Perth 2012, Day 3 (Men): Brazil takes on and nearly upsets Serbia

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BRA vs SRBDecember 3, 2012 PERTH - Brazil nearly gate-crashed Serbia’s party when they clashed in a Group D men’s match at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at Perth’s Challenge Stadium on Monday. Brazil rattled in three unanswered goals to start the game and kept Serbia honest for the rest of the match. Brazil trailed 4-3 at halftime and 7-6 at three-quarter time and was just 9-8 behind inside the final five minutes before Serbian Olympic bronze medallist Dusan Mandic scored his third consecutive goal and cruised to 12-8 before conceding a late goal for 12-9. It was a fantastic effort from the Brazilians who will be hosting the 2016 Olympic Games and augurs well for the future of the game in the country.

While Brazil’s shooters were piercing Serbia’s wall at will, the closeness of the match can be laid at the feet, or more importantly, hands of goalkeeper Bernardo Campos. His blistering speed and ability to stop shots in the corners was paramount to Brazil’s ability to stay in the match. He stopped a minimum of 12 telling shots and set up goals at the other end. Finally, Serbia’s strength and calmness under pressure showed through for its third victory.

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Perth 2012, Day 2 (Women): Canada and Brazil battle out a 9-9 draw

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BRA vs CANDecember 3, 2012 PERTH - The battle of the Americas took pride of place in day-two action of the women’s competition at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships in Perth on Monday. Canada and Brazil battled to a 9-9 Group B draw after a see-saw match in which Canada led 4-2 at halftime and the game was locked at 6-6 heading into the final quarter.

The game had many highlights, not least of all stirring comeback periods from both sides and another brilliant individual scoring display by Brazil’s Izabella Chiappini, who bagged another seven goals to go with the eight she put past New Zealand on Sunday. Canada was playing its first match of the tournament while Brazil now tops the three-team group with three points following a first-up win over New Zealand (13-10), who had a bye today.

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Mexico 2012, Day 3: China takes home 1st Synchro World Trophy title

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Chinese Team - credit: Giorgio ScalaDecember 2, 2012 MEXICO CITY - The Free combination routine concluded the seventh edition of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy in Mexico. Dynamic and versatile, the Free combination features all the possibilities of this artistic discipline - solo, duet, trio and teams – in a single routine and China took again the spotlight on the last day, winning the overall competition with 384.625 points. Japan (379.450 points) and Ukraine (378.775 points) completed the podium, second and third respectively. The podium was the same in the Free combination routine.

China entered in this competition showing strength and confirming their intention to reach the top of the synchro world hierarchy. The Chinese girls delivered a vibrant routine wearing red swimsuits, the colour of the country, with an original choreography, marked by perfect body balance and height of figures.

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Perth 2012, Day 2 (Men): Perpetual scorer Rustamov tallies 15 goals for Uzbekistan

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UZB vs TRIDecember 2, 2012 PERTH - For a team to score 15 goals in a match is a good result, although Uzbek Kirill Rustamov scored that number on his own as his Uzbekistan team beat Trinidad & Tobago 19-16 in a Group C game at the 1st FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at the Challenge Stadium. Rustamov scored six goals in each of the middle two quarters and finished with two in the final period to go with his meager first-quarter strike. He scored them from everywhere, but particularly deadly from outside. He also showed his prowess in the centre-forward position.

He will be a marked man in upcoming encounters but said after the match: “It was very, very hard because we came just yesterday and had 32 hours with no sleep. We had just one training session, so it’s been very hard.” What did he think of his 15 goals? “It’s good but we are a good side with lots of good players and a good future.”

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Perth 2012, Day 1 (Women): Greece shoots four in the final quarter to down Russia by two

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GRE vs RUSDecember 2, 2012 PERTH - Greece stamped itself as a medal contender with a gutsy 11-9 final-quarter comeback win over Russia on the opening day of the women’s competition at the 1st FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at Perth’s Challenge Stadium today. After a drawn first half, Greece shot to a two-goal lead only to see Russia overtake and itself have a two-goal margin by three-quarter time. Then Greece stood up and took control of the game, blasting in four unanswered goals for the cherished victory, which could mean Group D dominance.

South Africa broke a 2-1 deadlock from the first to the third quarter to beat neighbour Zimbabwe 9-1. It was Zimbabwe’s debut at this level as well. Australia sent a strong message to the other contenders with a 22-2 win over Czech Republic in one of the feature night matches indoors before an estimated 500 people. Uzbekistan and Indonesia battled hard in the other Group A encounter with the latter claiming the two points with an 8-6 margin. It was Indonesia’s baptism of fire at FINA level. Another to face the music on the first day for the first time diminutive India, losing 34-0 to the mighty United States of America in Group C. Hungary and Italy went at it hammer and tongs before Hungary triumphed 7-4 in the other Group C match.

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