Chinese women's water polo team takes gold in front of home crowd
China won the inaugural Asian Games women's water polo gold medal with a 13-5 victory over Kazakhstan at the Tianhe Natatorium on November 17. FINA President Julio Maglione was on hand to distribute the gold medals.
China started strongly and led 4-1 at the quarter, 7-3 at halftime and 8-4 at the final break. The final margin was enhanced with three late goals by China. Uzbekistan claimed the bronze medal, beating India 20-2 in the other game in the three-day, six-game, round-robin event. India debuted at the international level and felt the might of the top two teams, losing 38-2 to both. Song Donglun (CHN) scored a tournament-high 12 goals in the clash with China.
Women's water polo team of China climbing the highest podium
After the final, Kazakhstan goalkeeper Galina Rytova (35), who first played for Russia at the 1994 Rome FINA World Championships and won bronze with Russia at the 2000 Olympic Games, announced her retirement from the sport to start a family. She switched to Kazakhstan in 2003 and played the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Nine men's teams will contest the eight-day competition from tomorrow with reigning champion China playing Japan in what will be a rematch of the 2006 Doha Asian Games final.
Kazakhstan goalkeeper Galina Rytova