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.
Chinese women's water polo team takes gold in front of home crowd
China won the inaugural Asian Games women's water polo gold medal with a 13-5 victory over Kazakhstan at the Tianhe Natatorium on November 17. FINA President Julio Maglione was on hand to distribute the gold medals.
China started strongly and led 4-1 at the quarter, 7-3 at halftime and 8-4 at the final break. The final margin was enhanced with three late goals by China. Uzbekistan claimed the bronze medal, beating India 20-2 in the other game in the three-day, six-game, round-robin event. India debuted at the international level and felt the might of the top two teams, losing 38-2 to both. Song Donglun (CHN) scored a tournament-high 12 goals in the clash with China.