Water Polo

Turkey became champion in water polo

Water polo sees players swimming and passing the ball to each other while being defended by opponents, before scoring by throwing the ball into a goal. The men’s teams will battle it out for gold as they go head-to-head at the Water Polo Arena for five days.

Water Polo is thought to have originated in England and Scotland as a demonstration of strength and swimming skill, and was one of the first team sports introduced in the modern Olympics.

Facts and figures:

  • A water polo ball weighs between 400-450g and is not the only piece of equipment that sits on the water – the goals are also designed to float
  • Players can often cover up to 4km or more during the four quarters of play
  • The ball can only be handled by one hand at a time and opposing team players can push the player under the water without being penalised
  • The longest penalty shoot-out lasted twenty rounds

1 AZE 75 50 37 162
2 TUR 71 67 57 195
3 IRI 39 26 33 98
4 UZB 15 17 31 63
5 BRN 12 5 4 21
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