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Swimming, Day 5 - Men’s 100m free: Magnussen (AUS) revalidates title in 47.71

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James Magnussen (AUS)In one of the most awaited finals of the programme, Vladimir Morozov, from Russia, had a bullet-start with a 0.59 reaction time and a 50m turn under the World Record pace (21.94, 0.23 faster than the split clocked by Cielo in 2009), but this initial effort didn’t pay off. The victory went to Australia’s James Magnussen in 47.71, 0.08 slower than his winning time in Shanghai, two years ago.

Magnussen had been defeated by Nathan Adrian (USA) at the 2012 Olympics, but took his sweet revenge in Barcelona, leaving the minor medals for the two US swimmers of the final, respectively James Feigen (47.82) and Adrian (bronze, in 47.84). The Australian sprinter was already the best performer of the season, with a 47.53 effort from last April in Adelaide. Moreover, this was his fourth medal at FINA World Championships, after three podium presences in 2011.

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Water Polo Men, Day 6: ESP 14 SRB 13

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ESP vs SRBSpain inflicted pain on Serbia by sending it to the play-off for seventh place against Australia after a dramatic sudden death, penalty shootout that Spain eventually won 14-13.

The scoreline was the same as the match between the two in the 2009 Rome World Championships. Serbia won that day and went on to win eight further matches against Spain in major competitions. It was time for Spain to redress the situation.

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Swimming, Day 5 - Men’s 200m individual medley: Lochte (USA) gets first gold in Barcelona

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Ryan Lochte (USA)The World record holder, champion in 2011 and best performer of the season, US Ryan Lochte (USA) was the favourite of this race and did not disappoint: the North American star, fourth in the 200m free and silver medallist in the 4x100m free relay at the Palau Sant Jordi, got his first title in Barcelona, touching home in 1:54.98, faster than the 1:55.44 he had clocked in June in Indianapolis. With this victory, Lochte, who has 11 Olympic podium presences, totals 21 medals at FINA World Championships and like Phelps in 2003, 2005 and 2007, has now three consecutive wins in the event, after his 2009 and 2011 successes.

The silver went to Japan’s Kosuke Hagino, who won the duel with Thiago Pereira from Brazil. The Asian swimmer, 2012 Olympic bronze medallist in the 400m IM, clocked 1:56.29 against Pereira’s 1:56.30. It is the first success at this level for the Brazilian, who won silver in London in the longer distance. Hagino has also won silver in the 400m free here in Barcelona.

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Water Polo Men: Day 6, GRE 11 AUS 9

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GRE vs AUSGreece upstaged Australia 11-9 and earned a shot at fifth place with a solid effort against a team that could not emulate its recent performance. Greece had lost to Hungary 9-3 and Australia drew 9-9. It was expected Australia would emerge victorious but it was not to be as the defence seemed missing in action in the first half.

Greece had control of the first period as the normally reliable Australian goalkeeper, James Clark, appeared to have an off day and was switched for Joel Dennerley at 3:20 of the second quarter. Either that or the Aussie Sharks’ defence had dropped a huge step on the ladder.

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2013 FINA Synchronised Swimming Worldwide Seminar - St Petersburg (RUS)

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2013 FINA Synchronised Swimming Worldwide Seminar - St Petersburg (RUS)

FINA, in cooperation with the Russian Synchronised Swimming Federation, organised the 2013 FINA Synchronised Swimming Worldwide Seminar for Coaches and Judges A from November 1-3, 2013 in St Peterbsurg, Russia.

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Water Polo Women, Day 6: ESP 13 HUN 12

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ESP vs HUNFor the first time in World Championship history, Spain has beaten Hungary and what a match it was — 13-12 for a shot at the gold medal on Friday night at Bernat Picornell Pool.

Five times before Spain has felt the backhand of Hungary but last year that all changed when Spain toppled Hungary in the Olympic Games semifinals.

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Olympic medallists battle way to women’s world final

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Olympic medallists battle way to women’s world final  Australia and Spain will clash on Friday for the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Championship at the Bernat Picornell Pool. Australia will be seeking a second crown to go with its win in the inaugural women’s World Championships in 1986 — ironically, also in Spain (Madrid) — and Spain will finish higher than before, having done no better than seventh in Melbourne 2007 and 11th in Shanghai two years ago.

In London, Spain finished with silver and Australia bronze so two of the top three teams in the world will clash in a real blockbuster.

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Water Polo Women, Day 6: AUS 9 RUS 6

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RUS vs AUSAussie Stingers head coach Greg McFadden must have had Melbourne 2007 in his mind in playing and beating Russia 9-6 in the first women’s semifinal at Bernat Picornell Pool.

He coached the team to victory over Russia on that semifinal occasion — also a three-goal margin at 12-9 — and went on to lose the final by a goal to the United States of America (6-5). Tonight he won again but will face a different opponent in Friday’s gold-medal match.

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Swimming, Day 4: Treble for Franklin, Phelps inheritance for Le Clos

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Treble for Franklin,  Phelps inheritance for Le ClosMissy Franklin (USA) bagged her third Barcelona gold and Chad le Clos (RSA) claimed one more global title that had belonged to Michael Phelps on Day 4 of swimming at the FINA World Championships. Yang Sun (CHN), furthering his quest for a distance freestyle treble, added the 800m crown to the 400m title he won on Day 1, while Cameron van der Burgh made it double gold on the day for South Africa with victory in the men's 50m breaststroke. 

Franklin, golds in the 100m backstroke and 4x100m freestyle relay already in her possession, beat defending champion Federica Pellegrini (ITA) in the 200m freestyle. She seized the lead from Olympic 400m freestyle champion Camille Muffat (FRA) on the second length and won in 1:54.81, with Pellegrini charging through the field to claim silver in 1:55.14 and Muffat taking the bronze in 1:55.72. World record holder Pellegrini, Olympic champion in 2008, said she had had a difficult year and the result was very encouraging for the future. "I'm really surprised with the silver medal," she said.

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Swimming, Day 4 - Men's 800m freestyle: Second world gold for Sun

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Yang Sun (CHN)Double Olympic champion Yang Sun (CHN) secured his second gold medal of the 15th FINA World Championships, waiting till the end to cut loose and claim the 800m freestyle title. Sun, who won the 400m freestyle world crown on Day 1 and will seek to make it a golden treble in the 1500m, did just enough to remain slightly ahead of his rivals for most of the race. He was content to stay less than a second in front for 700 metres before pulling away in the last 100 metres to win in 7:41.36, with his three closest competitors - two Americans and a Canadian - fighting it out for the two remaining medals.

Silver went to Michael McBroom (USA), who came through in the second half of the race and finished in 7:43.60. Ryan Cochrane (CAN) won the battle for bronze, touching in 7:43.70 ahead of the second American, Connor Jaeger, who clocked 7:44.26. That reversed their placings in the 400m, when Jaeger collected the bronze. Sun was well outside the 7:32.12 world mark set by compatriot Lin Zhang in Rome in 2009, when he became first Chinese man to win a swimming title at the long-course World Championships.

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