WPWL 2011: China men book trip to Florence while New Zealanders hit top form

World League

Sydney (May 19). China men came through when necessary, beating Japan 8-6 to advance to the FINA World League Super Finals following fourth-night action in the second leg of the Asia-Oceania qualifying water polo event at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. And New Zealand came out to play as well with two excellent matches that kept the opposition apprehensive until the final quarters.

But China men, under pressure to join their female counterparts and qualify, were up against a Japanese team riding a high of top-class play and an easier final day against New Zealand compared to China’s opponent of unbeaten Australia.

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Brazil's team for world titles announced

Federations News

BRAThe Brazilian National Team for the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai (CHN) this July has been announced. In all, 20 swimmers were selected to dispute the event in China. The Maria Lenk Trophy, the Brazilian national championships, was the last trials for the swimmers. The country's greatest athletes have their Shanghai tickets: Cesar Cielo, Thiago Pereira, Felipe França and Kaio Marcio de Almeida.

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WPWL 2011: Australia men and women qualify for Super Finals, as does China women

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Sydney (May 18). Australia has qualified both its teams for the FINA World League Super Finals following third-night action in the second leg of the Asia-Oceania FINA World League water polo event at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.

China women are also in an unassailable position with two nights remaining but the real action is which of the two teams — China and Japan — will fill the second spot in the men’s competition in Florence, Italy next month?

Japan pushed the unbeaten Aussie Sharks to a 12-10 decision tonight but it was the earlier game that had people talking.

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WPWL 2011 (Men): Japan's close win over Kazakhstan, Australia beats Kiwis at home

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Sydney (May 17). Kazakhstan's veneer as the best men's team in Asia was further stripped by Japan with a dramatic 11-10 victory in the second leg of the Asia-Oceania FINA World League water polo event at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.

Kazakhstan beat Japan 10-8 in their Asian Games semifinal in Guangzhou, China in November but Japan reversed that 10-8 result in Auckland during the first leg last week and last night led 9-3 in the third period before allowing the Kazakhs back into the game, with two of those goals coming in brutality suspension time.

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Japan's talents set for Shanghai qualifier

Federations News

A big swim meet is coming up this weekend: The Japan Open 2011 (50m) will be held at Namihaya-Dome in Kadoma of Osaka, Japan, from May 20-22 2011. The Japan Open 2011 is a trial for the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China, this July.

Japan's famous breaststroke aces Kosuke Kitajima and Naoya Tomita are in good shape and expected to swim well at the Japan Open.

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