Youth WP 2014 (M), Day 8: Hungary faces Spain in the final

World Youth Water Polo Championships

The two semi finals brought tremendous excitements – and altogether 18 goals in regular time. The defences did a magnificent job and it was the goalkeepers who made the difference. Hungary’s Soma Vogel came up with an unbelievable saving percentage (82%) which was the key of the Magyars’ 5-3 win over Russia.

In the other semis the Spaniards upset the Serbs, after finishing 5-5 in 32 minutes they won in the penalty shootout which saw their goalie, Miquel Linares catching the last two Serbian attempts. This means that Hungary and Spain will play for the gold medal on Sunday – it’s going to be huge as they already clashed in the prelims and finished 6-6.

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Montreal 2014, Diving: Canadian Olympian Jeff Hirst completes hat-trick

Masters

Toronto-based Jeff Hirst, an Olympian from the 1988 Olympics in Seoul in the 10m platform, bagged three gold and one silver from the 15th FINA World Masters Championships diving competition taking place on August 5-9 in Montreal. Hirst was in a class of his own in the 50-54 age group, sweeping three events in three days: the 1m (291.75 points), 3m springboard (332.45) and 7.5m platform (222.30).

On Saturday August 9, Hirst finished second with Mike Inglis in the platform synchro, less than 3 points behind U.S. pair Scott Smith and Ronald Kontura.


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Montreal 2014, Diving: 1989 earthquake keeps her off board for 20 years

Masters

At Masters Worlds, each individual has its own story to tell related to their sport. American diver Sara Gilliland's story is quite special. The 37-year-old practiced diving for one year in 1989 and stopped for 20 years. The very day she decided she would never stand on a board or platform again, Gilliland had just had a terrifying experience: she was on the 3m springboard at her home-town club in California when a huge, tidal wave rose from the swimming pool, steming from the San Francisco-Oakland earthquake of October 17, 1989.

The major earthquake, also known as Loma Prieta earthquake, hit the San Francisco bay area, causing more than 60 deaths. "I was so scared that I stopped diving for 20 years," Gilliland said.


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Youth WP 2014 (M), Day 7: Hungary faces Russia, Spain to clash with Serbia in the semis

World Youth Water Polo Championships

The first two quarter finals produced high drama as Spain ousted Montenegro in the penalty shootout then Russia did the same with Croatia.

The other two quarter finals lacked similar excitements – in fact they were rather one-sided battles as the Serbs thrashed Italy and Hungary upended host Turkey. The games for the lower places also produced thrillers as a series of winning goals came in the dying seconds.

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Kazan 2014: Live the competition with Orlando Duque!

High Diving World Cup - Duque's Insight

First day of competition, 3 dives and 18 divers qualified for the final day of competition on Sunday. I'm in second place behind Steven Lobue who performed an incredible front quintuple somersault with a half twist. I had 3 good dives and stand 3 points behind.

Gary Hunt the multiple times World Series champion is in third after missing his second dive but coming back strong with the most difficult dive of the day scoring 9's.

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