Swimming, Day 3: Kazan 2015 already with more WR than BCN 2013

Kazan 2015 - SW

At the end of the third day of competition, the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan (RUS) already register more new World Records (seven) than in the eight sessions of this discipline in Barcelona 2013. In the Catalonian capital, the number of new best global marks had not exceeded six, but thanks to the courtesy of Cameron van der Burgh, Adam Peaty and Katie Ledecky, the Russian rendezvous had another exciting day at the Kazan Arena.

The men’s WR were set in the 50m breaststroke: in the morning prelims, Van der Burgh (RSA) clocked 56.62, but Peaty (GBR), already winner of the 100m here in Kazan, qualified first for the final in 56.42. The fight between the best two swimmers of the moment in this event should provide a supersonic final.

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Water Polo Reports - Men, Day 5

Kazan 2015 - WP

Croatia-Greece and Italy-Serbia semifinals in men’s water polo

Olympic champion Croatia will play Greece and 2011 World champion Italy will take on World Cup and World League champion Serbia in Thursday’s medal semifinals following fifth-day men’s water polo competition.

In the 1-8 quarterfinals, Croatia was the first team into the semifinal, defeating Montenegro 10-4 in a heated, high-fouling match. It was Croatia’s sixth straight World Championship semifinal.

Greece gained a goal four seconds from time to tie Australia 7-7 and subsequently win the penalty shootout 5-4 for a 12-11 victory and a date with Croatia.

Italy came from 5-3 down in the third period to go two ahead and eventually beat reigning champion Hungary 8-7 and another thriller.

World Cup and World League champion Serbia held off United States of America 12-7 built on a 7-5 halftime lead.

In the classification round 9-12 semifinals, Canada beat Kazakhstan 9-7 and Brazil sent off South Africa 16-5.

Departing the tournament were four teams — Japan claiming 13th spot from Russia 13-9 and China taking 15th place from Argentina 16-9.

August 6 Schedule

Classification 11-12

10:50, KAZ v RSA

Classification 9-10

12:10, CAN v BRA

Classification 5-8 Semifinals

15:30, MNE v AUS

17:00, HUN v USA

Classification 1-4 Semifinals

20:30, CRO v GRE

22:00, ITA v SRB

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Rachelle Simpson (USA) gets first world title in Kazan

Kazan 2015 - HD

Kazan is definitively an inspiring location for Rachelle Simpson! After winning the first edition of the FINA High Diving World Cup, last year also in the beginning of August, the 27-year-old North American promised to also shine at the 16th FINA World Championships in the capital of Tatarstan. The promise was kept and after the three rounds of dives in the final, Simpson earned the gold in 258.70, getting the first world title of her career. The silver went to the first champion ever, two years ago, in Barcelona, her teammate Cesilie Carlton. The bronze went to a newcomer at this level, Yana Nestsiarava from Belarus. The youngest (23 years old) competitor of the field (nine divers participated in this final) has been fourth last year in the same Kazanka venue, but had already upgraded to third in the 2015 World Cup in Cozumel (MEX).

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Swimming, Day 2: Ledecky, Sjostrom and Hosszu set three WR

Kazan 2015 - SW

Katie Ledecky (USA), Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) and Katinka Hosszu (HUN), by this order, marked the second day of the swimming competition at the 16th FINA World Championships Kazan 2015, by setting new World Records in the 1500m free, 100m butterfly, and 200m IM, respectively. It all started in the morning preliminaries, when the North American star improved her own global best mark in the longest event of the programme, stopping the watch at 15:27.71. In August last year, Ledecky had clocked 15:28.36 at the Pan Pacs, and on Day 1 here in Kazan she won the 400m free, but could not better the WR in an event in which she is also the fastest in the world.

In the afternoon, it was Sjostrom’s turn to improve her time of the semis in the 100m butterfly, winning the decisive race in a new WR of 55.64 (0.10 faster than in the previous day). Sjostrom was also the winner in 2013 and 2009, being now the only swimmer with three world titles in this event. Jeanette Ottesen, from Denmark, was her most direct challenger, but finished with the silver, in a “distant” 57.05. Lu Ying (CHN) completed the podium in 57.48.

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Water Polo Reports - Women, Day 5

Kazan 2015 - WP

Women’s semifinal match-ups determined — USA v AUS and ITA v NED

United States of America, Netherlands, Australia and Italy have won through to the semifinals of the women’s water polo competition following sixth-day action.

Olympic, World Cup and World League champion USA will play Australia in the first semifinal and Italy will face 2008 Olympic champion Netherlands in the second semifinal.

USA controlled Spain from start to finish and will be out to finish on the podium for the first time since Rome in 2009.

For the Dutch it is the first trip to the semifinals since Perth 1998 following a rousing 10-9 win over host Russia after being 5-1 up early in the second quarter.

Australia struggled against China all match, having to level five times for 7-7 before forcing a penalty shootout, which it won 5-3 for a flattering 12-10 victory.

In the fourth quarterfinal, 2004 Olympic champion Tania di Mario scored four goals as 2014 World League silver medallist Italy swam over 2011 World champion Greece 9-6.

Brazil earned a play-off with Hungary for ninth position on the strength of a 10-5 victory over Kazakhstan. The match before, Hungary slipped home against Canada 10-7 after being 6-6 at the final break.

Four teams departed the tournament today with Japan taking 15th place over South Africa 14-7 and New Zealand finishing 13th with a 7-6 nail-biter over France.

August 5 Schedule

Classification 11-12

10:50, CAN v KAZ

Classification 9-10

12:10, HUN v BRA

Classification 5-8 Semifinals

15:30, ESP v CHN

17:00, GRE v RUS

Classification 1-4 Semifinals

20:30, USA v AUS

22:00, ITA v NED

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