Burnell and Cunha win thrilling races at Balatonfured
As usual, the actual stage of the FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup offered tremendous excitements, this time in Balatonfured (HUN).
After four gruelling laps Jack Burnell (GBR) and Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) emerged as the respective winners.
Lake Balaton offered its very best again: the biggest lake in Central Europe welcomed the World Cup participants with fine water temperature and gorgeous sunshine. The competition was a kind of test event as the open water races of the 2017 FINA World Championships will be held at the same site – and a handful of stars also tested themselves with a month to go until the 2015 World Championships in Kazan.
Russian mixed duet leaves strong impression in Rome
No one really knew what to expect, even less so the athletes. With the first-ever world championships mixed duet competition set to take place in six weeks in Kazan everyone has but this question in mind: what would the brand-new routines be like?
The four duets of Russia, Colombia, Turkey and host Italy that performed in the test event at the Stadio del Nuoto in Rome from June 13-14, 2015 provided a mouthwatering foretaste of what can be expected next July in the capital of Tatarstan.
On the opening night, 20-year-old Aleksandr Maltsev, the one and only male synchro swimmer in Russia, performed brilliantly with partner Darina Valitova, 2014 European champion, to earn the gold in the duet technical routine with a total 87.314, besting Italy and Turkey.
WPWL Women's Super Final, Day 6 (last): Team USA wins the World League
In a most breath-taking final, defending champion, the United States, enjoyed an early lead by edging Australia 8-7 to lift the title at the FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final 2015 at the Oriental Sports Centre, Shanghai, on Sunday June 14.
The USA have won the FINA Water Polo World League Super Final for the second consecutive time and have placed on the podium since the 2006 edition of the tournament.
Final: USA 8 - AUSTRALIA 7 / Quarters: 6-2, 1-3, 0-0, 1-2
USA: Hill Samantha, Musselman Madeline, Seidermann Melissa, Fattal Rachel, Clark Caroline (1), Steffens Margaret (Captain, 1), Mathewson Courtney (2), Neushul Kiley, Grossman Ashley, Gilchrist Kaleigh (2), Fischer Makenzie (1), Craig Kameryn (1), Johnson Ashleigh. Head Coach: Adam Krikorian.
AUSTRALIA: Yanitsas Lea, Barr Chloe, Buckling Hannah, Lincoln-Smith Holly, Bishop Isobel, Knox Bronwen (Captain), Gofers Keesja, McGhie Glencora, Arancini Zoe, Southern Ashleigh (3), Halligan Bronte (2), Zagame Nicola (2), Wakefield Kelsey. Head Coach: Greg McFadden.
WPWL Women's Super Final, Day 5: USA and Australia will play for the gold
It's official, the defending champions, team USA, engaged in a showdown with Australia for the final while the Netherlands will be playing China in the bronze medal match on the last day of the FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final 2015 on Sunday.
Canada will meet Russia in the match of 5th place and Italy will compete with Brazil for the 7th place on June 14, the last day of Super Final.
Below is the report of the fifth day of competition, which took place in Shanghain on Satirday June 13.
Game 17: ITALY 10 RUSSIA 13 / Quarters: (1-2, 1-2, 4-1, 3-4, penalty shoot-out 2-4)
ITALY: Gorlero Giulia, Tabani Chiara (1), Garibotti Arianna (1), Radicchi Federica, Queirolo Elisa, Aiello Rosaria (1), Di Mario Tania (Captain, 2), Bianconi Roberta (4), Emmolo Giulia (1), Pomeri Francesca, Cotti Aleksandra (1), Frassinetti Teresa, Teani Laura. Head Coach: Fabio Conti.
RUSSIA: Verkhoglyadova Anastasia, Borisova Maria (2), Prokofyeva Ekaterina (Captain, 1), Karimova Elvina (3), Krimer Kseniia, Ivanchishina Kseniil (2), Tankeeva Ekaterina, Zubacheva Ekaterina (1), Timofeeva Anna (1), Bogdanova Anna, Ivanova Evgeniya (3), Iarondaykina Nadezhda, Karnaukh Anna. Coach: Ogorodnikov Aleksandr
WPWL Women's Super Final, Day 4: USA, Australia, China and Netherlands in the semis
While the defending champion United States and Australia triumphed over their rivals by big margins, the Netherlands and host China celebrated their narrow victories on the way to semifinals at the FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final 2015 at the Shanghai’s Oriental Sports Centre on Friday.
On June 13, China will meet Australia and US play the Netherlands in the semifinals. In the 5th-8th placing games, Canada will face Brazil and Italy fight Russia.
ITALY 7 NETHERLANDS 8
Quarters: 2-3, 2-3, 1-1, 2-1.
ITALY: Gorlero Giulia, Tabani Chiara (2), Garibotti Arianna (1), Radicchi Federica (1), Queirolo Elisa, Aiello Rosaria (1), Di Mario Tania (Captain), Bianconi Roberta (1), Emmolo Giulia, Pomeri Francesca (1), Cotti Aleksandra, Frassinetti Teresa, Teani Laura. Head Coach: Fabio Conti.
NETHERLANDS: Aarts Laura, Smit Miloushka (Captain, 1), Genee Dagmar (1), Van der sloot Catharina (1), Genee Amarens,Stomphorst Nomi, Nijhuis Marloes, Sevenich Vivian (3), Megens Maud (2), Van toorn Isabella, Klaassen Lieke, Van der molen Leonie, Willemsz Debby. Head Coach: Arno Havenga
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