WP Juniors (W), Day 3: Greece, USA, Australia and Russia assure presence in the quarterfinals

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Volos (Greece), 21 August – In another exciting day in Volos, home country Greece achieved the greatest win among the seven matches on the programme, sealing its presence in the quarterfinals. A very celebrated outcome after a dramatic end of the match against Canada, and a decisive goal in the last second! USA, Australia and Russia also assured their qualification for the quarterfinals, after getting their third victories in the tournament.

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WP Juniors (W), Day 2: USA, Russia and Australia lead after second win

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Volos (Greece), 20 August - In a very exciting day in Volos, all the seven games were really interesting with many beautiful goals, turnovers, unexpected results and the first draw. The match of this second day was the last one, with Greece celebrating a crucial victory against Spain in front of the Hellenic supporters. Another highlight was the second victory of the USA in the tournament (this time against Italy), making the North Americans a strong contender for the quarterfinals. Russia and Australia also assured their second win in Volos.

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WP Juniors (W), Day 1: No surprises in the initial day in Volos

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Volos (Greece) 19 August – The first day of the Championships in Volos (GRE) was marked by the victories of the strongest teams of the tournament. In all the seven matches, the squads with more ambitions proved their superiority and sent a strong signal for the remaining of the event: moreover, their comfortable win allowed the respective coaches to use all their players, thus giving them a “taste” of what is still to come.

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FINA in mourning - Water polo legend Dezso Gyarmati passed away

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Dezso GyarmatiLegendary water polo player and coach Dezso Gyarmati has died at the age of 86. One of the best players the game ever seen and in fact the most decorated in history. Till date he is the only player who earned five Olympic medals during his magnificent career: three of them were gold (1952, 1956, 1964), one silver (1948) and one bronze (1960).

The left-handed genius could play in all positions of the field. Known for his fearless approach in every game, he was able to decide the biggest clashes single-handedly. Gyarmati was the protagonist of water polo’s probably most famous match, the clash between Hungary and the USSR at the 1956 Olympics. Though remembered as the ‘Blood bath of Melbourne’ after the scenes of the dying minutes, it was team captain Gyarmati who opened the scoring and set up the other three goals Hungary netted while winning 4-0 en route to the title.

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WP Juniors (M), Day 7: Mission completed, Italy crowned as world champion

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Italian team, new world champions - credit: LOC/Noemi KondorSzombathely (Hungary), 18 August – The Italian team completed its mission: after earning this age-group’s U18 world title and the U19 European triumph they added the U20 world crown to their tally. They proved their tactical and physical superiority against Croatia as well.

Serbia clinched the bronze medal by winning a great game against the hosts Hungarians.

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