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Croatia defeat Italy 8-6 to win the gold medal in men's water polo event at the Water Polo Arena as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games (12 August).
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Water polo made its Olympic debut at the Paris Games in 1900. It was not included in 1904 but would be present at each subsequent edition of the Olympic Games.
In the early days, the players rode on floating barrels that resembled mock horses, and swung at the ball with mallet-like sticks. This made it similar to equestrian polo, hence its name.
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