Water Polo Men, Day 4: USA 6 ESP 10
Spain sent United States of America crashing out of the championship with a 10-6 victory in the quarterfinal qualifiers. Spain had a more balanced team and USA relied heavily on first-team newcomer Janson Wigo, who scored three goals.
Spanish folk do not like their team trailing and when USA veteran and captain Tony Azevedo scored with a lob shot on counter for 2-1, they were unhappy. It took Felipe Perrone with his second Guillermo Molina for 3-2 to get the crowd excited. Molina urged them to stand and cheer, which they did. The crowd was clearly behind Spain.
Diving, Day 9: Golden 10m triumph for Qiu
Bo Qiu retained his 10m crown in spectacular style, defeating Olympic gold medallist David Boudia of the USA to bring China their ninth diving title out of 10 on offer at the FINA World Championships. Qiu uncorked two dives worth more than 100 points as well as a barrage of perfect 10 marks from the judges in a master class from the 10m tower. Qiu, the first man to retain the world platform crown since Russia's Dmitry Sautin in 1998, began inauspiciously in the first round after a shaky semi-final but only two of his six final dives turned out to be worth less than 99 points.
Qiu, Olympic silver medallist behind Boudia at the London Games, amassed a colossal 581.00 points to win by a vast 63.60 points from Boudia (517.40). The American dived consistently but had to settle for the silver behind Qiu for the second successive World Championships. Germany's Sascha Klein, who shared gold with Patrick Hausding in the 10m synchro, the only title to escape China at the Montjuic Municipal Pool, finished third with 508.55 points, repeating the world bronze he achieved in 2011. Tom Daley of Great Britain, the 2009 world champion ahead of Qiu, held third spot for two rounds in the middle of the competition but faded to sixth (470.60). Olympic bronze medallist Daley has been plagued by injury and said he had been happy just to make the final. It was China's fifth men's 10m win in 15 editions of the championships.
Water Polo Men, Day 4: CRO 21 NZL 4
Olympic champion Croatia scored a comfortable 21-4 victory over New Zealand to breeze into the quarterfinals. Playing the quarterfinal qualification round, Croatia opened a 6-0 lead to set up the victory in a match where Sandro Sukno and Petar Muslim led all scorers with five each. Sukno is the son of 1984 Yugoslavian Olympic gold medallist Goran Sukno.
Three of Sandro’s goals came in the first quarter and it should have been four except his penalty attempt was blocked.
Water Polo Men, Day 4: MNE 12 CAN 4
A five-goal burst spanning the first and second quarters helped Montenegro beat Canada 12-4 and advance to the quarterfinals. Playing the qualification round at Bernat Picornell Pool, Montenegro was held to 2-1 at the quarter before expanding the margin to 5-1 at halftime and 6-1 in the third, which was tied at 3-3. A 4-0 final quarter rounded out the victory.Canada struck some form with Constantin Kudaba scoring twice from well outside and Kevin Graham finishing off what was formerly a sloppy extra-man play. At 7-4, Canada was well placed to drill further into the deficit.
Aquatic Family gathered at the FINA Gala Dinner
The Prince of Spain Felipe honoured FINA with his presence on July 27, 2013 at the FINA Gala Dinner, organised in the National Art Museum of Catalunya (MNAC) in Barcelona (ESP). Gathering around 1000 attendees, this convivial occasion was also highlighted by the presence of the best Olympian in history (22 medals including 18 titles), US swimmer Michael Phelps, as well as several IOC members and many Spanish and Catalan authorities.
Representatives of the FINA National Federations present in Barcelona for the 15th FINA World Championships, as well as members of the FINA Technical Committees and Commissions were also in attendance. Finally, the sponsors and suppliers of the championships were obviously invited to this Gala Dinner.
Water Polo Men, Day 4: GRE 13 RSA 5
Greece became the first quarter-finalist after beating South Africa 13-5 in an enthralling match where extra-man was king. The official statistics may show Greece scoring five from seven but in actual fact they plundered eight from 11. It’s just the way the official timing is done. It’s like when a team scores at 21 seconds — one second over the exclusion period. Coaches count that as an extra-man goal. It’s subjective, but it’s the focus of water polo.
In Greece’s case it scored five within the 20 seconds, one at 21 seconds, one at 25 and one at 26. Official statistics claim shots as being on target within the 20-second period so this does not show the true figure.
Water Polo Women, Day 4: GRE 13 ITA 12 in penalty shootout
Italy became the second champion to exit the women’s championship when it was beaten 13-12 in a penalty shootout by world champion Greece.
That means, European champion Italy became the second champion of the day set to depart Barcelona after World League champion China lost out to Netherlands earlier in the day.
Champions China and Italy fail to make quarterfinals
There can only be one winner and even champions have to fall by the wayside some time. This was the case during quarterfinal qualification matches on the fourth day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Championships at the Bernat Picornell Pool.
In the final match of the night, European champion Italy bowed out in controversial fashion, losing a penalty shootout 13-12 to world champion Greece.
Water Polo Women: Day 4: HUN 14 GBR 5
Hungary is one win from a half-century of victories at World Championships following its quarterfinal-qualifying 14-5 win over Great Britain. Great Britain, which bows out of the championship, is yet to win a match at this level, sitting alongside Puerto Rico as the only nations yet to win a match.
Great Britain is improving with every match and went 4-2 behind in both the first quarters and then held Hungary to 2-0 in the third. It could have been 2-1 if Fiona Winstanley–Smith had not been so selfless in trying to pass to a teammate when she had the goal at her mercy.
Water Polo Women: Day 4: CAN 14 KAZ 8
Canada earned a berth in the quarterfinals with a 14-8 victory over Kazakhstan. Carmen Eggens scored the 600th World Championship goal for Canada when she sent a shot into the bottom right from the top. Anna Turova, in making the score 2-1, landed Kazakhstan’s 300th goal at this level.
Canada had the game to go away with the match and at 7-2 looked likely to do so. Kazakhstan Captain Assel Jakayeva plundered a goal at centre forward for 7-3 to arrest the slide. Two Monika Eggens goals just before halftime had Canada 9-3 at the long break. That gave her four from the half to double her championship tally.
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