Water Polo Women, Day 1: USA 12 GRE 8
Olympic champion United States of America — also holder of the FINA World Cup — proved too strong for world champion Greece, who fell away in the final quarter. Led by experienced star Antigoni Roumpesi, Greece shot away to a 2-0 lead only for USA to have a 3-2 advantage midway through the second quarter.
By halftime, Greece earned a 4-4 draw and goals were switched until 6-6 with Roumpesi scoring her third halfway through the third. Then USA went into overdrive with two goals before the final break and the first in the fourth. Greece’s lack of international experience since winning gold in Shanghai two years ago, was telling. USA’s persistence and frequency at the dais shone through even with relative newcomers blending with the old-stagers.
Water Polo Women, Day 1: CHN 17 RSA 2
World League champion China continued its winning streak beyond the excellent effort in Beijing last month when it collected its first international gold medal at the senior level. South Africa, an intermittent performer on the world stage, was not over-awed and pressured China at the attacking end, which brought success in the final quarter.
It was China’s counter attack that proved fatal for the “girls in green”. The “red tide” sent in four goals in each of the first two quarters and five in the third with Huanhuan Ma scoring two more to take her bag to five. What was unusual was that Ma was caught out of position on several occasions, but still managed to convert.
Water Polo Women, Day 1: AUS 15 NZL 4
World No 3 Australia had the better of trans-Tasman rival New Zealand but the start was scratchy by the more dominant Aussie Stingers. Australia found faith in the first four minutes of the second quarter to slip out to 6-1, but the Kiwis kept them honest with two goals to close the half at 7-3.
New Zealand goalkeeper Brooke Millar proved a worthy opponent, stopping some excellent Australian shots and keeping her team close. Australia played closer to head coach Greg McFadden’s expectations with a shutout period that left New Zealand barren for 15 minutes in the second half.
Water Polo Women, Day 1: RUS 22 UZB 6
Russia was far the better team and the match proved to be a warm-up to the latter stages of the competition. Russia stole the ball, countered and calmly worked the ball to free players rather than slam every opportunity. This calmness gave the match a sense of poise and character, but as the game progressed and Uzbekistan started to reclaim parts of the match, Russia used its urgency to greater effect.
Alexandra Antonova scored three goals in the opening half with six other players also making the sheet. For Uzbekistan’s part, Aleksandra Sarancha made the most of a chance at centre forward in the first quarter for 2-1 and then received a pass on counter for 11-2 late in the second quarter. Natalya Plyusova could have earlier made it 11-2 but her penalty attempt was blocked by Anna Ustyukhina. Ekaterina Prokofyeva, most valuable player at the 2009 FINA Youth World Championships, scored three goals in the third period while Uzbekistan responded with two goals on extra-man advantage.
Water Polo draws allow great promotion of Barcelona 2013
The water polo teams participating in the 15th FINA World Championships, to be held from July 19-August 4, 2013 in Barcelona (ESP) know already their opponents in the preliminary round of both the men’s and women’s tournaments. The draw for the competition took today place in the studios of TVE (the host broadcaster of the championships) in Sant Cugat (near the Catalan capital) and was broadcasted live in all the Spanish territory. The normally not-so interesting ceremony was this time an excellent opportunity to promote the championships and to give an appetizer to all those that intend to watch FINA’s major competition, either on site or in the TV screen.
Besides the draw (results can be found here), the one-hour ceremony presented all the six FINA disciplines included in the programme – for the first in Barcelona, High Diving (27m for men and 20m for women) will be part of the World Championships celebration – and interviewed many of the Spanish stars that are actively preparing for the event.
Draw of Barcelona 2013 Water Polo Tournaments to be held at TV Espanola Studios
The draw of the Barcelona 2013 Water Polo tournaments will be the conclusion of a productive two-day meeting in the Catalan capital, putting an end to the FINA Bureau Meeting (22 and 23 February). Only five months ahead of the 15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013, FINA members will mainly focus on the presentation of the updated report for the upcoming major sporting event.
Only one day later, on Sunday, 24 February, the men’s and women’s water polo tournaments of the Barcelona 2013 World Championships will be drawn. Making good use of his visit to the Catalan capital, FINA president Dr. Julio C. Maglione will chair the draw, which will be held at TV Espanola’s Studio 6 in Sant Cugat del Valles.
Americas water polo tournament to decide last two teams for World Championships
Beside the two national water polo teams from the Americas, all sides that qualified for the water polo tournaments of the 15th FINA World Championships are known. The two teams from Americas, in the men’s and women’s competition, will earn their Barcelona berth at the qualification tournament that will be held at the end of this month. The men’s national team representing Africa is South Africa.
The deadline to get to know the 16 nations that will participate at the Barcelona 2013 FINA World Championships is February 4. Event organisers plan to make the official draws for the men’s and women’s water polo tournaments in February or March, offering fans the chance to obtain useful information before buying their tickets.
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