Swimming World Juniors, Day 1: USA vs. Australia: two gold medals apiece

FINA World Junior Swimming Championships

4x100m free girls final - credit: Rita PannunziDUBAI (United Arab Emirates), 26 August – The opening day quickly proved that the field gathered in Dubai features more quality swimmers than in any other previous editions. All four finals brought new Championship Records – and two more were set by the meet’s star Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) – while the US and Australia dominated the medal-haunt, winning two apiece of the four held.

In the 400m free Mackenzie Horton (AUS) bettered the Championship Record right in the morning heats (3:50.25 – the old one was 3:50.97) and he clocked a superb time in the final where he beat James Guy (GBR) in a magnificent race. Guy went ahead right from the beginning and led by half-body length until the halfway mark. Horton switched gears and after the 250m turn he passed his British rivals. Horton was well in the lead after 300m, though Guy had a last attempt in the last 50m but the Aussie had the necessary reserves and touched the wall first, gaining a full second on Guy. His time of 3:47.12 would have been good for the 5th place at the FINA World Championships, which in fact Guy managed to take in Barcelona, recording 3:47.96 that time. Now he was a bit slower (3:48.15).

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WP Juniors (W), Day 7: USA takes gold after 9-7 win over Spain

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

On the podium: USA, ESP and GRE - credit: NewSportsVolos (Greece), 25 August – The team of USA conquered the 2013 title at the FINA World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships in Volos (GRE), after beating in the decisive match of the tournament an inspired squad of Spain. The North Americans confirmed their favourite status and culminated a superb week with a fair win in the last game, by 9-7. As for the bronze, it went to home country Greece which took a close triumph against Russia. The best player of the tournament was Rachel Fattal (USA), while her teammate Ashleigh Johnson earned the prize of the best goalkeeper. As for the most goals (23) of the tournament, they were scored by Spain’s Roser Tarrago Aymerich.

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WP Juniors (W), Day 6: USA and Spain will meet in the final

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

Volos (Greece), 24 August - USA and Spain are the two teams fighting for the world crown in Volos, after two very solid semifinals against Greece and Russia respectively. For the home country, remains the hope of a bronze medal, after a tournament in which they only fell to the North Americans. In other results of the day, Hungary and Italy, after their wins against Australia and Great Britain, will fight for a place in the best-5. Uzbekistan finished in 11th, while the Canadians got the 9th spot of the competition.

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WP Juniors (W), Day 5: Greece, USA, Spain and Russia, the quartet in the semis

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

Volos (Greece) 23 August – Three great thrillers and an easy win for Greece marked the fifth day of the FINA World Women’s Junior Water Championships here in Volos. USA, Spain and Russia proceed, after quite undecided matches, to the semifinals (the host country is also in final-four) leaving out of contention Hungary, Australia and Italy respectively. Brazil finished its participation in 13th, while Canada and New Zealand will fight for the ninth place in the tournament.

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WP Juniors (W), Day 4: Spain, Italy, Great Britain and Hungary complete the set of quarterfinalists

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

Volos (Greece), 22 August - The final four tickets for the quarterfinals went to the expected teams, as no surprises took place in the fourth day if the 10th FINA World’s Women Junior Water Polo Championships. Spain, Italy, Great Britain and Hungary secured their spots for the decisive stage of the tournament, easily winning their qualification matches.

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