No language barrier in men’s Olympic water polo

One thing is for sure about this year’s final four in the men’s water polo bracket: the teams are likely to watch what they say in the water.

That’s because three of the four teams are from the former Yugoslavia: Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro — and will know each other’s native tongue. The fourth team is Italy.

The last grouping also represents a victory for the little guys. Montenegro, with a population of 625,000, beat Spain, population 47.2 million, in the quarterfinals. Croatia, population of 4.7 million, beat the United States, at 312 million. Serbia, population 7.3 million, beat Australia, 22.6 million.

Associated Press

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