Water Polo Reports - Women, Day 6
USA on verge of historic water polo clean sweep
Olympic, World Cup and World League champion United States of America is one win away from the clean sweep of women’s water polo crowns after beating Australia 8-6 in the first medal semifinal today.
USA will face Netherlands, who beat Italy 10-9 in the other semifinal where Italy forced a shootout after being 1-5 down at halftime and scoring the only four goals of the final two periods. In the shootout, both teams scored three from five in the first rotation and Netherlands won through on the fourth sudden death shot, when Giulia Emmolo had her shot blocked by the right hand of Dutch goalkeeper Laura Aarts.
In the classification round 5-8 semifinals, China held off Spain 10-9 after being 10-7 ahead with five minutes remaining. Greece scored with a second remaining against Russia to force a shootout, which it won 4-3 for a 16-15 victory.
Hungary bowed out in a disappointing ninth position, defeating Brazil 22-7.
In the classification match 11-12, Canada beat Kazakhstan 20-4, improving on the 17-4 score in their group match on day two.
August 7 Schedule
14:00, ESP v RUS
15:30, CHN v GRE
Classification 3-4 (Bronze medal)
20:30, AUS v ITA
Classification 1-2 (Gold medal)
22:00, USA v NED
Swimming, Day 4: Peaty (GBR) and Ledecky (USA) continue to shine in Kazan
Three more World Records in the newest event of the programme (Mixed 4x100m medley relay) and two gold medals for the British talent Adam Peaty marked the fourth day of the swimming competition at the 16th FINA World Championships in the Kazan Arena. After winning the 100m breaststroke, Peaty is also the new world champion in the 50m and largely contributed to the victory of his team in the mixed event. He is decisively helping his country to have the most successful World Championships ever. The other finals of the day provided intense moments, with Laszlo Cseh (HUN) returning to winning mode 10 years after his first title, Katie Ledecky (USA) winning her third gold in Kazan, and Sun Yang (CHN) proving his supremacy in the freestyle events.
The women’s 200m free was a thrilling race, with a notable field on the starting blocks: Federica Pellegrini (ITA, completing her 27th birthday today), Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky, from USA, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) and Femke Heemskerk (NED). During the first 150m, the leader of the race was the Dutch star, swimming in Lane 1, but Ledecky, on the other side of the pool (on Lane 7) was perfectly controlling her effort and applied her “turbo” in the last 50m, to get the gold in 1:55.16.
Successful Hunt for gold
After chasing for so long the gold medal, Gary Hunt (GBR) finally got the world title in Kazan (RUS), winning the men’s High Diving competition, with a total of 629.30 points. The British star (31 years old) had been second in both the 2013 Worlds in Barcelona (ESP) and last year, also at the Kazanka venue, during the first edition of the FINA High Diving World Cup. On both occasions, Hunt finished second to Orlando Duque, from Colombia, who made some mistakes in Russia and could not enter the podium (he was sixth) Normally praised for his consistency, Duque was quite regular in the last two rounds of the competition, but was not so solid in the inaugural three dives on Day 1. This time, Hunt did everything almost perfect and successfully allied solid execution with very high degrees of difficulty in his combinations.
Also in the podium in Barcelona 2013, Jonathan Paredes, from Mexico, upgraded his bronze to silver, also displaying a very challenging programme, concluding his performances in Kazan with a total of 596.45 points. At the two editions of the World Cup (Kazan 2014 and Cozumel 2015), the Mexican star had been fifth, each time behind Duque, Hunt, Steve LoBue (USA) and Artem Silchenko (RUS).
Swimming, Day 3: Kazan 2015 already with more WR than BCN 2013
At the end of the third day of competition, the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan (RUS) already register more new World Records (seven) than in the eight sessions of this discipline in Barcelona 2013. In the Catalonian capital, the number of new best global marks had not exceeded six, but thanks to the courtesy of Cameron van der Burgh, Adam Peaty and Katie Ledecky, the Russian rendezvous had another exciting day at the Kazan Arena.
The men’s WR were set in the 50m breaststroke: in the morning prelims, Van der Burgh (RSA) clocked 56.62, but Peaty (GBR), already winner of the 100m here in Kazan, qualified first for the final in 56.42. The fight between the best two swimmers of the moment in this event should provide a supersonic final.
Water Polo Reports - Men, Day 5
Croatia-Greece and Italy-Serbia semifinals in men’s water polo
Olympic champion Croatia will play Greece and 2011 World champion Italy will take on World Cup and World League champion Serbia in Thursday’s medal semifinals following fifth-day men’s water polo competition.
In the 1-8 quarterfinals, Croatia was the first team into the semifinal, defeating Montenegro 10-4 in a heated, high-fouling match. It was Croatia’s sixth straight World Championship semifinal.
Greece gained a goal four seconds from time to tie Australia 7-7 and subsequently win the penalty shootout 5-4 for a 12-11 victory and a date with Croatia.
Italy came from 5-3 down in the third period to go two ahead and eventually beat reigning champion Hungary 8-7 and another thriller.
World Cup and World League champion Serbia held off United States of America 12-7 built on a 7-5 halftime lead.
In the classification round 9-12 semifinals, Canada beat Kazakhstan 9-7 and Brazil sent off South Africa 16-5.
Departing the tournament were four teams — Japan claiming 13th spot from Russia 13-9 and China taking 15th place from Argentina 16-9.
August 6 Schedule
10:50, KAZ v RSA
12:10, CAN v BRA
Classification 5-8 Semifinals
15:30, MNE v AUS
17:00, HUN v USA
Classification 1-4 Semifinals
20:30, CRO v GRE
22:00, ITA v SRB
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