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WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 6: Hungary, Australia, Serbia and Montenegro looking strong

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VOLOS, Greece (September 1) - Hungary defeated Brazil in a game that was closer than expected and will meet hometown favorite Greece in the quarter final round tomorrow. Brazil's Bernardo GOMES netted five goals in the game and his team will meet the USA in their next pairing. Australia won a narrow victory over the USA, a 5-4 result in their favor will match them up with Italy in the quarter finals.
 
Serbia was impressive scoring eight goals as they dismantled the challenge from France which could manage only three for the game. Dujan MANDIC would land the ball into the net four times for Serbia giving his team the right to play Croatia in the next round. France will meet Iran tomorrow. Montenegro scored 16 goals powered by three from Gavril SUBOTIC in their rout of Kuwait. Montenegro will play Spain in the quarters. Kuwait will meet Mexico next.

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WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 5: Greece, Italy, Croatia and Spain top teams earn spots in semi finals

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VOLOS, Greece (August 31) - In the fifth day of the preliminary rounds the teams from Greece, Italy and Spain were confirmed as the top teams from Groups A, B and D. Croatia completed a sweep of their rivals in Group C yesterday; all four teams will advance to semi final, each earning a day off and a bye from the qualification round which begins on 1 September.
 
The Greek team defeated Puerto Rico by a score of 16 to 4 in a match that began during a thunderstorm.  Despite the inclement weather, fans of the home team were not deterred in their support for the Greek juniors. The televised game confirmed Greece as the top team in Group A. Australia, the second place team in the group was idle today and will meet the team from the USA. The winner of tomorrow's game will advance to the semi finals.

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Brazil's Luiz Lima and Kirsty Thomson king and queen of the Sea

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Brazilian swimmers Luiz Lima and Kirsty Thomson won the open water event "King and Queen of the Sea", disputed in Copacabana Beach, in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday August 28, 2011. The event attracted 2.000 athletes with events up to 3km. Lima won the men's event in a time of 36m11s. Gustavo Heleno finished second with 39m42s and Paralympic swimmer Marcelo Collet took third with 39m46s. Among women, Thomson won the challenge in 48m13s. Susana Schnarndorf, another Paralympic swimmer, finished in second position in 49m57s while Debora Leobons took third, clocking 50m04s.

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WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 4: Unbeaten Croatia advances to semi finals

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CROVOLOS, Greece (August 30) - Croatia continues their winning ways defeating Uzbekistan today by a huge margin, confirming they are the Group C champions by virtue of their four consecutive victories in the first round. Croatia is the only team to have achieved four victories over the first three days of competition. Croatia will be idle tomorrow and will earn an automatic spot in the semi final round which begins on 2 September. A win by Montenegro over Brazil tomorrow will confirm their position as second place in the Group C standings.
 
Greece dominated their contest with France before a standing room only spectator capacity this evening. The Greeks will play Puerto Rico tomorrow night and a win will put them in a tie with Australia for the top of the Group A bracket. Australia and Greece tied, 6-6, when they played head to head, so the decision of which team to advance to the semi final round will be made on the basis of goal differential against each of their opponents. But a victory over Puerto Rico is a prerequisite. Australia is idle tomorrow and does not control their own fate.

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WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 3: Croatia makes good start with three consecutive wins

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VOLOS, Greece (August 29) - Croatia leads the 16th FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Championships as the only team to earn three consecutive victories. Croatia will face Uzbekistan tomorrow and will likely emerge at the top of Group C standings. Montenegro, which Croatia defeated today will face Brazil in an important contest for the second position in Group C.
 
Hungary and Italy are tied with 4 points each in Group B competition, but a winner of their head to head match will be known tomorrow evening when these two European rivals face off in the first game of the evening session.

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WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 2: Australia, Iran, Serbia and Croatia lead their groups after two days of play

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VOLOS, Greece (August 28) - Australia and Iran are at the top of the Group A and Group B standings respectively, each team having posted a victory in today's competition and each team having tied their first game yesterday. France sits comfortably in second position in Group A standings having soundly defeated Puerto Rico by a wide margin in their first game today. Canada is in third position in Group A due to their victory over Puerto Rico yesterday but they lost by a 11 goal margin to Australia today. Hungary rests confidently in second place with 2 points in the Group B standings having played and won their only game, a 26-0 beating of Kuwait on the first day of competition. Italy, also with 2 points in Group B completion defeated Kazakhstan by a 20-2 margin in their only game, and will challenge for the leadership of the bracket. 

Tomorrow's big games will be a match up between Australia and France in Group A play and a Hungary versus Iran match up that will surely churn the waters at the outdoor pool.

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WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 1: world's best junior teams gather in sunny Volos (GRE)

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KAZ vs IRI - credit: Alexandros MichailidisVOLOS, Greece (August 27) - The modern city of Volos, Greece has a rich local history and mythological tradition. Volos may be best known for Jason and the Argonauts, as well as the legendary Centaurs who lived on Mt. Pelion. At the foot of this equally historic and famous mountain is the swimming pool that will be at the center stage for 20 nations competing in the 16th FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Championships.
 
"The two swimming pools of the city, the indoor swimming pool 'Vasilis Polymeros' of New Ionia and the open air swimming pool 'Iason Zirganos' of Volos, are host to the best young athletes of water polo" said Panos Tr. Skotiniotis the Mayor of Volos. "These young men will offer a spectacular show to the sportsmanship spectators from Volos and from the whole region of Thessaly. It’s indisputable, that both of the sports centers will be full of spectators on the occasion of the distinction of the Greek national team." 

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Lima 2011, Day 6: Great success: 42 Championships Records and 19 nations with medals

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The 3rd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships came to an end on August 21 in Lima (PER), with 42 new championships records and 19 countries with medals among the 58 nations that participated in the event with 528 swimmers (246 women and 282 men). Lima’s edition was a success with the best set of results since the creation of this World Championships, in 2006.

United States dominated on the medal count (11 gold, eight silver and three bronze) and on the scores (964 points), followed by Canada (620) and Japan (516.50). The Japanese team won 19 medals (seven gold, nine silver and three bronze) and the Canadian earned 14 (four gold, five silver and five bronze).

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Lima 2011, Day 5: USA, JPN and UKR on top of the medal table

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With one day to go at the 3rd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Lima (PER), United States, Japan and Ukraine are the nations leading among the 19 countries that reached the podium so far. Five finals were held in the evening of the fifth and penultimate day: women’s 1500m freestyle, men’s 50m butterfly, women’s 50m backstroke, men’s 400m individual medley and women’s 4x100m freestyle relay.

Daryna Zevina (UKR, 1994, 28.45) was the backstroke queen in Lima. She gained the 50m, 100m and 200m, all with championships record. On Saturday, Daryna comfortably got the 50m title while Kathleen Saunders (GBR, 1994, 28.76) and Chantal Van Landeghem (CAN, 1994, 29.01) completed the podium.

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Lima 2011, Day 4: Africa enters in the “medallists’ club”

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Lisa Fissneider (ITA) - credit: Beto GutierrezApplauded by an excited crowd, Africa made its entry in the “medallists’ club” at the 3rd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships and twice in the same event. In the fourth day of competition in Lima (PER), Egypt won its first gold medal with Farida Hisham in the women’s 50m butterfly, in a new championships record of 26.60. This event was also marked by the first shared medal of the competition: Kendyl Stewart (USA, 1994, 26.78) finished in the second place, while the bronze went to South African Vanessa Mohr (1995, 26.85) and Canadian Chantal Van Landeghem (1994).

The night began with Akihito Yamaguchi (1994, 2:11.70) honouring the Japanese tradition in breaststroke events and winning the 200m under the championships record (2:14.78). Silver and bronze medal were earned by Ukrainians: Oleroksiy Rozhkov (1993, 2:13.94) and Maksym  Shemberev (1993, 2:14.08). Until the fourth place - American Chase Kalisz (1994, 2:14.13) – all athletes had swum under the previous record set by Russian Alexey Zinovyev in the 2008 edition.

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