PR64 - This weekend, Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS) welcomes 16 teams from around the world

2009

This Sunday marks the beginning of the 8th FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championships in the Western Siberian town of Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. The event extends from August 9-15 and welcomes 16 teams from Mexico, Greece, Canada, Germany, Australia, Spain, Italy, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Hungary, Uzbekistan, South Africa, Brazil, Netherlands, USA, and Russia. Competition will take place at the Sports and Health Centre of the Ugra State University, which has a central facility containing a 50m swimming pool. In total, the entire Championship is expected to bring together about 280 athletes.

For the first three days of competition, eight games will be played per day. The cross-overs begin on Day 4, then the quarter-, semi-, and final rounds will be held on the last three days, respectively.

Team Australia – under the leadership of Gemma Beadsworth, who was the tournament top-scorer - is the reigning champion from the 7th edition of these championships, which were held in Porto (POR) from July 23-29, 2007. They defeated China in the final game, which is thus the defending silver medallists, while the team of Hungary took bronze after defeating USA in the match for third. Predicting the outcome of international tournaments at the Junior level is difficult, but in the history of this event the teams of Australia, USA, and to a lesser extent Hungary, Netherlands and Russia have seen success. Not to be underestimated are China – steadily progressing since the years preceding the Beijing Games – and Canada, whose Senior national team almost became World Champions in Rome last week.

PREVIOUS EDITIONS

1995 - Ste. Foy (CAN)
Podium: 1. NED; 2. AUS; 3. USA

1997 - Prague (CZE)
Podium: 1. GRE; 2. AUS; 3. USA

1999 - Messina (ITA)
Podium: 1. AUS; 2. CAN; 3. HUN

2001 - Perth (AUS)
Podium: 1. USA; 2. AUS; 3. RUS

2003 - Calgary (CAN)
Podium: 1. CAN; 2. USA; 3. ESP

2005 - Perth (AUS)
Podium: 1. USA; 2. RUS; 3. AUS

2007 – Porto (POR)
Podium: 1. AUS; 2. CHN; 3. HUN
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