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The Greatest Polo player at the Olympic Games

Who is the greatest polo player of all time based on Olympic Games performances? We have used a weighted total medal count of each polo player from all modern Olympic Games to rank their overall performance.

No polo player has won more than two medals, but four riders, all from Great Britain, won two medals each. The best all-time performing polo player at the Olympic Games is British rider John Wodehouse who won a silver in 1908 and gold in 1920.

See the table below to see how other athletes ranked. See also the best athlete from each sport, and the best overall.

Top Olympic Performers From Polo

Here are the top ranked athletes from the sport of Polo for performances at all Olympiads in which the event was held. We have used the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System to order the athletes, awarding points for both gold (6 points) and other medals (silver 2 pts, bronze 1 pt). Only four riders had won more than one medal.

Table: The Top Ranked Athletes from Polo at the Olympic Games

rank name country Gold Silver Bronze total
1 John Wodehouse UK 1 1 0 2 8
2 Frederick Barrett UK 1 0 1 2 7
=3 Walter Buckmaster UK 0 2 0 2 4
=3 Frederick Freake UK 0 2 0 2 4

notes: For the ranking order, we have used the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System.

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