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Artistic Swimming, Day 4: Third gold for Russia and first ever gold for Ukraine

Tonight’s final for the Mixed Technical Duet was packed with World Championship medallists from 2015 Kazan and 2017 Budapest. This is the third time that the Mixed Technical Duet is contested at the FINA World Championships.

World Championships 2019
Gwangju, Korea
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President Maglione receives Doctorate Degree in Gwangju

The FINA President Dr Julio C. Maglione received today an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business Administration by the Honam University, for his “decisive role in the promotion of international relations through sport”. The ceremony was held with the presence of the Mayor of Gwangju and OC Chairman of the 18th FINA World Championships, Mr Lee Yong-sup, guests from the FINA family and high dignitaries of the Honam University, one of the most prestigious academies in the Republic of Korea. 

World Championships 2019
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Day 1: Montenegro and Serbia battle to draw in men's water polo

World Championships 2019
Gwangju, South Korea
Match 1, 08:30, Group A, SERBIA 10 MONTENEGRO 10
Results & Teams

Match 1, 08:30, Group A, SERBIA 10 MONTENEGRO 10

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

Referees: Arkadiy Voevodin (RUS), Michiel Zwart (NED).

Extra man: SRB: 4/6. MNE: 4/13.

Shot conversion: SRB: 10/24. MNE 10/26.

Penalties: Nil

Teams:

SERBIA: Strajo Risticevic, Dusan Mandic (3), Viktor Rasovic, Sava Randjelovic (1), Milos Cuk (1), Djordje Lazic, Nemanja Vico, Nikola Dedovic (1), Nikola Jaksic, Radomir Drasovic, Ognjen Stojanovic, Strahinja Rasovic (4), Lazar Dobozanov. Coach: Dejan Savic.

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

 

Report

There were two different coaches at the mixed zone following the clash between these Balkan nations. Serbia's Dejan Savic looked like he had been let out of jail and Vladimir Gojkovic looked like he was about to be sent down after sentencing. The result was a draw after an exciting start to the men's competition. Who would believe that these top two nations would clash when they would normally still be in bed at home? They generally play night matches. Here there was little time for breakfast. It looked like Serbia had eaten their wheeties with more vigour, racing to a 4-1 lead and having to be satisfied with a 4-3 lead at the first break. Nikola Dedovic and Dusan Mandic converted extra-man attacks and Serbia was 6-3 to the better. Duro Radovic and Aleksandar Ivovic brought the match to 6-5 and halftime. Goals were traded and then Sava Randelovic produced what will be one of the shots of the tournament when he flipped the ball back over his head from outside the goal area for 8-6. Bogdan Durdic produced a goal of pure steel, driving down the right, drawing two defenders and then sliding the ball cross-cage for 8-7. Mladan Janovic, from the deepest possible angle on the left side, drew Montenegro level at 1:35. Aleksa Ukropina took Montenegro ahead from deep right to close the third period. Montenegro captain Drasko Brguljan converted extra to start the fourth and his team was now two in front. Serbia took a timeout, but no goal resulted. However, on the next Serbian attack Mandic drilled a goal from six metres. Dorde Lazic had the chance to level from point blank, but was blocked by Montenegrin goalkeeper Dejan Lazovic. Never mind, Rasovic claimed the equaliser, and his fourth, at 0:12 after two Montenegrins were binned. Ivovic had the glory shot with two seconds remaining, only for it to sail wide, leaving the draw. Serbia was rightfully penalised with major fouls — more than double than its opponent.

 


 

Pictures: István Derencsényi

Quotes

Vladimir Gojkovic (MNE) — Head Coach

"It was disappointing being plus two (in the final quarter) and not winning. It was a bad start for sure 1-4) and we did not swim like we usually do. When we did we took control of the game. Since we came for 4-3 (quarter time) to plus two for me it was a better picture. There were some misses on attack and defence. From that side I am not satisfied — to be in a position to win with three minutes remaining — not satisfying. We played best in the second session and the fourth session. These were very good."

Match 2, 9.50, Group A, KOREA 3 GREECE 26
Results & Teams

Match 2, 9.50, Group A, KOREA 3 GREECE 26

Quarters: 0-7, 0-7, 1-3, 2-9

Referees: Jeremy Cheng (SGP), Gabriella Varkonyi (HUN)

Extra man: KOR: 1/6. GRE: 4/7.

Shot conversion: KOR: 3/25. GRE: 26/43.

Penalties: GRE: 5/6.

Teams:

KOREA: Jinwoo Lee, Donghyeok Kim (2), Byeongju Kim, Seonuk Lee, Daeyong Gwon, Seonggyu Lee, Yeonggyun Gwon, Moonsoo Kim (1), Miknjong Chu, Hyomin Han, Kangwon Seo, Jaehoon Song, Byeongyoung Jung. Head Coach: Kimura Go.

GREECE: Emmanouil Zervedas, Konstaninos Genidounias (3), Dimitrios Skoumpakis (1), Alexandros Papanastasiou,Ioannis Fountoulis (4), Marios Kapotsis (2), Georgios Dervisis (2), Stylianos Argyropoulos (2), Konstantinos Mourikis (1), Christodoulos Kolomvos (4), Alexandros Gounas (3), Angelos Vlachopoulos (4), Konstantinos Galanidis. Head Coach: Theodoros Vlachos.

 

Report

Greece warmed up for its tough encounters with Serbia and Montenegro with a romp against Korea. Greece was clearly more experienced and used all its skills to overpower Korea. The locals were well supported with the stands half full and they erupted even more into spasms of delight when Moonsoo Kim screamed in Korea's opening goal from left-hand-catch position into the bottom right at 4:18 in the third period. Every Korean touch and defensive save was greeted with a cacophony of sound — no need for the booming sound system!  Greece cruised to 17-1 at the final break and onwards to victory. Kim was accidentally hit in the face and had to leave the water seconds before the hooter for the final break. This probably spurred the Koreans into action and the crowd erupted like never before when centre forward Donghyeok Kim scored a fantastic goal from two metres at 3:54. What was extra stunning was that he repeated the dose with a superb backhand from the same position a minute later. There was more drama as goalkeeper Jinwoo Lee was on fire making many saves, including one penalty, in the final minutes. The earlier drama came when it was discovered that a Korean player had continued playing, so a penalty was awarded to Greece, which was converted by Konstaninos Genidounias.

Quotes

Theodoros Vlachos (GRE) — Head Coach

"We expected such an easy game and our mind was on the next two matches. In the second game we will try to play our best, gain the best position in the group. The next two days we will prepare. This game there was no motivation because of the quality differential. I enjoyed the fans, the children in the tribunes. For Korea it is a great experience. I cannot say if they have played this level before."

Match 3, 11:10, Group B, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 16 KAZAKHSTAN 7
Results & Teams

Match 3, 11:10, Group B, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 16 KAZAKHSTAN 7

Quarters: 4-1, 4-2, 3-2, 5-2

Referees: Boris Margeta (SLO), Georgios Stavridis (GRE).

Extra man: USA: 7/9. KAZ: 5/11.

Shot conversion: USA: 16/26. KAZ: 7/26.

Penalties: USA: 3/3. KAZ: 0/1.

Teams:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Alexander Wolf, Johnathan Hooper (3), Marko Vavic (1), Alexander Obert, Benjamin Hallock (3), Luca Cupido (1), Hannes Daube (3), Matthew Farmer (1), Alexander Bowen (3), Chancellor Ramirez, Jesse Smith, Maxwell Irving (1), Drew Holland. Head Coach: Dejan Udovicic.

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

 

Report

United States of America came through its opening match with good credentials, mainly thanks to strong efforts from youngster Hannes Daube and the equally big-scoring Ben Hallock, Alex Bowen and Johnny Hooper. It was a team effort and everyone delivered. The opening quarter said it all and a five-goal margin at halftime was stretched in both the next quarters. Both teams had 26 shots, but USA was more accurate and sent home multi-pass plays. Kazakhstan scored from the top and looked a little stilted at times. USA was more free flowing and is well placed for improving even further through this tournament.  Murat Shakenov covered a lot of the load for Kazakhstan, even though his penalty shot was blocked.

 

Quotes

Dejan Udovicic (USA) — Head Coach

"There are no easy games. We are a young team trying to do something. For the first game the team reacted very well. We'll see what happens in the upcoming games (against Croatia and Australia)."

Jesse Smith (USA) — Centre Back

"I think the team is really excited to be here and excited to play. The first game we prepared for the best we could and we wanted to try things."

Match 4, 12:30, Group B, CROATIA 14 AUSTRALIA 4
Results & Teams

Match 4, 12:30, Group B, CROATIA 14 AUSTRALIA 4

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

Referees: German Moller (ARG), Alessandro Severo (ITA).

Extra man: CRO: 4/5. AUS: 4/13.

Penalties: CRO: 1/1.

Shot conversion: CRO: 14/30. AUS: 4/26.

Teams:

CROATIA: Marko Bijac, Marco Macan (1), Loren Fatovic, Luka Loncar (1), Maro Jokovic (1), Hrvoje Benic (5), Ante Vukicevic (6), Andro Buslje (1), Lovre Milos (2), Josip Vrlic (1), Andelo Setka, Javier Garcia, Ivan Marcelic. Coach: Ivica Tucak.

AUSTRALIA: Joel Dennerley, Richard Campbell, George Ford, Joseph Kayes, Nathan Power (1), Lachlan Edwards (1), Aidan Roach, Aaron Younger (2), Andrew Ford, Timothy Putt, Rhys Howden, Blake Edwards, Anthony Hrysanthos. Coach: Elvis Fatovic.

 

Report

Reigning champion Croatia produced vibrant, tactical and clinical water polo in stripping Australia bare. From the opening whistle, Croatia was the fired-up team and even though it was 1-1 at 5:29, Croatia looked like a coiled snake ready to attack. That venom was injected into the match, racing to 4-1 at the first break, slipping to 6-1 before Aussie Sharks captain Aaron Younger drilled from the top for 6-2 to close the half. Younger struck again 10 minutes later, however, by then Croatia was a staggering 11-3 ahead having shut out the Sharks in the third period. Australia looked stunned and failed to shut down Ante Vukicevic, the Croatian star at the recent World League Super Final where he scored four goals.  He had three just after the start of the second quarter and scored the last two for his team for an amazing six goals. It was Croatia at its best, coming to play from the outset.

Pictures: István Derencsényi

Quotes

Elvis Fatovic (AUS) — Head Coach

"From the beginning we played soft in every possible way. Of course, Croatia played excellently. We know each other very well. We were not good on counter-attack and our shots were more an alibi rather set shots. Sometimes the first game is a bit different from the rest of the tournament."

Aaron Younger (AUS) — Captain

"It's a very disappointing start to the tournament. It was a not a big thing to win this game as we are mainly concentrating on the crossovers. However, we will be prepared for the next games."

 

Match 5, 16:30, Group C, SOUTH AFRICA 3 SPAIN 23
Results & Teams

Match 5, 16:30, Group C, SOUTH AFRICA 3 SPAIN 23

Quarters: 1-6, 1-5, 1-4, 0-8

Referees: John Waldow (NZL), Voijin Putnikovic (SRB).

Extra man: RSA: 2/2. ESP: 8/11.

Penalties: ESP: 2/2.

Shot conversion: RSA: 3/22. ESP: 23/39.

Teams:

SOUTH AFRICA: Lwazi Madi, Etienne Le Roux, Timothy Rezelman, Nardus Badenhorst, Ethan Coryndon-Baker, Sven Van Zyl, Jason Evezard (1), Nicholas Rodda (2), Dylan Cronje, Mark Spencer, Liam Neill, Donn Stewart, Keegan Clark. Head Coach: Paul Martin.

SPAIN: Daniel Lopez, Alberto Munarriz (2), Alvaro Granados (4), Miguel De Toro, Sergi Cabanas (1), Marc Larumbe (1), Alberto Barroso (1), Francisco Fernandez, Roger Tahull (4), Felipe Perrone (4), Blai Mallarach (5), Alejandro Bustos (1), Eduardo Lorrio. Coach: David Martin.

 

 

Report

Spain moved through the first day with a victory that ironed out the wrinkles and set the team on the path to the quarter-finals, hopefully. South Africa enjoyed the encounter, coming together for the first time in international competition since the Intercontinental Cup in Perth, Australia last March. There were crinkles in South Africa's play. However, Spain had to work hard for goals. The momentum was there throughout and the likes of Roger Tahull, Ricardo Perrone and the magnificent Blai Mallarach were in fine shooting form. The best for South Africa was Nicholas Rodda who converted one of the two extra-man chances and rattled in a missile from a six-metre foul shot early in the second quarter. It was Spain all the way and an excellent warm-up for Wednesday's clash with Hungary.

Quotes

David Martin (ESP) — Head Coach

"We know that the first game is important and we tried to play the ball as best we could. I was happy with that. We now have Hungary on (Wednesday) and we know that will be very, very different. They have great centres, shooters and goalkeepers, but we will play with confidence and optimism. We are setting our sights on the quarter-finals. That will be most important."

Paul Martin (RSA) — Head Coach

"There were quite a few positives. We know we have to hustle harder on defence and man on man, making quicker shifts. The centres got a bit of respect. We sent some balls into them, but did nothing with it. In the third quarter we forced them to take poorer shots and we did three-four decent shots, forcing save. Getting two-metres off those shots was positive. It's our first game in four months (since Intercontinental Cup). That's no excuse, but it takes time to get into the rhythm and it's a great match to play before taking on New Zealand (on Friday)."

Match 6 17:50, Group C, NEW ZEALAND 4 HUNGARY 24
Results & Teams

Match 6, 17:50, Group C, NEW ZEALAND 4 HUNGARY 24

Quarters: 0-4, 1-7, 2-6, 1-7

Referees: Jinyong An (KOR), Dion Willis (RSA).

Extra man: NZL: 2/10. HUN: 8/9.

Penalties: HUN: 3/4.

Shot conversion: NZL: 4/33. HUN: 24/41.

Teams:

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

HUNGARY: Viktor Nagy, Daniel Angyal (3), Krisztian Manhercz (3), Gergo Zalanki (4), Marton Vamos (3), Tamas Mezei (2), Tamas Sedlmayer (1), Szilard Jansik (2), Denes Varga (2), Bence Batori (3), Balazs Harai (1), Soma Vogel. Coach: Tamas Marcz.

Report

Hungary, as expected, came on too strongly for the Kiwis from Down Under. It was a rusty Hungary, coming together following a big switch form the World League Super Final in Belgrade last month. Head coach Tamas Marcz reshaped the team, bringing the best — players who had been rested after tough European schedules. It was 6-1 before New Zealand replied, 12-2 and 14-3 in the third quarter and 19-4 in the fourth. Bae Fountain stopped a Hungarian penalty shot in the fourth and was obviously kept busy in his two quarters of play.  Zoltan Pohl was not on the roster for this encounter as he was sitting out in lieu of a player from the World League Super Final who gained a three-match suspension. One more match was required so Hungary fronted with just 12 players. Seventeen-year-old high schooler Lewis Clark scored his first international goal in his debut senior representation and he claimed it against Hungary. It was a sneaky goal as he was underwater at two metres when a Hungarian back pass found him to score, catching out the referee, who had gone up the pool deck.

Quotes

Denes Varga (HUN) — Captain

"We wanted to arrive with good confidence and I think we showed that.  We suppose New Zealand will be third in the group so we needed to score as many goals as possible."

Davor Carevic (NZL) — Head Coach

"It was our first game after the World League and we need to play more. We had some six on five where we were not patient enough. I think we had 10 attempts and scored only twice when you must not be under 50 per cent. The players showed too much respect to Hungary. For us the South African match is the most important. We made mistakes on extra and gave up counters because we took shots we shouldn't have in the first and second quarter. I think we failed in that aspect."

Match 7, 19:10, Group D, BRAZIL 5 ITALY 14
Results & Teams

Match 7, 19:10, Group D, BRAZIL 5 ITALY 14

Quarters: 3-5, 1-2, 0-5, 1-2

Referees: Stanko Ivanovski (MNE), Jaume Teixido (ESP).

Extra man: BRA: 3/8. ITA: 8/19.

Penalties: BRA: 1/1.

Shot conversion: BRA: 5/17. ITA: 14/37.

Teams:

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

ITALY: Marco Del Lungo, Francesco Di Fulvio (2), Stefano Luongo (4), Pietro Figlioli (1), Edoardo Di Somma, Alessandro Velotto (3), Vincenzo Renzuto (2), Gonzalo Echinque, Niccolo Figari, Alexandre Bodegas (1), Matteo Aicardi (1), Vincenzo Dolce, Gianmarco Nicosia. Head Coach: Alessandro Campagna.

 

Report

Italy survived a mid-life crisis when Gonzalo Echenque was sent for brutality at 1:59 in the first period. Brazil struggled to make more of the situation, but did gain the penalty strike and a 2-1 advantage within the four-minute man-up period. From 4-1 ahead, Italy worked amazingly on the man down and came out 5-4 ahead in the second quarter. The heavy-fouling match then swung back to Italy where it swam in the next seven goals to go to the last period 12-4 up. The major fouls were coming fast and Brazil had 19 major fouls with Pedro Real and Bernardo Rocha out on three major fouls. Italy fought hard for the extra-man goals, but not with a lot of success. The great success for Italy was Stefano Luongo with some magnificent goals, penetrating drives and superb passes. Brazil was tireless, however, the finishing was not what it could have been.

Quotes

Pietro Figlioli (BRA) — Captain

"With all due respect, we were not terribly worried (when the brutality foul was called). They scored two goals to our one. It was a pretty surprising start. This was just another day in the office for us. Their team changed after 2016 (Olympics) so we were never really threatened. They still have some pretty dangerous players. We focused on our advantage position and attack."

Rick Azevedo (BRA) — Head Coach

"It was a learning process. We haven't been to Europe this year and we only played the UANA championship in January and the news rules were only just enforced. We were excluded 21 times. I think we did all right to get eight extra-man attacks. If that's what they called then we have to adjust. It was the first game as adults for some of them so it was OK."

Match 8, 20:30, Group D, GERMANY 9 JAPAN 9
Results & Teams

Match 8, 20:30, Group D, GERMANY 9 JAPAN 9

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

Referees: Michael Goldenberg (USA), Daniel Flahive (AUS).

Extra man:  GER: 5/11. JPN: 4/7.

Penalties: GER: 2/2. JPN: 1/1.

Shot conversion: GER: 9/26. JPN: 9/32.

Teams:

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

JAPAN: Katsuyuki Tanamura, Seiya Adachi (1), Haruki Koppu (1), Mitsuaki Shiga (1), Takuma Yoshida, Atsuto IIda, Yusuke Shimizu, Mitsuru Takata (1), Atsushi Arai (3), Yusuke Inaba (1), Keigo Okawa (1), Kenta Araki, Tomoyoshi Fukushima. Coach: Yoji Omoto.

Report

German star Marko Stamm, a scorer of three goals this evening, is out of the FINA World Championships. Stamm drove for goal in the final desperate minute and broke a bone in a foot and his father, head coach Hagen Stamm, said his tournament was over. It was sad news after an exciting match that ended in a last-gasp draw. Japan opened with a penalty before Germany went 2-1 up and 3-2 by the first break. Luuk Gielen scored the third and then the fourth soon after the restart. It jumped to 5-2 thanks to Ben Reibel from the penalty line. It took a few minutes more before Japan fired back through Atsushi Arai and Mitsuru Takata on counter for 5-4.  Marco Stamm scored his second and third for Germany either side of an Arai score to finish the half 7-5 ahead. The third period was nearly all Japan as Seiya Adachi from the left, captain Keigo Okawa and Haruki Koppu, both on counter took Japan 8-7 ahead before Marin Restovic restored the equilibrium on extra-man attack from his deep right position. Mitsuaki Shiga opened the fourth quarter at 5:15 for the 9-8 lead and neither side could break through in the next four minutes until Japan drew a penalty foul.  It looked like Germany was going to be the runner-up until Inaba went for a doughnut shot (over the goalie's head). However, Moritz Schenkel used his head to bounce the ball back into space. Japan failed to add to its score on its last attack and Germany went for goal, gaining an exclusion, enough space for Julian Real to blast the ball into the back of the deep net for the draw at 0:04. It was some salvation for a tournament that could be lost through Stamm's departure.

Quotes

Hagen Stamm (GER) — Head Coach

"It seems he has broken a bone in his foot in a last-minute drive for goal. It has done unbelievable damage for us. He had an excellent game tonight and is our most important player. It was lucky we started well but missed some important chances and let them come back to 5-5 (5-4) and then make the lead. Then we finally came to this point thanks to the penalty save and the extra-man goal."

Yoji Omoto (JPN) — Head Coach

"We were aware they would press us, especially in the second half. We didn't get upset (when behind) on that. We employed a zone defence in the first period, which gave them some space. In the second half we changed that. Yes, (on arriving at Japan's natural game) I was happy. We did small mistakes on defence, but overall I am happy with our game plan and performance. The last penalty (missed shot) was perhaps an act of God."

  

 

Gwangju, South Korea.— Montenegro and Serbia battled out to a 10-10 draw on the opening day of the FINA World Championship men's water polo tournament at the Nambu University Grounds in Gwangju.

It was the first match of the day and threw Group A open from the very start. This was followed by Greece beating host Korea 26-3 in a match attended by more than 2000 fans.

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