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Day 7 Men's Water Polo: Fourth title as Italy upsets Spain

World Championships 2019
Gwangju, South Korea
Match 45, 14:00, GERMANY 6 GREECE 11
Results & Teams

Match 45, 14:00, GERMANY 6 GREECE 11

Classification 7-8

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

Referees: Stanko Ivanovski (MNE), Nenad Peris (CRO).

Extra man: GER: 2/4. GRE: 4/9.

Penalties: Nil.

Shot conversion: GER: 6/29. GRE: 11/28.

Teams:

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

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

Report

Greece came through in a blistering second half and the sixth and seventh goals spoke heaps about Greece’s sneakiness and ability to turn a match. Marios Kapotsis drove deep right and when everyone expected him to pass he slithered it into the bottom right. Then on the next attack the counter went right, everyone watched and then the pass whipped across the pool to Georgios Dervisis who was alone on the far post — totally unseen — to score for 8-4. There was more to come when Alexandros Gounas netted his second and Georgios Dervisis needed the VAR to confirm his extra-man goal of what was a six-goal burst. At 10-4 the result was decided. Marin Restovic sent in an easy shot off the left-hand-catch position at 3:04 — nearly 14 minutes since the last German bullet. Marko Stamm, one of the bright lights in Gwangju, counter and teased the goalkeeper, scoring from inside the two-metre line for 10-6. The final score came from Alexandros Papanastasiou, who drove down the left on counter to close the match 0:39. Greece has two bronze medals from 2015 and 2005. The best scorer in Gwangju was Alexandros Gounas with 13. Germany has just the one bronze from World Championships, gained in Guayaquil 1982. The highest goal-scorer was Lukas Gielen with 15 goals, one ahead of Stamm. Gielen made seven of his goals from the penalty line.

Quotes

Theodoros Vlachos (GRE) — Head Coach

“We finished with a win. It’s something to leave Korea with nice feelings and last images are positive. We are not happy, as we were not in the last four and fighting for the medals. We could do it, but in the critical quarterfinal against Italy we did not win, but we fight until the last minute. The Italians were a little bit better than us. We tried to take the best position. I would like to thank the players. We carried an injury problem into the championships and it followed us to the end. Our target is the European Championships where we plan to qualify for the Olympic Games.”

Ioannis Fountoulis (GRE) — Captain and goal scorer

“It was a nice competition and a beautiful pool. We came here with a target, but it was a very difficult tournament because the teams were so competitive and had very few level differences  between them. Unfortunately, in the crossover match, we didn’t win Italy and we couldn’t get the better result in this tournament. We wanted to win a medal, but just finished seventh.”

Hagen Stamm ((GER) — Head Coach

“Three goals too high, but it was OK. For two and a half quarters we played very well then we made a lot of mistakes. Now the boys have four weeks off after an unbelievable year. It has to do for their health.”

Julian Real (GER) — Captain and goal scorer 

“I think we had a good tournament and made good games in the group. We had very good quarterfinal against South Africa, and we are now in the top eight. Then we had some unlucky games against Croatia, Serbia and Greece. I think the Greek team was best, and at the end we made a good tournament.”

Match 46, 15:30, SERBIA 13 AUSTRALIA 9
Results & Teams

Match 46, 15:30, SERBIA 13 AUSTRALIA 9

Classification 5-6

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

Referees: Dion Willis (RSA), Sebastien Dervieux (FRA).

Extra man: SRB: 5/10. AUS: 4/10.

Penalties: SRB: 1/1. AUS: 1/1.

Shot conversion: SRB: 13/30. AUS: 9/35.

Teams:

SERBIA: Strajo Risticevic, Dusan Mandic (1), Viktor Rasovic (1), Sava Randjelovic (1), Milos Cuk (4), Djordje Lazic (1), Nemanja Vico, Nikola Dedovic, Nikola Jaksic, Radomir Drasovic (1), Ognjen Stojanovic, Strahinja Rasovic (2), Lazar Dobozanov. Coach: Dejan Savic.

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

Report

No team should be able to come back from 6-0 down in a classification match and that proved the case as Serbia played the way it should have done in the quarterfinal with Spain when it lost 12-9. The Aussie Sharks could do nothing to stop the tidal wave of goals being thrown against its defences. The normally reliable Joel Dennerley in goal was not getting team support and Anthony Hrysanthos, who has had limited pool time in Gwangju, was thrown in to help arrest the slide. Veteran Richard Campbell managed the make a dent in the last three seconds of the quarter on extra-man attack. Serbia shot to 9-1; Australia took a timeout and scored the last two goals of the half via Aaron Younger on counter and Lachlan Edwards at centre forward with a backhand. Serbian captain Milos Cuk was the real star of the half with consecutive goals for 3-0 and the eighth with a rocket. Viktor Rasovic claimed the fifth and sixth goals from a penalty and off a fantastic cross pass. Dusan Mandic, who has had to play almost a fatherly role in Gwangju, shot his 14th goal on counter to start the second half.  Andrew Ford converted penalty and then sent one through the arms of the Serbian goalkeeper from deep right on consecutive Aussie attacks for 10-5. That was the story of the third period and Australia won it 2-1. Australia gained its third straight at the top of the fourth when Blake Edwards needed VAR to confirm his extra-man goal. Then brother George Ford converted extra-man attack at 5:08 for 10-7 and then the sniff of a chance beckoned. Cuk doubled his tournament tally for his fourth of the match from the top on extra and the margin was four. It was 13 minutes since its last goal. Australia botched a counter attack and was countered itself with Strahinja Rasovic scoring for 12-7. Joe Kayes had the second-last say for Australia, latching on to a cross pass at two metres for 12-8. Strahinja Rasovic did it again on counter for 13-8 and Younger nailed a second and 11th for the championship with four seconds on the clock. Australia was on top for most of the match, except for the opening quarter. Serbia’s record at this level is phenomenal since it became an independent nation. Winning two gold, a silver and a bronze since 2007 where it finished fourth. As a combined nation with Montenegro it won gold (2005) and bronze (2003). Before that as Yugoslavia there were two golds (1986 and 1991) a silver and three bronzes. Serbia’s best scorer was Strahinja Rasovic with 16 goals, two more than Mandic. Australia is yet to make the podium at this level with a best finish of fourth in Perth 1998. Leading the Aussie Sharks’ scoring was Joe Kayes with 15.

Quotes

Milos Cuk (SRB) — Captain and four goals

“For us, it was not bad, but we made very big mistakes in the quarterfinal, and that’s why we played for the fifth place, not for the medals. We are a very young team, so I think our team’s future will be better than now. They will have more power and concentration for the next tournament, so I think this team can have a bright future, and I hope next time we will win one of the medals.”

 

Elvis Fatovic (AUS) — Head Coach

“We didn’t show up for the first quarter and then played well for two and a half quarters. We played super soft and didn’t shoot two or three shots into the cage. We didn’t play well at the start and then played more aggressively while they played less aggressively. I am happy with the tournament except for a few disappointments in the quarterfinal (non-call, which changed the result).”

 Aaron Younger (AUS) — Captain and two goals

“Oh, it’s a bit of disappointing to finish the tournament like this. We started terrible today with 6-1, so against Serbia, you can’t really expect to do this again when we come back.” 

Richard Campbell (AUS) — Goal scorer

“We can’t let them get away with six goals. We started poorly and they killed us in the end. It was a bit of a wake-up call. We certainly prepared for the game, but mentally we were not there. We showed we can put in the effort (9-7 advantage in last three quarters), but we have to do that from the start.”

Match 47, 17:00, CROATIA 10 HUNGARY 7
Results & Teams

Match 47, 17:00, CROATIA 10 HUNGARY 7

Classification 3-4

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

Referees: Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU), Georgios Stavridis (GRE).

Extra man: CRO: 6/14. HUN: 6/17.

Penalties: CRO: 2/2. HUN: 1/1.

Shot conversion: CRO: 10/25. HUN: 7/26.

Teams:

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

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

Report

This was a far different match than the play-off for fifth with a low-scoring opening quarter and a tied match in the second.  Maro Jokovic scored in each of the periods against a Hungarian side carrying three injured players from Thursday’s semifinal. Viktor Nagy was back in goal with an injured finger. Daniel Varga, who broke his little finger of the shooting hand, was back in full force and centre forward Balazs Harai, who scored the opening goal with a trademark backhand, is carrying a long-standing back problem. Marton Vamos, who shattered Australia’s quarterfinal dream, sent another from outside for his 13th of the championship and Krisztian Manhercz converted a penalty. Lovre Milos scored from deep right for the 4-3 advantage at the turn. Jokovic scored his 16th with a penalty strike for 5-3 to start the second half. Daniel Angyal was “Johnny on the spot” when an outside shot rebounded down to the two-metre line, so he flicked it for 5-4. Hungary bungled two consecutive extra-man attacks and failed to convert a six on four at a time when a Croatian assistant coach was red-carded. Hungary came good on the next attempt with Manhercz firing in from the left with on second left on the clock — 6-5. Jokovic drilled one from the top on extra and then his fifth from the penalty line. By this time, Szilard Jansik and Zoltan Pohl for Hungary and Marko Macan were out of the match on three major fouls. Harai and Gergo Zalanki responded for Hungary with 3:28 remaining. It looked like it could go to shootout. However Jokovic scored — again — and Hrvoje Benic from nine metres off a free throw sealed the match inside the final two minutes. Croatia was dented somewhat when Andro Buslje left the pool for treatment on a cut over his eye and only competed for seven minutes. As the outgoing champion, Croatia also won in Melbourne 2007 under head coach Ratko Rudic and claimed one silver and four bronzes. Jokovic led the scoring with 19 goals. Hungary is the king of the World Championships — much like the Olympics — is a three-time champion from 2013, 2003 and the inaugural title in 1973 and has lost an incredible seven finals while picking up a lone bronze. Best with the shooting was Gergo Zalanki with 18 goals.

Quotes

Ivica Tucak (CRO) — Head Coach

“The bronze medal is a big success for Croatia water polo. This moment I am very happy in Korea.”

Maro Jokovic (CRO) — Six goals

“First of all I’m feeling extremely happy with the medal. We had some difficulties after the semifinals — losing to Spain, which was psychologically very hard for us. We were really down and were blue after the game, but we managed to rise up. This was very good improvement for us, so I’m really very joyful to see how we managed to play this game, especially defence. It seemed that every player, every physical contact, every touch with a ball was the high level, and that’s what really cheered me up.”

Tamas Marcz (HUN) — Head Coach

“Very hard-fought by both teams, who both played well. In the second period there were a lot of extra-mans — probably the key of the match. They were concentrating hard in the final quarter and congratulations to them. Also to my players, who made a hard jump in the last two weeks. We had an injury problem, but we made top four and gave maximum performance. Now we go our way.”

Denes Varga (HUN) — Captain 

On injuries affecting him: “It affected us a lot not only because everyone is important in the team, but we had to play like 10 of us, so we had the less number to play. It was pretty bad because I had probably the best season of my life in my club, so I wasn’t in a very good shape, but at the first game, I had this unfortunate injury and I couldn’t really help my team.”

Match 48, 18:30, SPAIN 5 ITALY 10
Results & Teams

Match 48, 18:30, SPAIN 5 ITALY 10

Classification 1-2

Quarters: 2-2, 1-3, 1-3,  1-2

Referees: Boris Margeta (SLO), Michael Goldenberg (USA).

Extra man: ESP: 3/12. ITA: 3/5.

Penalties: ESP: 1/2.

Shot conversion: ESP: 5/29. ITA: 10/32.

Teams:

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

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

Report

This was a match for the ages and a battle of wits between two Mediterranean teams playing at the absolute peak of their powers. Italy took the lead from the start and Spain had to play catch-up with skipper Felipe Perrone — playing his ninth FINA World Championships — ramming in twice. Spain had the chance to go ahead, but Alberto Barroso’s penalty attempt blasted straight into the left arm of goalkeeper Marco Del Lungo. Italy shot to a 5-2 advantage through captain Pietro Figlioli from the top, Vincenzo Dolce likewise and Vincenzo Renzuto on extra. Italy’s lower-scoring players were stepping up. It was not until the final minute that Spain replied via a penalty foul earned by Perrone on counter and this time Alberto Munarriz converted inside the final minute. It was more than eight minutes since its last goal. Mateo Aicardi, Dolce and a counter-attacking Francesco Di Fulvio — the championships’ most valuable player — shunted the score to 8-4. The writing was on the wall for Spain. It took Blai Mallarach to bring some sense to Spain’s day, scoring on extra-man attack at 2:19 for 8-4 to finish the third period. Luongo and Mallarach exchanged scores in the fourth and Michael Bodegas scored his most important goal from centre forward at 1:00. The match was over, the fans were screaming and head coach Alessandro Campagna was urging the crowd to cheer even more. Then came the swim for all the Italian staff, while the Spanish stopped to reflect. Italian goalkeeper Marco Del Lungo was in superb touch with 10 saves and was easily one of the best two keepers in the championship. Italy previously won in 2011, 1994 and 1978 with two silvers and two bronzes. The highest scorer was Stefano Luongo with just 11 goals, one ahead of Most Valuable Player of the tournament Francesco Di Fulvio with 11 successes. Spain won in 2001 and 1998 and has now lost four finals. Best shooter was Alvaro Granados and Munarriz with 15 goals apiece.

Quotes

Alessandro Campagna (ITA) — Head Coach

“Congratulations to my colleagues from Spain and Croatia — David and Ivica — and all the teams who played fantastic water polo. To beat Spain we had to play a perfect game with fantastic quality water polo tactically and play in a passionate way to win. I am happy. I have seen my team grow up day by day, not focusing on the other teams. We played with more confidence from the first three or four games where we learned the style of the referee and the whistle. I trust the IOC, who came to watch, will be happy and stay stable in the Olympics and bring 13 players back to the Olympic Games.”

Pietro Figlioli (ITA) — Captain and Player of the Final

“For me, I’ve been looking forward to this since 2011 — the last time I played in it (and won the world title). It was a little easier with the emotions and the pressure this time in front of a very strong adversary. We have met quite a few times in the past. It’s an unbelievable feeling… blissful.”

Stefano Luongo (ITA) — Two goals

On winning the gold medal: “Of course, it’s a dream of any athlete of any sports. We’ve worked very hard for this, but now we’re very, very happy, so all the hard work has paid off. For now, we’ll enjoy this moment and prepare for the Olympics, because it’s the best competition for us and most important, and we have to continue work hard.”

David Martin (ESP) — Head Coach

“Congratulations to Italy who was the best team in the water, coming out with big energy and intensity. We started very tired after playing a hard match against Croatia in the semifinals. Italy was very tactical, very defensive. We had problems with the break of three goals going up in attack. It was very difficult like the final of the European Championships. This is the beginning of the story for Spain. We will play better and work for the future and the Olympic Games. We will come back and repeat.” On both Spanish teams making the gold-medal finals:  “It’s very important for the Spanish teams, the clubs, the club coaches and everyone.”

Felipe Perrone (ESP) — Captain and two goals

“The last time for me was 2009 when we lost to Serbia on penalty shots. I felt less pressure and enjoyed the water polo.”

Gwangju, South Korea.— Italy beat Spain 10-5 for its fourth FINA World Championship men's water polo crown at the Nambu University Grounds in Gwangju today.

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27Jul2019

Dressel brings down another Phelps WR, Smith and Chupkov also set new marks

What a day in Gwangju once more, three world records fell in the evening session and all were smashing at its best. Primus inter pares was Caeleb Dressel who could bring down the penultimate Michael Phelps WR standing, the American beat the Great’s 100m fly shiny standard by 0.32sec. Compatriot Regan Smith came next as she shattered the seven year-old 200m back WR by 0.71sec and Russia’s Anton Chupkov was also in record-beating form in the 200m breast, he lowered it by 0.55sec.

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Gwangju (KOR)
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26Jul2019

Family ties: Sisters Louise and Sophie Hansson make a splash for Sweden

 When competing at the highest level, athletes rely on their teammates as their support system and family away from home. For Lousie Hansson of Sweden and her little sister Sophie, blood relatives are never far away, even on the pool deck.

“We’ve always swam together. We’re both lucky, she’s a breaststroker and I do everything except for breaststroke… which is really nice because we actually don’t compete against each other,” said Louise. “Swimming in relays together is so much fun and it is really comforting just having her here.”

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Gwangju, Korea
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Day 7: Women's Water Polo: USA shoots down Spain for historic sixth crown

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Gwangju, South Korea
Match 45, 14:00, GREECE 9 NETHERLANDS 11
Match 45, 14:00, GREECE 9 NETHERLANDS 11

Match 45, 14:00, GREECE 9 NETHERLANDS 11

Classification 7-8

Quarters: 2-1, 1-5,  6-4, 0-1

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

Extra man: GRE: 4/7. NED: 5/13.

Penalties: Nil.

Shot conversion: GRE: 9/32. NED: 11/29

Teams:

GREECE: Ioanna Stamatopoulou, Christina Tsoukala, Alkistis Benekou, Nikoleta Eleftheridou, Maria Patra, Alkisti Avramidou (1), Alexandra Asimaki (1), Ioanna Chydirioti (1), Christina Kotsia (3), Eirini Ninou, Eleftheria Plevritou (1), Eleni Xenaki (2), Marina Kotsioni. Head Coach: Georgios Morfesis.

NETHERLANDS: Joanne Koenders, Maud Megens (3), Dagmar Genee (2), Catharina Van der Sloot (2), Iris Wolves, Nomi Stomphorst, Bente Rogge, Vivian Sevenich, Maartje Keuning (3), Ilse Koolhaas, Simone Van der Kraats (1), Brigitte Sleeking, Rozanne Voorvelt, Sarah Buis. Head Coach: Arno Havenga.

Report

Netherlands’ ability to shut out Greece in the final quarter was what won the match for the European champion. Greece started with a 2-1 period, only to see that advantage quickly turned around as the Dutch led 6-3 at the half and 7-4 two minutes into the third quarter. It looked like a waltz at this stage and then the spins came as Greece scored four of the next five goals for 8-8 at 1:23. Maartje Keuning, who has been growing as a player here, fired in two goals in consecutive attacks for 10-8 and seventh for the championships. Christina Kotsia responded with her third from outside, barring down with just two seconds left on the clock. There was no movement in the score until the final minute when Dagmar Genee finished a super extra-man movement from smack in front for 11-9 at 0:36. Netherlands won the title in 1991 and has been runner-up four times. It was ninth in Budapest and the beaten finalist in Kazan 2015. Maud Megens was the leading scorer in Gwangju with 20 strikes. Greece has had just the one podium finish — gold at Shanghai 2011. Best with the scoring were Alkisti Avramidou and centre forward Eleni Xenaki with 12 goals apiece.

Quotes

Arno Havenga (NED) — Head Coach

“I’m happy to finish with victory. The performance of both teams showed they were disappointed with playing for seventh and eighth. We didn’t performance (at the tournament), but we had the best preparation. We will learn from this moment. We can only benefit from it.”

Maria Patra (GRE) — First time at FINA World Championships

“This is my first time in the World Championships. It was really hard as we all had expected. We expected more from our team, but it wasn’t a good moment for us. I just hope next year we will be better and better.”

Match 46, 15:30, RUSSIA 10 ITALY 9
Results & Teams

Match 46, 15:30, RUSSIA 10 ITALY 9

Classification 5-6

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

Referees: Gabriella Varkonyi (HUN), Sebastien Dervieux (FRA).

Extra man: RUS: 1/4. ITA: 3/5.

Penalties: RUS: 1/1. ITA: 1/2.

Shot conversion: RUS:

Teams:

RUSSIA: Evgeniia Golovina, Maria Bersneva (1), Ekaterina Prokofyeva (2), Elvina Karimova, Tatiana Tolkunova, Olga Gorbunova (1), Alena Serzhantova (1), Anastasiia Simanovich (2), Anna Timofeeva (2), Evgeniia Soboleva (1), Evgeniia Ivanova, Daria Ryzhkova, Anna Karnaukh. Head Coach: Alexander Gaidukov.

ITALY: Giulia Gorlero, Chiara Tabani (1), Arianna Garibotti (1), Silvia Avegno, Elisa Queirolo, Rosaria Aiello, Domitilla Picozzi, Roberta Bianconi (3), Giulia Emmolo (1), Valeria Palmieri, Isabella Chiappini (3), Giulia Viacava, Frederica Lavi. Head Coach: Fabio Conti.

Report

This was a strange match, as one coach said. Russia went 3-2 ahead before Italy came back with three for 5-3 inside the final minute. Centre forward Anna Timofeeva scored seven seconds from halftime for 5-4 behind. It was to be the first six straight goals for Russia, taking it to a convincing 9-5 lead. Then Chiappini scored her third to double her haul in Gwangju and Giulia Emmolo converted counter-attack to close the period at 9-7. Roberta Bianconi made it 9-8 at the start of the fourth from the penalty line after missing an attempt a minute earlier. Bianconi levelled at 3:07 from the top and the match finished as a contest at 0:31 when the impressive Alena Serzhantova scored from outside. Russia has never made the final, but taken home five bronze medals, the latest in Budapest two years ago. Leading the scoring for Russia in Gwangju was Ekaterina Prokofyeva with 11 goals. Italy has two gold, one silver and two bronzes at this level, winning in Fukuoka 2001. In Budapest it finished sixth. Best with the ball was Roberta Bianconi with 12.

Quotes

Andrei Belofastov (RUS) — Assistant Coach

“Happy today we win against a very strong team. We played good or not so good at times. We played well in extra-man (attack). (Anna) Timofeeva and  (Evgenyi) Soboleva were excellent as was our goalkeeper (Anna Kanaukh). She has been very good all tournament. All players have been good. This was more a practice match today. It was a good tournament and a new experience for some. The game against Australia (quarterfinal loss) was a very negative game.”

Alena Serzhantova (RUS) — Goal scorer

On scoring the winning goal: “If another team-mate was there, she would’ve scored the goal. I think the result came from all team-mates’ efforts.”

Fabio Conti (ITA) — Head Coach

“It was played in a good way. We made mistakes with Hungary (losing 7-6 in quarterfinal), not big mistakes, but something strange in our approach in the little moments. We were sometimes good or bad. We now have the European Champs in January. Today it was very strange, not easy to arrange good ideas for the players. It was good to be in the game until the end.”

Izabella Chiappini (ITA) — Three goals 

“The tournament didn’t turn out as we had expected. We expected to at least go to the final and qualify for the Olympics, but we lost in the quarterfinals against Hungary. After you lose a game like this, it’s really hard to have motivation for other games, but we actually managed to play well the game against the Netherlands, but today Russia played better than us. Now we have to focus and prepare for the European Championships in January to enter the Olympics.”

 

Match 47, 17:00, AUSTRALIA 10 HUNGARY 9
Results & Teams

Match 47, 17:00, AUSTRALIA 10 HUNGARY 9

Classification 3-4

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

Referees:  Marie-Claude Deslieres (CAN), Jaume Teixido (ESP).

Extra man: AUS: 3/7. HUN: 5/13.

Penalties: AUS: 1/1. HUN: 1/1.

Shot conversion: AUS: 10/28. HUN: 9/25.

Teams:

AUSTRALIA: Gabriella Palm, Keesja Gofers, Hannah Buckling (2), Bronte Halligan (1), Isobel Bishop, Bronwen Knox (2), Rowie Webster (1), Amy Ridge (1), Zoe Arancini (3), Lena Mihailovic, Elle Armit, Madeleine Steere, Lea Yanitsis. Head Coach: Predrag Mihailovic.

HUNGARY: Edina Gangl, Dorottya Szilagyi (1), Rebecca Parkes (1), Greta Gurisatti (2), Natasa Rybanska, Brigitta Horvath, Anna Illes, Rita Keszthelyi (3), Dora Leimeter (1), Aniko Gyongyossy, Dora Toth-Csabai (1), Vanda Valyi, Alda Magyari. Head Coach: Attila Biro.

Report

Australia may have come up with the bronze medal, but Hungary showed enough that it could have easily won, as well. It was a match of attrition as the teams were well matched. Australia shot out to a three-goal lead and then gave up the advantage as Hungary made a telling move with three of its own. Hungary went into the lead three times with Australia replying and by 6-6 the Stingers went one better to lead at 7-6 by halftime. The third period was all about defence with a single goal each, Hungary having the edge through the tournament’s highest scorer, Rita Keszthelyi, shooting her second, before an Amy Ridge go-ahead goal closed the scoring. The Aussie charge continued in the fourth with Bronte Halligan and captain Rowie Webster lifting Australia three clear. Dorottya Szilagyi from the top left and Keszthelyi from the penalty line (at 2:52) broke the match wide open. Then came a series of errors by both sides with neither managing a score, leaving Australia to step on to the podium. Australia won the inaugural title in 1986 and has since added two silvers and now two bronze medals to the cabinet. It was beaten by Greece into eighth place in Budapest. Webster was the best shooter with 13 goals. Hungary has two titles — 1994 and 2005 — a silver and a bronze. Captain Rita Keszthelyi was the leading scorer with a championship best 24 scores.

Quotes

Bec Rippon (AUS) — Assistant Coach

“We knew Hungary was a high-scoring team and at three up we knew we were not out of the woods. Our defence was critical and in the critical situations we put away the goals. We showed a lot of courage and fight and we had the water polo elements. We showed in critical moments we could put it together.”

Rowie Webster (AUS) — Captain and goal scorer 

“I’m obviously really happy to get a bronze medal at the World Championships. Hungary is a phenomenal team. They took us every step of the way and they came down to the very last attack in the very last defence. We’re just happy that we’re on the right side of the wing, so we’re really, really happy. I think both teams made mistakes and I think it’s a matter of just quickly getting over them and being able to capitalise on your opportunities, and that’s exactly what we did, so I think we capitalised on more opportunities than they did.”

Bronwen Knox (AUS) — Two goals

“It wasn’t nerves (in the final quarter). Everyone was putting in her best but the decision making was off. We were thinking one step ahead instead of being in the now. Just got the job done. We let them score some (easy) goals through laziness by not getting our hands up.”

Atilla Biro (HUN) — Head Coach

“The Australian team wasn’t any better than us, one goal, two goal. We knew we could win. We had possibilities at the end and we missed it — that’s life. We didn’t deserve to lose. It was good getting back into the game when three down and we had to make different tactics. At the end we missed two-on-one opportunities.”

Match 48, 18:30, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 11 SPAIN 6
Results & Teams

Match 48, 18:30, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 11 SPAIN 6

Classification 1-2

Quarters:  3-1, 2-2, 4-0,

Referees: Michiel Swart (NED), Nenad Peris (CRO).

Extra man: USA:

Penalties: ESP: 1/1.

Shot conversion: USA:

Teams:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Amanda Longan, Maddeline Musselman, Melissa Seidemann (1), Rachel Fattal (1), Paige Hauschild (1), Margaret Steffens (2), Stephania Haralabidis (1), Kiley Neushul (3), Aria Fischer (1), Kaleigh Gilchrist, Makenzie Fischer (1), Alys Williams, Ashleigh Johnson. Head Coach: Adam Krikorian.

SPAIN: Laura Ester, Marta Bach, Anna Espar, Beatriz Ortiz (2), Roser Tarrago (3), Irene Gonzalez, Clara Espar, Pilar Pena, Judith Forca (1), Paula Crespi, Maica Garcia, Paula Leiton, Elena Sanchez. Head Coach: Miguel Oca.

Report

USA has a bucket-load of medals, and tonight it won the title for the sixth time and third in succession. USA took time to settle into the match and was pressured for the whole first half by the Spaniards who are desperate to end USA’s dominance and take the crown back home. It will have to wait until Saturday night to see if the Spanish men can lift the title against Italy. Impressive how both Spanish teams made it all the way to the gold-medal stage. USA was not to be denied. It had the arsenal, the strength, the speed and guile to keep the world guessing and strategising just whole to crack the acorn that contains knowledge and everything water polo that fires USA. It was a rerun of Budapest 2017 and USA won that 13-6. Spain levelled at one and three, with two goals coming from the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, Rosa Tarrago. Her drive for her first was brilliant and the second no worse. With the rain coming down strongly following a lightning storm before the match, USA went on the rampage with six goals to close the third period at 9-3. Aria Fischer, voted the best centre forward of the championship, scored in the rush. Tarrago speared a penalty goal to start the final period to lift her tally to 16. It began a tit-for-tat period in which USA captain Maggie Steffens smashed one home; Judith Forca gained her first and 14th goal before Kiley Neushul netted a second for 11-5. There was fire still in the Spanish belly. Ortiz nabbed a second with a lob of Amanda Longan at 1:16 for 11-6 — narrowing the margin by two from Budapest. USA was a very consistent team and every play could be named to the all-star team, such is the success, the dedication and the brilliance, spearheaded by super coach Adam Krikorian, who must have enjoyed the swim after the constant rain for all four quarters. Credit too, to Spanish goalkeeper Laura Ester, who’s excellent marshalling of her defence and stoic play, made her the tournament’s best goalkeeper. USA also has one silver — the only final it has lost, against Hungary in 2005 — and two bronzes. Maddie Musselman was the top scorer with 13 goals even though she did not score in the final. Spain won the crown at home in 2013 and took silver in Budapest. Tarragoa was the top scorer with 16, but it was her general play, speed and tactical knowledge that gained her the top accolade. Judith Forca scored 14.

Quotes

Adam Krikorian (USA) — Head Coach

“As coaches whether we had success or not each team can go back with a laundry list of things to work on. We will continue to strive to be as good as we could be.”

On winning regularly: “It’s difficult. We have a ton of respect for Spain, Australia. The nice thing about the women’s game is that nine or 10 teams can win a medal. European champion team Netherlands finished seventh and Spain matched up with them in the quarterfinal. We know we can be beaten at any time and everyone can get better and we can focus on that.“

Maggie Steffens (USA) — Captain

“We are very happy to have the gold and be at the top of the podium. Being world champions is an incredible honour.”

Melissa Seidemann (USA) — Triple champion

“It was fun and a great environment. Korea did a great job with the rain and the environment. There were great connections in the water and we could hear our coaches, which is really special.”

Aria Fischer (USA) — Goal scorer 

“I feel great! We wanted the World Championships, which is what we came here to do. It’s a great feeling with my team.” On the next plan: “Obviously enjoy this for right now, but obviously we always work to get better and grow as a team.”

Kylie Neushul (USA) —Three goals

On winning gold while her two sisters claimed the beach water polo crown in Gwangju a week earlier: “I was really pleased. Unfortunately dad could not be here, but the rest of the family was. It was really inspiring to see them win. It’s my third title from four (championships). They’re all unique. It’s nice to go into the new (Olympic) year with a win.”

Miki Oca (ESP) — Head Coach

“We knew today was a very difficult game against a great team and we did, let’s say, the first 10-12 minutes tied, but two minutes before the end of the second quarter they made a hole  then scored two or three goals and that was a little but down and we couldn’t follow them. Congrats to them; we will try to get better. That’s it.”

Roser Tarrago (ESP) — Three goals, Championship MVP

“I think we had a great tournament, and we did our best. One of the main goals we had here was to qualify for the Olympics, and we’ve achieved that, so we’re really, really happy. It’s not the best thing ever to lose the final, obviously, but we’re happy. Now we have a whole year to work for the Olympics. We’ve never had that much time before. We’re going to fight for it!"

Gwangju, South Korea.— United States of America gunned down Spain 11-6 for its third straight FINA World Championship women's water polo crown at the Nambu University Grounds in Gwangju tonight.

The unprecedented triple and a record sixth title since women entered the championships in 1986, when Australia was the winner, was expected and it delighted the fans.

USA previously won in 2009, 2007 and 2003. Spain, winner in Barcelona in 2013, lost the Budapest final 13-6 and many of the same players faced each other tonight.

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