PR 43 - World League 2013 (W): Final eight in battle for top honours in Beijing
Lausanne (SUI), May 31, 2013 – The national teams of Australia, Canada, China, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Russia and USA are gearing up for the Super Final of the 10th FINA Women’s Water Polo World League organised in Beijing (CHN) from June 1-6. The teams will be divided in two groups as follows:
Group A: China, Hungary, Russia, USA
Group B: Australia, Canada, Italy, Spain
USA, a seven-time World League winner and 2012 Olympic gold medallist, is the team to beat in China. The defending champions will seek to add another title to their already incredible roll of honour. Except in 2005, the American squad climbed the podium at all World League editions.
2012 Olympic silver medallist Spain, whose squad is still a stranger to World League podiums, is a team to watch in China. The Australian squad, which took second in the World League and bagged Olympic bronze last year, is a strong medal contender.
Traditional water polo powerhouses Canada, Hungary, Italy and Russia are also close challengers in the Super Final race. Russia was world number 3 in 2011 while Hungary finished fourth at the London Olympics. China’s team, whose best result so far was a second-place finish at World Championships in 2011, will fight for another success in front of the home crowd.
The overall winner will receive US$50'000 in prize money and a total US$252'500 will be divided among the 13 participating teams.
The semi-finals and final will be streamed live and free on FINA TV.
MEDALLISTS of the FINA Women’s World League
2004: 1. USA, 2. HUN, 3. ITA
2005: 1. GRE, 2. RUS, 3. AUS
2006: 1. USA, 2. ITA, 3. RUS
2007: 1. USA, 2. AUS, 3. GRE
2008: 1. RUS, 2. USA, 3. AUS
2009: 1. USA, 2. CAN, 3. AUS
2010: 1. USA, 2. AUS, 3. GRE
2011: 1. USA, 2. ITA, 3. AUS
2012: 1. USA, 2. AUS, 3. GRE
PROGRAMME of the FINA Women’s World League 2013
Saturday, June 1: ESP-ITA, HUN-RUS, USA-CHN, CAN-AUS
Sunday, June 2: USA-RUS, ESP-AUS, HUN-CHN, CAN-ITA
Monday, June 3: ESP-CAN, HUN-USA, RUS-CHN, ITA-AUS
Tuesday, June 4: 2A-3B; 3A-2B; 1A-4B; 4A-1B
Wednesday, June 5: Semi-finals 5-8 (2 games); Semi-finals 1-4 (2 games)
Thursday, June 6: Games for places 7-8, 5-6, 3-4 and 1-2