- Sixth Place for Greek Polo -
MEN'S WATER POLO TOURNAMENT - 5TH PLACE MATCH
|Greece||10 - 12||Hungary|
|(1 - 2)
(5 - 6)
(8 - 9)
(10 - 12)
The Greek National Water Polo team finished in 6th place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after falling to Hungary 12-10 in today’s 5th place match. Serbia won the gold medal (Croatia silver) while Italy defeated Montenegro in the bronze medal match.
After a defeat to Italy in the quarter-finals, Greece’s dream for an Olympic medal was put on hold for 4 more years. In the 5th-8th place matches, Greece defeated the Group B winners Spain 9-7 (lost to Serbia in quarter-finals) to advance to the 5th place match to play Hungary. The two teams were in Group A where Hungary finished ahead of Greece claiming 1st place in the group. In group play, Greece earned a point (8-8 draw) through a late goal from Vlachopoulos with only 5 seconds remaining.
Greece fell behind early in the game, cutting the lead on many occasions. Hungary took a 3 goal lead twice (5-2, 8-5) with Greece coming within one goal (10-9, 11-10) late in the match. However, the Greeks were missing that extra strength to overcome Hungary and claimed 6th place in the tournament. The Galanolefki has never earned a medal in Water Polo at the Olympic Games coming close in 2004 (4th). This year’s sixth place finish is Greece’s second highest ranking ever at the Olympic Games.
After a slow start to the tournament, the current World Champions Serbia showed their dominance in today’s gold medal match, defeating Croatia 11-7. The bronze medal went to Italy (defeated Greece) after their 12-10 victory over Montenegro.