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WP World Cup (M), Day 2: USA ready for Serbia to decide group supremacy

Water Polo World Cup

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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5 questions to YOG ambassador Chad Le Clos (RSA)

Youth Olympic Games

5 questions to Chad Le Clos (RSA) - FINA is also on Instagram @fina1908, join us!South Africa's Olympic champion Chad Le Clos is in Nanjing today, August 20, to fulfill his role as Youth Olympic Games ambassador.

On the eve of flying to Doha for the inaugural FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup leg on August 27, the 22-year-old swimming sensation and coach Graham Hill boosted the spirit of a dozen young swimmers with a masterclass at the competition pool, sharing training and racing tips. For 30 minutes, gleaming eyes and broad smiles could be seen on the young swimmers' faces; it is a day many will have long-lasting memories of.

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YOG Nanjing 2014, Ruta Meilutyte: "I'm here to inspire young athletes"

Youth Olympic Games

Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) - credit: deepbluemedia.photoshelter.comAs the world's rising talents showed their best and experienced the taste of victory for the first time at this level on Day 3 of the Youth Olympic Games swimming competition, one remarkable athlete went almost unnoticed at Nanjing's natatorium.

Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania, the youngest Olympic champion ever in the 100m breaststroke at 15 in London two years ago, finds more than one reason to be here: "I've never been to a Youth Olympics before. It's great to be able to inspire young athletes and I'm here to enjoy the experience."

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WP World Cup (M), Day 1: Serbia and Hungary open World Cup in style

Water Polo World Cup

CRO vs HUN - credit: Russell McKinnon

Serbia and Hungary were strong winners on the opening day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World Cup at the Central Swimming Pool in Almaty today. Serbia had the better of Montenegro 9-3 while Hungary kept Croatia at bay, winning 9-5 in their respective groups.

United States of America sent off South Africa 19-1 while in the feature match of the early evening following the opening ceremony, Australia beat Kazakhstan 11-8 in an exciting finale to the day.

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WP World Cup 2014 (W), Day 6: USA retains World Cup crown with repeat win over Australia

Water Polo World Cup

United States of America continued its charmed run through the FINA World Cup with a repeat win over Australia for the week and the last two World Cups. In Christchurch four years ago, USA triumphed over Australia, giving the country a second World Cup to go with the inaugural World Cup in 1979. Now it has three.

On the final day at the Ugra State University Sports Complex, USA won 10-6 and Australia has to be content with its third silver to go with three golds and four bronzes. In fact, Australia has contested the last three World Cup finals with head coach Greg McFadden at the helm, winning his first in 2006 in Tianjin, China.

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WP World Cup 2014 (W), Day 5: USA to defend World Cup crown against Australia

Water Polo World Cup

Defending champion United States of America and Australia will face off in Sunday’s gold-medal final after both teams had convincing semifinal victories. USA beat off China 11-4 and Australia had the better of world and European champion Spain 8-2 on day five of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup at the Ugra State University Sports Complex.

In the semifinal round for place 5-8, Hungary shunted Singapore 42-0 and Russia was kinder to South Africa, winning 22-2.


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WP World Cup 2014 (W), Day 4: China-USA and Australia-Spain to clash in semifinals

Water Polo World Cup

ESP vs RSA - credit: Russell McKinnon

China, Spain, United States of America and Australia will contest the semifinals at the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup at the Ugra State University Sports Complex on Saturday. In play on Friday, China downed Hungary 8-6, world champion Spain defeated South Africa 12-2, Olympic champion United States of America sent off Singapore 24-2 and Australia held off Russia 10-8.

In the semifinals, China will face USA and Australia will take on Spain to see who contests the gold-medal final on Sunday.


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WP World Cup 2014 (W), Day 3: USA and Spain win groups ahead of quarter-finals

Water Polo World Cup

HUN vs USA - credit: Russell McKinnon

United States of America and Spain  have won their groups on day three of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup at the Ugra State University Sports Complex. Group B was settled early when defending champion United States of America delivered a second defeat of the week to Hungary. With three wins, USA won and in the second match, Australia defeated South Africa 20-2 for second spot.

Group A went to Spain even though it lost to Russia 7-6 in the showcase match of the day. In a quality match where all the best players from Spain and Russia stepped up, there could be only one winner and that was the host nation, coming from 6-5 down with 5:28 left on the clock. It forced a three-way tie in the group and after the officials deliberated, Spain still won the group with a +6 goal differential to Russia’s 0. China beat Russia on day one so China was second and Russia third. The match before, China gained second place with a 22-1 victory over Singapore.

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World Cup 2014 (W): Champions take centre stage on Day 2

Water Polo World Cup

USA vs AUS - credit: Russell McKinnon

Defending champion United States of America and world and European champion Spain are unbeaten after day two of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup at the Ugra State University Sports Complex.

USA began strongly in the Group B match and maintained a distance against perennial rival Australia before winning 8-6. Spain looked impressive against China in Group A, winning 12-5 after being 7-3 up early in the third quarter. China looked drained after its wonderful upset of Russia the previous night. The lesser lights took stage and South Africa scored three centre-forward goals against Hungary in the 25-3 loss. It was Hungary’s first win in Group B. In the final encounter of the day, Russia beat Singapore 35-2 In a Group A match-up.

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YOG 2014: Youngsters ready to shine in Nanjing

Youth Olympic Games

A pool of young talents is gearing up for the second edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) taking place in China’s “Southern capital” on August 16-28, 2014. After a dazzling inaugural edition in Singapore in 2010, which saw South African Chad Le Clos (swimming) and Chinese Qiu Bo (diving) start making their mark in the world arena, the 2012 Olympic medallists are inspiration for the youth, who them to, hope to leave a strong impression in the pool and beyond.        

The world’s up-and-coming elite aged 14-18 will compete in 28 sports, including swimming and diving. Nanjing 2014 will feature two new sports, golf and rugby, ahead of their debut at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Counting fewer events and disciplines, the YOG competition programme comprises 5% of non-Olympic, mixed-gender or mixed-NOC events.

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