Open Water, Day 2: Reigning world champion Gianniotis (GRE) wins men's 10km
Reigning world champion Spyridon Gianniotis (GRE) soundly defeated two of his toughest rivals to win today's 10k event in Moll de la Fusta harbour. The Greek athlete is only the second male to successfully defend his world title, and the first since Vladimir Dyatchin (RUS) in 2008.
In second place was Thomas Lurz (GER) was hoping to become the first man to win the event four times. Taking the bronze medal was Oussama Mellouli (TUN) who won the 5km race on Saturday, Lurz finished third. Gianniotis was fresh for today's 10km race as he did not contest the 5km held just 48 hours.
Water Polo Men: Day 1: CAN 17 RSA 11
In the battle of the Commonwealth nations, Canada emerged the victor after a stirring tussle with South Africa. Canada looked like the better team and with centre forward Nicolas Constantin-Bicari in outstanding form, held out for the victory. South Africa lacked the finesse on passing, especially, but still produced some excellent shots.
South Africa lost star shooter Ryan Bell early in the third period to three major fouls after a three-goal effort and when the score was 8-6 against. The real action came in the third period where a staggering 11 goals kept the secretary busy. The frenetic torrent of goals lifted the score from 6-5 at halftime to 13-9.
Water Polo Men, Day 1: CRO 9 USA 7
Croatia repulsed a determined United States of America in the second men’s water polo match, but not before USA caused a ripple in the pool with a 3-2 advantage late in the second quarter. Croatia regained momentum with a four-goal burst in the middle stages that left USA grappling for goals.
There was nothing between the teams in the first half, as the score suggests, but Croatia was unlucky not to have the lead with a last-gasp shot hitting the crossbar and seemingly crossing the line on the halftime buzzer. It was an enthralling period with Sandro Sukno opening the scoring on the first attack from point-blank range. USA equalised four minutes later.
Water Polo Men, Day 1: GRE 6 MNE 4
Greece caused the first upset of the men’s water polo championship in the opening match with a stunning 6-4 victory over Montenegro, a team it lost to by seven goals in a four-nation tournament a fortnight ago (July 12).
This was not the Montenegro of old or even recent. This was a team completely shut out in the first half and would have been without the efforts of superstar Aleksandar Ivovic who scored both of his team’s goals — one from the penalty line.
Greece starts title defence with loss to Olympic champion USA
World champion Greece tasted defeat on the opening day of its title defence of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Championship at the Bernat Picornell Pool. Who better to inflict the defeat than Olympic and World Cup champion United States of America with what was a flattering 12-8 margin after a brilliant final quarter. In the other Group C encounter, Canada and Great Britain played a spirited match before Canada prevailed 14-9.In Group A action, the marquee match of the day, Spain took until midway through the second quarter to gain the lead, which it never relinquished in what was the most thrilling match of the day. Russia opened the championship with a 22-6 victory over Uzbekistan.
Water Polo Women, Day 1: ESP 14 NED 12
Olympic silver medallist Spain overcame the persistent Netherlands in a stirring match that had the large crowd on the edge of its seat. The win was largely due to the 5-1 second quarter and the brilliance of Anna Espar and Pilar Pena, who scored three goals apiece.
With Dutch head coach Mauro Maugeri sitting out the match on suspension for a red card gained in the 2013 FINA World League, his assistant Arno Havenga took the reins. It looked a good move as the Dutch, Olympic champions five years ago, sprang to a three-goal lead. This was trimmed to 4-2 at the first break.
Water Polo Women, Day 1: ITA 9 KAZ 7
There was no way Italy was not going to win this match, but spare a thought for the scriptwriters who started their screenplay with the wrong scorers! Kazakhstan sent in one goal at 4:39, a second at 1:48 and a third at 0:52. It was 3-0 in favour of the team that was supposed to finish second.
What would Italy do to get back into the game? Score a penalty goal through captain Tania Di Mario, one of the heroes of Italy’s gold-medal win at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, that’s what.
Synchro, Day 2: Russia’s “Svetlanas” retain duet tech title
Three-time Olympic champion Svetlana Romashina and new partner Svetlana Kolesnichenko led the way through the duet technical routine, pocketing Russia’s tenth world title in the duet since their breakthrough victory in 1998.
They performed a complex routine, marked by technical perfection, speed and dynamism, amassing a total score of 97.300. After winning gold with Anastasia Davydova in 2009 and Natalia Ishchenko in 2011, Romashina repeats as world champion in the event for the third time.
Water Polo Women, Day 1: HUN 20 BRA 6
Hungary was always going to swim away with this match, despite the defiance of Brazil in what was a period too late — the fourth. With crowds building for the evening session and the sun starting to cause problems at one end, Rita Keszthelyi was on fire like the great orb above. She scored three of Hungary’s first four goals for 4-1 with not four minutes into the game.
Luciane Maia scored on extra for 4-2 but there the Brazilian dream of victory died. Hungary rattled in four goals in the second period and had the game in its hand at 9-2 by the long break. Keszthelyi worried the match secretaries further with another two goals to start the second half and Hungary showed total dominance as it moved to 12-2 by the final break.
Diving, Day 2: German duo beats Chinese favourites in men's 10m synchro final
Germany's Sascha Klein and Patrick Hausding pulled off a major coup when they defeated Olympic champions Yuan Cao and Yanquan Zhang to deny China the men's 10m synchro diving title in a thrilling final at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona.
The Chinese pair started like the favourites they were and led after three rounds of the six-dive final, their progress starred with maximum 10 scores - no less than seven from the 11 judges in the second round. But they came badly unstuck in the fourth round and were eventually relieved to salvage bronze behind the German pair and Victor Minibaev and Artem Chesakov of Russia.
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