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2012 London Olympics: Men's, Women's Water Polo Draw To Be Announced May 5

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The teams for the 2012 London Olympic Games has been announced after the men's and women's qualifying tournament have ended a few weeks ago. With that the line has been set and the draw is going to take place on May 5 at 12:15 p.m. ET after the conclusion of the afternoon matches at the Water Polo Test Event in the Water Polo Arena.

Here is the process of the draw since the official explanation is more clear than me (via FINA BL 9.4.1.1):


For the Preliminary Round, all qualifying teams will be drawn by pairs into two groups, either A or B.

First Line, the first and second placed teams from the preceding World Championship will be drawn, one into A, and one into B.

Second Line, the third placed team from the preceding World Championship and the team qualified from the preceding year’s World League will be drawn, one into A, and one into B.

Third Line, the teams representing the Continents of America and Oceania will be drawn, one into A, and one into B.

Fourth Line, the teams representing the Continents of Africa and Asia will be drawn, one into A, and one into B.

Fifth Line, the first and second placed teams from the Olympic Games Qualification Tournament - Men will be drawn, one into A, and one into B.

Sixth Line, the third placed teams in the Olympic Games Qualification Tournament - Men and the team representing the Host Continent will be drawn, one into A, and one into B.

After being divided into group A and group B, the teams will then be drawn with each team in each group receiving a separate number from one (1) to six (6).
After the jump is who qualified and their draw.

Men's Qualified Teams
Australia (AUS) Italy (ITA)
Croatia (CRO) Kazakhstan (KAZ)
Spain (ESP) Montenegro (MNE)
Great Britain (GBR) Romania (ROU)
Greece (GRE) Serbia (SRB)
Hungary (HUN) United States (USA)

Draw Men's Tournament
Line 1 ITA-SRB
Line 2 CRO-HUN
Line 3 USA-AUS
Line 4 ROU-KAZ
Line 5 MNE-ESP
Line 6 GRE-GBR

Women's Qualified Teams
Australia (AUS) Hungary (HUN)
China (CHN) Italy (ITA)
Spain (ESP) Russia (RUS)
Great Britain (GBR) USA (USA)

Draw Women's Tournament
Line 1 USA-AUS
Line 2 ESP-ITA
Line 3 RUS-CHN
Line 4 HUN-GBR

Basically teams on the same line can not be in the same group and not play each other until the knockout stages.

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