PR 44 - World League (W) 2014: Final eight in battle for top honours in Kunshan (CHN)
Lausanne (SUI), June 10, 2014 – The national teams of Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Italy, Russia, Spain and USA are gearing up for the Super Final of the 11th FINA Women’s Water Polo World League organised in Kunshan (CHN) from June 10-15. The teams will be divided in two groups as follows:
Group A: Canada, Spain, Russia, USA
Group B: Australia, Brazil, China, Italy
A tough competitive field awaits the participating teams with Team USA, a seven-time World League winner and 2012 Olympic gold medallists, and host China, whose squad is the defending World League champions.
Spain, the current World champions and 2012 Olympic silver medallists, is still a stranger to World League podiums. The Australian squad, which took second at Worlds last year, is also a strong medal contender. Traditional water polo powerhouses Canada, 2016 Olympics host Brazil, Italy and Russia, second in the World League last year, are also close challengers in the Super Final race.
The overall winner will receive US$50'000 in prize money and a total US$262'500 will be divided among the 14 participating teams.
The semi-finals and final will be streamed live and free on FINA TV (direct access from the homepage of www.fina.org).
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
2013: 1. CHN, 2. RUS, 3. USA
PROGRAMME of the FINA Women’s World League 2014
Tuesday, June 10: ESP-CAN, AUS-BRA, USA-RUS, ITA-CHN
Wednesday, June 11: USA-CAN, ITA-BRA, ESP-RUS, AUS-CHN
Thursday, June 12: ITA-AUS, ESP-USA, CAN-RUS, CHN-BRA
Friday, June 13: 2A-3B; 3A-2B; 1A-4B; 4A-1B
Saturday, June 14: Semi-finals 5-8 (2 games); Semi-finals 1-4 (2 games)
Sunday, June 15: Games for places 7-8, 5-6, 3-4 and 1-2