Synchro, Day 7: Russia completes golden sweep after free combination win
In the last final on the programme, the number-1 nation in the sport delivered a flawless performance at the Palau Sant Jordi, obtaining their fourth title in the event with a total 97.060. Proving imperial in all seven routines, Russia completed their second sweep of gold in-a-row at World Championships (also pocketing the competition’s best team Trophy).
Spain, whose team took a disappointing fourth in Shanghai in 2011 behind Canada, regained second spot, 10 years after their first success in the free combination, also a silver, at the inaugural edition of the event at home. In 2005 and 2009 respectively, Spain completed a set of world medals in the event, winning bronze in Montreal and gold in Rome.
Orlando Duque: "Why High Diving? Because it's a new challenge"
Orlando Duque, from Colombia, is one of the most well-known high divers in the world. He explained today to the media in Barcelona (ESP), two days before the start of the High Diving competition, for the first time included in the programme of a FINA World Championships, what leads a pool diver like him, to higher heights. “When you dive on a pool, it gets a bit boring after a while. All the pools look the same and you want to look for something different. Then, you start to think on diving a bit higher, then again a bit higher and then you end up doing the 27m-platform. It’s a kind of new challenge. This was my case”, considered Duque, a champion in the Cliff Diving World Series.
Water Polo Women: Day 4: USA 14 BRA 3
Olympic gold medallist United States of America made it 17 matches in a row at World Championships, World League and Pan American Games. USA has to go back to 1999 to find the last time it lost to Brazil — at the Pan American Games.
The oppressive humidity and heat made it hard for the teams and USA struggled in the second half once it had enough of a buffer.
Diving, Day 8: He wins second Barcelona gold
Zi He claimed her second gold medal of the FINA World Championships when she added the 3m springboard title to the 1m crown she won four days earlier. He emerged triumphantly from the shadows of her illustrious predecessors Jingjing Guo and Minxia Wu and swooped to China's eighth Barcelona diving title out of nine so far contested, with one final still to come. It was China's seventh successive win in the event, following Guo's unique set of five and the 2011 victory of Wu, who did not defend her individual title in Barcelona but won a 3m synchro gold medal for the sixth time.
He, world and Olympic 3m silver medallist behind Wu in 2011 and 2012, amassed 383.40 points from her five final dives for a clearcut victory ahead of Chinese team-mate Han Wang (356.25) and Canada's Pamela Ware (350.25). Wang, who already had a 1m silver and two 1m bronzes in her world championship medal collection, claimed her first medal on the 3m board in China's fifth one-two in the event.
Open Water, Day 5: Martina Grimaldi of Italy wins women's 25km
Martina Grimaldi of Italy won her first title in the 25km in Moll de la Fusta harbour narrowly beating Angela Maurer of Germany. In the 10km distance Grimaldi owns a complete set of open water medals. She was the 10km champion in the 2010 Open water world championships in Roberval, Canada, finished second in the 2011 edition of the FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, and earned a bronze in her own country during the Rome World Championships in 2009.
Maurer hoped to celebrate her 38th birthday today with a gold medal but will have to settle for her second consecutive silver medal in this event. The German swimmer won her first medal in the 25km, a bronze in the very first edition of the FINA Open Water Swimming Championships in Honolulu. Maurer was the world champion in this distance four years ago in the 2009 FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome. Two years ago she earned a silver medal in this event in Shanghai. In this same harbour 10 years Maurer earned a silver medal finishing another Italian swimmer, Viola Valli in the 10K.
Water Polo Women: Day 4: ESP 18 NZL 6
Spain scored its fourth consecutive victory over New Zealand at World Championship level, winning their quarterfinal qualification match 18-6. Spain was never in doubt as the Olympic silver medallist showed why standing on that podium in London last year was so special and a world title is what it really wants.
Spain was aided by six converted penalty goals as centre forwards gained the better of their opponents. New Zealand gained one so it became the match with the highest number of penalty attempts in Barcelona, men or women.
Open Water, Day 5: Thomas Lurz wins 25km, his second gold and fourth in Barcelona
Germany's Thomas Lurz, 33 years old, won his first title in the 25km event to become the only male swimmer to have won a gold medal in every open water discipline. "I'm really satisfied with this gold. Now I have been at the top of the podium at every distance in the open water world championships," said the swimmer, who raced a total of 45km, winning a medal in each of four open water events in the last seven days.
Brian Ryckeman of Belgium finished four tenths of a second behind the German swimmer. Russia's Evgeniy Drattcev earned a bronze medal. Russia has won a record 16 world championship medals in 16 editions of FINA open water swimming championships.
Water Polo Women: Day 4: NED 11 CHN 10
The return of 2008 Olympic champion Netherlands to the world stage took one step closer with a heart-stopping 11-10 victory over World League champion China.
The victory came in the quarterfinal qualification round and means that China, crowned World League champion just a month before in Beijing, has failed to make it through to the top eight and can go home.
Water Polo Women: Day 4: AUS 25 UZB 2
Australia advanced to the quarterfinals with a comfortable 25-2 clash with Uzbekistan. Australia has been one of the form teams at the championship and head coach Greg McFadden used his bench for vital match practice ahead of the harder matches.
This led to Hannah Buckling, a relative newcomer on the international
stage playing her 28th match, scoring a championship-high six goals from
Uzbekistan was limited to just 11 shots as Australia took 39.
Water polo Women: Day 4: RUS 22 RSA 3
Russia was the first team to win through to the quarterfinals of the women’s competition, beating South Africa 22-3. Playing in the quarterfinal qualification round, Russia’s all-round firepower and lightning-fast counter attacks proved hard to contain for South Africa who must have enjoyed certain aspects of the match.
While Russia was polishing its counter, cross passing and outside shooting skills, South Africa worked hard on defensive play, shutting down many potential threats.
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