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London Olympics: Water PoloThe London 2012 Water Polo competitions take place in the temporary Water Polo Arena opposite the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park from Sunday 29 July until Sunday 12 August. An aquatic version of rugby that developed in the 19th century, Water Polo today is more like submerged handball - although players are required to wear swimming hats with built in ear protectors, much like the skull caps used on the rugby field. Each game starts with a "swim-off" - a race for the ball in the centre of the pool. Teams of seven play matches divided into four quarters of eight minutes. When in control of the ball, teams only have 30 seconds to score in the 3m by 90cm goals before the ball is returned to the opposition. Staggeringly, none of the players are allowed to touch the sides or the bottom of the pool during play - which means constant treading water (or "eggbeating") and swimming distances of up to three miles per match. Men's Water Polo has been played since the 1900 Games in Paris and Hungary are the current Olympic champions. The women's event started in the 2000 Sydney Games with a home win for Australia; the Netherlands are the reigning champions.

 

About London Olympics Water Polo Arena

Location: By the main entrance of the Olympic Park opposite the Aquatic CentreEvent: Water PoloTemporary venue to be taken down after the Games Shaped like a giant wedge of cheddar cheese, the 6,000-capacity Water Polo Arena is one of the temporary venues inside the Olympic Park and is located next door to the Aquatics Centre by the main entrance at Stratford. More about London Olympics Water Polo Arena

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Olympics Water Polo timetable

Date / Time Event name Venue
29th Jul  10:00 - 12:00 Men's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
29th Jul  14:00 - 16:00 Men's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
29th Jul  18:00 - 21:00 Men's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
30th Jul  14:00 - 16:00 Women's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
30th Jul  18:00 - 21:00 Women's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
31st Jul  10:00 - 12:00 Men's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
31st Jul  14:00 - 16:00 Men's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
31st Jul  18:00 - 21:00 Men's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
1st Aug  14:00 - 16:00 Women's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
1st Aug  18:00 - 21:00 Women's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
2nd Aug  10:00 - 12:00 Men's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
2nd Aug  14:00 - 16:00 Men's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
2nd Aug  18:00 - 21:00 Men's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
3rd Aug  14:00 - 16:00 Women's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
3rd Aug  18:00 - 21:00 Women's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
4th Aug  10:00 - 12:00 Men's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
4th Aug  14:00 - 16:00 Men's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
4th Aug  18:00 - 21:00 Men's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
5th Aug  14:00 - 17:00 Women's quarter-finals (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
5th Aug  19:00 - 21:00 Women's quarter-finals (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
6th Aug  10:00 - 12:00 Men's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
6th Aug  14:00 - 16:00 Men's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
6th Aug  18:00 - 21:00 Men's preliminaries (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
7th Aug  14:00 - 16:00 Women's semi-final, classification match (5th-8th places) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
7th Aug  18:00 - 21:00 Women's semi-final, classification match (5th-8th places) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
8th Aug  14:00 - 17:00 Men's quarter-finals (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
8th Aug  18:00 - 21:00 Men's quarter-finals (2 matches) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
9th Aug  14:00 - 17:00 Women's classification matches (5th-6th, 7th-8th places) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
9th Aug  18:00 - 21:00 Women's bronze medal match, gold medal match, victory ceremony
This is a medal event.
London Olympics Water Polo Arena
10th Aug  14:00 - 17:00 Men's semi-final, classification match (5th-8th places) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
10th Aug  18:00 - 21:00 Men's semi-final, classification match (5th-8th places) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
12th Aug  10:00 - 13:00 Men's classification matches (5th-6th, 7th-8th places) London Olympics Water Polo Arena
12th Aug  14:00 - 17:00 Men's bronze medal match, gold medal match, victory ceremony
This is a medal event.
London Olympics Water Polo Arena

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Underground Stations

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Stratford Tube Station
 
8 minutes walk
 
Hackney Wick Overground Station
 
10 minutes walk
 
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Homerton Overground Station
 
25 minutes walk
 
 
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Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park
 
12 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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