Youth Water Polo (W), Day 7: USA World champion, Canada and Hungary complete podium
USA was crowned World champion after defeating Canada in a tight 5-4 on the closing day of the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships at Madrid's swimming centre M-86. USA suffered a lot to defeat Canada, a very powerful team in defense during the whole championship. Even if the Canadians were always behind in the scoreboard with 2-goal differences (2-0 / 4-2), they managed to draw the match level in the final quarter, but a counterattack three minutes before the end by Aria Fischer left the score unchanged in 5-4.
In the very last minute, USA rushed to the final shot and Canada went desperately in search for the tie, but Matthews didn’t succeed and didn’t score the decisive goal. The American team played with time in their favour, and with just 24 seconds left, and their rival’s possession, managed to resist until they got a well-deserved gold medal.
SWC 2014, Dubai Day 1: Magyar Hosszu and Gyurta on top of their game
The second leg of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014 was marked by the historic World records of the Magyar duo, Katinka Hosszu and Daniel Gyurta. Moreover, several swimmers confirmed their mark on the international swimming stage, whom we will certainly hear from again at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in three months' time: Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS), Christian Diener (GER), Marco Koch (GER) and Velimir Stjepanovic (SRB).
Dubai's Hamdan Sports complex served as the backdrop to its first individual record-breaking performances at the World Cup since 2011. Comparing with the first leg in Doha, 16 out of the 17 winners of Day 1, which are the same than in Qatar, bettered their performances, except in the men's 200m butterfly.
Youth Water Polo (W), Day 6: USA faces Canada in the final match
USA and Canada will play on Sunday August 31 to win the world title after the sixth competition day at the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships 2014 in Madrid, Spain, taking place at the Swimming Centre M-86.
USA beat a very powerful Greece after penalties, finishing on a tie 9-9 after regular time. At the end, the score was 12-11, with Grab giving USA the qualification for the final with her decisive shot. Both teams, which have based their victories in these Championships on their defense, displayed an alternative-rich water polo, and theirs was the best match of the tournament so far.
Youth Water Polo (W), Day 5: USA-Greece and Canada-Hungary to clash in semifinals
USA-Greece and Canada-Hungary are the semifinals pairings after the fifth competition day of the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships 2014 in Madrid, Spain. USA, which remain unbeaten in this tournament, defeated the Netherlands in quarterfinals after a very even match (6-4). The American team will play for a place in the final against Greece, another favourite of the tournament, which edged the ever-looming Chinese team 10-5 on Friday August 29.
On the other side of the draw in search for the semifinals, Canada and Italy played another rather even match. With a 7-6 score, Axelle Crever scored the final goal one minute before the end. The final scoreboard reflected the Canadian victory by 8-6.
Youth Water Polo (W), Day 4: Host Spain to clash with Hungary in quarterfinals
Hungary-Spain, Italy-Canada, Netherlands-USA and China-Greece are the quarterfinals matches of the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships 2014 in Madrid, Spain which will be played on Friday after the fourth competition day, in which Spain, Canada, USA and Greece had rest in this round before the quarterfinals after finishing at the top of their respective groups.
Hungary defeated Japan with a 20-14 score after an overwhelming third quarter (7-2), and will be Spain’s rival in the quarterfinals next Friday at 8 pm. It will be a match in which the best attack (Hungary) will confront the best defense (Spain).
SWC 2014, Doha Day 2: Two more WR for Katinka “turbo” Hosszu
The first leg of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014 concluded in Doha (QAT) on August 28 with more of Katinka Hosszu’s outstanding performances. In the second and final day of the meet, the Hungarian great added five more medals to her tally, for a total of 10 podium presences in the capital of Qatar. The latest successes of Hosszu included the gold in the 100m and 400m individual medley, 100m backstroke, silver in the 200m butterfly and bronze in the 50m butterfly.
After a WR on Day 1 in the 200m IM, the Magyar star imposed once more her supremacy in the medley events, winning the 400m in a new World Record time of 4:20.83 and the 100m in 57.34, a bit slower than the world best mark set in the heats, with a 57.25 effort. Both performances improved Hosszu World Records in these events, established in the 2013 edition of the series.
SWC 2014, Doha - Hosszu: "I feel unstoppable"
Since her arrival to the FINA Swimming World Cup in 2012, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) has totally changed the women’s competition in this event. Thanks to her versatility and success in so many strokes and distances, the Magyar swimmer could easily take the win on both the 2012 and 2013 editions and is certainly ready to take the glory in 2014.
On Day 1 of the initial leg of the series in Doha (QAT), the “Iron Lady” (as she is known) has accumulated four wins, accompanied by one World Record and two World Cup records. In the morning of the second day, she appeared stronger than ever in the heats, smashing the WR in the 100m IM, in a new time of 57.25 (the previous world best mark was hers, with a 57.45 effort from August last year, in the Berlin leg of the World Cup).
Youth Water Polo (W), Day 3: USA, Greece, Spain and Canada qualify for quarterfinals
The women's teams of USA, Greece, Spain and Canada lead their respective groups after the preliminary stage and have directly qualified for the quarterfinals after the end of the opening competition stage at the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships 2014, taking place in Madrid, Spain.
In Group A, the unbeaten American team confirmed their dominance, beating Germany in their third match with a 24-4 score. Hungary finished in second place after defeating South Africa with a 3-24 score. Hungarian captain, Greta Gurisatti, scored 7 goals.
SWC 2014, Day 1: Hosszu festival starts in Doha (QAT)
The “Iron Lady” is ready to shine in the 2014 edition of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup. In the first day of the inaugural leg of the series in Doha (QAT), Katinka Hosszu (HUN) was the athlete in evidence, establishing a World Record and two World Cup records, and getting four gold medals. The world best mark was set in the women’s 200m individual medley, when she touched home in 2:02.61, bettering her own record of 2:03.20, obtained also in the first meet of the 2013 circuit in Eindhoven (NED).
In a very successful evening, the Magyar star, winner of last year’s series, also swam for the bronze in the 800m free, got the gold in the 50m backstroke, the 200m backstroke and the 200m free. In the latter, she improved on two occasions the best mark of the competition: in the morning heats, she clocked 1:51.84, while the afternoon victory was sealed with a 1:51.41 effort. Hosszu was constantly under the World Record (1:51.17, from Italy’s Federica Pellegrini, from 2009) pace, but could not swim so fast until the final touch.
SWC 2014, Doha - Mellouli: Ready for the long journey!
These expressions became a cliché: “Success is a journey, not a destination”, or “the doing is often more important than the outcome”. He has known success, he came to a delightful destination, but he has just started another journey. Another “doing”. Smoothly, but surely. Oussama Mellouli, from Tunisia, is a true champion, a role model for an entire region, a hero in his country, a great star of Aquatics.
After a year of “ups and downs”, as he frankly says, Mellouli is definitively back to the pools and to the FINA world: his presence in Doha (QAT) and Dubai (UAE), the two first stops of the 2014 edition of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup are a solid proof that he wishes to go on. With one destination: the Olympic Games in Rio 2016!
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