WP Juniors (W), Day 6: USA and Spain will meet in the final
WP Juniors (W), Day 5: Greece, USA, Spain and Russia, the quartet in the semis
Volos (Greece) 23 August – Three great thrillers and an easy win for Greece marked the fifth day of the FINA World Women’s Junior Water Championships here in Volos. USA, Spain and Russia proceed, after quite undecided matches, to the semifinals (the host country is also in final-four) leaving out of contention Hungary, Australia and Italy respectively. Brazil finished its participation in 13th, while Canada and New Zealand will fight for the ninth place in the tournament.
WP Juniors (W), Day 4: Spain, Italy, Great Britain and Hungary complete the set of quarterfinalists
WP Juniors (W), Day 3: Greece, USA, Australia and Russia assure presence in the quarterfinals
Volos (Greece), 21 August – In another exciting day in Volos, home country Greece achieved the greatest win among the seven matches on the programme, sealing its presence in the quarterfinals. A very celebrated outcome after a dramatic end of the match against Canada, and a decisive goal in the last second! USA, Australia and Russia also assured their qualification for the quarterfinals, after getting their third victories in the tournament.
WP Juniors (W), Day 2: USA, Russia and Australia lead after second win
Volos (Greece), 20 August - In a very exciting day in Volos, all the seven games were really interesting with many beautiful goals, turnovers, unexpected results and the first draw. The match of this second day was the last one, with Greece celebrating a crucial victory against Spain in front of the Hellenic supporters. Another highlight was the second victory of the USA in the tournament (this time against Italy), making the North Americans a strong contender for the quarterfinals. Russia and Australia also assured their second win in Volos.
WP Juniors (W), Day 1: No surprises in the initial day in Volos
FINA in mourning - Water polo legend Dezso Gyarmati passed away
Legendary water polo player and coach Dezso Gyarmati has died at the age of 86. One of the best players the game ever seen and in fact the most decorated in history. Till date he is the only player who earned five Olympic medals during his magnificent career: three of them were gold (1952, 1956, 1964), one silver (1948) and one bronze (1960).
The left-handed genius could play in all positions of the field. Known for his fearless approach in every game, he was able to decide the biggest clashes single-handedly. Gyarmati was the protagonist of water polo’s probably most famous match, the clash between Hungary and the USSR at the 1956 Olympics. Though remembered as the ‘Blood bath of Melbourne’ after the scenes of the dying minutes, it was team captain Gyarmati who opened the scoring and set up the other three goals Hungary netted while winning 4-0 en route to the title.
WP Juniors (M), Day 7: Mission completed, Italy crowned as world champion
Szombathely (Hungary), 18 August – The Italian team completed its mission: after earning this age-group’s U18 world title and the U19 European triumph they added the U20 world crown to their tally. They proved their tactical and physical superiority against Croatia as well.
Serbia clinched the bronze medal by winning a great game against the hosts Hungarians.
WP Juniors (M), Day 6: Italy faces off Croatia in the final
Szombathely (Hungary), 17 August – Just as in last year, at the Olympic Games, Italy meets Croatia in the final. Now the two nations’ best juniors clash for the U20 world title. So far, these youngsters are just dreaming of playing at the Olympics, but they have definitely taken the first steps towards the highest level. In the semis, Italy won a tough defensive game against Serbia while Croatia’s huge blasts sank Hungary’s ship to the sadness of one and half thousand fans around the pool.
WP Juniors (M), Day 5: No surprise: Italy, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary reach the semis
SZOMBATHELY (Hungary), 16 August – Summer returned to the host city so everything was given to enjoy the very best of water polo: beautiful sunshine, a great outdoor pool in the green and packed stands around. The traditional powerhouses had all the answers for the challenges they faced in the quarters: the European giants didn’t leave the decision to the dying minutes against the teams from the other continents, Italy beat USA, Serbia kept Australia at bay and Croatia defeated Brazil. In the most thrilling match of the day Hungary managed to oust Spain.
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