Super Final 2011 (Women): Russia dumped from the World League semifinals by Italy in sudden-death penalty shootout

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ITA vs RUS - credit: Russell McKinnonTIANJIN, China (June 17) - Russia did the unthinkable by losing to Italy 21-20 in a sudden-death penalty shootout to miss the semifinals of the FINA Women’s World League Super Final in Tianjin. The game was locked at 12-12 by fulltime after Russia missed a gift penalty attempt six seconds from fulltime forcing the shooting that went to 22 shots before a winner could be found. It was astounding, given that Italy had not won a game in the rounds and toppled the unbeaten Russians at the Tianjin Olympic Centre Swimming & Diving Pool.

The gutsy Italians, who led 1-0 in the first and regained the lead at 8-7 and 9-8, equalised with 12 seconds remaining and gave up a penalty attempt. The win sees it play China in tomorrow’s semifinals. China, needed a penalty shootout to best Spain 13-12.

In the other quarter-finals, the reigning champion United States of America beat Canada 8-6 to set up a semifinal with world No 2 Australia who beat Greece 10-8.

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Setubal ready to host the 2011 edition of the FINA 10km MSWC

10km Marathon Swimming World Cup

Open Water Athlete Arseniy Lavrentyev (POR)The 2011 edition of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup event in Setubal (POR), to take place on June 18, was formally launched with a Press Conference attended by some stars participating in the race, by the Mayor of Setubal Maria das Dores Meira, by the President of the Portuguese Swimming Federation and FINA Bureau Member Paulo Frischknecht, and by the FINA Delegate Noam Zvi.

South African legend and Olympic athlete Natalie Du Toit explained that it was the first time she was competing in Setubal, and revealed her “anxiety to know the place and feel the temperature of the water”.

Brazil’s Victor Simoes will also make its debut in Portuguese waters and expressed his optimism in terms of the organisation: “Some swimmers who have been here year last year showed me some videos of the event and I know that the level is quite good”.

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Rio de Janeiro's Fluminense and Flamengo win Water Polo National Trophy

Federations News

The Fluminense Football Club and Clube Regatas do Flamengo from Rio de Janeiro both won the Brazilian Water Polo National Trophy in the men's and women's field, respectively.

In the men’s final, the Fluminense team defeated Botafogo 6-5 in an exciting and dramatic match. Fluminense's Gabriel Reis was the great scorer of the match, with to winning shots. Leonardo Real of Hebraica Club was the top scorer of the competition with a total 21 goals.

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Super Final 2011 (Women): USA and Russia win groups ahead of World League quarter-finals

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CHN vs ITA - credit: Russell McKinnonTIANJIN, China (June 16) - Reigning champion United States of America and world No 4 Russia have topped the groups after on day-three action at the FINA Women’s World League Super Final in Tianjin tonight. Playing before another large crowd at the Tianjin Olympic Centre Swimming & Diving Pool, the USA slipped into top place after a shock 11-10 sudden-death, penalty-shootout victory by Greece.

It was a rare win for the Greeks over the USA and the game was a rare event in itself with USA winning the first period 4-0, Greece winning the second 4-0 and the USA throwing three consecutive goals after Greece went 5-4 ahead. Greece closed normal time with the only two goals of the final quarter. Both teams converted three shots in the regular rotation but it came down to sudden death where Stavroula ANTONAKOU scored but goalkeeper Eleni KOUVDOU blocked Kelly RULON’s attempt.

Greek captain Kyriaki LIOSI praised her goalkeeper. “She was very good and caught everything. We didn’t start very well.” On what was said at quarter time: “We must be strong. We must solve the problems and we must score. We did that.”

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Super Final 2011 (Women): USA impressive in 8-5 win over China

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USA vs CHN - credit: Russell McKinnonTIANJIN, China (June 15) - Reigning champion United States of America looked impressive against world No 3 China on day-two action at the FINA Women’s World League Super Final in Tianjin tonight. Playing in the impressive Tianjin Olympic Centre Swimming & Diving Pool in front of 700 people, USA took a 4-2 halftime lead to 8-3 against a jaded-looking China.

Chinese head coach Juan JANE GIRALT said the tournament was tough “with the best eight teams in the world here”. “To play up approximately with the USA and Australia we need to play normal. The solutions are technical. Perhaps I am not selling my ideas very well. We are not creating opportunities very well.”

For USA mastermind Adam KRIKORIAN it was a margin he did not expect. “To beat a team like that by four goals means it must have been an aberration (by them).” He was pleased with his defence — “the five-man defence and the half-court defence”. “Our goalkeeper (Tumuaialii ANAE) played well and I think we were a little too passive once ahead.

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