Water polo men facing tough Tokyo pool

Melissa WoodsAAP
Aidan Roach has been selected in a 13-man water polo squad to participate at the Tokyo Olympics.
Camera IconAidan Roach has been selected in a 13-man water polo squad to participate at the Tokyo Olympics. Credit: AAP

Rhys Howden and Richie Campbell will line up for their fourth Olympics with the pair named in the Australian men's water polo team for Tokyo.

A 13-strong team was announced on Thursday, led by captain Aaron Younger who has been selected for his third Games, while seven athletes will make the Olympic debut.

The team boasts strong family connections, with two sets of brothers - Blake and Lachlan Edwards, who are from Melbourne, and George and Andrew Ford from Perth - making up more than a quarter of the squad.

The Aussie Sharks head to Tokyo on the back of a silver medal in the 2018 World Cup and bronze in the 2019 FINA World League Final.

However they have been drawn in pool B with three of the top four finishers from Rio 2016 in Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro, as well as 2019 world championship silver medallists Spain, and Kazakhstan.

They will open their campaign on 25 July against Montenegro.

Chef de Mission for the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo Ian Chesterman made special mention of Brisbane's Howden, 34, and Campbell, 33, from Newcastle.

"This has been an exceptionally committed Olympic quad for the Sharks who have overcome many obstacles along the way to be ready to match it with the best in the world in Tokyo," Chesterman said.

"I want to particularly highlight Rhys and Richie, both making a remarkable fourth Australian Olympic Team.

"Making one Olympic Team is a special achievement, to make four shows incredible talent, determination and commitment to excellence."

Younger said the team had built confidence heading into the Games but needed to hit the ground running.

"We have spent the last four years together building for this moment, so to finally be able to go there is a great feeling," Younger said.

"For the team, the biggest thing is the results we have achieved together over the last four years will give us confidence going into the Games.

"We need to hit the ground running when we get to Tokyo and be ready from that first moment and start from where we finished off two years ago at the world championships."


Richie Campbell, Joel Dennerley, Lachlan Edwards, Blake Edwards, Andrew Ford, George Ford, Rhys Howden, Anthony Hrysanthos, Nathan Power, Timothy Putt, Aidan Roach, Goran Tomasevic, Aaron Younger.

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