Men's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 1: Serbia loses first game against Croatia

Water Polo World Cup

2006 World Cup winner, 2009 World champion and 2010 World League gold medallist, the team of Serbia, lost its first match at the 14th FINA Men’s Water Polo World Cup, being held in Oradea (ROU), from July 27 to August 1, 2010. In a Balkan duel, the Serbians lost against eternal rival Croatia by 10-8, in what was the highlight of the first day. The other main interest of the session was the encounter between Australia and Spain (2009 silver medallists at the FINA World Championships), won by the Iberians 9-7.
Otherwise, natural victories from USA against China (10-6) and from Romania against Iran (26-1).

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Roberval 2010, Day 4: Alex Meyer (USA) and Linsy Heister (NED) capture 25K titles

World OWS Championships

ALEX MEYER (USA) chased Valerio CLERI (ITA) down in the sprint and got to the touch pad 1.1 seconds ahead of his rival in an exciting sprint to the Men's 25K event. This was MEYER's first medal in a FINA event. Petar STOYCHEV (BUL) earned his second ever bronze medal in a FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships.  

In the women's edition, Linsy HEISTER's (NED) lead over her competitors grew after each loop she completed. Her winning time of 5:52:13.0 was 3 minutes and 26 seconds ahead of Margarita DOMINGUEZ CABEZAS (ESP). Celia BARROT (FRA) finished in third place. HEISTER placed 6th in the 2009 FINA World Championships on Ostia Beach last summer. The two 25K events held today were the final events of the 6th edition of the FINA World Championships held on the shores of Lac St-Jean in Roberval, Canada.

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Action Down Under

Federations News

AUSTen years ago Yvette Higgins blasted her name into the Australian sporting psyche when she scored an improbable goal to win water polo’s holy grail — the inaugural women’s Olympic gold medal.

With the decade of women’s Olympic involvement behind us, it’s time to celebrate with six of the world’s best teams returning to the 2000 Olympic Games venue — Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre — for another rousing rendition.

Australia, Canada, China, Greece, Russia and the United States of America will contest 18 games over five days from August 8 in the Auspole Longmont 10th Anniversary Tournament.

Australia is the current World Cup champion; the USA holds the World and World League crowns while Russia is the European champion.

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Roberval 2010, Day 3 (M): Thomas Lurz (GER) captures 6th consecutive gold medal in 5K event

World OWS Championships

Thomas LURZ (GER) collected a yellow card in today's FINA Men's 5K race and worried that might be the end of his consecutive championship streak in the 5K event. LURZ (GER) earned the warning for running into one of his competitors in the first of two laps in the spectacular venue on the shores of Lac-St-Jean in Roberval, Canada. It wasn't a deal breaker for LURZ. Since winning the 5K event in Montreal at the 2005 FINA World Championships no other swimmer has beaten him at this distance. His first place finish today in a time of 57:42.6 confirms that he is the most successful male open water swimmer, with nine FINA gold medals in his collection. The accomplished German swimmer also has collected two each of silver and bronze medals at FINA World Championship events. But the most important medal is the Olympic bronze medal he earned at the 10K competition from Beijing in 2008.

Today's 20 degree water temperature of Lac-St-Jean was favorable to the German, and was vastly different to the challenge presented by the 16 degree cold water that affected his 10K race on Sunday. LURZ had previously won the 10K event at the 2004 and 2006 world championships but on Sunday could only manage a 6th place. LURZ won both the 5K and the 10K events on Ostia Beach last summer during the 2009 FINA World Championships.

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Roberval 2010, Day 3 (W): Eva Fabian (USA) wins first gold medal in 5K for Americans since 1998

World OWS Championships

Eva Fabian (USA)Eva FABIAN (USA) was first among the 32 athletes who entered the 19.9 degree waters of Lac-St-Jean this morning following the American's strategy to take it out strong and to finish even faster. FABIAN led the field from the start of the race but ironically she and the silver medalist Georgia CONSIGLIO (ITA) were out faster in the first 2.5K in Saturday's 10K race than they were today in the event that was half of the distance. FABIAN's (USA) margin of victory was .10 of a second covering the two loops in 1:02.01.0.

This is the first gold medal for an American swimmer in the 5K since Erica ROSE (USA) won this event at the 1998 FINA World Championships in Perth. In that same championship another American Tobie SMITH (USA) collected a gold medal in the 25K event but the American drought of 12 years ended today with a gold medal in the 5K event.

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