WP World Cup (M), Day 4: Serbia-Croatia and Hungary-USA semifinal pair-ups

Water Polo World Cup

MNE vs CRO - credit: Russell McKinnonSerbia 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.

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YOG Nanjing 2014: Egypt's Akram cruises to victory in 800m free

Youth Olympic Games

Akram Ahmed from Egypt right after his first ever YOG Gold Medal in 800m free - credit: Delphine Schmutz/FINAThe 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."

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WP World Cup (M), Day 3: Serbia and Hungary win groups after late scares

Water Polo World Cup

SRB vs USA - credit: Russell McKinnonSerbia 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.

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YOG Nanjing 2014: Watanabe clinches first medal for Japan in men's 200m breast

Youth Olympic Games

Ippei Watanabe (JPN) right after his Golden 200m breast finish - credit: Xinhua/Fei MaohuaPlenty 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.

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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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