PR 45 - World League 2013 (W): Host China beats Russia to clinch historic title
Lausanne (SUI), June 6, 2013 – The 2013 Super Final edition of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World League concluded successfully with the teams of Australia, Canada, China, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Russia and USA delivering world-class women’s water polo at Beijing’s Water Cube, China, from June 1-6.
The gold-medal match was played between China, whose best result so far was a second-place finish at World Championships in 2011, and Russia, World League winner in 2008 and world number 3 in 2011. The host squad triumphed over Russia 8-7 in front of an ecstatic crowd, clinching their first World League title.
The battle for the minor medal brought together reigning World League and Olympic champions USA and Hungary, fourth at the 2012 London Olympics. The North Americans proved too strong for the Europeans, winning 10-9. This is the first medal of this colour for USA.
In the play-off for fifth and sixth, 2012 Olympic silver medallist Spain outscored Italy 10-8. Italy’s Roberta Bianconi was the tournament’s best scorer with 20 goals.
Australia, whose squad bagged silver at the World League and Olympic bronze last year, faced pressure from Canada, winning in a tight 9-8. It is the first time since 2004 that the team from Oceania is out of the top-3 World League standings.
The overall winner receives US$50'000 in prize money and a total US$252'500 will be divided among the 13 participating teams.
The final ranking of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World League 2013 is as follows:
|3.||United States of America (USA)|
MEDALLISTS at previous FINA Women’s World Leagues
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