WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 4: Unbeaten Croatia advances to semi finals

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CROVOLOS, Greece (August 30) - Croatia continues their winning ways defeating Uzbekistan today by a huge margin, confirming they are the Group C champions by virtue of their four consecutive victories in the first round. Croatia is the only team to have achieved four victories over the first three days of competition. Croatia will be idle tomorrow and will earn an automatic spot in the semi final round which begins on 2 September. A win by Montenegro over Brazil tomorrow will confirm their position as second place in the Group C standings.
 
Greece dominated their contest with France before a standing room only spectator capacity this evening. The Greeks will play Puerto Rico tomorrow night and a win will put them in a tie with Australia for the top of the Group A bracket. Australia and Greece tied, 6-6, when they played head to head, so the decision of which team to advance to the semi final round will be made on the basis of goal differential against each of their opponents. But a victory over Puerto Rico is a prerequisite. Australia is idle tomorrow and does not control their own fate.

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WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 3: Croatia makes good start with three consecutive wins

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VOLOS, Greece (August 29) - Croatia leads the 16th FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Championships as the only team to earn three consecutive victories. Croatia will face Uzbekistan tomorrow and will likely emerge at the top of Group C standings. Montenegro, which Croatia defeated today will face Brazil in an important contest for the second position in Group C.
 
Hungary and Italy are tied with 4 points each in Group B competition, but a winner of their head to head match will be known tomorrow evening when these two European rivals face off in the first game of the evening session.

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WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 2: Australia, Iran, Serbia and Croatia lead their groups after two days of play

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VOLOS, Greece (August 28) - Australia and Iran are at the top of the Group A and Group B standings respectively, each team having posted a victory in today's competition and each team having tied their first game yesterday. France sits comfortably in second position in Group A standings having soundly defeated Puerto Rico by a wide margin in their first game today. Canada is in third position in Group A due to their victory over Puerto Rico yesterday but they lost by a 11 goal margin to Australia today. Hungary rests confidently in second place with 2 points in the Group B standings having played and won their only game, a 26-0 beating of Kuwait on the first day of competition. Italy, also with 2 points in Group B completion defeated Kazakhstan by a 20-2 margin in their only game, and will challenge for the leadership of the bracket. 

Tomorrow's big games will be a match up between Australia and France in Group A play and a Hungary versus Iran match up that will surely churn the waters at the outdoor pool.

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WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 1: world's best junior teams gather in sunny Volos (GRE)

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KAZ vs IRI - credit: Alexandros MichailidisVOLOS, Greece (August 27) - The modern city of Volos, Greece has a rich local history and mythological tradition. Volos may be best known for Jason and the Argonauts, as well as the legendary Centaurs who lived on Mt. Pelion. At the foot of this equally historic and famous mountain is the swimming pool that will be at the center stage for 20 nations competing in the 16th FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Championships.
 
"The two swimming pools of the city, the indoor swimming pool 'Vasilis Polymeros' of New Ionia and the open air swimming pool 'Iason Zirganos' of Volos, are host to the best young athletes of water polo" said Panos Tr. Skotiniotis the Mayor of Volos. "These young men will offer a spectacular show to the sportsmanship spectators from Volos and from the whole region of Thessaly. It’s indisputable, that both of the sports centers will be full of spectators on the occasion of the distinction of the Greek national team." 

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Lima 2011, Day 6: Great success: 42 Championships Records and 19 nations with medals

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The 3rd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships came to an end on August 21 in Lima (PER), with 42 new championships records and 19 countries with medals among the 58 nations that participated in the event with 528 swimmers (246 women and 282 men). Lima’s edition was a success with the best set of results since the creation of this World Championships, in 2006.

United States dominated on the medal count (11 gold, eight silver and three bronze) and on the scores (964 points), followed by Canada (620) and Japan (516.50). The Japanese team won 19 medals (seven gold, nine silver and three bronze) and the Canadian earned 14 (four gold, five silver and five bronze).

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