Water Polo Reports - Women, Day 2
Italy upsets USA in second-day women’s action
The second day of women’s preliminary water polo competition was highlighted by a magnificent Italian 10-9 victory over Olympic champion United States of America.
The Group C encounter promised much and delivered a lot. Olympic, World Cup and World League champion United States of America was three times in the position of being three goals down. It was USA’s first competition loss this year and the only other defeat was friendly in Rome in March to — Italy.
In the other group clash, Brazil’s Izabella Chiappini scored five goals as her team downed Japan 11-8.
In Group A, defending champion Spain spread the load among the team, beating New Zealand 23-2. Rosa Tarrago helped herself to six goals. Canada closed the night’s proceedings, beating Kazakhstan 17-4 with an 8-0 final period.
In Group B, Netherlands had to come from behind to beat Greece 10-9 and Australia cruised home against South Africa 19-1 with Ash Southern top-scoring with five.
In Group D, China surged away from 2-2 at halftime to beat France 13-4, thanks to a six-goal haul from Guannan Niu. Russia upstaged Hungary with four unbeaten goals at the end to turn from two goals down to a 13-11 victory, much to the delight of the packed house.
Points after day two:
Group A: Canada 4, Spain 4, Kazakhstan 0, New Zealand 0.
Group B: Netherlands 4, Australia 4, Greece 0, South Africa 0.
Group C: Italy 4, USA 2, Brazil 2, Japan 0.
Group D: China 4, Russia 4, Hungary 0, France 0.
Third synchro gold for Russia, second bronze for Japan
Team Russia acknowledged their supremacy in synchro events, winning the team technical routine tonight.
This was the third gold medal for the admitted leaders at the FINA World Championships in Kazan after victories in technical solo and duet and silver in mixed duet.
Russians performed their high-speed “Kaleidoscope” programme brilliantly, earning 95,7457 points. China (94,4605) and Japan (92,4133) completed the podium.
It was unusual not to see Spain among the medallist. But the Japanese bronze in tech duo and team routine is not for nothing. We should mention that team Japan got back their coach who left in 2004 to raise synchronized swimming in China. A good battle is expected in Rio-2016.
Fifth 10m synchro gold in a row for Chen Ruolin (CHN)
Olympic champion Chen Ruolin claimed her fifth successive world 10m synchro gold medal and continued China’s sweep of Kazan diving titles with the nation’s fifth in five events at the FINA World Championships. Chen and Liu Huixia, her partner at the last Worlds in Barcelona in 2013 and her fourth in all, led all the way and held off the consistent challenge of Canadians Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion to win by some 20 points. North Korea claimed their first medal in any of the aquatic disciplines in the 42-year history of the World Championships as Kim Un-hyang and Song Nam-hyang gained a well-earned bronze.
Four out of four for China
China maintained their stranglehold on the diving titles at the FINA World Championships when Xie Siyi won the men’s 1m springboard crown to make it four wins out of four for his country in Kazan. Xie broke the early challenge of Mexico’s Jorge Ocampo and swept serenely on to claim the first individual diving gold of the championships after the first three synchronised titles had also fallen to China.
Xie succeeded Li Shixin, world champion in 2011 and 2013 and the only man to have retained the title, but he had to work hard before eventually landing the gold by a handsome margin of over 36 points. Ocampo, 2013 world synchronised 3m bronze medallist, had led qualifiers in the preliminary round and held sway through the first three rounds of the six-dive final.
Jordan Wilimovsky (USA) wins men's 10km and is the first swimmer qualified for Rio 2016
USA's Jordan Wilimovsky won the men's 10km to become the first swimmer to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games at the Kazanka River venue beating 69 other competitors to the finish line. The 21 year old swimmer from Santa Monica, California finished 12.1 seconds ahead of Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands. The top ten swimmers qualified for the next Olympic Games including Greece's Spyridon Gianniotis who will be going to his fifth Games.
At the final red buoy, Wilimovsky was firmly in the lead but he appeared to take a line towards the turn buoys as if he was taking another lap, rather than aiming for the straighter line to the finish. After leading his challengers slightly off course, the American quickly realised his mistake and immediately got back on track.
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