SWC 2014, Dubai Day 2: Hosszu sets two WRs and claims a record 8 wins
Mission accomplished for Hungarian Katinka Hosszu who claimed four more victories today for an overall tally of eight gold and one bronze medal. It is a premiere at a FINA Swimming World Cup meet that a swimmers registers so many wins in a single stage. Moreover, Hosszu smashed her eleventh World record in the heats in the women's 100m IM in 56.86 (she clocked 57.75 in the final). Hosszu becomes the first woman to go under 57 seconds.
Still in the heats, Hosszu equalled in the women's 100m backstroke her European record set in Doha in 55.38, 15 hundredths of a second slower than Sakai's World record (55.23 in 2009 in Berlin) before settling for a time of 55.77 in the final.
Youth Water Polo (W), Day 7: USA World champion, Canada and Hungary complete podium
USA was crowned World champion after defeating Canada in a tight 5-4 on the closing day of the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships at Madrid's swimming centre M-86. USA suffered a lot to defeat Canada, a very powerful team in defense during the whole championship. Even if the Canadians were always behind in the scoreboard with 2-goal differences (2-0 / 4-2), they managed to draw the match level in the final quarter, but a counterattack three minutes before the end by Aria Fischer left the score unchanged in 5-4.
In the very last minute, USA rushed to the final shot and Canada went desperately in search for the tie, but Matthews didn’t succeed and didn’t score the decisive goal. The American team played with time in their favour, and with just 24 seconds left, and their rival’s possession, managed to resist until they got a well-deserved gold medal.
SWC 2014, Dubai Day 1: Magyar Hosszu and Gyurta on top of their game
The second leg of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014 was marked by the historic World records of the Magyar duo, Katinka Hosszu and Daniel Gyurta. Moreover, several swimmers confirmed their mark on the international swimming stage, whom we will certainly hear from again at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in three months' time: Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS), Christian Diener (GER), Marco Koch (GER) and Velimir Stjepanovic (SRB).
Dubai's Hamdan Sports complex served as the backdrop to its first individual record-breaking performances at the World Cup since 2011. Comparing with the first leg in Doha, 16 out of the 17 winners of Day 1, which are the same than in Qatar, bettered their performances, except in the men's 200m butterfly.
Youth Water Polo (W), Day 6: USA faces Canada in the final match
USA and Canada will play on Sunday August 31 to win the world title after the sixth competition day at the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships 2014 in Madrid, Spain, taking place at the Swimming Centre M-86.
USA beat a very powerful Greece after penalties, finishing on a tie 9-9 after regular time. At the end, the score was 12-11, with Grab giving USA the qualification for the final with her decisive shot. Both teams, which have based their victories in these Championships on their defense, displayed an alternative-rich water polo, and theirs was the best match of the tournament so far.
Youth Water Polo (W), Day 5: USA-Greece and Canada-Hungary to clash in semifinals
USA-Greece and Canada-Hungary are the semifinals pairings after the fifth competition day of the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships 2014 in Madrid, Spain. USA, which remain unbeaten in this tournament, defeated the Netherlands in quarterfinals after a very even match (6-4). The American team will play for a place in the final against Greece, another favourite of the tournament, which edged the ever-looming Chinese team 10-5 on Friday August 29.
On the other side of the draw in search for the semifinals, Canada and Italy played another rather even match. With a 7-6 score, Axelle Crever scored the final goal one minute before the end. The final scoreboard reflected the Canadian victory by 8-6.
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