Swimming, Day 2 - Men's 100m breaststroke: Sprenger brings gold to Australia

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Christian Sprenger brought Australia their first swimming gold medal in BCN2013Christian Sprenger brought Australia their first swimming gold medal of the FINA World Championships, winning the men's 100m breaststroke in a rousing duel with Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa. Van der Burgh, bronze medallist at the 2009 and 2011 Worlds, led at the turn inside world record pace, with Felipe Lima (BRA) second and Sprenger third. But Sprenger caught him as they battled down the return length to win in 58.79, with Van der Burgh - 50m breaststroke gold medallist in 2009 - taking the silver in 58.97 and Lima bronze in 59.65.

Sprenger, at 27 the oldest holder of the title, claimed Australia's second win in the event in the last three Worlds, 2009 victor Brenton Rickard having failed to progress beyond the heats this time.Van der BUrgh's 58.46 world record remained intact.

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Water Polo Women, Day 5: AUS 9 GRE 5

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AUS vs GREGreece relinquished its World Championship crown in losing 9-5 to world No 3 Australia in a match where the Aussie Stingers dominated throughout. Greece is the team Australia has trouble with the most so today it went to a 3-1 lead within two minutes and kept Greece at bay for the rest of the night.

In the setting sun, Greece’s ambitions for retention of the crown won in Shanghai two years ago, also set. Its ambitions must now be for fifth place. Australia needed to win strongly to show its semifinal opponent — Russia — that it has the overall game to thrust itself into the gold-medal final. Both teams had excellent defence and when the match hit 3-1, it looked like it would be a high-scoring match.

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Water Polo Women, Day 5: RUS 17 CAN 9

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RUS vs CANRussian pair Evgeniya Ivanova and Ekaterina Prokofyeva steered their team to a 17-9 quarterfinal over Canada at the Bernat Picornell Pool today. The pair scored the first four Russian goals and went on to score twice more as Russia took the 5-2 quarter-time score to 8-3 at halftime and 12-6 at the final break.

It was Russia’s natural progression in the championship and try as it might, Canada could not overcome the early 3-0 deficit. Joelle Bekhazi kept her team on the scoresheet with two of her four goals in the third quarter, including a penalty strike.

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Water Polo Men: Day 4: AUS 8 GER 4

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GER vs AUSAustralia completed the list of quarter-finalists by defeating Germany 8-4 and will now look forward to Tuesday when it must front Olympic champion Croatia for a semifinal berth. Australia had the better defence, the better goalkeeper and better strike power and thoroughly deserved a quarterfinal match.

Australia controlled the opening quarter through power shots from captain Rhys Howden and Aaron Younger with a rifle shot. When Heiko Nossek scored the first goal for Germany at the start of the second quarter, it was a touch of Australian infamy as the 700th goal conceded at World Championships, second only to Canada’s 742.

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Serbia going head to head with Montenegro in quarterfinals

BCN2013 - Water Polo

Serbia going head to head with Montenegro in quarterfinals  Serbia will face Montenegro in what will be a hotly  contested quarterfinal on Tuesday following the qualification round of  the FINA Men’s Water Polo World Championships at the Bernat Picornell Pool today. Serbia sent Romania packing for home with a 13-5 scoreline and Montenegro defeated Canada 12-4 to set up a tantalising encounter.

The qualifiers were decisive, unlike the women’s matches the day before where European champion Italy and World League champion China departed the scene. The other quarterfinals have Greece facing Hungary, Croatia against Australia and Spain playing Italy.

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