Four teams qualify for quarterfinals on sixth day of FINA Junior Men’s World Championship
Almaty, September 9.— Greece, Spain, Australia and Montenegro have won through to the quarterfinals after preliminary-round action on the sixth day of the FINA Junior Men’s World Water Polo Championships.
Greece beat Mexico 17-8, Spain held off Egypt 15-11, Australia defeated Netherlands 15-10 and Montenegro beat host nation Kazakhstan 17-11.
Greece will play Croatia in the first quarterfinal on Thursday, followed by the Hungary-Montenegro clash, then the Serbia-Spain encounter and lastly the Italy-Australia match.
In earlier matches, Uzbekistan, with the redoubtable Kirill Rustamov scoring 11 goals to move his tournament tally to an incredible 38, beat South Africa 23-12 and China downed Iran 16-13. They now move into lower-ranked semifinals on Thursday.
Round 13-18 Semifinals
50. 10:00 W41 UZB v W42 JPN
52. 11:20 W43 CAN v W44 CHN
Round 9-12 Semifinals
53. 12:40 L45 KAZ v L46 MEX
54. 15:40 L47 EGY v L48 NED
Round 1-8 Quarterfinals
55. 16:20 1A CRO v W46 GRE
56. 17:40 1B HUN v W45 MNE
57. 19:00 1C SRB v W47 ESP
58. 20:20 1D ITA v W48 AUS
FINA IN MOURNING – Vladislav Timakov (RUS)
FINA learnt with immense sadness about the sudden and shocking loss of Mr. Vladislav Timakov, young dedicated Water Polo player and member of the Russian national team during the recent 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan (RUS). Mr. Timakov, 22 years old, was one of the most promising competitors of his age and died during a training camp in Bulgaria on September 6, 2015.
In this moment of grief, FINA addresses its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Timakov, as well as to the entire Water Polo Family in Russia.
Croatia earns fourth quarterfinal berth on fifth day of FINA Junior Men’s World Championship
Almaty, September 8.— Croatia became the last of the quarterfinalists, claiming Group A on the fifth day of the FINA Junior Men’s World Water Polo Championships.
In beating South Africa 31-4, Croatia has gained a rest day and joins Hungary, Serbia and Italy as group winners.
In Group B, Greece drew with Netherlands, gaining second place on a better losing goal differential against group winner Hungary, and Japan had the better of China 19-10 for fourth spot in the five-team group.
In Group C, Mexico took third place with an 18-13 result over Iran.
In Group C, Mexico took third place with an 18-13 result over Iran.
In Group D, Spain took second place and nudged Canada into fourth spot with a 19-9 victory, while Kazakhstan sent off neighbour Uzbekistan for third position thanks to a 13-12 scoreline.
Group A: Croatia 6, Montenegro 4, Egypt 2, South Africa 0.
Group B: Hungary 8, Greece 5, Netherlands 5, Japan 2, China 0.
Group C: Serbia 6, Australia 4, Mexico 2, Iran 0.
Group D: Italy 8, Spain 6, Kazakhstan 4, Canada 2, Uzbekistan 0.
Hungary and Italy through to quarters on day four of FINA Junior Men’s World Championship
Almaty, September 7.— Hungary and Italy won their respective groups and join Serbia as definite quarterfinalists from fourth-day competition at the FINA Junior Men’s World Water Polo Championships.
In Group A, Croatia defeated Egypt 19-3 for its second win.
In Group B, Greece had the better of Japan 17-15 and Hungary beat Netherlands 18-8.
In Group C, Australia finished second in the group with a 15-5 advantage over Iran.
In Group D, Italy beat Uzbekistan 17-6 and in the final match of the day, Kazakhstan gained its first win — 16-13 over Canada.
Points after day four:
Group A: Croatia 4, Montenegro 4, Egypt 2, South Africa 0.
Group B: Hungary 8, Netherlands 4, Greece 4, Japan 0, China 0.
Group C: Serbia 6, Australia 4, Mexico 0, Iran 0.
Group D: Italy 8, Spain 4, Kazakhstan 2, Canada 2, Uzbekistan 0.
Croatia impressive in third-day action of FINA Junior Men’s World Championship
Almaty, September 6.— Croatia entered the tournament with s statement victory over Montenegro on day three of the FINA Junior Men’s Water Polo World Championship.
In a quirk of the draw, and the non-appearance of two nations, Croatia had two days off while other teams were competing.
A solid 14-7 margin over unbeaten Montenegro, means it should now win twice more to secure the group and enter the quarterfinals.
In the other Group A match, Egypt had a resounding 24-8 victory over South Africa.
In Group B, Greece had an impressive 25-8 first win over China and Hungary shrugged off a defiant Japan 16-9 for its third victory.
In Group C at the start of the day, Australia beat Mexico 20-5 for its first win and Serbia, playing with two men ill again, beat Iran 18-6. It was Iran’s opening match.
In Group D, Italy had to work to beat Canada 16-11 and Spain bettered Kazakhstan 21-13 in the feature match of the evening session.
Points after day three:
Group A: Montenegro 4, Croatia 2, Egypt 2, South Africa 0.
Group B: Hungary 6, Netherlands 4, Greece 2, Japan 0, China 0.
Group C: Serbia 6, Australia 2, Mexico 0, Iran 0.
Group D: Italy 6, Spain 4, Canada 2, Uzbekistan 0, Kazakhstan 0.
Italy gets the better of Spain on the second day of the FINA Junior Men’s World Championship
Almaty, September 5.— Italy had the better of Spain 13-10 in their Group D clash and earned a possible group win in second-day action at the FINA Junior Men’s World Water Polo Championships.
Both teams had plenty of time leading the match, but it was Italy who showed greater skills in the dying minutes to pull away for the win. Italy now looks certain to win the group, even before Canada played its opening match, against Uzbekistan straight after. Canada survived the rugged encounter with Uzbekistan 19-18 with the Asians’ best player, Kirill Rustamov, scoring a tournament-high 11 goals.
In Group A, Montenegro closed the day’s proceedings with a 21-12 victory over South Africa, which proved to be an showing by the Africans.
In Group B, Hungary beat China 23-8 and Netherlands was held scoreless by Japan in the final quarter, but still won 13-10.
In Group C, Serbia’s surge to the title was helped with a 29-4 win over Mexico.
Points after day two:
Group A: Montenegro 4, Egypt 0, South Africa 0, Croatia.
Group B: Hungary 4, Netherlands 4, Greece 0, China 0, Japan 0.
Group C: Serbia 4, Australia 0, Mexico 0, Iran.
Group D: Italy 4, Spain 2, Canada 2, Uzbekistan 0, Kazakhstan 0.
Six-a-side format returns to FINA Junior Men’s World Championships
Almaty, September 4.— Opening day action from the FINA Junior Men’s World Water Polo Championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan saw some excellent matches played in the new format.
The smaller ball, smaller teams, smaller pitch and only six players a side in the pool, led to plenty of goals and more space to manoeuvre.
The last tournament that staged this six-a-side format was the same event in Dunkirk, France in 1999.
Eighteen teams are competing following the late withdrawal of Argentina and Brazil. Original match numbers will be retained and two groups will have one less team.
In Group A, Montenegro beat Egypt 14-11 in an enthralling match where Egypt just kept coming back at the stronger Europeans.
In Group B, Hungary beat Greece 17-9 and Netherlands was too hard to handle for China, winning 22-11.
In Group C, Serbia overwhelmed Australia 20-9 from a 5-0 start.
In Group D, Spain went from 9-6 ahead at halftime over Uzbekistan to a commanding 25-10 victory. Italy closed out host Kazakhstan 16-9 in the final match of the day.
Points after day one:
Group A: Montenegro 2, Egypt 0, Croatia, South Africa.
Group B: Netherlands 2, Hungary 2, Greece 0, China 0, Japan.
Group C: Serbia 2, Australia 0, Iran, Mexico.
Group D: Spain 2, Italy 2, Uzbekistan 0, Kazakhstan 0, Canada.
Swimming World Juniors, Day 6, Singapore: Gunes’s blast would have earned her the title in Kazan as well!
Just as in Dubai, Australia tops the medal table with a 9-7-3 tally (they had 10-6-2 in 2013) and the USA earned the most medals, 26 (6-13-7 – in 2013: 9-7-12, 28) and captured the Championship Trophy. Fifteen World Junior Records and 38 Championship Records fell during the six days. The last session brought a truly outstanding swim: Victoria Gunes (TUR) clocked better time in the 200m breaststroke than the eventual world champion in Kazan at the ‘big’ World Championships! She was crowned the best female swimmer of the meet while among the men the versatile Michael Andrew of the USA earned this honour.
A never seen feat on the closing day of the 5th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships: the winning time would have been enough to earn the gold medal at the ‘big’ World Championships! Turkey’s Viktoria Gunes produced that amazing swim: her 2:19.64 blast in the 200m breaststroke was way better than the world champion’s time from Kazan. There, Japan’s Kanako Watanabe clocked 2:21.15 – here, in Singapore Gunes even threatened the senior WR, she was just 0.53sec away, and set the bar really high for future generation to beat this World Junior Record.
Swimming World Juniors, Day 5, Singapore: Swimming through thrillers, the Aussies still top the medal count
Australia lost one title by 0.02sec (in the women’s 50m back) but captured another by 0.04sec (in the women’s 4x100m free) and still leads the medal count ahead of the USA. Day 5 saw three more nations earning their respective first titles: Italy, New Zealand and Ukraine – and two more World Junior Records bettered.
Two Championship Records fell in succession to start the penultimate final session in style. First, Italy’s Simona Quadarella earned a clean win over the 1500m free, gaining more than 7 seconds on runner-up Sierra Schmidt of the USA – her time (16:05.61) was way better than the previous CR (by 18sec). It was also the first title for Italy here in Singapore.
“Oh, I’m so happy and proud of this gold medal” Quadarella said after the race. “The time is really great, I didn’t expect that good. It was a hard swim, not an easy one, and winning feels really fantastic!”
Swimming World Juniors, Day 4, Singapore: Michael Andrew’s special mix for this day: back, fly, free
Tremendous individual efforts highlighted Day 4 in Singapore, at the 5th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships as versatility was the ruling word this evening. We could witness a couple of rare pairings of medal winning performances from outstanding young talents – and as a bonus, 5 more World Junior Records.
Turkey’s Viktoria Gunes captured the titles in the 100m breaststroke and the 200m IM, US’s Michael Andrew had a gold from the 50m back and a silver from the 50m free and between the two he clocked the best time in the semis of the 50m fly, while Aussie Kyle Chalmers sprinted to victory in the 50m free then “re-paced” himself to help the 4x200m free relay to a silver medal.
Actually, those responsible for preparing the schedule of the championships couldn’t anticipate such individual programmes: breaststrokers rarely swim in the IM events (at least not on the same day), backstroke dashers rarely enters the 50m free/fly (or vice-versa) and freestyle sprinters rarely called on duty for the 4x200m relays. That’s why we could see the young guns rushing from the respective medal ceremonies to the start of the very next event (like Gunes and Andrew did) and waited for Chalmers while he left behind his relay team-mates to catch his first ceremony at the other end of the pool.
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