High Diving, Day 2: History was made: Cesilie Carlton (USA) is the first World champion!

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Cesilie Carlton (USA), gold medallistThey were only six, but Cesilie Carlton (USA) was happy as she had won against 60 other competitors! The North American high diver (who suffers from vertigo!) became the first world champion in this discipline, getting the best accumulated results after the three rounds of dives on this hot, sunny and windy Tuesday in Barcelona. Carlton won the competition in 211.60, while Ginger Huber (USA, silver, 206.70) and Anna Bader (GER, bronze, 203.90) completed the podium of this historical event.

This novelty at the FINA World Championships is almost a première for these divers also – in fact, besides the shows and exhibitions, the most known competition of High Diving is the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, an annual circuit with several legs around the world. Until a couple of weeks ago, these series were only open to men. On July 14, in Malcesina (ITA), four of the six finalists in Barcelona (Tara Hyer Tira and Huber from USA, Bader, and Stephanie de Lima from Canada) made their debut in this circuit.

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Swimming, Day 3 - Women's 100m backstroke: Franklin (USA) maintains winning ways

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Franklin (USA) maintains winning waysOlympic champion Missy Franklin captured her second gold medal of the Barcelona World Championships with an emphatic victory in the 100m backstroke. The 18-year-old American, who led the USA to victory in the 4x100m freestyle relay on the opening evening in the pool, dominated the race from start to finish. She turned at 50 metres in 28.62, inside world record pace, and won by a comfortable margin in 58.42, finishing 0.30 seconds outside the 2009 world mark of Gemma Spofforth (GBR).

Emily Seebohm (AUS) took the silver, 0.64 seconds behind, in 59.06, and Aya Terakawa (JPN), 50m backstroke silver medallist in 2011, the bronze in 59.23. The 1-2-3 order repeated the medal podium of the 2012 Olympics. Franklin won four gold medals at the London Olympics and is in the hunt for more medals in Barcelona.

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Swimming, Day 3 - Men's 200m freestyle: Agnel (FRA) wins second Barcelona gold

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Agnel (FRA) wins second Barcelona goldOlympic champion Yannick Agnel (FRA) bagged his second gold medal of the World Championships with a runaway victory in the men's 200m freestyle. Agnel, already a Barcelona gold medallist in the French 4x100m freestyle relay on Day 1, led all the way to take the title in 1:44.20. Conor Dwyer (USA) came through from fifth on the last length to snatch the silver in 1:45.32, with Danila Izotov (RUS), bronze medallist in 2009, claiming another bronze, in 1:45.59. It was a second Barcelona bronze for Izotov after he helped Russia to third place in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Defending champion Ryan Lochte (USA) held third place in the middle stages of the race but finished outside the medals in fourth spot (1:45.64). Lochte, the reigning Olympic 400m individual medley champion, also finished fourth in the 200m freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics. Kosuke Hagino (JPN), silver medallist in the Barcelona 400m freestyle, was fifth. Olympic silver medallist Yang Sun chose not to contest the event, concentrating instead on the 400, 800 and 1500m freestyle, having got his campaign off to a flying start with victory in the 400. Tae-hwan Park (KOR), champion in 2011, did not defend his title.

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Water Polo Men, Day 5: HUN 9 GRE 3

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HUN vs GREHungary shut down the Greece extra-man attack and swam away with the first quarterfinal 9-3 at Bernat Picornell Pool. The normally reliable Greek man-up play was not to be seen as it converted just two from 15 chances. It must be said that Hungary was pressured heavily as well, but the five-from-13 catch was what killed Greece’s chances to progress to the medal round.

Gaining superiority is what the game is all about and Hungary firstly and then Greece gained the eye of the referees too often and it became a revolving door to the corner of the pool.


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Water Polo Women: Day 5: ESP 9 USA 6

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ESP vs USAIt was the Olympic final all over again. This time the script had changed and Spain won instead of United States of America. Four times USA came within one goal of Spain, but that was it. Spain won 9-6 — a six-goal turnaround from the London Olympics just a year ago.

There was no Maggie Steffens five-goal haul but there was a Jennifer Pareja four-goal procession in the first half as Spain turned at 4-2, levelled the third quarter 1-1 and won the last 3-1. This was all about Spain, five times the bridesmaid and twice finishing level with USA in major competition, but never winning before tonight.

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