Mel Rippon

Mel Rippon captained the Australian women’s water polo team to the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. It was the Queenslander’s second Olympics, having made her debut in Athens alongside older sister Rebecca and step-sister Kate Gynther, where the team placed fourth.

Mel returned for her third Olympic competition in 2012, playing her first Olympics without sister, Rebecca by her side. After topping their group in the preliminary round the Aussies played extra time games in the quarter-final, semi-final and bronze medal decider. They defeated China in a penalty shoot-out before falling to their American rivals in the semi 11-9. The bronze medal game between Australia and Hungary provided more amazing drama. In a re-match of the Beijing bronze medal showdown the Hungarians scored in the final second to force an extra period. The Australians remained composed and scored the only two goals in added time to take home the bronze medal, 13-11.

Olympic Results

London 2012 - Summer Olympic Games

Water Polo - Women
Preliminary Round Group B - 02 Q1: 2-1, Q2: 2-3, Q3: 4-0, Q4: 2-4 ITA 10 - 8 Win
Preliminary Round Group B - 03 Q1: 3-1, Q2: 3-1, Q3: 5-1, Q4: 5-0 GBR 16 - 3 Win
Preliminary Round Group B - 06 Q1: 6-4, Q2: 2-1, Q3: 0-1, Q4: 3-2 RUS 11 - 8 Win
Quarterfinal Round - 02 Q1: 5-5, Q2: 3-3, Q3: 2-4, Q4: 2-4, ET1: 2-1, ET2: 0-1, PSO: 4-2 CHN 20 - 18 Win
Semifinal 1st-4th - 01 Q1: 3-3, Q2: 2-3, Q3: 1-1, Q4: 3-2, ET1: 0-2, ET2: 0-0 USA 9 - 11 Loss
Bronze Medal Match Q1: 2-1, Q2: 5-3, Q3: 3-4, Q4: 1-3, ET1: 1-0, ET2: 1-0 HUN 13 - 11 Win  
Final Placing 3 / 8

Beijing 2008 - Summer Olympic Games

Water Polo - Women
Preliminaries - Group B - Game 3 - GRE v AUS Q1: 2:5, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 1:1, Q4: 1:0 GRE 6-8 Win
Preliminaries - Group B - Game 5 - HUN v AUS Q1: 1:1, Q2: 1:1, Q3: 1:2, Q4: 4:3 HUN 7-7 Draw
Preliminaries - Group B - Game 9 - NED v AUS Q1: 1:2, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 1:2, Q4: 5:4 NED 9-10 Win
Quarterfinals - Game 14 - CHN v AUS Q1: 4:4, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 2:4, Q4: 3:2 CHN 12-11 Win
Semifinals - Game 17 - USA v AUS Q1: 2:2, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 4:1, Q4: 1:3 USA 8-9 Loss
Bronze Medal Game - Game 19 - AUS v HUN (3,4) Q1: 2:2, Q2: 1:3, Q3: 3:1, Q4: 1:1, ET1: 2:1, ET2: 0:1, PSO: 3:2 HUN 12-11 Win  
Final Placing 3 / 8

Athens 2004 - Summer Olympic Games

Water Polo - Women
Preliminaries Q1: 3:1, Q2: 1:2, Q3: 1:1, Q4: 1:1 ITA 6-5 Win
Preliminaries Q1: 3:2, Q2: 2:1, Q3: 2:0, Q4: 2:1 KAZ 9-4 Win
Preliminaries Q1: 1:2, Q2: 3:5, Q3: 2:0, Q4: 1:0 GRE 7-7 Draw
Semifinals Q1: 1:4, Q2: 0:1, Q3: 1:1, Q4: 0:0 GRE 2-6 Loss
Bronze Medal Game Q1: 0:0, Q2: 0:4, Q3: 3:1, Q4: 2:1 USA 5-6 Loss
Final Placing 4 / 8