Water polo factbox for Athens 2004
Posted: Wednesday July 7, 2004 9:41PM; Updated: Wednesday July 7, 2004 9:41PM
ATHENS, July 8 (Reuters) -- Factbox on water polo at the August 13-29 Athens Olympics:
Water polo players originally sat on floating barrels resembling horses and handled the ball with paddles similar to the mallet used in classic polo, but today's water polo has little to do with the horseback version.
The London Swimming Association drew up the first rules of water polo in 1870, allowing the sinking of opponents, holding the ball underwater and scoring with the use of both hands, all of which are now banned.
Like classic polo, which was invented by British troops in the Eastern Indies, water polo was popular in the Commonwealth. Britain won six Olympic gold medals in a row in the sport, from 1900, when men's water polo first featured at the Olympic games, to 1920.
Women's water polo, played in the Netherlands from the start of the 20th century, was included in the Olympic Games for the first time in Sydney in 2000.
12-team event for men
Eight-team event for women
Men: Hungary (Tibor Benedek, Peter Biros, Rajmund Fodor,
Tamas Kasas, Gergely Kiss, Zoltan Kosz, Tamas
Marcz, Tamas Molnar, Barnabas Steinmetz,
Zoltan Szecsi, Bulcsu Szekely, Zsolt Varga,
Women: Australia (Naomi Castle, Joanne Fox, Bridgette
Gusterson, Simone Hankin, Yvette Higgins,
Kate Hooper, Bronwyn Mayer, Gail Miller,
Melissa Mills, Debbie Watson, Liz Weekes,
Danielle Woodhouse, Taryn Woods)
August 15: Men's preliminaries
August 16: Women's preliminaries
August 17: Men's preliminaries
August 18: Women's preliminaries
August 19: Men's preliminaries
August 20: Women's preliminaries
August 21: Men's preliminaries
August 22: Women's quarter-finals
August 23: Men's preliminaries
August 24: Women's semi-finals
August 25: Men's quarter-finals
August 26: Women's bronze-medal game
August 27: Men's semi-finals
August 29: Men's bronze-medal game
Group A: Russia, Serbia-Montenegro, Croatia, United States,
Group B: Germany, Egypt, Italy, Spain, Australia, Greece
Group A: Greece, Australia, Italy, Kazakhstan
Group B: Russia, U.S. Hungary, Canada
Olympic Aquatics Centre (indoor pool), at the Athens Olympic
Sports Complex in Maroussi. The pool has seats for 5,757 spectators.
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