Men's Water Polo Press Conference highlights
Press conference highlights from the coaches of the men’s water polo gold-medal final at Bernat Picornell Pool, Tibor Benedek (HUN) and Ranko Perovic (MNE):
Tibor Benedek (HUN):
“The key factor on this championship has been the spirit of the team, a new team, new coach and we wanted to win. Water polo is national sport is Hungary, and people always want results — there is great history in the Hungarian water polo. There will be lots of pressure next year in the European Championship in Budapest and that´s our next objective”.
Ranko Perovic (MNE):
“It is not easy to play against Hungary, and our defence was not the same as in other games like against Serbia and Italy. It has been great all the people that came here to encourage us. Now it is hard but tomorrow we will celebrate. It is the first medal Montenegro wins, so it is a success.”
Water Polo Men, Day 7 - Gold Medal: HUN 8 MNE 7
Five years after winning a third consecutive Olympic gold medal and nothing since, Hungary is back on the top of the podium, beating Montenegro 8-7 in an exciting match in front of a near-capacity crowd.
Hungarian Viktor Nagy, named the best goalkeeper of the championship, was on fire and Montenegro’s Aleksandar Ivovic did everything he could by scoring three goals, including the equaliser in the final two minutes, which was bested by Marton Szivos at 1:39.
Hungary makes it title #3 with a heart-stopper over Montenegro
Marton Szivos and Viktor Nagy delivered when needed as Hungary won a third men’s Water Polo World Championship by beating Montenegro in a heart-stopping 8-7 on the final day at the Bernat Picornell Pool.
Hungary just loves winning in Barcelona, collecting the crown in 2003 and the title 30 years earlier in 1973. It was also the 10th medal won at these championships, more than any pother nation.
Water Polo Men, Day 7 - 5th & 6th: ESP 10 GRE 8
For the fifth time in World Championship history, Spain finished fifth in beating Greece 10-8 at the Bernat Picornell Pool. In the 43rd match of the championship, Spain made it special for the stand-in captain, Xavier Valles, a veteran of the team and playing his last international. Felipe Perrone stood down for the match to allow Valles to lead the team into the pool. He scored his last goal at this level for the go-ahead 4-3 in the second quarter. A champion player, he leaves the international stage as a character and an exceptional athlete.
Greece won the first period 2-1 and then Albert Espanol set the pool alight when he went rampant, lift his team to 6-4 at halftime with four goals. He scored from his favourite deep left and from the penalty line to give his team the upperhand in the middle stage of the match.
Water Polo Men, Day 7: Bronze Medal - CRO 10 ITA 8
Olympic champion Croatia won a frustrating bronze-medal encounter 10-8 over outgoing world champion Italy. Fouls were king and a veritable revolving door of players and officials being sent from the match marred what could have been something wonderful.
These two teams have been two of the best three teams in the world and deserve respect. They showed it to each other after the match. During action the teams wanted a fluid match but it was a staccato encounter of whistles and uncertainty.
Water Polo Men, Day 7: 7th & 8th - SRB 12 AUS 7
Serbia may be unused to playing off for seventh in a major championship but it’s not unused to playing Australia, having won 10-7 on day one. It became two from two in Barcelona when Serbia defeated the Aussie Sharks 12-7 for seventh place.
Filip Filipovic, a new father who will now want to rush home to see his baby son for the first time, was the star of the show with five goals from six attempts. It could have been six but for a penalty save of his shot against Australian goalkeeper Joel Dennerley. Only one of his left-arm shots came on extra but his run was stopped when he injured his shooting thumb on the follow through of his last score. He finished with 16 goals for the championship.
Women's water polo press conference highlights
Jennifer Pareja (ESP):
"We know that we could not let go this final, that we had to play our best. For me the key is that we enjoy playing and all of us wanted to win. Playing here at home is the best atmosphere.
"I have played the last World Championship (in Barcelona) in 2003 and now and it has been really different. Women's water polo has changed a lot. In the past there was a huge difference between men's water polo and women's water polo and now they're in the same level. In BCN 2003 I was really young and I enjoyed it a lot. Now, in 2013, what we get is awesome.”
Water Polo Women: Day 7: Gold Medal: ESP 8 AUS 6
Spain completed the business it did not quite finish last year at the London Olympic Games by defeating Australia 8-6 in the gold-medal final. It was silver behind United States of America in London while Australia claimed bronze. Tonight it was a well-deserved gold as the best team at these championships and now the top nation on the planet for women’s water polo.
It was victory for head coach Miki Oca and his resolve and faith in his players, led by the indefatigable Jennifer Pareja, voted the championship’s Most Valuable Player.
Olympic silver medallist Spain now crowned World Champion
Spain completed the business it did not quite finish last year at the London Olympic Games by defeating Australia 8-6 in the gold-medal final of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Championships at the Bernat Picornell Pool.
It was silver behind United States of America in London while Australia claimed bronze. Tonight it was a well-deserved gold as the best team at these championships and now the top nation on the planet for women’s water polo.
Water Polo Women, Day 7: 5th & 6th - USA 15 GRE 12 in penalty shootout
Olympic and World Cup champion United States of America beat outgoing world champion Greece 15-12 in a penalty shootout after the match was tied at 10-10 by fulltime and 11-11 after two extra periods. USA sent in all four shots in the shootout while Greece missed two.
The pair played in the same group and USA won that encounter 12-8. USA stretched its lead over Greece in World Championship play to seven.
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