.svg
Venue Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
Dates July 7–16
Competitors 46 from 6 nations
1st Great Britain men's national water polo team
 Great Britain
2nd Sweden men's national water polo team
3rd Belgium men's national water polo team
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The 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, saw the fourth water polo tournament at Olympics. All games took place in the newly built swimming stadium in Djurgårdsbrunnsviken from July 7 to July 16, 1912. All medals were decided by using the Bergvall system.

Medal summary

Gold Silver Bronze
 Great Britain
Charles Sydney Smith
George Cornet
George Wilkinson
Charles Bugbee
Arthur Edwin Hill
Paul Radmilovic
Isaac Bentham
Torsten Kumfeldt
Harald Julin
Max Gumpel
Robert Andersson
Pontus Hanson
Vilhelm Andersson
Erik Bergqvist
Albert Durant
Herman Donners
Victor Boin
Herman Meyboom
Joseph Pletinckx
Oscar Grégoire
Félicien Courbet
Jean Hoffman
Pierre Nijs

The competitions in water polo were arranged on the Cup Tie (elimination) system, but in such a way that the necessary number of matches had to be played for the second and third prizes between the teams qualified to take part in these rounds. The principle was adopted, that a team which had not been beaten, direct or indirect, by a team that was qualified to fight for the second or third prize, should have the right to play against the team last-mentioned, even if it (the first-named) had already been beaten by some other team. The teams entered were drawn in pairs for the first round, after which the order in which they were to meet in the second round was determined by drawing lots, so that the order in which the games were to be played, right up to the final, was fixed before the games began.

Participating nations

A total of 45 water polo players from 6 nations competed at the Stockholm Games:


First round Second round Gold medal match
July 7 - Djurgårdsbrunnsviken        
  Great Britain (a.e.t.)  7
July 11 - Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
  Belgium  5  
  Great Britain  6
July 8 - Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
      Sweden  3  
  Sweden  7
July 13 - Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
  France  2  
  Great Britain  8
    Austria  0
July 9 - Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
  Austria  5
  Hungary  4  


Main Tournament to Gold

First Round
July 7  Great Britain (GBR) 7 - 5  Belgium (BEL) after extra time
Hill (2), Wilkinson (2), Radmilovic (2), Bentham (2 - 3) Grégoire (2), Meyboom (2), Nijs

July 8  Sweden (SWE) 7 - 2  France (FRA)
R. Andersson (3), Bergqvist (3), ? (4 - 0) Decoin, Provost

July 9  Austria (AUT) 5 - 4  Hungary (HUN)
Scheff, ? (1 - 2) Fazekas, Hégner, Rémi, ?
Second Round
July 11  Great Britain (GBR) 6 - 3  Sweden (SWE)
Wilkinson (3), Hill, Radmilovic, Bentham (3 - 0) R. Andersson (2), V. Andersson
Gold medal match
July 13  Great Britain (GBR) 8 - 0  Austria (AUT)
? (4 - 0)

Tournament to Silver

First Round
July 10  Belgium (BEL) 6 - 5  Hungary (HUN)
? (2 - 3) Fazekas (3), Rémi, ?

July 11  Belgium (BEL) 4 - 1  France (FRA)
? (2 - 1) ?
Second Round
July 14  Sweden (SWE) 8 - 1  Austria (AUT)
R. Andersson (3), Bergqvist (3), V. Andersson (2) (5 - 1) Scheff

July 15  Belgium (BEL) 5 - 4  Austria (AUT)
? (2 - 1) Scheff, ?
Silver and Bronze medal match
July 16  Sweden (SWE) 4 - 2  Belgium (BEL)
Bergqvist (2), V. Andersson, R. Andersson (4 - 0) ?

The winning British water polo team.

Final standings

Place Nation
1  Great Britain (GBR)
2  Sweden (SWE)
3  Belgium (BEL)
4  Austria (AUT)
Rudolf Buchfelder
Richard Manuel
Walter Schachlitz
Otto Scheff
Josef Wagner
Ernst Kovács
Hermann Buchfelder
-  Hungary (HUN)
Sándor Ádám
László Beleznai
Tibor Fazekas
Jenő Hégner
Károly Rémi
János Wenk
Imre Zachár
 France (FRA)
Gustave Prouvost
Gaston Vanlaere
Georges Rigal
Paul Beulque
Jean Thorailles
Henri Decoin
Paul Vasseur
Jean Rodier


  • Bergvall, Erik (ed.) (1913). Adams-Ray, Edward (trans.)., ed. The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • International Olympic Committee medal database