No lead in Group A, World champion Greece tops Group B
Trieste (April 18) - Action-packed games took place on the fourth day of the Women's Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament in Trieste (ITA), where world-class teams battle to secure the last four London berths. In Group B, Greece had an easy win over Kazakhstan, whose squad yet produced a solid performance, for a total score of 16-8. This game marked the Greeks' third victory in-a-row, the only squad to do so in this group. In the following match, Canada had little trouble holding at bay Brazil, winning 11-4.
In Group A, victories were much more hard-fought between the four contenders, whose squads considerably heightened the level of competition. Russia faced pressure from Spain, eventually defeating their strong opponent 12-11. The last game of the day between Italy and Hungary saw the home squad defeating the strong contender in a tight 11-9. With one loss and one win each so far, all Group A teams currently have two points, with no leader.
Russia, first in Duet tech, leads the way towards London 2012
London (April 18) - Olympic Champions Russia team laid down their intent for this summer’s Games with a dominating performance on the first day of the FINA Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification, presented by VISA, at London's brand new Aquatics Centre, the venue for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Day one of the competition began with the Duet Technical routine and Russia were drawn fifth. The Duet of Natalia Ischenko and Svetlana Romashina demonstrated their strengths from the start of the routine with perfect timing on their first figure.
Spain stuns home squad, close win for Hungary against Russia in Group A first encounter
Trieste (April 17) - Day 3 of the Women's Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament in Trieste (ITA) witnessed tough battles in the first matches of Group A: Hungary, after an intense game, was eventually too good for Russia, defeating the world number 3 by one goal for a total score of 13-12. In the following clash, Spain beat home squad, Italy, also in a close win, 10-9. In Group B, Olympic champion the Netherlands and World champion Greece had little trouble winning over their opponents, Kazakhstan and Canada, respectively.
Indeed, in the first game of the day, it was almost a warm-up for the Dutch squad, ahead of the decisive quarter final match of Friday in Group B. Vermeer (NED) was the top scorer of the match with four goals, all in the second period. In the first quarter, there were three goals in a row for the Netherlands, scored by Smit, Van Belkum and Mieke Cabout. Then Akilbayeva netted the first for Kazakhstan and Van der Sloot (NED) sealed the period with a goal, five seconds from the end.
10th FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar concludes in Tokyo (JPN)
A total of 105 participants from 58 member federations were present in Tokyo (JPN) from April 12-15 for the 10th FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar. The Members of the FINA Technical Swimming Committee - Chairman Carol Zaleski (USA), Vice Chairman Don Blew (AUS), Honorary Secretary Søren Korbo (DEN) and FINA Vice President and Bureau Liaison Dale Neuburger (USA) - led the four-day event, which was organised in cooperation with the Japan Swimming Federation.
Since the first time the Seminar was inaugurated in 1994, only officials appearing on FINA Swimming Officials Lists were invited to take part in the event. Consequently, each edition is always high level. The discussion groups were again an excellent way to share knowledge amongst the participants. The Technical Swimming Committee received fruitful proposals from the participants related to rule proposals for the next Technical Swimming Congress to be held in Barcelona (ESP) in 2013.
Greece crushes Brazil, Netherlands and Canada to a tie
Trieste (April 16) - The Netherlands and Canada put on stage a highly balanced game, with the two teams alternating in the lead, tying frequently in between. The outcome could be only tie. So it was, with the team on 11-11 at the end. All satisfied in view of the decisive matches on Friday in the quarter-finals.
In the first half of the game the team coached by Oaten had the edge but in the third period Maugeri’s girls reacted and the teams went into the final quarter on a tie (7-7). The last period was also a tie (4-4). Mieke Cabout top scored the game with 4 goals. Yesterday’s top scorers Van Belkum (NED) and Robinson (CAN) rested on the bench for the major part of the game. Dutch Coach Mauro Maugeri said: “I’m proud of my players; on average they are very young; tying with Canada leaves us satisfied although we could also have won”.
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