WP World Cup 2014 (W), Day 5: USA to defend World Cup crown against Australia

Water Polo World Cup

Defending champion United States of America and Australia will face off in Sunday’s gold-medal final after both teams had convincing semifinal victories. USA beat off China 11-4 and Australia had the better of world and European champion Spain 8-2 on day five of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup at the Ugra State University Sports Complex.

In the semifinal round for place 5-8, Hungary shunted Singapore 42-0 and Russia was kinder to South Africa, winning 22-2.

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WP World Cup 2014 (W), Day 4: China-USA and Australia-Spain to clash in semifinals

Water Polo World Cup

ESP vs RSA - credit: Russell McKinnon

China, Spain, United States of America and Australia will contest the semifinals at the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup at the Ugra State University Sports Complex on Saturday. In play on Friday, China downed Hungary 8-6, world champion Spain defeated South Africa 12-2, Olympic champion United States of America sent off Singapore 24-2 and Australia held off Russia 10-8.

In the semifinals, China will face USA and Australia will take on Spain to see who contests the gold-medal final on Sunday.

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WP World Cup 2014 (W), Day 3: USA and Spain win groups ahead of quarter-finals

Water Polo World Cup

HUN vs USA - credit: Russell McKinnon

United States of America and Spain  have won their groups on day three of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup at the Ugra State University Sports Complex. Group B was settled early when defending champion United States of America delivered a second defeat of the week to Hungary. With three wins, USA won and in the second match, Australia defeated South Africa 20-2 for second spot.

Group A went to Spain even though it lost to Russia 7-6 in the showcase match of the day. In a quality match where all the best players from Spain and Russia stepped up, there could be only one winner and that was the host nation, coming from 6-5 down with 5:28 left on the clock. It forced a three-way tie in the group and after the officials deliberated, Spain still won the group with a +6 goal differential to Russia’s 0. China beat Russia on day one so China was second and Russia third. The match before, China gained second place with a 22-1 victory over Singapore.

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World Cup 2014 (W): Champions take centre stage on Day 2

Water Polo World Cup

USA vs AUS - credit: Russell McKinnon

Defending champion United States of America and world and European champion Spain are unbeaten after day two of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup at the Ugra State University Sports Complex.

USA began strongly in the Group B match and maintained a distance against perennial rival Australia before winning 8-6. Spain looked impressive against China in Group A, winning 12-5 after being 7-3 up early in the third quarter. China looked drained after its wonderful upset of Russia the previous night. The lesser lights took stage and South Africa scored three centre-forward goals against Hungary in the 25-3 loss. It was Hungary’s first win in Group B. In the final encounter of the day, Russia beat Singapore 35-2 In a Group A match-up.

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YOG 2014: Youngsters ready to shine in Nanjing

Youth Olympic Games

A pool of young talents is gearing up for the second edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) taking place in China’s “Southern capital” on August 16-28, 2014. After a dazzling inaugural edition in Singapore in 2010, which saw South African Chad Le Clos (swimming) and Chinese Qiu Bo (diving) start making their mark in the world arena, the 2012 Olympic medallists are inspiration for the youth, who them to, hope to leave a strong impression in the pool and beyond.        

The world’s up-and-coming elite aged 14-18 will compete in 28 sports, including swimming and diving. Nanjing 2014 will feature two new sports, golf and rugby, ahead of their debut at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Counting fewer events and disciplines, the YOG competition programme comprises 5% of non-Olympic, mixed-gender or mixed-NOC events.

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Khanty-Mansiysk, Day 1: Action aplenty on opening day of FINA Women’s World Cup

Water Polo World Cup

HUN vs AUS - credit: Russell McKinnon

Australia, United States of America, Spain and China were winners on the opening day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup at the Ugra State University Sports Complex.

In Group A, Spain went into counter-attack heaven with a 34-3 victory over World Cup newcomer Singapore with world and European champion Roser Tarrago netting seven goals. Russia lost  the final match in a gripping 14-13 encounter with China to end the day in front of a capacity house — there was a large screen outside the venue. Russian fans were not rejoicing.

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Kazan 2014: Live the competition with Orlando Duque!

High Diving World Cup - Duque's Insight

Great day for me: FINA High Diving World Cup Champion yeah!!!!

Tough day with difficult conditions but it worked out perfect for me. 5 good dives and my best personal score.

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Kazan 2014, Day 3: Orlando Duque (COL) is already a legend

High Diving World Cup

Orlando Duque (COL) and Steve Lobue (USA) - credit:“You never think you can achieve this. It was clearly my day”. These were the first words of Orlando Duque (COL), the winner of the inaugural edition of the FINA High Diving World Cup organised in Kazan on August 8-10, 2014. The Colombian icon already made history at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona when he got the gold medal, following the inclusion of this exciting discipline in the FINA aquatic programme. “After Day 1, the scores were pretty close so I knew the competition would be very tough”, added Duque, who turns 40 years old in less than a month.

The Colombian diver totalled 601.20 points at the end of the five-dive competition, divided in two days: on Friday, at the end of the first three dives, Duque was second, but after two very solid dives on Sunday (average notes of 8.5) he got the gold in Kazan.

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Youth Water Polo (M), Day 9: Hungary clinches the title on the day of thrillers

World Youth Water Polo Championships

Emotional medal ceremony for the Hungarian winners - credit: Alexander Kothe/waterpoloworld.comThe final day brought a series of thrillers as three of the four contests were decided by penalties, including the final which saw the Hungarian team winning the shootout against Spain. Interestingly, both sides remained unbeaten if we consider the regular time of the matches played in the tournament but the Magyars were a bit luckier at the end – or rather Spain ran out of luck as they also won their quarter final and semi final in the shootout.

The bronze went to the Russians who upended the Serbs by shooting the penalties better. In fact the tournament was incredibly balanced, besides the Hungarians and the Spaniards, the Serbs, fourth, and the Montenegrins, fifth placed, didn’t lose a game in the regular time either but they missed a couple of crucial attempts in the shootouts and had to leave Istanbul empty-handed.

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Montreal 2014: Katherine Johnstone, 97 (NZL): "I don't know how to stop!"


"That was a long swim!" said 97-year-old Katherine Johnstone of New Zealand after clocking 7:59.19 in the 200m freestyle. The brave lady was tired but all smiles: she had just become the one and only FINA World Masters champion in the 95-99 category!

Unrivalled in Montreal, Johnstone celebrated the new accolade in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle, and 50m breaststroke. Two years ago in Riccione, Italy, Johnstone also swam the 800m freestyle but was not allowed this time. Back home, she still holds the national record in the 1500m freestyle.

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