Water Polo Men, Day 5: ITA 4 ESP 3

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ESP vs ITAMemories of the 1992 Olympic gold-medal match were rekindled when Italy beat Spain4-3 in the quarterfinal clash at Bernat Picornell Pool. The final day of the water polo competition was played here and Italy needed many periods of extra time to overcome Spain.

Italy did not need extra time tonight but could only score once in the second half for the low-scoring victory that sent it into the semifinals against Montenegro.

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Hungary-Croatia and Montenegro-Italy set for men’s semifinals

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Hungary-Croatia and Montenegro-Italy set for men’s semifinalsHungary will play Olympic champion Croatia and Montenegro will face Italy in Thursday’s semifinals of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World Championships at the Bernat Picornell Pool. It was a day of drama in the quarterfinals today as each team had to battle for the right to contest the semifinals.

Hungary came through the opening match, turning a 3-2 halftime lead to 5-3 at the final break and 9-3 at full time, thanks to a better extra-man scoring statistic.

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Water Polo Men, Day 5: MNE 9 SRB 8

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MNE vs SRBThe unthinkable happened when World League champion and Olympic bronze medallist Serbia was outplayed by neighbour Montenegro 9-8, scoring 70 seconds from time to advance to Thursday’s semifinals.

For Serbia, silver medallist at Shanghai two years ago and winner in Rome two years before that, it will be a rare trip to the round of 5-8, not having played outside the top four since independence from Montenegro in time for the 2007 World Championships.

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Swimming, Day 3 - World record for Ledecky on day of golden US treble

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Katie Ledecky (USA)Sixteen-year-old Katie Ledecky smashed the 1500 metres freestyle world record on a great day for the USA which brought three world crowns for the Stars and Stripes team. Ledecky prevailed in a monumental duel with Denmark's defending champion Lotte Friis, while Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers grabbed the golds in their respective 100m backstroke finals. Fellow Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte, born just two days after Ledecky, came tantalisingly close to her own second world record in two days but still celebrated an historic first world title in the 50m pool for independent Lithuania in the 100m breaststroke.

Ledecky, who won the 400m freestyle on Day 1, and Friis fought neck and neck in the 30-length pool marathon, the American edging clear in the final 100 metres to win in 15:36.53. Friis, world silver medallist in 2009 and champion in 2011, touched in 15:38.88 and was also inside the 15:42.54 world mark set by Kate Ziegler in Mission Viejo, California, on June 17, 2007. Lauren Boyle (NZL), Barcelona 400m freestyle bronze medallist, came through strongly in the later stages to claim another bronze in 15:44.71.

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Swimming, Day 3 - Women's 100m breast: Meilutyte wins world title for Lithuania

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Ruta Meilutyte (LTU)Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte claimed an historic first world long-course swimming title for Lithuania since it gained independence after the break-up of the former Soviet Union. The 16-year-old England-based swimmer was a clear winner, though she finished a shade outside the world record 1:04.35 she clocked in the semi-finals. Meilutyte led all the way and swept to the gold in 1:04.42, a time still inside the 1:04.45 world mark which had stood to Jessica Hardy (USA) since August 2009.

Yuliya Efimova (RUS), world silver medallist in 2009 and second-fastest behind Meilutyte in the semi-finals, was the only swimmer to finish within a second of the Lithuanian, taking the silver in 1:05.02. Hardy, world silver medallist in 2005, scooped the bronze in 1:05.52. Rebecca Soni (USA), twice Olympic 200m breaststroke champion, won the 100m breaststroke world crown in 2009 and 2011 and the 200m in 2011 but is not defending her titles in Barcelona.

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