WP World Cup (M), Day 6: Serbia retains World Cup crown in penalty shootout over Hungary
Serbia proved its dominance of world water polo in 2014 with a clean sweep of the major events, beating Hungary 11-9 in a penalty shootout on the sixth day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World Cup at Almaty’s Central Swimming Pool today. For the third time this year, Serbia beat Hungary in a gold-medal final after the June FINA World League Super Final in Dubai, UAE, and the July European Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
The victory was the third time Serbia has reached the top step on the podium after winning as Serbia & Montenegro in Budapest in 2006 and as Serbia in Oradea, Romania in 2010. Much of the success of Serbia was put down to goalkeeper Stefan Zivodinovic, whose vital saves in the dying moments of the final typified his drive, determination and blocking skills.
YOG Nanjing 2014: China's Wu Shengping scoops 10m platform gold
The evening's biggest reception was for top qualifier Wu Shengping of China, who claimed victory in the girls' 10m platform on Day 1 of the Youth Olympics diving competition at Nanjing's Olympic Sports Complex Natatorium.
The local hope (she's from the Jiangsu province of Nanjing) delighted the home crowd in what was her first international appearance, amassing a total 526.20. Wu, who turned 18 two days ago, recorded her best score on her second dive, an Inward 3.5 Somersault, Tucked, earning six 9.0's and one 9.5 from the judges.
WP World Cup (M), Day 5: It’s Serbia versus Hungary again for a gold medal
Olympic and world champion Hungary will play FINA World League and European champion Serbia for the 2014 FINA Men’s Water Polo World Cup at the Central Swimming Pool in Almaty on Sunday. It will be the third successive major tournament this year the pair will face off for gold.
Hungary repulsed the solid challenge of United States of America 7-5 and Serbia withstood Croatia’s attack for a 7-4 victory in today’s medal semifinals.The big news of the day was Hungarian superstar Denes Varga’s suspension for brutality 2:10 from the end of the match with USA. He will miss the gold-medal final on Sunday.
China's diving great Wu Minxia reminds to "never give up on dream" in Nanjing
Olympic and world champion Wu Minxia of China is in Nanjing to meet and take part in YOG activities with diving hopefuls. We met the Athlete Role Model at the divers' training area within the Olympic Sports Complex Natatorium where she talked in the most genuine way about diving and future plans, in between two stretching sessions.
"To be named Athlete Role Model at these Youth Olympics is a confirmation of all the efforts for being in the sport for so long. It is to take on this responsibility to pass on the good spirit of sport to younger generations."
YOG Nanjing 2014: Brazil's sensation Santana downs own mark in men's 100m free
Nanjing proved a place of joy for the 395 swimmers that took part in the 36 events on the competition programme from August 17 to 22, 2014 at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium. A total 22 new world junior records were set, 14 in individual and eight in relay events.
Three new countries climbed the podium tonight: Croatia, Korea and Thailand, bringing to 29 the total of nations whose swimmers earned a youth Olympic medal. Host China topped the table with 17 medals (10 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze). Only two nations, China and Russia, celebrated double champions in both women's and men's events: Shen Duo and Yu Hexin of China, and Rozaliya Nasretdinova and Evgeny Rylov of Russia. Hungary, Lithuania and the USA had young hopefuls accomplishing the same feat among girls: Liliana Szilagyi, Ruta Meilutyte and Hannah Moore, respectively.
WP World Cup (M), Day 4: Serbia-Croatia and Hungary-USA semifinal pair-ups
Serbia will clash with Croatia and Hungary will play United States of America in Saturday’s semifinals of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World Cup at the Central Swimming Pool in Almaty following Friday’s quarter-final action.
Serbia was dominant but allowed too many goals against it against Kazakhstan in the feature evening match, before winning 16-10. Head Coach Dejan Savic looked unhappy with his team and dressed them down in the warm-down pool immediately after the match.
YOG Nanjing 2014: Egypt's Akram cruises to victory in 800m free
The evening's nicest discovery came in the men's 800m freestyle, new on the Youth Olympics swimming programme. Cairo-native Ahmed Akram topped the event in 7:54.29, claiming Egypt's first medal in the competition, moreover gold.
"This race was awesome, the second half was absolutely amazing! My strategy was to stay behind [leader Polish Jacek Wojdak] for the whole race and catch up in the last 200m."
WP World Cup (M), Day 3: Serbia and Hungary win groups after late scares
Serbia withstood a herculean effort from United States of America to be the only team with three wins after round play on the third day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World Cup at the Central Swimming Pool in Almaty today.
Defending its crown, Serbia needed Gavril Subotic to score three goals in the last two minutes to overcome the North Americans and win 11-9. USA took second in the group and Montenegro third after beating South Africa 12-4 in the first match of the day.
YOG Nanjing 2014: Watanabe clinches first medal for Japan in men's 200m breast
Plenty of notable swims and new world junior records went up on the scoreboard tonight on Day 4 of the swimming competition at Nanjing's Olympic sports complex, witnessed by IOC President Thomas Bach and South African swimming star Chad Le Clos in the stands.
Swimmers from five new countries - Greece, Japan, Slovenia, Switzerland and Trinidad and Tobago - climbed the podium, bringing to 25 the total of nations to have medalled in swimming so far at this second summer Youth Olympic Games edition.
WP World Cup (M), Day 2: USA ready for Serbia to decide group supremacy
United States of America sparkled on the second day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World Cup at the Central Swimming Pool in Almaty today. USA is starting to get a little tradition in beating Montenegro in recent years at the major tournaments and continued that today with a lead-from-the-front 11-7 victory. Ably led by captain John Mann, USA never looked in doubt. Serbia raced through South Africa 17-1 in the other Group A encounter and the big confrontation will take place on Thursday between USA and Serbia for the group supremacy.
In Group B, Croatia shifted up a gear in the second half against Australia to win 6-3. The match was tied at an incredibly low 1-1 by the long break and Croatia needed at 3-1 third period to extract itself from the bite of the Aussie Sharks. In the final match of the day, host nation Kazakhstan took the game to Olympic and world champion Hungary before bowing 15-9. Rustam Ukumanov was the hero for the locals with three matches.
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