Water Polo Men: Day 1: GER 9 KAZ 8
When more than 200 yellow-shirted German junior water polo players are urging you on behind the team bench, you must perform. This urging helped Germany to stave off Kazakhstan in a final-quarter thriller for a 9-8 Group D victory and gave the Germans a 2-1 edge in clashes at this level.
The win looked assured when 9-4 ahead at the third break. However, in a little over two minutes Kazakhstan scored an incredible four goals with 1:44 still left on the clock.
Synchro, Day 3: Team Ukraine makes world podium debut with bronze
Ukraine celebrated their first trip to the podium at a World Championship (in synchronised swimming) with a bronze-medal winning performance in the team technical routine. The podium was exclusively European with Russia and Spain finishing 1-2.
This evening at Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi, the Russians showed what they do best, scoring a brilliant 96.600 points for a fourth consecutive world title in the event.
Water Polo Men: Day 1: ITA 9 ROU 4
Reigning champion Italy maintained control throughout against Romania in a match where the Italians led 4-0 after five and half minutes. It was the second time Italy has beaten Romania at the FINA World Championships, having lost the 2009 clash. In fact, in the past 10 occasions these teams have met before Barcelona the ledger was even.
Not so tonight as Italy was all about control. Keep calm and score goals when chances appear. Romania gave up a centre-forward goals and one on extra from the same position by Matteo Aicardi, another on extra by Felugo and then a seven-metre strike by Christian Presciutti. It was the sort of start that Italy relishes and one that Romania would not want to telephone home about. It was after seven minutes of play before Tiberiu Negrean struck home for Romania.
Diving, Day 3: Fourth world 10m synchro gold for Chen
Olympic champion Ruolin Chen swooped to her fourth successive world 10m synchro gold medal when she partnered Huixia Liu to victory to bring China their third diving title in the first three days of the FINA World Championships.Chen, twice double Olympic champion in 10m individual and synchro, was diving at the Worlds with her fourth different partner but the result was the same as it had been at the last three editions of the championships: top spot on the podium by a big margin.
Diving against the stunning backdrop of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia basilica, with the city of Barcelona spread beneath, Chen and Liu flew high in a class of their own, soaring to gold with 356.28 points from their five final dives.Experience counted as Canada's Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion, bronze medallists at the 2005 Worlds and the 2012 Olympics, took the silver(331.41) and Malaysia's Pandelela Rinong Pamg and Mun Yee Leong, world bronze medallists in 2009, bronze again (331.14).
Water Polo Men: Day 1: HUN 13 CHN 5
Hungary’s new breed of international stars displayed composure and brilliance, coupled with speed, guile and power against China, who failed to fold under the onslaught. Hungary seems to have it all with the young group that has replaced the old guard. Could this be the start of a new generation of gold medallists?
Maybe this competition is too early but the repertoire shown today left many in awe. The only point of concern for Hungary was the red-carding of Denes Varga at 4:21 in the final quarter.
Diving, Day 3: Li retains world 1m springboard title
Shixin Li became the first man to retain the world 1m springboard crown, stretching China's hold on the event and bringing the leading diving nation its second World Championship title in three days. But China, who had claimed gold and silver in the 1m event for the last three World Championships, were denied a second medal as European champion Illya Kvasha of Ukraine and Alejandro Chavez of Mexico claimed silver and bronze.
Li trailed for the first four rounds of the six-round final but was always in contention, finally seizing the lead in the fifth round with an excellent inward 2.5 somersaults.
Water Polo Men: Day 1: SRB 10 AUS 7
World No 3 Serbia gained the two points as expected, although Australia played encouragingly enough to deserve a better result. Serbia would have remembered being three goals behind at the London Olympic Games before winning going away. It was the third encounter between the two nations at this level with Serbia now having two wins and a draw.
When it comes to man-up situations, Serbia is king and seven goals from nine attempts proved fatal for Australia. Serbia had Dusko Pijetlovic and captain Vanja Udovicic in fine form, as was the team all over the pool.
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.
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