Water Polo Reports - Women Day 1
A lob from 12 metres won the game for China
The opening day of the women's tournament saw two fantastic fights, decided by a single goal: Australia edged out Greece and China staged an amazing finish against Hungary. The rest of the contests were rather one-sided.
China wins two gold; Wu Minxia makes history
The Chinese divers Si Yajie/Tai Xiao and Wu Minxia/Shi Tingmao wrapped up two gold medals in the mixed synchro platform and women's 3m springboard synchro, as Olympic champion Wu won her eighth world title from her eighth world trip on the second competition day of the FINA World Championships at the Kazan Aquatic Palace here on Saturday.
A total of 15 pairs competed in the mixed platform synchro which was introduced for the first time in the programme of the competition.
Si Yajie, defending champion in the women's 10m platform, teamed with Tai Xiaohu, both 17-years-old, and led from the start to the end, winning in 350.88 points, beating Canada's Meaghan Benfeito/Vincent Riendeau second in 309.66. Domonic Bedggood/Melisa Wu of Australia finished third in 308.22.
Russia’s Svetlana Romashina tops Solo Tech event in Kazan World Championships
Russia’s Svetlana Romashina, performing her “Pretty Woman” technical solo program, was absolutely charming and fascinating so that you couldn’t take your eyes off. She won the first gold medal of the synchro competition as well as the first medal for team Russia – the host country of the tournament.
With 95,2680 points Svetlana Romashina was ahead of Ona Carbonell from Spain (93,1284) with her impressive “Requiem for a dream” and Chinese Sun Wenyan (91,5479). In fact, two years ago in Barcelona team Spain managed to get only bronze in all solo and duo events losing to China, which once again made a strong impact then after six silver medals in Shanghai-2011. So Ona's silver in Kazan was a good start for Spain and a successful attempt to get their second position back.
Chad Ho (RSA) wins first gold for South Africa in the 5km
Chad Ho made sure that it was his hand that hit the touchpad first. Ho won the South Africa's first gold medal in open water swimming in today's 5km race, narrowly defeating Rob Mutffels of Germany. Muffells was 3.6 seconds behind the leaders at the halfway point in the race and was one of the leaders for the better part of the second half of race. The German swimmer admitted the line he took was a bit wide and found himself chasing the South African and Italy's Matteo Furlan in the final sprint to the finish. Ho had found a nearly perfect path to the finish line but the cameras positioned on the 27 metre tower above (for next week’s High Diving event) gave a spectacular view of the dogfight in the final 10 metres of the race. Ho, a bronze medallist in the 2009 FINA World Championships was being run down by the German swimmer. Muffells passed Furlan and began to reel in the South African swimmer.
Haley Anderson (USA, 5km) is the first world champion in Kazan
USA's Haley Anderson sprinted to victory in the women's 5km to capture the first gold medal of the 16th FINA World Championships. Anderson, the silver medallist in the 10km Olympic Marathon at the 2012 Olympic Games in London was always in the lead pack of the race. At the halfway mark Anderson was in fifth position, 3.6 seconds behind Sharon Van Rouwendaal of Netherlands. The Dutch swimmer bravely led for nearly the entire race before Anderson sprinted to the head of the pack in the final 300 metres. Anderson and teammate Ashley Twitchell (USA) swam in the lead pack and always within striking distance. It's a popular strategy for a swimmer to let others lead the race, putting a heavy burden on the leader while conserving energy for the final sprint. Anderson is the third woman to win multiple gold medals in this event. Twitchell finished in 6th place.
Anderson won the 5km event in 2013 at the Barcelona World Championships. She and Australia's Melissa Gorman were the only previous world champions in the event today. The 30 year old Australian won the 5km in 2009 and finished in 7th place in Kazan. London's Olympic Marathon champion Eva Ristov was in the lead pack during the early stages of today's race but faded to 12th place finishing 27.7 seconds behind the American champion.
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