Kazakhstan men's water polo team defeats reigning champion China
Kazakhstan reclaimed its Asian Games men’s water polo crown in Guangzhou (CHN) on Thursday November 25, beating reigning champion China 7-6 in a tense final.
China led 4-1 in the second quarter but Kazakhstan brought the game level at 5-5 by the final break. Two quick goals at the top of the fourth period and solid defence kept China off the top position on the dais.
This means that the two countries split the titles in Guangzhou with world No. 3 China winning the women’s crown from Kazakhstan.
For Kazakhstan captain Yevgeniy Zhilyayev it was his third crown after previous victories in 1998 and 2002. For head coach Sergey Drozdov, victory went with his three titles as an athlete in 1994, 1998 and 2002. For goalkeeper Alexandr Svedov, it was his fourth visit to the dais for three gold and the 2006 bronze.
Powerful left-hander Pan Ning (CHN) scored four of China’s first five goals in the final and finished with 20 goals alongside Kazakhstan’s Alexandr Axenov.
Japan won the bronze medal with a 22-9 rout of Korea.