WPWL Men’s Super Final 2015, Bergamo, Day 2: Brazil and Serbia win again, first win for Croatia and Australia
On the second day of the preliminary round Brazil continued his surprising march crushing China and jumping on top of Group A. Croatia got its first, important, win over another major powerhouse, Hungary.
First victory also for Australia at the end of a spectacular match against the United States, who, like China, suffered they second defeat.
Second win also for Serbia who defeated Italy at the end of an exciting match, whose outcome was uncertain for at least three quarters. Serbia, who, leads Group B , will face Australia on the third day.
WPWL Men’s Super Final 2015, Bergamo, Day 1: Victories for Serbia, Hungary, Brazil and Italy
The six-day and 24 matches long tournament started on Tuesday June 23 at 4 p.m. with the first session of four matches.
During the first three days the eight teams - divided in two groups, A and B, are scheduled to play 12 matches in the Preliminary Round. The second half of the tournament will feature the Quarter Finals (Day 4), the Semi Finals (Day 5) and the Finals (Day 6).
The winner of the Super Final will be qualified for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In addition it will receive a US $ 100,000 FINA prize.
Today there were the predictable victories of Serbia over the USA, Hungary over China, and Italy over Australia. However, in the third match there was the surprising victory of Brazil, host of next year Olympic Games, over the Olympic champions of Croatia.
WPWL Men’s Super Final 2015, Bergamo: Solemn Opening Ceremony held today
The 14th edition of the FINA Men's Water Polo World League Super Final got underway today with a solemn opening ceremony held at the “Pope John XXIII” congress centre, after the eight participant teams, the referees and the FINA Officials paraded through some central streets, starting from the Town Hall.
The Super Final was officially declared open by the City Mayor, Mr. Giorgio Gori, who earlier had delivered a welcome address to the audience. Welcome addresses were delivered also by the FINA Bureau Liaison Dimitris Diathesopoulos, and by the Italian Federation President, as well as FINA Honorary Secretary Paolo Barelli.
All teams, in turn, walked on the stage, waving their national flag, for the official presentation. National anthems were played.
Burnell and Cunha win thrilling races at Balatonfured
As usual, the actual stage of the FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup offered tremendous excitements, this time in Balatonfured (HUN).
After four gruelling laps Jack Burnell (GBR) and Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) emerged as the respective winners.
Lake Balaton offered its very best again: the biggest lake in Central Europe welcomed the World Cup participants with fine water temperature and gorgeous sunshine. The competition was a kind of test event as the open water races of the 2017 FINA World Championships will be held at the same site – and a handful of stars also tested themselves with a month to go until the 2015 World Championships in Kazan.
Russian mixed duet leaves strong impression in Rome
No one really knew what to expect, even less so the athletes. With the first-ever world championships mixed duet competition set to take place in six weeks in Kazan everyone has but this question in mind: what would the brand-new routines be like?
The four duets of Russia, Colombia, Turkey and host Italy that performed in the test event at the Stadio del Nuoto in Rome from June 13-14, 2015 provided a mouthwatering foretaste of what can be expected next July in the capital of Tatarstan.
On the opening night, 20-year-old Aleksandr Maltsev, the one and only male synchro swimmer in Russia, performed brilliantly with partner Darina Valitova, 2014 European champion, to earn the gold in the duet technical routine with a total 87.314, besting Italy and Turkey.
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