PR40 - Serbia wins third title at home

2010

The Super Final of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League 2010, taking place in Nis (SRB), from July 13-18, concluded with the victory of Serbia, conquering its third title and thus confirming its successes of 2007 and 2008 (Serbia won sixth titles if we consider the entity of Serbia-Montenegro). The Serbian team is also current World champion and Olympic bronze medallist from Beijing 2008.

Europe clearly dominated the 2010 edition, with all podium spots occupied by teams from this continent. Montenegro (winner of the 2009 edition) confirmed its status of powerhouse in the discipline by taking silver. The Serbian-Montenegro battle ended with a penalty-shootout after a tied 10-10, with Serbia eventually seizing victory in front of an ecstatic 3,000-spectator crowd by a 14-12 score.

Croatia (silver-medallist in 2009) secured the minor medal, winning over Australia 9-7, which this year falls short of the podium (Australia was bronze-medallist in 2007 and 2008).

The USA took fifth place (silver-medallist in 2008), winning over Spain 7-6, which finishes sixth. China beat South Africa 11-5, ending in seventh place, while South Africa closed the ranking.

FINAL RANKING of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League 2010
1.    Serbia
2.    Montenegro
3.    Croatia
4.    Australia
5.    USA
6.    Spain
7.    China
8.    South Africa

MEDALLISTS of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League
2002: 1. RUS, 2. ESP, 3. HUN
2003: 1. SCG, 2. HUN, 3. ITA
2004: 1. HUN, 2. SCG, 3. GRE
2005: 1. SCG, 2. HUN, 3. GER
2006: 1. SCG, 2. ESP, 3. GRE
2007: 1. SRB, 2. HUN, 3. AUS
2008: 1. SRB, 2. USA, 3. AUS
2009: 1. MNE, 2. CRO, 3. SRB
2010: 1. SRB, 2. MNE, 3. CRO
SCG - Serbia-Montenegro; SRB – Serbia

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