Women's water polo press conference highlights
Jennifer Pareja (ESP):
"We know that we could not let go this final, that we had to play our best. For me the key is that we enjoy playing and all of us wanted to win. Playing here at home is the best atmosphere.
"I have played the last World Championship (in Barcelona) in 2003 and now and it has been really different. Women's water polo has changed a lot. In the past there was a huge difference between men's water polo and women's water polo and now they're in the same level. In BCN 2003 I was really young and I enjoyed it a lot. Now, in 2013, what we get is awesome.”
Water Polo Women: Day 7: Gold Medal: ESP 8 AUS 6
Spain completed the business it did not quite finish last year at the London Olympic Games by defeating Australia 8-6 in the gold-medal final. It was silver behind United States of America in London while Australia claimed bronze. Tonight it was a well-deserved gold as the best team at these championships and now the top nation on the planet for women’s water polo.
It was victory for head coach Miki Oca and his resolve and faith in his players, led by the indefatigable Jennifer Pareja, voted the championship’s Most Valuable Player.
Olympic silver medallist Spain now crowned World Champion
Spain completed the business it did not quite finish last year at the London Olympic Games by defeating Australia 8-6 in the gold-medal final of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Championships at the Bernat Picornell Pool.
It was silver behind United States of America in London while Australia claimed bronze. Tonight it was a well-deserved gold as the best team at these championships and now the top nation on the planet for women’s water polo.
Water Polo Women, Day 7: 5th & 6th - USA 15 GRE 12 in penalty shootout
Olympic and World Cup champion United States of America beat outgoing world champion Greece 15-12 in a penalty shootout after the match was tied at 10-10 by fulltime and 11-11 after two extra periods. USA sent in all four shots in the shootout while Greece missed two.
The pair played in the same group and USA won that encounter 12-8. USA stretched its lead over Greece in World Championship play to seven.
Swimming, Day 6 – Two more gold for Lochte (USA), overall tally reaches 23!
Ryan Lochte (USA) earned two gold medals in the sixth session of the swimming competition at the 15th FINA World Championships, having now an accumulated number of 23 awards in FINA’s major event since 2005. His latest successes happened in the 200m backstroke, where he easily revalidated his 2011 title, this time in 1:53.79. In the last final of the evening, he was essential in the triumph of his team in the 4x200m free relay. The other two podium presences of Lochte in Barcelona were in the 200m IM (gold) and in the 4x100m free (silver).
Other highlights of this sixth day included the surprising win of Yulia Efimova (RUS, 2:09.41), in the women’s 200m breaststroke. In the semis, Rikke Pedersen (DEN) had established a new World Record of 2:09.11, but she was slower in the decisive race, getting the silver in 2:20.08. In the men’s 200m breaststroke, Daniel Gyurta, from Hungary, became the first man with three wins in this event, after his golden performances also in 2009 and 2011. His time of 2:07.23 is a new Championships and European record, and is faster than the World Record he had set at the 2012 Olympics, when he won this distance. The current WR holder, Japan’s Akihiro Yamaguchi had a poor performance, finishing seventh.
- Swimming, Day 6 - Men’s 4x200m free: USA remains unbeaten since 2005!
- Swimming, Day 6 - Men’s 200m breaststroke: Gyurta (HUN) gets third consecutive title in a new CR
- Swimming, Day 6 - Women’s 200m breaststroke: Efimova (RUS) beats Pedersen (DEN) in a thrilling race
- Swimming, Day 6 - Men’s 200m backstroke: Lochte (USA) earns second gold in Barcelona
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