WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 2: Defending champ USA bursts the floodgates against China
Reigning champion United States of America overcame 2013 champion China 8-2 on the second day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo Intercontinental Tournament at West Wave Aquatic Centre in Auckland (NZL).
In the Group A match, USA needed a six-goal burst in the final six minutes to break a 2-2 deadlock that had the multiple champion team scoreless for the previous 20 minutes of play. It also meant a second straight win. Brazil and Kazakhstan battled hard in their encounter with Brazil coming back to level the match five times for 8-8 at fulltime, only to lose the shootout 12-11 to a joyful Kazakhstan.
WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 1: World’s best teams succeed on opening
There was plenty of action on the opening day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo Intercontinental Tournament at West Wave Aquatic Centre in Auckland (NZL). All teams looked unsettled to start with, bringing youngsters and inexperienced players alike, looking for more settled teams as the week progresses.
In Group A, reigning World League, Olympic and world champion USA turned tied first and second quarters against Brazil into an 8-3 third-break margin before closing at 9-4. And the more experienced Canada put away host New Zealand 15-7.
DWS 2015, Kazan, Day 3: Golden day for Canada and China
The final day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2015 in Kazan was marked by Canadian triumph on the women’s 10m platform.
The boys from team Canada were clapping and whistling to cheer up and to congratulate their teammate Meaghan Benfeito after the overall rank 1 popped up on the scoreboard.
The battle for gold in the first event of the evening played out between Meaghan Benfeito (CAN) and Chen Ruolin (CHN) and ended in favour of the Canadian, who left her opponent just 1.35 point behind (338.10 and 381.75 points respectively). Tonia Couch of Great Britain won the bronze medal with a total score of 360.30.
DWS 2015, Kazan, Day 2: China takes two gold out of three, giving way to Great Britain in men’s 3m springboard
The second day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2015 in Kazan saw team China secure the gold medals in women’s 3m individual springboard and mixed 3m synchro event, but lose –once again after Dubai stage - their hegemony in the men’s field.
In the first event of the evening, Shi Tingmao (СHN) successfully finished the final with a score of 384.60 points, leaving behind her teammate Wang Han (335.30) and Jennifer Abel of Canada (363.00).
On her performance Shi Tingmao, who got the second gold at this meet, said: "My dives were not as good as in the morning session. Maybe I have got tired after the synchro event".
DWS 2015, Kazan, Day 1: China starts with four gold
China collected all four titles on offer on Day 1 of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2015 in Kazan. It all started in the morning session, when China dominated the 10m synchro platform event.
In the women’s final multiple Olympic and World champion Chen Ruolin and 10m overall Series winner in 2014 Liu Huixia predictably took the gold with a total of 338.88 points.
FINA suspends SportAccord membership
On April 22, 2015 FINA has temporarily suspended its SportAccord membership, informing its President Marius Vizer. Moreover, FINA has also written to the President of the International Olympic Committee, Dr. Thomas Bach to “assure FINA’s collaboration and support to the IOC 2020 Agenda and its objectives”.
FINA meets Russia’s Minister of Sport
Within the frame of the SportAccord convention in Sochi (RUS), the FINA authorities have met on April 21 the Minister of Sport from Russia, Mr. Vitaly Mutko. The FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione and FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu had the opportunity to discuss the preparation of the 16th FINA World Championships and FINA World Masters Championships this summer in Kazan (RUS).
During the meeting, Mr. Mutko reaffirmed once more the total support and engagement of the Russian highest authorities to the organisation of FINA’s major event. The Russian Minister of Sport ensured that everything in Kazan will be ready to host a great Aquatic Festival and that optimal conditions are waiting the Aquatic stars from the five continents.
“Sport is a great conversation opener and human-experience opener that puts us eye to eye”
For over 15 years, Canadian swimmer Mark Tewksbury has been using his success as an Olympian to fight against discrimination and defend gay rights in the sporting world. He is one of many inspirational athletes who, in the lead-up to the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) on 6 April, illustrates how sport can be a tool for social change contributing to a better world.
“For me the conflict was really basic, really human, like I want to be accepted,” explains the retired athlete, who won gold at the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992. “I wanted to do something that is my livelihood and I was afraid if I was simply honest about who I am, all of that would be taken away.”
WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 6: Australia, Brazil, USA go 1-2-3
Even without its head coach, Australia took gold over Brazil, 9-6, in the final day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Intercontinental Tournament in Newport Beach, California. Elvis Fatovic was ejected one night earlier in the semifinal shootout against the US, but the Aussie defense was unstoppable on Saturday and stymied a thrilling fourth-quarter rally from the 2016 Olympic host.
In the earlier matches, the US trounced China for the bronze medal, 19-7. Japan defeated Kazakhstan, 15-12, for fifth place by building a comfortable lead early in the game. And Canada routed Argentina, 18-5, to earn seventh place in an epic mismatch that no one had expected to see at the end of group play.
WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 5: Australia wins shootout, will face Brazil in final
Day 5 at the FINA WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tournament in Newport Beach, California, was riveting, tension-filled – perhaps even ulcer-inducing – because three of the four games (including both semifinals) were tied late in the fourth quarter.
One went to a shootout. (Australia beat the US, 17-16, on the final save to advance to the championship game.) Another came down to the last second. (Japan beat Canada, 11-10, when Keigo Okawa whipped in a time-expiring goal that rendered the Canadian coach speechless and his players distraught.) And another saw a rookie mistake lead to a game-winning penalty shot in the final 1:10 (as Brazil beat China 14-12 to advance to Saturday’s final).
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