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.
WP Juniors (M), Day 4: Brazil creates surprise, Australia wins a thriller
SZOMBATHELY (Hungary), 15 August – Brazil created a surprise by reaching the quarter finals. Australia also got on board after scoring the decisive goal against Russia in the very last second. Team USA and the host Hungarians enjoyed an easy ride en route to the best eight.
WP Juniors (M), Day 3: Italy, Spain, Serbia and Croatia reach quarter finals
WP Juniors 2013 (M), Day 2: Hungary drew with Italy, scoring twice in last 45 seconds
SZOMBATHELY, Hungary (13 August) – Together with the dark clouds and gutsy winds, excitement also arrived to the venue, close to Hungary’s western border. Day 2 offered a series of twists and turns in almost every game. The highlight of the programme came last, Hungary earned a draw against Italy in a real thriller: the hosts came back from two goals down in the last 45 seconds!
WP Juniors 2013 (M), Day 1: Wearing the white caps, win guaranteed
SZOMBATHELY, Hungary (August 12) – The opening day didn’t bring too much excitement. Interestingly, all eight matches saw the teams in the white caps winning – in facts these eight sides are the favourites for the top two places in their respective groups at this FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships.
SWC 2013, Berlin Day 2: Unstoppable Hosszu wins 100 and 400 IM in WR time
Katinka Hosszu proceeded to bag three more gold on day 2 of the FINA Swimming World Cup in Berlin, prevailing in the women's 200m fly, 100m and 400m individual medleys. In the 100m IM morning heats, the Hungarian bettered her own World Record set in Eindhoven, clocking 57.45. In the final, she took out the race in 57.74 (1000 points), besting Emily Seebohm (AUS, 58.76), second, and Alia Atkinson (JAM, 58.77), third.
The women's 400m IM, the podium was exclusively Hungarian with Hosszu touching first in a World Record time of 4:20.85 (1002 points), also a World Cup record. Compatriots Zsuzsanna Jakabos (4:29.42) and Evelyn Verraszto (4:32.97) placed second and third, respectively. Hosszu was also the winner of the women's 200m fly in 2:03.36 (938 points), ahead of Ellen Gandy (AUS, 2:03.79), second and Audrey Lacroix (CAN, 2:04.02), third.
SWC 2013, Berlin Day 1: Belmonte (ESP) smashes WR in 800m, first woman under 8:00.00
The international swimming elite did not disappoint on day 1 of the second leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup, organised in Berlin (GER) from August 10-11. The best race of the night was the women's 800m free with Mireia Belmonte (ESP, lane 7) racing alongside Lauren Boyle (NZL, lane 4) for most of it under World Record pace. The Spanish swimmer touched first in 7:59.34 (1010 points), becoming the first woman to break the 8-minute barrier in the event and setting a new World Record. Boyle took second in 8:02.53 while Lotte Friis (DEN) clocked 8:12.14 for third.
In the men's 100m back, Robert Hurley (AUS) took out the race in 50.01 (937 points), ahead of Radoslaw Kawecki (POL, 50.46) and Mitchell Larkin (AUS, 50.54).
SWC 2013, Eindhoven Day 2: Amazing Hosszu (HUN) sets two WR in the 100m IM
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu was the swimmer in evidence in the second and final day of the inaugural leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2013 held in Eindhoven (NED) from August 7-8. After setting two World Records on Day 1 in the 200m IM, the Magyar champion, winner of the women’s overall ranking of the World Cup in 2012, was once more amazing in the 100m IM, clocking 57.73 in the heats, 0.01 faster than the previous best global mark set by Hinkelien Schreuder (NED) in November 2009. In the final, Hosszu was even better, establishing the new WR in 57.50.
The Magyar versatile swimmer had a brilliant day, triumphing also in the 400m IM in a new World Cup best of 4:22.18, a European record. The previous best performance of the competition had been set by South Africa’s Kathryn Meaklim in November 2009 (4:22.88). The third victory of the session for Hosszu happened in the 200m butterfly when she touched home in 2:03.67.
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