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Diving, Day 8: He wins second Barcelona gold

BCN2013 - Diving

He Zi (CHN)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.

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Open Water, Day 5: Martina Grimaldi of Italy wins women's 25km

BCN2013 - Open Water

Martina Grimaldi (ITA)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.


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Water Polo Women: Day 4: ESP 18 NZL 6

BCN2013 - Water Polo

ESP vs NZLSpain 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.

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Open Water, Day 5: Thomas Lurz wins 25km, his second gold and fourth in Barcelona

BCN2013 - Open Water

Thomas Lurz (GER)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.

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Water Polo Women: Day 4: NED 11 CHN 10

BCN2013 - Water Polo

NED vs CHNThe 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.

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Water Polo Women: Day 4: AUS 25 UZB 2

BCN2013 - Water Polo

AUS vs UZBAustralia 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 six attempts.
Uzbekistan was limited to just 11 shots as Australia took 39.

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Water polo Women: Day 4: RUS 22 RSA 3

BCN2013 - Water Polo

RUS vs RSARussia 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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Water Polo Men: Day 3: GRE 8 ESP 7

BCN2013 - Water Polo

Minguell (ESP)Greece consigned Spain to third place in Group A with a heart-stopping 8-7 victory. The nearly packed grandstands witnessed another fantastic match with Guillermo Molina opening the scoring through a penalty.

The tight play opened slightly for Greece to respond through Evangelos Delakas for 1-1 at the break. It was all Greece in the second period with Emmanouill Mylonakis sending in two goals from the deep right.

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Centurions Hungary and Australia battle out draw in second-place decider

BCN2013 - Water Polo

HUN teamThe team with the highest winning record in Championship history was denied victory in its 100th match on the third day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World Championships at the Bernat Picornell Pool.

It was the end of the group stage and Hungary was fighting Australia for second in Group C. It was the closest match of the championship with four tied periods and a man called Richard Campbell denying Hungary what was rightfully its to take.

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Water Polo Men: Day 3. USA 8 CAN 7

BCN2013 - Water Polo

CAN vs USAThe incredible North American rivalry between the United States and Canada continued in Barcelona with the USA winning 8-7 and taking second place in Group B. Canada was on the verge of levelling the game when the wing player inexplicably did not shoot for goal, instead passing to the far side of the pool as fulltime sounded.

Canada won the final quarter 4-3 and looked the better team but the gap appeared too much to bridge.

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