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).
Water Polo Women: Day 3: ITA 13 BRA 5
Italy collected second spot in Group D with an accomplished 13-5 victory over Brazil. Italy just needed to finish the match as it had already claimed second spot by virtue of beating Kazakhstan.
Italy will now face off with world champion Greece in an enticing quarterfinal qualification match on Saturday that means one of the better teams in the competition will not only miss out on a medal chance but also drop out of the championship.
Open Water, Day 4: Thomas Lurz powers his German teammates to gold in Team 5km event
The team from Germany fueled by 33 year old Thomas Lurz captured the 5km Team event today. Isabelle Harle and Christian Reichert were part of the gold medal winning German team finishing in 52:54.9. Lurz now has a complete set of medals after having previously place second in the 5km on Saturday and third in the 10km on Monday. In the 2011 Shanghai edition the German team, which include Lurz and Harle, placed third.
Spyridon Gianniotis led the Greek team to their silver medal performance posting a time of 54:03.3, more than a minute slower than the German champions. Gianniotis won the Olympic gold medal in the 10km at the London Olympic Games and was the winner of Monday's 10km in Barcelona. Kalliopi Araouzou who finished fourth in both the women's 5km and 10km and Antonios Fokaidis joined in his team's efforts.
Water Polo Women: Day 3: HUN 18 KAZ 7
Hungary secured Group D with a third straight win, fending off Kazakhstan 18-7 It was a dominant effort by a team expected to go far into the championship and the 8-1 opening quarter set the tone for the match.
To Kazakhstan’s credit it managed to score twice late in the second quarter and captain Assel Jakayeva and Aizhan Akilbayeva kept the scoring humming along, finishing with four and three goals respectively.
Water Polo Women: Day 3: CAN 8 GRE 8
Canada produced a mid-morning delight with an 8-8 draw against world champion Greece to secure second place in Group C after three days of competition.
Greece needed the win as a draw was never going to be enough as the second tie-break rule states that the leading team shall be the one with the better goal difference against the top team. Canada lost to group winner United States 10-8 but Greece lost 12-8.
FINA Technical Swimming Congress
FINA held today its Swimming Technical Congress in Barcelona (ESP), with the presence of delegates from 134 National Federations.
The main decisions of the Congress were:
- Introduction of Mixed Relays, “which must consist of two men and two women”. World Records will be recognised in 50m-pool for the 4x100m free and medley mixed relays. In relation to split times in these events, they “cannot be used for records and/or entry purposes”.
- Approval of 25m World Records in the 4x50m free and 4x50m medley relays, and the 4x50m free and 4x50m medley mixed relays.
- The rules on breaststroke concerning the start and the turn remain as in the present rulebook.
Water Polo Women: Day 3: USA 16 GBR 4
Olympic champion United States of America had the better of Great Britain, winning Group C. With three wins, USA looks set for an easier run to the quarterfinals, as it should with such a talented lineup at head coach Adam Krikorian’s disposal. With the goals coming thick and fast, Krikorian used all his team to excellent effect.
Great Britain seemed to hold off the stronger USA players, allowing them too much space to shoot. Faster reflexes by the USA was also a telling point.
Water Polo Men: Day 2: MNE 7 ESP 5
Spanish fans went home empty as Montenegro kept the host nation scoreless in the second half of this Group A match. The main protagonist was Mladan Janovic with five of Montenegro’s goals — the same number Spain scored — a hugely dominating effort.
Throw in the excellent defence of Aleksandar Ivovic and his teammates and Montenegro was never going to let Spain back in the match once it wrested the lead halfway through the third quarter.
Filipovic flips head over heels at baby’s birth
Having a child is a wonderful sensation. Beating Hungary at men’s water polo is equally as exciting. Doing both at the same time must be unheard of in this amazing sport. Filip Filipovic (26) has achieved so much in his short life but as one of the world’s most decorated water polo athletes, he topped it all as wife Sanya gave birth to a son — Vuk — while he was helping Serbia defeat Hungary 13-10 in a Group C match at the Bernat Picornell Pool.
It was the second day of competition and the match was for group supremacy, so Filipovic’s celebrations will be doubled.
Water Polo Men: Day 2: GRE 24 NZL 4
Greece went on a scoring spree against New Zealand in Group A, winning 24-4 to go with the two-goal victory over Montenegro on day one. New Zealand has now conceded more than 500 goals at World Championships — 518 to be precise — an unenviable record. The only other time the two teams have met at this level was in 1991 when Greece prevailed 14-2.
It was all about major fouls and New Zealand’s inability to either read the referees or get proper body position, proving fatal. The Kiwis gave up nine major fouls in the first half to Greece’s none and the Europeans punished them. Two players failed to see the end of the match and of the 14 New Zealand majors, Greece converted seven.
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