Men's World League 2014, Day 1: European powerhouses win and USA turns tables on Canada
European superstars Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro won as expected on the opening day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex.
But it was the astounding victory by the United States of America over Canada that had most tongues wagging. Canada was going the way of the previous two matches and the last, but the Maple Leafs did not count on the determination of their southern neighbours. From 7-2 ahead in the third and 8-4 near the final break, Canada looked good. Then USA unleashed a barrage of goals that turned the match in its favour for an incredible 12-8. Canada grabbed one back in the final minute through penalty, but the damage had been done.
Women's Super Final 2014, Day 6: USA clinches eighth World League crown
Team USA won their eighth World League title, the fifth in the last six editions. They outpowered Italy in the final: the Setterosa took a 4-1 lead but the Americans scored seven goals in succession and that decided the outcome.
The third place went to Australia, the fifth bronze for them and the eighth World League medal overall. Defending champions China had to settle for the fourth place.
Women's Super Final 2014, Day 5: USA and Italy to clash in the final
The Olympic title-holder and the reigning European champions will have a showdown in the final as in the semis Team USA thrashed the Australians in less than 10 minutes while Italy played really smart in the second half and beat China again (after Day 1).
For the lower placements, Spain crushed Russia while Canada defeated Brazil despite hitting the posts almost 20 times.
Women's Super Final 2014, Day 4: Host China knocks out the World champions
Apart from the game between the US and Brazil, the other three quarters were all decided by a single goal. Australia won a really tough physical game against Canada, Italy managed to beat the Russians in a tremendous battle while China upended the World title-holder Spanish team, thanks to a magnificent individual effort of Sun Yating, the centre-forward netted three action goals to keep the hosts’ hope for retaining their title alive.
Gergely Kiss trains Sri Lankan water polo players
Three-time Olympic champion Gergely Kiss (HUN) is taking an exotic tour: he’s currently in Sri Lanka to hold a three-week series of training sessions for the local water polo players.
The Hungarian left-hander, aged 37 but still playing at club level, was busy with the national team during the summers between 1996 and 2012, but afterwards he was keen to play in summer leagues.
Women's Super Final 2014, Day 3: USA and Italy emerged as group-winners
The United States and Italy won the respective groups after offering great performances on the third day. Italy came up with an amazing finish against Australia, a 4-0 rush in the last 2:13 minutes – the winner came at 0:04 – gave them a well-deserved win. In the battle of the champions the Olympic title-holder, Team USA, upended the World champion Spaniards, shutting them out in the second half.
Canada and Russia produced a flood of goals with the North Americans prevailing and China won their first match in Kunshan, much to the joy of the home crowd.
Women's Super Final 2014, Day 2: Russia's miraculous comeback against the World champions
Russia made a minor miracle coming back from 8-2 down against Spain and unlike on the opening day, this time they won the penalty shootout.
Jennifer Pareja scored 7 for Spain, including three from penalties, but missed a crucial one in the shootout. The other games provided less excitement, USA outplayed Canada, Italy woke up in time against Brazil while China had too many misses to keep up with Australia.
Women's Super Final, Day 1: Italy stuns China thanks to impressive Silvia Motta
Italy stunned the Chinese side on the opening day thanks to the outstanding individual effort of Silvia Motta who scored 5 goals, 4 of them within 4:30 minutes in the third period.
The big clash of the day between the USA and Russia ended in a penalty shootout with the US prevailing. Spain managed to pull off a tight win over Canada while Australia was too strong for Brazil.
DWS 2014, Monterrey Day 3: Meaghan Benfeito (CAN) and Qiu Bo (CHN), the best on the platform
The atmosphere at the Autonomous University of Nuevo León continued to electrify as the competition unfolded on the last day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series in Monterrey with intense battles in the men's and women's 10m platform finals.
Meaghan Benfeito (CAN) stunned Chinese favourite Liu Huixia to capture gold while China's Qiu Bo was back on top after taking out the men's event.
DWS 2014, Monterrey Day 2: Hausding (GER) wins first individual gold in 3m springboard
On Day 2 of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series in Monterrey, Patrick Hausding (GER) claimed his first individual World Series gold medal, taking out the men's 3m springboard and beating by only 3.55 points reigning World champion He Chong from China.
Hausding kept the lead all the way throughout the final, performing brilliantly all of his six dives: a good height, vertical and clean entry in the water, he controlled his dives, which were of a high degree of difficulty. In the fifth round, he received 100.70 points for his Forward 4.5 Somersaults, tucked (109C).
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