Water Polo Women: Day 3: ITA 13 BRA 5
Italy collected second spot in Group D with an accomplished 13-5 victory over Brazil. Italy just needed to finish the match as it had already claimed second spot by virtue of beating Kazakhstan.
Italy will now face off with world champion Greece in an enticing quarterfinal qualification match on Saturday that means one of the better teams in the competition will not only miss out on a medal chance but also drop out of the championship.
Open Water, Day 4: Thomas Lurz powers his German teammates to gold in Team 5km event
The team from Germany fueled by 33 year old Thomas Lurz captured the 5km Team event today. Isabelle Harle and Christian Reichert were part of the gold medal winning German team finishing in 52:54.9. Lurz now has a complete set of medals after having previously place second in the 5km on Saturday and third in the 10km on Monday. In the 2011 Shanghai edition the German team, which include Lurz and Harle, placed third.
Spyridon Gianniotis led the Greek team to their silver medal performance posting a time of 54:03.3, more than a minute slower than the German champions. Gianniotis won the Olympic gold medal in the 10km at the London Olympic Games and was the winner of Monday's 10km in Barcelona. Kalliopi Araouzou who finished fourth in both the women's 5km and 10km and Antonios Fokaidis joined in his team's efforts.
Water Polo Women: Day 3: HUN 18 KAZ 7
Hungary secured Group D with a third straight win, fending off Kazakhstan 18-7 It was a dominant effort by a team expected to go far into the championship and the 8-1 opening quarter set the tone for the match.
To Kazakhstan’s credit it managed to score twice late in the second quarter and captain Assel Jakayeva and Aizhan Akilbayeva kept the scoring humming along, finishing with four and three goals respectively.
Water Polo Women: Day 3: CAN 8 GRE 8
Canada produced a mid-morning delight with an 8-8 draw against world champion Greece to secure second place in Group C after three days of competition.
Greece needed the win as a draw was never going to be enough as the second tie-break rule states that the leading team shall be the one with the better goal difference against the top team. Canada lost to group winner United States 10-8 but Greece lost 12-8.
FINA Technical Swimming Congress
FINA held today its Swimming Technical Congress in Barcelona (ESP), with the presence of delegates from 134 National Federations.
The main decisions of the Congress were:
- Introduction of Mixed Relays, “which must consist of two men and two women”. World Records will be recognised in 50m-pool for the 4x100m free and medley mixed relays. In relation to split times in these events, they “cannot be used for records and/or entry purposes”.
- Approval of 25m World Records in the 4x50m free and 4x50m medley relays, and the 4x50m free and 4x50m medley mixed relays.
- The rules on breaststroke concerning the start and the turn remain as in the present rulebook.
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