Water Polo Reports - Men, Day 1
The Aussies' patience paid off
Game 8, Group D: Japan vs. Australia 4-10 (0-2, 2-2, 1-3, 1-3)
Referees: Massimiliano Caputi (ITA), Hatem Gaber (EGY)
JAPAN: Katsuyuki Tanamura, Seiya Adachi 1, Atsushi Arai, Mitsuaki Shiga 1, Akira Yanase, Atsuto Iida, Yusuke Shimizu, Yuki Kadono, Koji Takei 1, Kenya Yasuda, Keigo Okawa 1, Shota Hazui, Tomoyoshi Fukushima. Head coach: Yoji Omoto
AUSTRALIA: James Stanton-French, Richard Campbell 3, George Ford, John Cotterill 1, Nathan Power, Jarrod Gilchrist 1, Aiden Roach, Aaron Younger 2, Joel Swift 1, Emery Mitchell, Rhys Howden 2, Tyler Martin, Joel Dennerley. Head coach: Elvis Fatovic
China “recovers” world title in the men’s 10m synchro
After losing the title two years ago in Barcelona (ESP), China came back to the top of the podium in the men’s 10m platform synchro, winning the gold in the Kazan final. The Asians have been dominant in this event, since its inception in the programme of the FINA World Championships in 1998, having won five out of the eight gold medals at stake until the start of the Russian competition. In the outstanding Aquatics Palace of the capital of Tatarstan, Aisen Chen and Yue Lin (already gold medallist in this event in 2007 and 2009, with Liang Huo) were determined to bring back the world crown to their country, after a less successful participation in 2013, where Sascha Klein/Patrick Hausding, from Germany, were the winners.
Very concentrated and presenting quite solid combinations, the Chinese pair was always in total control of the operations, leading from the very first dive and concluding their effort with a total of 495.72 points. They were never really challenged by their main opponents, Mexicans Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez, who took the silver in a distant 448.89. The last medal for the Central American nation in this event was obtained in 2001, when Eduardo Rueda and Fernando Platas, were also second in Fukuoka, Japan.
Bill May and Christina Jones (USA) won the first mixed duet gold in history
The dreams of male synchronised swimmers came true as mixed duet made its first appearance at the FINA World Championships in Kazan.
Bill May and Christina Jones (USA) were the favourites of the first technical routine before the start.
May is 36 years old. He is the most experienced and the most famous male synchronised swimmer in the world. He is actually the pioneer of this discipline. Back in 1998 Bill took part in his first international competition – the Goodwill Games, where him and his partner Kristina Lum competed with “ordinary” duets and lost only to Russia’s Maria Kiseleva and Olga Brusnikina.
Ishchenko and Romashina secured second synchro victory for Russia
Russian synchro duet Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina captured one more gold medal at the “Kazan Arena”.
Ishchenko and Romashina showed their catching Gipsy dance and confidently took the lead, earning 95,4672 points. This was the only permanent thing about the synchro technical duet final of the FINA World Championships.
London silver medallist, four-time world bronze medallist in duet events Ona Carbonell from Spain missed the podium. She had a new partner Clara Camacho. And their performance did not impress enough (90,0157 points) to compete for the medals. They finished at the fifth place.
Water Polo Reports - Women Day 1
A lob from 12 metres won the game for China
The opening day of the women's tournament saw two fantastic fights, decided by a single goal: Australia edged out Greece and China staged an amazing finish against Hungary. The rest of the contests were rather one-sided.
China wins two gold; Wu Minxia makes history
The Chinese divers Si Yajie/Tai Xiao and Wu Minxia/Shi Tingmao wrapped up two gold medals in the mixed synchro platform and women's 3m springboard synchro, as Olympic champion Wu won her eighth world title from her eighth world trip on the second competition day of the FINA World Championships at the Kazan Aquatic Palace here on Saturday.
A total of 15 pairs competed in the mixed platform synchro which was introduced for the first time in the programme of the competition.
Si Yajie, defending champion in the women's 10m platform, teamed with Tai Xiaohu, both 17-years-old, and led from the start to the end, winning in 350.88 points, beating Canada's Meaghan Benfeito/Vincent Riendeau second in 309.66. Domonic Bedggood/Melisa Wu of Australia finished third in 308.22.
Russia’s Svetlana Romashina tops Solo Tech event in Kazan World Championships
Russia’s Svetlana Romashina, performing her “Pretty Woman” technical solo program, was absolutely charming and fascinating so that you couldn’t take your eyes off. She won the first gold medal of the synchro competition as well as the first medal for team Russia – the host country of the tournament.
With 95,2680 points Svetlana Romashina was ahead of Ona Carbonell from Spain (93,1284) with her impressive “Requiem for a dream” and Chinese Sun Wenyan (91,5479). In fact, two years ago in Barcelona team Spain managed to get only bronze in all solo and duo events losing to China, which once again made a strong impact then after six silver medals in Shanghai-2011. So Ona's silver in Kazan was a good start for Spain and a successful attempt to get their second position back.
Chad Ho (RSA) wins first gold for South Africa in the 5km
Chad Ho made sure that it was his hand that hit the touchpad first. Ho won the South Africa's first gold medal in open water swimming in today's 5km race, narrowly defeating Rob Mutffels of Germany. Muffells was 3.6 seconds behind the leaders at the halfway point in the race and was one of the leaders for the better part of the second half of race. The German swimmer admitted the line he took was a bit wide and found himself chasing the South African and Italy's Matteo Furlan in the final sprint to the finish. Ho had found a nearly perfect path to the finish line but the cameras positioned on the 27 metre tower above (for next week’s High Diving event) gave a spectacular view of the dogfight in the final 10 metres of the race. Ho, a bronze medallist in the 2009 FINA World Championships was being run down by the German swimmer. Muffells passed Furlan and began to reel in the South African swimmer.
Haley Anderson (USA, 5km) is the first world champion in Kazan
USA's Haley Anderson sprinted to victory in the women's 5km to capture the first gold medal of the 16th FINA World Championships. Anderson, the silver medallist in the 10km Olympic Marathon at the 2012 Olympic Games in London was always in the lead pack of the race. At the halfway mark Anderson was in fifth position, 3.6 seconds behind Sharon Van Rouwendaal of Netherlands. The Dutch swimmer bravely led for nearly the entire race before Anderson sprinted to the head of the pack in the final 300 metres. Anderson and teammate Ashley Twitchell (USA) swam in the lead pack and always within striking distance. It's a popular strategy for a swimmer to let others lead the race, putting a heavy burden on the leader while conserving energy for the final sprint. Anderson is the third woman to win multiple gold medals in this event. Twitchell finished in 6th place.
Anderson won the 5km event in 2013 at the Barcelona World Championships. She and Australia's Melissa Gorman were the only previous world champions in the event today. The 30 year old Australian won the 5km in 2009 and finished in 7th place in Kazan. London's Olympic Marathon champion Eva Ristov was in the lead pack during the early stages of today's race but faded to 12th place finishing 27.7 seconds behind the American champion.
The Aquatic show in Kazan (RUS) has started!
The 16th FINA World Championships are officially open in the city of Kazan (Tatarstan, Russia)! At the end of a memorable and spectacular Opening Ceremony, where the presence of water was omnipresent, the President of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Putin, declared the event open and wished the best luck to all participating teams. FINA’s major showcase started in the best possible way, after a two hour and a half show, highlighted by the beautiful choreographies on the generic theme “Pilgrim”.
Throughout a series of scenes, the Organisers of the Championships told the story of a fundamental relation, the one of human being with Earth’s natural element, the water. Also emphasising Russian and Tatar traditions, the Opening Ceremony displayed an outstanding variety of scenarios and successfully connected them with FINA’s six aquatic disciplines: swimming, pool and high diving, synchronised swimming, water polo and open water swimming. Presenting also awarded singers and performers on stage, the “pilgrimage” took the spectators and participants in the Championships to a long journey of fantasy and artistic performances. At the end, the importance of Sport remained at the heart of the show, but the preservation of water was also one of the strong messages of this Opening Ceremony.
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