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18th FINA World Championships - Gwangju (KOR)17th FINA World ChampionshipWCC
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09Aug

Titmus upsets Ledecky, Sun retains title, Peaty crashes WR

Ariarne Titmus (AUS) stunned Katie Ledecky (USA) to hand the American her first-ever defeat over 400m free at major international events. Sun Yang (CHN) claimed his 4th straight title in the same event among the men. The men’s 4x100m relay crown remained in the possession of the US team while the women’s one was passed back to Australia. The first World Record also fell right on the opening day of the swimming competition: Adam Peaty (GRB) became the first man swimming the 100m breast under 57 seconds.

World Championships 2019
Gwangju (KOR)
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21Jul2019

How Gwangju fans make every country feel at home

For athletes competing far from home, it’s easy to miss the energy  local fans can bring. However, at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, athletes from around the globe don’t need to feel like outsiders. Everyone here has their own personal cheering section.

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21Jul2019

Day 4 Men's Water Polo: Australia shoots out Montenegro

World Championships 2019
Gwangju, South Korea
Match 25, 10:30, KOREA 4 KAZAKHSTAN 17
Results & Teams

Match 25, 10:30, KOREA 4 KAZAKHSTAN 17

Second Round

Quarters: 1-4, 2-4, 0-7, 1-2

Referees: Daniel Flahive (AUS), Vojin Putnikovic (SRB).

Extra man: KOR: 0/6. K: 4/7.

Penalties: KOR: 1/1. KAZ: 1/2.

Shot conversion: KOR: 4/30. KAZ: 17/32.

Teams:

KOREA: Jinwoo Lee, Donghyeok Kim  (1), Byeongju Kim, Seonuk Lee, Daeyong Gwon, Seonggyu Lee (1), Yeonggyun Gwon, Moonsoo Kim (1), Miknjong Chu, Hyomin Han (1), Kangwon Seo, Jaehoon Song, Byeongyoung Jung. Head Coach: Kimura Go.

KAZAKHSTAN: Pavel Lipilin, Yevgeniy Medvedev (2), Maxim Zhardan (3), Roman Pilipenko, Miras Aubakirov (4), Altay Altayev, Murat Shakenov (1), Yegor Berbelyuk (1), Stanislav Shvedov (2), Mikhail Ruday (3), Ravil Manafov, Yulian Verdesh (1), Valeriy Shlemov. Coach: Dejan Stanojevic.

Report

Kazakhstan showed what it is capable of with a solid effort against a heavily supported Korea. Kazakhstan was always going to be the aggressor, with veteran water polo players ready to act and react. The firepower up front was also a determining factor. However, Korea worked the ball, took long shots and generally tried to resist the relentless opponent. Korea was in the match at 4-2 down at the top of the second quarter and then at 5-3 less than a second later when Seonuk Lee nailed his shot from outside. It was slim pickings from there on as Kazakhstan rained in the goals (which was interesting considering there was no rain and the sun was shining). Kazakhstan really stepped up in the third for a shut-out. At 5:17 in the fourth, Korea gained a penalty attempt and Moonsoo Kim delighted the 2000-plus crowd with a conversion for 15-4. Kazakhstan slipped out to 17-4, which was a true reflection of the difference in the teams. Miras Aubakirov was the shooting star with four goal for the victor.

Quotes

Dejan Stanojevic (KAZ) — Head Coach

“Like any game for a placement at the championship it was a hard game, especially for the preparation and the need to open well. Our level, we had to show Korea what we can do. We had some technical mistakes, which we need to work on. We will now prepare for the next game and give our maximum and try to play good water polo.”

Seung Jae Lee (KOR) — Head Coach

“Although my players did their best today, we had a big score difference. I think we were much behind in defence capacity. In the first and second quarter, it seemed we could keep up with the other team. But as we lost our concentration in the third quarter, we had a big score difference.” 

Moonsoo Kim (KOR) — Goal scorer

“I feel regrettable, but I did my best. I think we need to work and train harder from now on so as to narrow the performance gap.”

Seonggyu Lee (KOR) — Goal scorer

“We’ve been competing with very competitive teams and become exhausted. But as we regarded this match as a very important one, we tried very hard supporting and helping each other. For the Korean water polo team, there has been no support and proper training, and this is our first chance to play with foreign players. Now that we had experience through this championship, I think our team-mates figured out what they should improve. So we will try to make up for our weakness.” 

Match 26, 12:00, NEW ZEALAND 8 BRAZIL12
Results & Teams

Match 26, 12:00, NEW ZEALAND 8 BRAZIL 12

Second Round

Quarters: 1-2, 4-6, 2-2, 1-2

Referees: Frank Ohme (GER), Kunihiro Sato (JPN).

Extra man: NZL: 3/6. BRA: 4/7.

Penalties: BRA: 2/2.

Shot conversion: NZL: 8/25. BRA: 12/24.

Teams:

NEW ZEALAND: Sid Dymond, Matthew Lewis (2), Rowen Brown, Ryan Pike, Nicholas Stankovich (2), Matthew Small (3), Anton Sunde (1), Joshua  Potaka, Sean Bryant, Matthew Bryant, Louis Clark, Sean Newcombe, Bae Fountain. Head Coach: Davor Carevic.

BRAZIL: Slobodan Soro, Logan Cabral (1), Pedro Real (3), Gustavo Coutinho (1), Roberto Freitas, Guilherme Almeida (), Rafael Real 2(), Heitor Carrulo, Bernardo Rocha, Ruda Franco (1), Gustavo Guimaraes (3), Luis Silva, Joao Fernandes. Head Coach: Rick Azevedo.

Report

Brazil moved into the play-off for 13th with a well-engineered match, built on a 4-1 lead that New Zealand could not bridge the gap. The Kiwis brought the margin to one through identical Nicholas Stankovich scores from the deep right and captain Matthew Small delivered for 5-4 and 7-5 to keep New Zealand in the match. Small; nailed his third consecutive goal at 8-6 early in the third period and Anton Sunde made it 10-7 to close the period. Gustavo Coutinho and Pedro Real both went on counter to secure the victory with some Kiwi honour coming with a goal in the last five seconds. Pedro Real sent three into goal from a penalty, on extra and on counter. The extra-man statistics were similar while the born 2000 Joao Fernandes, playing his first match in goal in Gwangju, made a respectable nine blocks.

Quotes

Rick Azevedo (BRA) — Head Coach

“We haven’t changed our policy and we trained twice yesterday. New Zealand had strong and good desire. I didn’t like our counter-attack and we wasted opportunities. Given that we played our other goalkeeper it gave the Australian arms a little more confidence. It was his (Joao Fernandes) first game at the tournament and he made key saves. Our tactics of getting the ball into the centre is getting better and management of clock need work. We have to learn to work with the clocks and the tactics. We made a lot of changes and now we need to get back to work and we’ll see what happens.”

Gustavo Guimaraes (BRA) — Three goals

“It was a hard game because we were already tired from the championships. We had some good moments and some not so good moments, mostly in defence. At least some moments showed that we were improving, but I think we need to grow up a little bit more and learn from those mistakes we make in every game. It’s important that some players played a little more than they did in this tournament. So it’s good for them to get more experience and have more minutes in the game. I think it is important for the national team of Brazil to grow up for the future.”

Davor Carevic (NZL) — Head Coach

“We entered the match in a competitive spirit, but our six on five wasn’t where it should be.. It was a slow start and our six on five improved, but Brazil did not play (No 1 goalkeeper Slobodan) Soro in goal who is much harder to score against. We still need to get better skills overall. That’s the difference.”

Matthew Small (NZL) — Captain and three goals

“I thought we played really well. It was a very physical game and we thought we could’ve exploited it a little bit. I think we did to a certain extent, but at the same time we needed to be more clinical and finish our opportunities when we had them. It could’ve been a little bit closer. I thought Brazil played really well and they deserved to win. 

Match 27, 14:00, MONTENEGRO 11 AUSTRALIA 13 in penalty shootout
Results & Teams

Match 27, 14:00, MONTENEGRO 11 AUSTRALIA 13 in penalty shootout (FT: 9-9. Pens: 4-2)

Second Round

Quarters: 1-3, 3-2, 4-2, 1-2

Referees: Michael Goldenberg (USA), Viktor Salnichenko (KAZ).

Extra man: MNE: 4/7. AUS: 4/9.

Penalties: MNE: 2/2.

Shot conversion: MNE: 9/30. AUS: 9/25.

MONTENEGRO: Dejan Lazovic, Drasko Brguljan (1), Duro Radovic (2), Marko Petkovic (1), Uros Cuckovic, Aleksa Ukropina, Mladan Janovic, Bogdan Durdic (1+1), Aleksandar Ivovic (3+1), Vladan Spaic, Dragan Draskovic (1) Nikola Murisic, Slaven Kandic. Head Coach: Vladimir Gojkovic.

AUSTRALIA: Joel Dennerley, Richard Campbell, George Ford, Joseph Kayes (4+1), Nathan Power, Lachlan Edwards, Aidan Roach (1+1), Aaron Younger (1+1), Andrew Ford (1), Timothy Putt, Rhys Howden (1+1), Blake Edwards (1), Anthony Hrysanthos. Coach: Elvis Fatovic.

Report

Australia booked a quarterfinal match-up with Hungary after defeating Montenegro 13-11 in penalty shootout after drawing 9-9 at the final buzzer. Australia missed one attempt and Montenegro two and as Australia shot first, there was no need for the final Montenegro attempt. The goalkeepers made the blocks and were kept busy throughout the match in what was a powerful encounter with many twists and turns. The Aussie Sharks — World Cup silver medallist last year and World League bronze medallist this year — took a 2-0 lead, went to 4-2 and 5-3 before Montenegro levelled at five. A four-goal burst took Montenegro from 5-3 behind to 7-5 ahead. This became 8-6. The Sharks bit back with three goals straddling the final break and had a 9-8 advantage. It was Duro Radovic who levelled at 2:41 on extra-man attack. Both teams stumbled several times and gave up chances in those three minutes, but determination and a top-eight finish — let alone the prospect of a year in the wilderness ahead of the Olympic Games — brought out the heart these teams continually display. There were moments of pure joy, none more so than when Aussie Joe Kayes drove left on the two-metre line and swept in a low-flying backhand pass from captain Aaron Younger. It was critical as it brought Australia back from two goals down (7-6). There was the Montenegro shot that smashed into goalkeeper Joel Dennerley and rebounded into the back of the head of the Aussie defender and crashed into the crossbar and out for Australia to collect. Both coaches were unhappy with decisions in the last quarter and Elvis Fatovic (AUS) received a yellow card. The dominating players were Aleksandar Ivovic (MNE) who scored three of the first six goals and the first shootout goal and Joe Kayes (AUS) who netted four plus a shootout strike for five. This was the first of what could be several shootouts in the coming week. Australia shot first and both opening shots scored; both second shots were blocked; both third shots succeeded. Younger converted the third Australian shot and Mladan Janovic was blocked. Rhys Howden stepped up and scored for the victory and a 4-2 shootout. Montenegro now goes to the round of 9-12, something it probably did not anticipate while on the plane to Korea. As a nation in its own right, Montenegro has to look back to that first visit to the World Championships where it finished ninth — beating Australia for the position. Since then Montenegro was seventh in 2011, second in Barcelona in 2013, fifth in Kazan four years ago and fourth in Budapest 2017.

Quotes

Joe Kayes (AUS) — Five goals

“It was extremely difficult to play with them because they’re so experienced and they never give up. Every single one of the players was dangerous, so we had to be aggressive for the whole period; I mean even until the very end there was no clear winner. So we are just happy that today was our turn and we’re going to take every opportunity.”

George Ford (AUS)

“We had the game plan and we had to bring everything to the match. We stuck to the game plan and got the job done.”

Richard Campbell (AUS) — Shootout goal

“There were a few lapses after a very intense start. We had to grind away, grind away. There was a lapse in the third quarter but we stuck it out.” Before the shootout: “There were a few flutters here and there as in the fourth quarter against Montenegro we were pretty buggered.”

Vladimir Gojkovic (MNE) — Head Coach

“We expected a very hard game with Australia. In the first half we missed a lot of extra-man (attacks) then we had to make some goals to come back. I can tell that some goals were expected, then there was a penalty shootout like the World League. It was not a good result. We expected not just to be in the quarterfinals, but in the semifinals. In the shootout we made some very bad shoots. We had an easy game against South Korea (two days ago) so we were not tired. We did not have a fresh finish.”

Match 28, 15:30, GREECE 11 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 9
Results & Teams

Match 28, 15:30, GREECE 11 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 9

Second Round

Quarters: 3-4, 3-2, 2-2, 3-1

Referees: German Moller (GER), Sebastien Dervieux (FRA).

Extra man: GRE: 6/10. USA: 6/12

Penalties: GRE: 2/2.

Shot conversion: GRE: 11/26. USA: 9/29.

Teams:

GREECE: Emmanouil Zervedas, Konstaninos Genidounias (4), Dimitrios Skoumpakis (1), Alexandros Papanastasiou,Ioannis Fountoulis (1), Marios Kapotsis, Georgios Dervisis, Stylianos Argyropoulos, Konstantinos Mourikis (2), Christodoulos Kolomvos (1), Alexandros Gounas (2), Angelos Vlachopoulos, Konstantinos Galanidis. Head Coach: Theodoros Vlachos.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Alexander Wolf, Johnathan Hooper (2), Marko Vavic, Alexander Obert (1), Benjamin Hallock (2), Luca Cupido (1), Hannes Daube (2), Matthew Farmer, Alexander Bowen (1), Chancellor Ramirez, Jesse Smith, Maxwell Irving, Drew Holland. Head Coach: Dejan Udovicic.

Report

This was a high-fouling match with 12 extra-man goals, a handful of players not seeing the end of the match, including one (Stylianos Argyropoulos) who was red-carded at 2:36 in the first period. There were stoppages for confusing situations and there was a match going on between two teams who had trouble separating themselves — in the water and on the scoreboard. Credit to both teams as they fought hard for the win and had the match level at one, four, six, seven and eight by the final break. Greece held it together, going 10-8 ahead and on to the win, gaining a clash with Italy in the quarters. Both teams showed quality patches and Luca Cupido’s goal was a ripper, striking the left upright, across to the goalkeeper and deflected back into goal at 7-7. Ben Hallock slapped in a rebound to the bottom corner when 6-5 down. Konstantinos Mourikis also did a slap shot on the left post, but it looked not enough until goalkeeper Alexander Wolf could not pick it up and aided it further into goal. Johnny Hooper brought the match further alive in the final quarter when he rocketed in a shot for 10-9, giving USA hope for a shootout at 2:32. Konstaninos Genidounias did the damage at 1:00 with a conversion of extra-man attack for his fourth goal, doubling his Gwangju tally. In Budapest two years ago, Greece was seventh and USA 13th.

Quotes

Theodoros Vlachos (GRE) — Head Coach

“Finally, my players showed the passion and the correct way to play. We found a solution on the man up (6/10). It’s not the best result (goal difference), but we showed quality to get to the top eight and fight another day. This game, particularly, gives us the opportunity to keep dreaming.” On the confusion with the double exclusion at 2:25 in the third period when the match was poised 7-7: “The two referees and the judge made a decision and I respect this. It was a critical moment in the game and could have given an advantage. We now play Italy (in the quarterfinals) — two European teams — and we know each other well. Italy is a great team with big experience of quarterfinals and finals. We will try and play better than today.”

Emmanouil Zerdevas (GRE) — Goalkeeper

“It was a difficult game, which means a lot for us. We’ve got what we wanted. We are very happy and happy about the next game. I think we will play against Italy for the next game to enter the semifinals. We will get some rest for the day and tomorrow we will prepare for the next game.”

Dejan Udovicic (USA) — Head Coach

“I think we just didn’t have enough concentration to stay calm to convert what we deserved for all the three quarters. We found have to learn fast how to play a physical game. We just didn’t finish. I’m proud of my players how they play and fight and deal with this kind of play.”

Alex Bowen (USA) — Goal scorer

“Heart-breaking. In a word, heart-breaking. I mean we made too many mistakes at the end of the game. That’s what it all came down to it. We accept the result. I mean it’s the way sports go. We keep our heads up. We’re not done yet. We still have a job to do and finish the tournament out. And then we also have the Pan Ams later in a month and we need to do our best there, too.”

Match 29, 17:00, SPAIN 15 JAPAN 7
Results & Teams

Match 29, 17:00, SPAIN 15 JAPAN 7

Second Round

Quarters: 2-1, 3-3, 4-2, 6-1

Referees: Arkadiy Voevodin (RUS), Dion Willis (RSA).

Extra man: ESP: 9/10. JPN: 2/14

Penalties: ESP: 2/2. JPN: 1/1.

Shot conversion: ESP: 15/27. JPN: 7/34.

Teams:

SPAIN: Daniel Lopez, Alberto Munarriz (6), Alvaro Granados (2), Miguel De Toro (1), Sergi Cabanas, Marc Larumbe, Alberto Barroso (2), Francisco Fernandez, Roger Tahull (2), Felipe Perrone (1), Blai Mallarach (1), Alejandro Bustos, Eduardo Lorrio. Coach: David Martin.

JAPAN: Katsuyuki Tanamura, Seiya Adachi (2), Haruki Koppu, Mitsuaki Shiga (1), Takuma Yoshida, Atsuto IIda, Yusuke Shimizu (1), Mitsuru Takata (1), Atsushi Arai, (1) Yusuke Inaba (1), Keigo Okawa, Kenta Araki, Tomoyoshi Fukushima. Coach: Yoji Omoto.

Report

Spain surged into the quarterfinals with a handsome 15-7 victory. It was a different match from the previous two, but it offered plenty of drama, spectacular goals and brilliant play. Japan suffered badly from the limited time Keigo Okawa managed to play after he suffered a “bump” to the nose and it wouldn’t stop bleeding. His 13 minutes could have been much more. It was tied at one, two and three and Japan was in it at halftime only for Spain to piece together strings of goals. Four straight at the top of the fourth period really hammered the nail into the coffin. When one looks at the extra-man statistics you have to be amazed that Spain could convert what it did — nine from 10 — while Japan suffered badly and scored just two from 14. That means 12 goals went begging. Then count the seven extra shots Japan took over Spain and you have to say Spain was very efficient today. Roger Tahull was relishing some freedom at two metres and Alberto Munarriz scored a superb six goals at 100 per cent. He had the ability to pop up everywhere and once found himself free in front of the cage to score the easiest of goals. Spain’s rampage in the second half augurs well for the mountainous match ahead — Serbia. Japan will clash with Montenegro in the 9-12 semifinals.

Quotes

David Martin (ESP) — Head Coach
“I’m very proud of the team and we had very strong defence. It’s difficult against Japan and we held them to just seven goals. The counter-attack of Japan is very dangerous. On man down Spain was very good and our goalkeeper (Daniel Lopez) was also very good (he made 13 saves).” On the quarterfinal: “Serbia. We have played the European Championship final and the European Cup final. I know it’s not the same team with six or seven of their top players not here. Serbia is always Serbia and they have Dejan Savic as the coach.”

Felipe Perrone (ESP) — Captain

“I think it was a very good game. The Japanese have their style of playing beautiful water polo. I think everybody enjoyed it and for us it’s very important to win. We are really happy and now prepare for the quarterfinals. Now we need to think about Serbia and play the quarterfinals. I think we learnt from today’s game to resist all the match because the Japanese team has a way that puts you on alert. They play a way that you‘re always in the situation they can counter-attack. So it’s important to be very concentrated. I think today we concentrated during all the game.”

Seiya Adachi (JPN) — Two goals

“If we had won this game, we would have finished the highest position at the world championships, but we’ve never achieved that. We really wanted to win this game. In that sense I’m quite regrettable for the result. We were playing well in the first half, but in the second half our defence system and defence skill didn’t work as well as we should have done. Therefore, that is the main reason why we didn’t win in this game.”

 

Match 30, 18:30, SOUTH AFRICA 5 GERMANY 25
Results & Teams

Match 30, 18:30, SOUTH AFRICA 5 GERMANY 25

Second Round

Quarters: 2-5, 0-6, 1-9, 2-5

Referees: Jaume Teixido (ESP), Juan Carlos (Menendez (CUB).

Extra man: RSA: 0/7. GER: 9/11.

Penalties: RSA: 1/1. GER 2/3.

Shot conversion: RSA: 5/28. GER: 25/40.

Teams:

SOUTH AFRICA: Lwazi Madi, Etienne Le Roux (1), Timothy Rezelman, Nardus Badenhorst (1), Ethan Coryndon-Baker, Sven Van Zyl (1), Jason Evezard (1), Nicholas Rodda, Dylan Cronje, Mark Spencer, Liam Neill (1), Donn Stewart, Keegan Clark. Head Coach: Paul Martin.

GERMANY: Moritz Schenkel,Ben Riebel (3), Timo van der Bosch (2), Julian Real (1), Tobias Preuss (2), Maurice Jungling (), Denis Strelezkij (1), Lukas Gielen (6), Marko Stamm (3), Mateo Cuk (2), Marin Restovic (3), Dennis Eidner (1), Kevin Gotz. Head Coach: Hagen Stamm.

Report

Germany had the easiest of the second-round matches, swimming all over South Africa, gaining valuable practice for its quarterfinal date with Croatia, the form team of these championships. It will be two very different encounters, more like the David and Goliath fable. Marko Stamm is proving that his damaged foot is no impediment and he led a team that saw all of the field players convert passes or swims to goals. Lukas Gielen sent in a couple of missiles from well outside and one from the penalty line in his six goals, which lifts him to 11 here in Gwangju. The African team scored two late goals and had another rejected by the VAR technology. Nardus Badenhorst hammered one in from close and Sven Van Zyl nailed his first goal of the week on counter with 27 seconds remaining, giving his team consecutive goals. Germany fired in an incredible nine from 11 on extra-man attack, one of the best in the tournament. South Africa will now play USA, which came so close to going top eight, a huge turnaround from 13th two years ago. 

Quotes

Hagen Stamm (GER) — Head Coach

“We needed to win. In the first quarter sometimes we were blocked. It was one goal more than in Berlin (last year’s World Cup). I think it was a good game. “It was a warm-up for an easy game against Croatia,” he joked.

Luuk Gielen (GER) — Six goals

“Well, I don’t think that’s the most important thing. The most important thing for us is that we made it to the top eight. That was our big goal and that was our real dream for the tournament. So now it’s up to see how far we can get. In the tournament I think it was really big efforts today, which was the most important. We knew we were a little bit of a stronger team. But you always have to play and always have to show it. So I think everybody played their piece today.”

Paul Martin (RSA) — Head Coach

“That is the most attacking polo we have played at this tournament. We were more physical off the ball on attack and we had a lot of opportunities. We never play these games. We were worried about the press and we made wrong decisions with shots and they went on counter-attack. They wanted to show how good they were. The biggest issue for us is consistency and the physicality, which killed us. We earned a lot more exclusions, so that was good.”

Sven Van (RSA) — Goal scorer

“It was very nice. My first goal in the third game of the championship; it’s a nice feeling. I also play in Germany (Hamburg), so it was nice to score a goal against Germany. I know how they play. Most of them play in two clubs in Germany. So I know them. It’s fantastic!” 

Gwangju, South Korea.— Australia survived a penalty shootout against Montenegro 13-11 to be the first second-round team to make Tuesday's quarterfinals on the fourth day of the FINA World Championships men's water polo tournament at the Nambu University Grounds in Gwangju.

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21Jul2019

Diving, Day 9: Flawless 10m final gives 12th gold for China

A record-high dive worth 114.80! 17 perfect marks! In a showdown between Chinese divers Yang Jian and Yang Hao on the men's 10m platform final, it was Yang Jian who finally shined as the newly-crowned champion at the 18th FINA World here on Saturday.

China bagged 12 gold, nine silver and one bronze to top the medal table after the diving competition finished, while Australia snatched the remaining gold in mixed 3m springboard.  

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20Jul2019

Artistic Swimming, Day 9: Russia wins World Championship gold number 60

Two events were scheduled for the final evening of the Artistic Swimming discipline at the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju, Korea, the Mixed Free Duet and the Free Combo. It is the third time that the Mixed Free Duet event is contested at a World Championship, and the Mixed Duet events are slowly gaining popularity. Both Australia, represented by Ethan Calleja and Danielle Kettlewell and Uzbekistan, represented by Dinara Ibragimova and Vyacheslav Rudney, competed for the first time in the Mixed events in Gwangju.

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20Jul2019

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