Aquatic Family gathered at the FINA Gala Dinner
The Prince of Spain Felipe honoured FINA with his presence on July 27, 2013 at the FINA Gala Dinner, organised in the National Art Museum of Catalunya (MNAC) in Barcelona (ESP). Gathering around 1000 attendees, this convivial occasion was also highlighted by the presence of the best Olympian in history (22 medals including 18 titles), US swimmer Michael Phelps, as well as several IOC members and many Spanish and Catalan authorities.
Representatives of the FINA National Federations present in Barcelona for the 15th FINA World Championships, as well as members of the FINA Technical Committees and Commissions were also in attendance. Finally, the sponsors and suppliers of the championships were obviously invited to this Gala Dinner.
Water Polo Men, Day 4: GRE 13 RSA 5
Greece became the first quarter-finalist after beating South Africa 13-5 in an enthralling match where extra-man was king. The official statistics may show Greece scoring five from seven but in actual fact they plundered eight from 11. It’s just the way the official timing is done. It’s like when a team scores at 21 seconds — one second over the exclusion period. Coaches count that as an extra-man goal. It’s subjective, but it’s the focus of water polo.
In Greece’s case it scored five within the 20 seconds, one at 21 seconds, one at 25 and one at 26. Official statistics claim shots as being on target within the 20-second period so this does not show the true figure.
Water Polo Women, Day 4: GRE 13 ITA 12 in penalty shootout
Italy became the second champion to exit the women’s championship when it was beaten 13-12 in a penalty shootout by world champion Greece.
That means, European champion Italy became the second champion of the day set to depart Barcelona after World League champion China lost out to Netherlands earlier in the day.
Champions China and Italy fail to make quarterfinals
There can only be one winner and even champions have to fall by the wayside some time. This was the case during quarterfinal qualification matches on the fourth day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Championships at the Bernat Picornell Pool.
In the final match of the night, European champion Italy bowed out in controversial fashion, losing a penalty shootout 13-12 to world champion Greece.
Water Polo Women: Day 4: HUN 14 GBR 5
Hungary is one win from a half-century of victories at World Championships following its quarterfinal-qualifying 14-5 win over Great Britain. Great Britain, which bows out of the championship, is yet to win a match at this level, sitting alongside Puerto Rico as the only nations yet to win a match.
Great Britain is improving with every match and went 4-2 behind in both the first quarters and then held Hungary to 2-0 in the third. It could have been 2-1 if Fiona Winstanley–Smith had not been so selfless in trying to pass to a teammate when she had the goal at her mercy.
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