Water Polo is a fast-paced, high-energy sport that has been captivating fans for over a century. Combining swimming, teamwork, and strategic thinking, Water Polo demands strength, endurance, and skill from its players. However, there are many fascinating facts and records that even the most die-hard fans may not be aware of. In this blog post, we’ll explore 20 surprising Water Polo facts that will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of this exciting sport.
Interesting Facts about Water Polo
Water Polo Records
- Longest Water Polo match ever played was 6 hours and 2 minutes, between Greece and Serbia in the 2016 World League, which ended in a 32-30 victory for Greece.
- The most goals scored by an individual player in a single Water Polo match is 10, scored by American Chris Humbert in 1995.
- The oldest Water Polo player to compete in the Olympics is Kazuyoshi Aoki of Japan, who was 43 years old at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
- The most Olympic gold medals won in Water Polo by a team is 9, achieved by Hungary.
- The largest margin of victory in an Olympic Water Polo match is 29-2, when Hungary defeated South Korea in 1988.
- The highest scoring game in Water Polo history was a 68-67 victory for Australia over Canada in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
Water Polo History and Rules
- The first Water Polo game played in a pool was in 1877 in Massachusetts, USA.
- The first international Water Polo match was played in 1894 between Germany and Belgium.
- The first World Aquatics Championships were held in 1973 and included Water Polo as one of the events.
- The Water Polo Hall of Fame was established in 1965, and currently has over 130 inductees from around the world.
- The Water Polo was originally called ‘Water Rugby’ and it used to be played in the rivers and lakes in England.
- William Wilson of the UK is credited for giving rules and regulations for the game of Water Polo during the late 19th century.
- There are many variants in Water Polo and each variant has its own set of rules and regulations.
- The Goal Keeper is the only player in the team of 7 who can hold the ball with both hands when he is within the five-meter area in front of the goal post.
Water Polo Facts
- Water Polo referees always wear white clothes so that the players and the coach can identify them at night.
- Prince William of the United Kingdom used to be the captain of the St Andrew’s University Water Polo Team.
- First time Water Polo was introduced in the Olympics in 1990 and Women’s Water Polo was introduced ten years later.
- The size of the Water Polo ball is almost the same of a soccer ball or a volleyball.
- A Water Player is allowed to make three serious fouls, which is called ejections. On the 3rd ejection the player is asked to leave the game for the rest of the game.
- A 30-second shot clock is used by the timekeeper just to keep the game going.
- In the first ever Water Polo finals at the Olympics in 2000 at Sydney the Australian women beat the USA Women to clinch the gold medal. Russia got the bronze medal.
- A Water Polo player swims at least one and a half miles during the entire period of the game.
- A Water Polo ball can speed up to 60 miles per hour.
- Water Polo was considered to be harmful and violent in the USA when it was first invented, but now it is a regular part of USA sports and it is very much popular sport in the country.
- USA has won at least a medal in each of the Women Water Polo competition in the Olympics since it was introduced in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Water Polo is a thrilling and complex sport with a rich history and many impressive records. Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to the game, learning about these 20+ surprising facts will enhance your appreciation and understanding of Water Polo. From the longest match ever played to the first international Water Polo game, these facts offer a fascinating glimpse into the world of this dynamic and exciting sport. So, dive in, and enjoy the ride!