Olga Kamardina, FINA Correspondent in Russia

The ultimate day of the 2017 FINA World League Super Final in Ruza saw Serbia won record 11th gold as Italy finished second, and Croatia’s third-place finish came in the battle against the USA.

In a spectacular end to the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final in Ruza, Serbia won a historic fifth straight and 11th overall gold medal narrowly beating Italy in the final, 10-9. USA capped off an impressive campaign to deservedly be a part of the bronze game, but Croatian side was too strong and celebrated a comfortable victory, 10-4.

Play-offs for the 5 and 7 places both registered the same score, 11-4, as Russia edged Kazakhstan to book spot #5, and Australia defeated Japanese and landed on the 7th.

Final placing:

1. Serbia Serbia 

2. Italy Italy 

3. Croatia Croatia 

4. United States of America USA 

5. Russian Federation Russia 

6. Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 

7. Australia Australia

8. Japan Japan 

 

Best scorers:

1. Andelo Setka CRO Croatia - 19 goals

2. Aaron Younger AUS Australia - 16 goals

3. Pietro Figliolo ITA Italy - 15 goals

    Daniil Merkulov RUS Russian Federation - 15 goals

4. Dusko Pietlovic SRB Serbia - 13 goals

    Stefan Mitrovic SRB Serbia - 13 goals

Finals / Day 6 / 25 June, 2017

Game 21. 7 – 8 places final AUS Australia – JPN Japan 11-4 (2-0, 3-2, 4-1, 2-1)

Game 22. 5 – 6 places final  KAZ Kazakhstan – RUS Russian Federation 4-11 (1-2, 1-3, 1-1, 1-5)

Game 23. 3 – 4 places final CRO Croatia – USA United States of America 10-4 (5-1, 3-1, 1-1, 1-1)

Game 24. 1 – 2 places final ITA Italy – SRB Serbia 9-10 (4-1, 0-2, 2-5, 3-2)