Perth 2012, Day 5 (Men): Hungary, Croatia, Greece and Italy win their groups
December 5, 2012 PERTH - Men’s teams Hungary, Croatia, Greece and Italy won their groups and a fast track to the quarterfinals of the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at Challenge Stadium today. Hungary beat Egypt 16-5 for three straight wins in the only four-team Group A with United States sealing second berth with a handsome 17-5 margin over cross-border rival Canada.
Group B finalised its programme in the last game of the evening when Australia downed Colombia 15-2 and collected second place. Earlier, New Zealand bested South Africa 14-6 for third place and a shot at the quarterfinals. In Group C, Greece crushed Trinidad & Tobago 20-3 for a fourth consecutive win and top spot. Romania had already gained second spot on Tuesday and had today off while Iran grabbed third in a spiteful encounter with Uzbekistan, winning 13-10. Uzbekistan finished fourth and Trinidad & Tobago fifth. Group D went the way of Italy over Serbia with Italy rounding out its finals preparations with a 22-1 defeat of Peru. Brazil beat Kazakhstan 12-7 in the battle for third and fourth.
Perth 2012, Day 4 (Women): Italy tumbled out by Russia ahead of quarterfinals
December 5, 2012 PERTH - Italy will not be shooting for gold at the FINA Youth World Water Polo Championships, having fallen to Russia 10-6 in a crucial second-round women’s match at a Challenge Stadium today. The match was well viewed in light drizzle following a 39C day, as it pitted two of the best teams in the world at this level. However, the score differential could have been higher such was the dominance of the Russian team that won this age group in 2009.
Russia seemed unstoppable with the exceptional Elvina Karimova on fire, scoring her team’s first four goals en route to six to bring her tournament tally to 26 from four matches. Russia moved from 6-4 at halftime to 9-5 by the final break and steered out the game to move into Thursday’s quarterfinals and a clash with Canada.
Perth 2012, Day 4 (Men): Italy crushes Serbia and one win short of quarterfinal berth
December 4, 2012 PERTH - Down but not out. That’s the word from Serbian great Dejan Savic, who is coaching his national boys’ team at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships in Perth. Serbia struck a brick wall against Italy on Tuesday, losing 10-4 in what was billed as one of the most highly anticipated group stage games of the tournament. Savic said tomorrow was another day and expects his team to lift for the rest of the championship.
Italy has just winless Peru to pass on Wednesday to claim Group D and advance to Friday’s quarterfinals. The well-drilled Italians were superior in every facet of play and signalled their championship intentions to the rest of the men’s competition.
Perth 2012, Day 3 (Women): USA, Greece, Australia and Canada win through to quarterfinals
December 4, 2012 PERTH - United States of America, Greece, Australia and Canada have won their groups of the women’s competition at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at Perth’s Challenge Stadium. They earn the day off tomorrow and next front for Thursday’s quarterfinals. USA became the first group winner in Group C, despite losing 9-10 to Italy today. Two previous wins earned four points and Italy lifted to four. Hungary defeated India 38-2 leaving the top three teams equal on points.
In the first tiebreak, USA and Hungary finished with +1 when taking into account the goals scored in the three games between the trio, and Italy had -2. In the next tiebreak, USA won the match between against Hungary 8-6 for the group win. Italy proved the better team throughout with more experience and sharper reactions, especially on extra-man attack. To the USA’s credit, it turned a three-quarter 8-5 deficit into 8-8 midway through the final quarter, only to have two quick extra-man goals scored against. A consolation goal came 17 seconds from time.
Perth 2012, Day 3 (Men): Brazil takes on and nearly upsets Serbia
December 3, 2012 PERTH - Brazil nearly gate-crashed Serbia’s party when they clashed in a Group D men’s match at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at Perth’s Challenge Stadium on Monday. Brazil rattled in three unanswered goals to start the game and kept Serbia honest for the rest of the match. Brazil trailed 4-3 at halftime and 7-6 at three-quarter time and was just 9-8 behind inside the final five minutes before Serbian Olympic bronze medallist Dusan Mandic scored his third consecutive goal and cruised to 12-8 before conceding a late goal for 12-9. It was a fantastic effort from the Brazilians who will be hosting the 2016 Olympic Games and augurs well for the future of the game in the country.
While Brazil’s shooters were piercing Serbia’s wall at will, the closeness of the match can be laid at the feet, or more importantly, hands of goalkeeper Bernardo Campos. His blistering speed and ability to stop shots in the corners was paramount to Brazil’s ability to stay in the match. He stopped a minimum of 12 telling shots and set up goals at the other end. Finally, Serbia’s strength and calmness under pressure showed through for its third victory.
Perth 2012, Day 2 (Women): Canada and Brazil battle out a 9-9 draw
December 3, 2012 PERTH - The battle of the Americas took pride of place in day-two action of the women’s competition at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships in Perth on Monday. Canada and Brazil battled to a 9-9 Group B draw after a see-saw match in which Canada led 4-2 at halftime and the game was locked at 6-6 heading into the final quarter.
The game had many highlights, not least of all stirring comeback periods from both sides and another brilliant individual scoring display by Brazil’s Izabella Chiappini, who bagged another seven goals to go with the eight she put past New Zealand on Sunday. Canada was playing its first match of the tournament while Brazil now tops the three-team group with three points following a first-up win over New Zealand (13-10), who had a bye today.
Mexico 2012, Day 3: China takes home 1st Synchro World Trophy title
December 2, 2012 MEXICO CITY - The Free combination routine concluded the seventh edition of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy in Mexico. Dynamic and versatile, the Free combination features all the possibilities of this artistic discipline - solo, duet, trio and teams – in a single routine and China took again the spotlight on the last day, winning the overall competition with 384.625 points. Japan (379.450 points) and Ukraine (378.775 points) completed the podium, second and third respectively. The podium was the same in the Free combination routine.
China entered in this competition showing strength and confirming their intention to reach the top of the synchro world hierarchy. The Chinese girls delivered a vibrant routine wearing red swimsuits, the colour of the country, with an original choreography, marked by perfect body balance and height of figures.
Perth 2012, Day 2 (Men): Perpetual scorer Rustamov tallies 15 goals for Uzbekistan
December 2, 2012 PERTH - For a team to score 15 goals in a match is a good result, although Uzbek Kirill Rustamov scored that number on his own as his Uzbekistan team beat Trinidad & Tobago 19-16 in a Group C game at the 1st FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at the Challenge Stadium. Rustamov scored six goals in each of the middle two quarters and finished with two in the final period to go with his meager first-quarter strike. He scored them from everywhere, but particularly deadly from outside. He also showed his prowess in the centre-forward position.
He will be a marked man in upcoming encounters but said after the match: “It was very, very hard because we came just yesterday and had 32 hours with no sleep. We had just one training session, so it’s been very hard.” What did he think of his 15 goals? “It’s good but we are a good side with lots of good players and a good future.”
Perth 2012, Day 1 (Women): Greece shoots four in the final quarter to down Russia by two
December 2, 2012 PERTH - Greece stamped itself as a medal contender with a gutsy 11-9 final-quarter comeback win over Russia on the opening day of the women’s competition at the 1st FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at Perth’s Challenge Stadium today. After a drawn first half, Greece shot to a two-goal lead only to see Russia overtake and itself have a two-goal margin by three-quarter time. Then Greece stood up and took control of the game, blasting in four unanswered goals for the cherished victory, which could mean Group D dominance.
South Africa broke a 2-1 deadlock from the first to the third quarter to beat neighbour Zimbabwe 9-1. It was Zimbabwe’s debut at this level as well. Australia sent a strong message to the other contenders with a 22-2 win over Czech Republic in one of the feature night matches indoors before an estimated 500 people. Uzbekistan and Indonesia battled hard in the other Group A encounter with the latter claiming the two points with an 8-6 margin. It was Indonesia’s baptism of fire at FINA level. Another to face the music on the first day for the first time diminutive India, losing 34-0 to the mighty United States of America in Group C. Hungary and Italy went at it hammer and tongs before Hungary triumphed 7-4 in the other Group C match.
Mexico 2012, Day 2: China wins Thematic team, Japan and Ukraine also on podium
December 1, 2012 MEXICO CITY - The softness of Chinese folk songs and the energy of the samurai highlighted the second day of the 7th FINA Synchro World Trophy, marked by very creative routines. On day 2, the Chinese team received again very high scores for their near-perfect performance. The team (Or Liu, Xi Luo, Xuechen Huang, Wu Ywen, Jiachen Fan, Lele Yu Xiaoujun chen, Wenyan One, Si Chang and Li Guo) totalled a winning score of 96.338.
The Chinese swimmers transformed the pool into a dance floor, thrilling both the judges and audience with the mega hit song "Gagnam Style". The Japanese filled the pool with mystery when they climbed on the deck dressed as samurai using features such as dry ice.
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