Water Polo Reports - Women, Day 3

Kazan 2015 - WP

Spain, Australia, Italy and host Russia through to quarterfinals of women’s water polo competition

Spain, Australia, Italy and Russia have won their respective groups and qualified for automatic entry to the quarterfinals from third-day action of women’s water polo competition.

In Group A, Spain beat Canada 12-6 in the all-important decider while Kazakhstan finished third thanks to six goals from Aizan Akilbayeva for a 14-4 margin over New Zealand.

In Group B, Australia headed off Netherlands  8-6 to win the group and Greece made short work of South Africa 20-4 for its first win and third place.

In Group C, Italy bounced Brazil 15-6 for top slot while Olympic champion United States of America downed winless Japan 17-2 for second spot.
In Group D, Russia and China fought out a 9-9 draw giving Russia the group win on goal differential and Hungary had a first win against France — 18-3.

Final Points:
Group A: Spain 6, Canada 4, Kazakhstan 2, New Zealand 0.
Group B: Australia 6, Netherlands 4, Greece 2, South Africa 0.
Group C: Italy 6, USA 4, Brazil 2, Japan 0.
Group D: Russia 5, China 5, Hungary 2, France 0.

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Daley and Gallantree win diving world title for Great Britain

Kazan 2015 - DV

Tom Daley and Rebecca Gallantree struck world gold for Great Britain, resoundingly beating a pair of newly crowned Chinese champions to claim the inaugural mixed team diving title in Kazan’s Aquatics Palace. Daley, world 10m champion in 2009, excelled himself with monumental scores in his two dives on the 10m tower in the three-round event in which each of the duo dived alternately three times, with at least one dive each on the 3m and 10m boards. It capped a great couple of days for Britain after Jack Laugher and Chris Mears had scooped bronze in the men’s 3m synchro final the previous evening, the nation’s first world championship diving medals since Daley’s triumph six years earlier.

The British pair, diving second of the 14 duos, won with 434.65 points, with Ukraine charging through in the last round to snatch the silver (426.45) and relegate China’s Xie Siyi and Chen Ruolin to bronze (425.40), with the Russian hosts denied a medal in fourth place (418.50).

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Ishchenko (RUS) won her 18th world title in synchro events

Kazan 2015 - SY

Natalia Ishchenko (RUS) performed her first solo routine at the FINA World Championships since her time-out tonight. We didn’t see her two years ago in Barcelona but in Kazan she performed in front of the crowd even more graceful and beautiful.

Ishchenko purchased her 18th world title, earning the significant marks from judges for her solo free programme – 97,2333 points. Spain and China, contesting for the medals, changed places in comparison with technical solo. This time Chinese Huang Huechen won the battle for silver (95,7000 points). Ona Carbonell (ESP) got the bronze (94,9000).

The leading lady from Russia showed her lyrical programme to a sound track from “Paganini: The Devil’s Violinist” and it was all about love – to a man, to a child, to parents, to homeland.

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Water Polo Reports - Men, Day 2

Kazan 2015 - WP

“Animal” Greece snares USA eagle on second day of men’s water polo competition

Greece was the big winner in second day men’s water polo competition, coming from two goals down to beat United States of America 11-10.

The win took Greece to the top of Group B and showed why its “animal” spirit proved worthy of that position. USA held the lead all match and was 10-8 up with less than three minutes remaining only to watch haplessly as Greece landed the last three goals with 31 seconds spare.

After the match, Ioannis Mylonakis likened his team to animals in the final minutes. In the other group match, Italy came out firing then went to sleep in its 9-6 win over Russia. Italy won the second period 5-0.

In Group A, Canada kept China scoreless in the first half and went on to win 8-2 for second spot. Croatia maintained top spot with a 10-9 victory over Brazil.

In Group C, Hungary downed South Africa 17-4 and Kazakhstan outlasted Argentina 15-7.

In Group D, Australia and Montenegro battled to a 5-5 draw with Montenegro controlling for much of the match before a three-goal burst took the Aussie Sharks one ahead, only to see that five-minute lead lost 22 seconds from time. Serbia beat Japan 19-9 in a most entertaining encounter.

Points after day two:

Group A: Croatia 4, Canada 2, Brazil 1, China 1.

Group B: Greece 4, USA 2, Italy 2, Russia 0.

Group C: Hungary 4, South Africa 2, Kazakhstan 2, Argentina 0.

Group D: Serbia 4, Australia 3, Montenegro 1, Japan 0.

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Qin and Cao make it six wins for China in seven diving events in Kazan

Kazan 2015 - DV

Double Olympic champion Qin Kai clinched a unique fifth successive men's 3m synchro springboard gold, sharing victory with Cao Yuan to give China their sixth title of the FINA World Championships after one had escaped their grasp a few hours earlier.

Qin and Cao denied the home Russian crowd the win they had hoped for after Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Zakharov upstaged the Chinese pair in the morning’s preliminary round and seized the lead in the opening round of the six-dive final. But in the end China held sway in a fluctuating final, taking the lead in the second round, conceding it to the Russians in the third but then taking control in the fourth to win eventually by just over 12 points.

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Cagnotto wins gold at last and breaks China’s winning streak in Kazan

Kazan 2015 - DV

Tania Cagnotto finally won the world gold which had eluded her for so long when she scored a superb victory on the 1m springboard which ended China’s monopoly of the diving titles in Kazan. The 30-year-old Italian, who claimed her first FINA World Championship medal 10 years ago, took charge from the start and held off the Chinese challenge through the five rounds of the final to relegate former 1m world champions Shi Tingmao and He Zi to silver and bronze after China had bagged the first five titles of the meet.

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Muller gives France first Open Water gold

Kazan 2015 - OW

Aurelie Muller of France became the first female open water swimmer to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games winning the 10km event at the Kazan 2015 FINA World Championships in 1:58.04.3. Muller claims the first gold medal for France in open water swimming. France had previously won three silver medals and three bronze medals in open water events including Muller's silver medal in 2011 at the Shanghai Worlds. She finished 2.4 seconds ahead of her training partner Sharon Van Rouwendaal of The Netherlands under brilliant weather conditions and a pleasant air temperature of 26 degrees at the start of the race.

Muller had a run of bad luck having missed qualification for the 2012 London Olympics. The French swimmer was disqualified at the finish line from the 10km in Roberval in 2010. She recalls a poor 1500m freestyle result because her goggles filled with water, failing to qualify for the 2011 Shanghai World Championships. In the 23 degree placid water of the Kazanka River her luck changed for the better. Pacing herself with an easy 30.33.9 first lap she stayed relaxed in the pack of swimmers, passing the 2.5km mark tied for 19th position. In her second of four laps she found herself leading her 54 challengers from 34 countries. 

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Water Polo Reports - Women, Day 2

Kazan 2015 - WP

Italy upsets USA in second-day women’s action

The second day of women’s preliminary water polo competition was highlighted by a magnificent Italian 10-9 victory over Olympic champion United States of America.

The Group C encounter promised much and delivered a lot. Olympic, World Cup and World League champion United States of America was three times in the position of being three goals down. It was USA’s first competition loss this year and the only other defeat was friendly in Rome in March to — Italy.
In the other group clash, Brazil’s Izabella Chiappini scored five goals as her team downed Japan 11-8.

In Group A, defending champion Spain spread the load among the team, beating New Zealand 23-2. Rosa Tarrago helped herself to six goals. Canada closed the night’s proceedings, beating Kazakhstan 17-4 with an 8-0 final period.

In Group B, Netherlands had to come from behind to beat Greece 10-9 and Australia cruised home against South Africa 19-1 with Ash Southern top-scoring with five.

In Group D, China surged away from 2-2 at halftime to beat France 13-4, thanks to a six-goal haul from Guannan Niu. Russia upstaged Hungary with four unbeaten goals at the end to turn from two goals down to a 13-11 victory, much to the delight of the packed house.

Points after day two:

Group A: Canada 4, Spain 4, Kazakhstan 0, New Zealand 0.

Group B: Netherlands 4, Australia 4, Greece 0, South Africa 0.

Group C: Italy 4, USA 2, Brazil 2, Japan 0.

Group D: China 4, Russia 4, Hungary 0, France 0.

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Third synchro gold for Russia, second bronze for Japan

Kazan 2015 - SY

Team Russia acknowledged their supremacy in synchro events, winning the team technical routine tonight.

This was the third gold medal for the admitted leaders at the FINA World Championships in Kazan after victories in technical solo and duet and silver in mixed duet.

Russians performed their high-speed “Kaleidoscope” programme brilliantly, earning 95,7457 points. China (94,4605) and Japan (92,4133) completed the podium.

It was unusual not to see Spain among the medallist. But the Japanese bronze in tech duo and team routine is not for nothing. We should mention that team Japan got back their coach who left in 2004 to raise synchronized swimming in China. A good battle is expected in Rio-2016.

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Fifth 10m synchro gold in a row for Chen Ruolin (CHN)

Kazan 2015 - DV

Olympic champion Chen Ruolin claimed her fifth successive world 10m synchro gold medal and continued China’s sweep of Kazan diving titles with the nation’s fifth in five events at the FINA World Championships. Chen and Liu Huixia, her partner at the last Worlds in Barcelona in 2013 and her fourth in all, led all the way and held off the consistent challenge of Canadians Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion to win by some 20 points. North Korea claimed their first medal in any of the aquatic disciplines in the 42-year history of the World Championships as Kim Un-hyang and Song Nam-hyang gained a well-earned bronze.

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