Here are some key facts about Olympic water polo:
Water polo debuted at the modern Olympics in 1900 with the men’s tournament. The women’s competition was added a century later for the 2000 Games in Sydney. There are 12 teams for men, and 10 women’s team compete with each other – this is two up from the last Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Serbian men won the gold with Croatia finishing second and Italy earning the bronze medal. The United States retained the women’s title they won at London 2012, with Italy and Russia taking silver and bronze respectively. Although Hungary did not stand on the podium then, the team has a total of 9 golds.
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Sources: FINA, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Reuters
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