USA, Hungary, Russia and Australia win women’s water polo groups
Olympic champion United States of America, Hungary, Russia and Australia have won their groups on the third day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Championships at the Bernat Picornell Pool.
The match of the day was undoubtedly the clash between Russia and the Netherlands. From 7-3 ahead in the second quarter, Russia looked unbeatable but the dogged efforts of Netherlands led to a revival that levelled the match at 7-7 early in the third quarter. Russia took charge again, then the Dutch levelled at 10-10, 11-11 and finally 12-12 inside the final minute — the final score.
Water Polo Women: Day 3: ESP 20 UZB 4
Spain grabbed second place in Group A with a 20-4 margin over Uzbekistan in the final group match of the women’s championship. As in the day’s opening game, a minute’s silence was observed for the victims of the train crash in the north-western province of Galicia.
As if in support of those families left behind, Spanish captain Jennifer Pareja scored the championship’s fastest goal at just 12 seconds when she converted a penalty attempt.
Water Polo Women: Day 3: CHN 13 NZL 5
China collected second spot in Group B with a 13-5 victory over New Zealand. This means the World League champion will now have to meet 2008 Olympic champion Netherlands in the sudden-death quarterfinal qualifiers on Saturday.
China had the goods to win easily and put together a solid game. For New Zealand’s part it struggled ferociously and resisted stoutly for China only to breach the defence twice in the first quarter.
Synchro, Day 5: Russian duo rocks duet free final
Using a heavy metal piece by Metallica, defending champion Svetlana Romashina and new partner Svetlana Kolesnichenko from Russia went off the beaten track, delivered a very original programme and finished strongly in the duet free, scoring 97.680. China’s Jiang sisters waved farewell with a second silver-medal winning performance in Barcelona and a total 95.350 points, closely followed by local hopes Ona Carbonell and Margalida Crespi, who secured the bronze with an overall 94.990.
With this win, Romashina pocketed her third straight title in the event (which she won with Natalia Ishchenko in Rome and Shanghai) and fourth title in Barcelona (after winning the solo events and duet technical), lifting Russia’s duet gold total to 11.
Water Polo Women: Day 3: AUS 14 RSA 1
Australia won Group B with a third victory, defeating South Africa 14-1 in a clash of the Commonwealth nations. Australia is one of the strongest nations here so South Africa, normally just a visitor to World Championships every two years, put up a strong display, holding Australia out more than five minutes at the start of the match.
Australia began a roll that yielded four goals by the quarter and the next two periods also only yielded four goals to the Aussie Stingers. Tough pressure by South Africa restricted Australia to two goals in the final period.
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