Water Polo Men: Day 3: SRB 16 CHN 9
Serbia walked into the next round with three victories, beating a stubborn China 16-9 in their Group C encounter. While Serbia would be expected to win comfortably, Rick Azevedo, China’s coach from the USA, seems have steeled the team into a more cohesive unit, utilising its tremendous firepower.
China worked hard until the end of the game, especially against such a powerful team like Serbia. China’s brand of water polo is infectious, as different as it is from Serbia’s.
USA, Hungary, Russia and Australia win women’s water polo groups
Olympic champion United States of America, Hungary, Russia and Australia have won their groups on the third day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Championships at the Bernat Picornell Pool.
The match of the day was undoubtedly the clash between Russia and the Netherlands. From 7-3 ahead in the second quarter, Russia looked unbeatable but the dogged efforts of Netherlands led to a revival that levelled the match at 7-7 early in the third quarter. Russia took charge again, then the Dutch levelled at 10-10, 11-11 and finally 12-12 inside the final minute — the final score.
Water Polo Women: Day 3: ESP 20 UZB 4
Spain grabbed second place in Group A with a 20-4 margin over Uzbekistan in the final group match of the women’s championship. As in the day’s opening game, a minute’s silence was observed for the victims of the train crash in the north-western province of Galicia.
As if in support of those families left behind, Spanish captain Jennifer Pareja scored the championship’s fastest goal at just 12 seconds when she converted a penalty attempt.
Water Polo Women: Day 3: CHN 13 NZL 5
China collected second spot in Group B with a 13-5 victory over New Zealand. This means the World League champion will now have to meet 2008 Olympic champion Netherlands in the sudden-death quarterfinal qualifiers on Saturday.
China had the goods to win easily and put together a solid game. For New Zealand’s part it struggled ferociously and resisted stoutly for China only to breach the defence twice in the first quarter.
Synchro, Day 5: Russian duo rocks duet free final
Using a heavy metal piece by Metallica, defending champion Svetlana Romashina and new partner Svetlana Kolesnichenko from Russia went off the beaten track, delivered a very original programme and finished strongly in the duet free, scoring 97.680. China’s Jiang sisters waved farewell with a second silver-medal winning performance in Barcelona and a total 95.350 points, closely followed by local hopes Ona Carbonell and Margalida Crespi, who secured the bronze with an overall 94.990.
With this win, Romashina pocketed her third straight title in the event (which she won with Natalia Ishchenko in Rome and Shanghai) and fourth title in Barcelona (after winning the solo events and duet technical), lifting Russia’s duet gold total to 11.
Water Polo Women: Day 3: AUS 14 RSA 1
Australia won Group B with a third victory, defeating South Africa 14-1 in a clash of the Commonwealth nations. Australia is one of the strongest nations here so South Africa, normally just a visitor to World Championships every two years, put up a strong display, holding Australia out more than five minutes at the start of the match.
Australia began a roll that yielded four goals by the quarter and the next two periods also only yielded four goals to the Aussie Stingers. Tough pressure by South Africa restricted Australia to two goals in the final period.
Water Polo Women: Day 3: RUS 12 NED 12
Russia threw away a 7-3 advantage over Netherlands only to see the Dutch draw level four times for a 12-12 draw, but it was enough to take out Group A and consign the 2008 Olympic champion to third place. It was a game of highs and lows and the strong Dutch supporter base was thrilled with its comeback and heroic final quarter, which it won 5-4.
Olga Beliaeva opened for Russia with identical centre-forward goals. The Dutch replied for 2-2 and goals were swapped for 3-3 at the first break. Just like the first quarter, a Russian opened with two goals, in this case captain Evgeniya Ivanova, one of the stars of the tournament to date. She whistled in a shot from eight metres into the top left and swam the length of the pool to score from the deep right.
Diving, Day 6: Si upstages Olympic champion in world 10m duel
Fourteen-year-old Yajie Si dethroned defending champion Ruolin Chen, the Olympic gold medallist, in the final of the women's 10m platform at the FINA World Championships. Si, the youngest finalist, and Chen were exactly level after three of the five final dives, having astonishingly recorded precisely the same scores on each effort. Bu Si broke the deadlock in the fourth round as Chen faltered after Si had registered her own lowest score. The teenager then held her nerve in the final series and withstood a rousing challenge from the Olympic champion, whose final dive was not enough to bring her the gold. Chen, who had won her fourth successive world 10m synchro title earlier in the week, had been aiming to become only the second woman to retain the world individual 10m crown and emulate the great Mingxia Fu, who won in 1991 and 1994. It was the sixth Chinese one-two in the event and the seventh Chinese victory in 15 editions at the Worlds.
Si triumphed with 392.15 points, with Chen, four times Olympic champion, having won 10m and 10m synchro gold medals in 2008, less than four points adrift on 388.70. European champion Iulia Prokopchuk of Ukraine scooped the bronze on 358.40, more than 30 points behind the Chinese pair. It was the sixth diving title won by China out of the seven thus far contested in Barcelona. Only the men's 10m synchro, won by Germans Sascha Klein and Patrick Hausding, has escaped them.
FINA Masters Congress
The FINA Masters Congress was organised today in Barcelona (ESP), during the sixth day of competition at the 15th FINA World Championships. The delegates sanctioned the following main changes:
- New requirements for the approval of World Records and top-10 results;
- Water temperature for open water events must be comprised between 18° and 31° Celsius;
- In water polo, at the FINA World Masters Championships, a player cannot represent more than one team;
- In Synchro, new adjustments in the judging system and change in the age groups (starting now at 25-29 – previously 20-29).
Olympic champion Zakharov fails to make men's 3m springboard final
Olympic champion Ilya Zakharov failed to qualify for the final of the men's 3m springboard at the FINA World Championships. The 22-year-old Russian had only just made it past the morning's preliminary round in which he finished 16th of the 18 semi-final qualifiers. But there was worse to come as he ended the day 14th in the semi-final, 1.90 points behind the last final qualifier, 12th-placed Sho Sakai of Japan.Zakharov caused a shock at the 2012 London Olympics when he won the 3m crown ahead of China's Kai Qin and Chong He, who between them had won the three preceding World Championship titles. Qin and He led final qualifiers in Barcelona, Qin notching 493.65 points from his six semi-final dives and He 483.15. Evgeny Kuznetsov, who partnered Zakharov to the silver medals behind Qin and He in the 3m synchro springboard final at the Montjuic Municipal Pool earlier in the week, qualified third (476.00).
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