Water Polo Men, Day 6: ESP 14 SRB 13

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ESP vs SRBSpain inflicted pain on Serbia by sending it to the play-off for seventh place against Australia after a dramatic sudden death, penalty shootout that Spain eventually won 14-13.

The scoreline was the same as the match between the two in the 2009 Rome World Championships. Serbia won that day and went on to win eight further matches against Spain in major competitions. It was time for Spain to redress the situation.

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Swimming, Day 5 - Men’s 200m individual medley: Lochte (USA) gets first gold in Barcelona

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Ryan Lochte (USA)The World record holder, champion in 2011 and best performer of the season, US Ryan Lochte (USA) was the favourite of this race and did not disappoint: the North American star, fourth in the 200m free and silver medallist in the 4x100m free relay at the Palau Sant Jordi, got his first title in Barcelona, touching home in 1:54.98, faster than the 1:55.44 he had clocked in June in Indianapolis. With this victory, Lochte, who has 11 Olympic podium presences, totals 21 medals at FINA World Championships and like Phelps in 2003, 2005 and 2007, has now three consecutive wins in the event, after his 2009 and 2011 successes.

The silver went to Japan’s Kosuke Hagino, who won the duel with Thiago Pereira from Brazil. The Asian swimmer, 2012 Olympic bronze medallist in the 400m IM, clocked 1:56.29 against Pereira’s 1:56.30. It is the first success at this level for the Brazilian, who won silver in London in the longer distance. Hagino has also won silver in the 400m free here in Barcelona.

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Water Polo Men: Day 6, GRE 11 AUS 9

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GRE vs AUSGreece upstaged Australia 11-9 and earned a shot at fifth place with a solid effort against a team that could not emulate its recent performance. Greece had lost to Hungary 9-3 and Australia drew 9-9. It was expected Australia would emerge victorious but it was not to be as the defence seemed missing in action in the first half.

Greece had control of the first period as the normally reliable Australian goalkeeper, James Clark, appeared to have an off day and was switched for Joel Dennerley at 3:20 of the second quarter. Either that or the Aussie Sharks’ defence had dropped a huge step on the ladder.

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2013 FINA Synchronised Swimming Worldwide Seminar - St Petersburg (RUS)

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2013 FINA Synchronised Swimming Worldwide Seminar - St Petersburg (RUS)

FINA, in cooperation with the Russian Synchronised Swimming Federation, organised the 2013 FINA Synchronised Swimming Worldwide Seminar for Coaches and Judges A from November 1-3, 2013 in St Peterbsurg, Russia.

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Water Polo Women, Day 6: ESP 13 HUN 12

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ESP vs HUNFor the first time in World Championship history, Spain has beaten Hungary and what a match it was — 13-12 for a shot at the gold medal on Friday night at Bernat Picornell Pool.

Five times before Spain has felt the backhand of Hungary but last year that all changed when Spain toppled Hungary in the Olympic Games semifinals.

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