WP Trophy 2013, day 4: The Uzbek squad defeats the locals 9-4

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FINA Water Polo Development Trophy 2013, Kuwait City (KUW) - credit: @ahmad_akbarDay 4 of the FINA World Men’s Water Polo Development Trophy began on a warm and sunny day in Kuwait City. The Republic of South Africa, trying to bounce back from a gut-wrenching loss the evening before played the team from Puerto Rico in the day’s first game. The Puerto Ricans, representing the Americas, jumped out to a 4-1 first period lead over the African team and extended their lead to 8-3 at the half. The Puerto Rican dominance continued throughout the rest of the game and they took away the 2 points with a 14-6 win over the South Africans. The South African no.6, Schooling, was the high scorer of the game netting 5 of the 6 goals for the team from South Africa.

Game 2 saw Saudi Arabia try to get back on the winning track in their game against Singapore. The Saudis took a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and then held the team from Singapore goalless in the second to lead 6-2 at the half. In spite of being outscored by 2 goals in the second half, the team from Saudi Arabia was the victor, winning by a final score of 9-7. Gahal led the winners with 4 goals.

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WP Trophy 2013, day 3: Egypt defeats Saudi Arabia, tight victory for Kuwait over South Africa

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FINA Water Polo Development Trophy 2013, Kuwait City (KUW) - credit: @ahmad_akbarThe first game of day 3 was between the team from Uruguay and the team from Singapore. The winner would move into a tie for second place in Group A. The game started off fairly even with both teams missing many good shooting opportunities, hitting the goalkeeper or having their shots blocked. The Uruguayans took a 2-1 first quarter lead but the team from Singapore jumped ahead 4-3 by half time. Unfortunately for them, that was as good as it got as Uruguay won the last 2 periods 5-2 and 4-1 ending up with a 12-7 victory led by 5 second half goals from no.3, Samario.

Game 2 saw Saudi Arabia meet Egypt in a battle for top spot in Group A. The Saudis took a 1-0 lead after the first quarter despite their experienced no.11, Shaheen, picking up two major fouls, which would later limit his effectiveness. The Egyptians came out attacking in the second period scoring five unanswered goals taking a 5-1 lead into the second half. The Saudi team began attacking more, cutting the deficit to 3 but the Egyptians matched them resulting in a 10-5 victory for Egypt and top spot in Group A.

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WP Trophy 2013, day 2: Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan take the lead

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FINA Water Polo Development Trophy 2013, Kuwait City (KUW) - credit: @ahmad_akbarKuwait City, KUWAIT - The second day of the FINA men's Water Polo Development Trophy began with a Group B game between two unbeaten teams: Uzbekistan representing Asia and Puerto Rico, one of the teams from the Americas.

On the back of an outstanding 8 goal performance from Kiril Rustomova, wearing cap  no.7, the Uzbeks, after falling behind 2-0 in the first quarter, took control of the rest of the game, winning by a score of 15-10 and handing the fatigued Puerto Ricans their first loss.

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WP Trophy 2013: Saudi Arabia, Uruguay, Egypt, Puerto Rico and Uzbekistan win on opening day

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FINA Water Polo Development Trophy 2013, Kuwait City (KUW) - credit: @ahmad_akbarKuwait City, KUWAIT - The 2013 edition of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World Development Trophy, the 4th such event, was hosted by the Kuwait Swimming Federation in Kuwait. There are 11 teams participating in two Groups – Algeria was a late cancellation. The six teams playing in Group A are from Tunisia, Egypt, Peru, Uruguay, Singapore and Saudi Arabia. The five Group B teams are from South Africa, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Uzbekistan and the host country, Kuwait.

The tournament began on a sunny day in Kuwait. Tunisia played Saudi Arabia in the first game of the tournament. The team from Saudi Arabia were 12-8 victors in the Group A competition. The second game was also a Group A competition – between the two countries from South America – Uruguay and Peru. The Atlantic coast team from Uruguay defeated Peru by a score of 8 to 4.

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DGP 2013, Gatineau day 4: Meaghan Benfeito beats the Chinese for gold in 10m platform

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GATINEAU, Quebec - Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal earned her second career international victory on Sunday finishing ahead of two Chinese divers for first place in the women’s 10m platform at the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2013.

Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., and Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., added a silver in the women’s 3m springboard synchro. Canada ended the meet with five medals. On Saturday, Abel and Ware were 1-2 in the 3m springboard and Benfeito and Roseline Filion of Laval, Que., were second in the 10m platform synchro.

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