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Nerdy Ninja: Blood In The Water

This is how water polo should be played.

This is how water polo should be played.

While researching Personal Best, I came across the infamous Blood in the Water match at the Melbourne Olympics which saw Soviet player Valentin Prokopov spill the claret of Hungarian player Ervin Zador with a well-aimed punch to the head. Why so punchy in the pool? Well, either someone told the players their event had been changed to boxing, or it could have been the Soviet suppression of the 1956 Hungarian uprising. Apparently the mountain-top water polo training camp provided the Hungarians with an excellent view of Soviet tanks rolling into Budapest, and of the gunfire and smoke rising from their besieged city. By the time the Olympics started, the battle and the uprising were over (Soviets 1—0 Hungarians), with the Hungarians well and truly primed for a grudge match.