The 2019 Water Polo World Championships field was drawn into four groups for each gender on April 9 ahead of the tournaments set to begin July 13 in Gwangju, South Korea.
Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Hungary all won their respective groups and advance to the quarter-finals of the men’s tournament in Budapest.
Serbia, Montenegro, Japan and Greece all had big wins on Day Two of the men’s water polo group play in Budapest.
Serbia, the bronze medalist in each of the last two Olympic Games and winner of the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, beat defending Olympic champions, Croatia, 11-7 for the gold medal in Rio.
Croatia, the goal medalists from the 2012 London Olympic Games, defeated Montenegro on Thursday to make the final round of men’s water polo tournament in Rio.
The home team’s fairy-tale ride through the Olympic men’s water polo tournament came to an end on Tuesday when Croatia overpowered Brazil, 10-6.