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Swimming World Juniors, Day 1: USA vs. Australia: two gold medals apiece

FINA World Junior Swimming Championships

4x100m free girls final - credit: Rita PannunziDUBAI (United Arab Emirates), 26 August – The opening day quickly proved that the field gathered in Dubai features more quality swimmers than in any other previous editions. All four finals brought new Championship Records – and two more were set by the meet’s star Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) – while the US and Australia dominated the medal-haunt, winning two apiece of the four held.

In the 400m free Mackenzie Horton (AUS) bettered the Championship Record right in the morning heats (3:50.25 – the old one was 3:50.97) and he clocked a superb time in the final where he beat James Guy (GBR) in a magnificent race. Guy went ahead right from the beginning and led by half-body length until the halfway mark. Horton switched gears and after the 250m turn he passed his British rivals. Horton was well in the lead after 300m, though Guy had a last attempt in the last 50m but the Aussie had the necessary reserves and touched the wall first, gaining a full second on Guy. His time of 3:47.12 would have been good for the 5th place at the FINA World Championships, which in fact Guy managed to take in Barcelona, recording 3:47.96 that time. Now he was a bit slower (3:48.15).

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WP Juniors (W), Day 7: USA takes gold after 9-7 win over Spain

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

On the podium: USA, ESP and GRE - credit: NewSportsVolos (Greece), 25 August – The team of USA conquered the 2013 title at the FINA World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships in Volos (GRE), after beating in the decisive match of the tournament an inspired squad of Spain. The North Americans confirmed their favourite status and culminated a superb week with a fair win in the last game, by 9-7. As for the bronze, it went to home country Greece which took a close triumph against Russia. The best player of the tournament was Rachel Fattal (USA), while her teammate Ashleigh Johnson earned the prize of the best goalkeeper. As for the most goals (23) of the tournament, they were scored by Spain’s Roser Tarrago Aymerich.

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WP Juniors (W), Day 6: USA and Spain will meet in the final

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

Volos (Greece), 24 August - USA and Spain are the two teams fighting for the world crown in Volos, after two very solid semifinals against Greece and Russia respectively. For the home country, remains the hope of a bronze medal, after a tournament in which they only fell to the North Americans. In other results of the day, Hungary and Italy, after their wins against Australia and Great Britain, will fight for a place in the best-5. Uzbekistan finished in 11th, while the Canadians got the 9th spot of the competition.

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WP Juniors (W), Day 5: Greece, USA, Spain and Russia, the quartet in the semis

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

Volos (Greece) 23 August – Three great thrillers and an easy win for Greece marked the fifth day of the FINA World Women’s Junior Water Championships here in Volos. USA, Spain and Russia proceed, after quite undecided matches, to the semifinals (the host country is also in final-four) leaving out of contention Hungary, Australia and Italy respectively. Brazil finished its participation in 13th, while Canada and New Zealand will fight for the ninth place in the tournament.

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WP Juniors (W), Day 4: Spain, Italy, Great Britain and Hungary complete the set of quarterfinalists

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

Volos (Greece), 22 August - The final four tickets for the quarterfinals went to the expected teams, as no surprises took place in the fourth day if the 10th FINA World’s Women Junior Water Polo Championships. Spain, Italy, Great Britain and Hungary secured their spots for the decisive stage of the tournament, easily winning their qualification matches.

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WP Juniors (W), Day 3: Greece, USA, Australia and Russia assure presence in the quarterfinals

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

Volos (Greece), 21 August – In another exciting day in Volos, home country Greece achieved the greatest win among the seven matches on the programme, sealing its presence in the quarterfinals. A very celebrated outcome after a dramatic end of the match against Canada, and a decisive goal in the last second! USA, Australia and Russia also assured their qualification for the quarterfinals, after getting their third victories in the tournament.

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WP Juniors (W), Day 2: USA, Russia and Australia lead after second win

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

Volos (Greece), 20 August - In a very exciting day in Volos, all the seven games were really interesting with many beautiful goals, turnovers, unexpected results and the first draw. The match of this second day was the last one, with Greece celebrating a crucial victory against Spain in front of the Hellenic supporters. Another highlight was the second victory of the USA in the tournament (this time against Italy), making the North Americans a strong contender for the quarterfinals. Russia and Australia also assured their second win in Volos.

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WP Juniors (W), Day 1: No surprises in the initial day in Volos

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

Volos (Greece) 19 August – The first day of the Championships in Volos (GRE) was marked by the victories of the strongest teams of the tournament. In all the seven matches, the squads with more ambitions proved their superiority and sent a strong signal for the remaining of the event: moreover, their comfortable win allowed the respective coaches to use all their players, thus giving them a “taste” of what is still to come.

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FINA in mourning - Water polo legend Dezso Gyarmati passed away

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Dezso GyarmatiLegendary water polo player and coach Dezso Gyarmati has died at the age of 86. One of the best players the game ever seen and in fact the most decorated in history. Till date he is the only player who earned five Olympic medals during his magnificent career: three of them were gold (1952, 1956, 1964), one silver (1948) and one bronze (1960).

The left-handed genius could play in all positions of the field. Known for his fearless approach in every game, he was able to decide the biggest clashes single-handedly. Gyarmati was the protagonist of water polo’s probably most famous match, the clash between Hungary and the USSR at the 1956 Olympics. Though remembered as the ‘Blood bath of Melbourne’ after the scenes of the dying minutes, it was team captain Gyarmati who opened the scoring and set up the other three goals Hungary netted while winning 4-0 en route to the title.

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WP Juniors (M), Day 7: Mission completed, Italy crowned as world champion

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

Italian team, new world champions - credit: LOC/Noemi KondorSzombathely (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.

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