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Swimming, Day 2 - Men's 50m butterfly: 5th World gold for Cielo (BRA)

Cesar Cielo sprinted home in a tight finish to retain his 50m butterfly crown and claim the fifth world title of his career. The Brazilian flyer, world 50 and 100m freestyle champion in 2009 and 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly champion in 2011, made it five world golds but it was a very close-run thing. Cielo, Olympic 50m freestyle champion in 2008, hit the wall in the one-length lung-buster in 23.01 as Eugene Godsoe (USA), the slowest qualifier in outside lane 8, scooped the silver in 23.05, just 0.04 seconds adrift. Fred Bousquet (FRA), now 32, claimed the bronze in 23.11 to add to a collection which includes world silver in the 50m freestyle and bronze in the 100m free from 2009.Cielo's Brazilian team-mate Nicholas Santos, the fastest final qualifier and at 33 the oldest man in the race, finished just 0.20 seconds behind the winner and 0.10 behind Bousquet in fourth place (23.21). Five of the semi-final times were quicker than Cielo's winning time in the final.

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Swimming, Day 2 - Women's 100m butterfly: Sjostrom (SWE) regains World crown

Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden reclaimed the world women's 100m butterfly title, deposing defending champion and Olympic gold medallist Dana Vollmer (USA). Sjostrom, winner of the world title in 2009, turned second at 50m behind Jeanette Ottesen Gray (DEN), who led inside world record pace.But Ottesen Gray, joint champion in the 100m freestyle at the 2011 Worlds, could not keep her rivals at bay on the return length as Sjostrom, fourth at the 2012 Olympics, stormed through to win in 56.53.

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Swimming, Day 2 - Men's 100m breaststroke: Sprenger brings gold to Australia

Christian Sprenger brought Australia their first swimming gold medal of the FINA World Championships, winning the men's 100m breaststroke in a rousing duel with Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa. Van der Burgh, bronze medallist at the 2009 and 2011 Worlds, led at the turn inside world record pace, with Felipe Lima (BRA) second and Sprenger third. But Sprenger caught him as they battled down the return length to win in 58.79, with Van der Burgh - 50m breaststroke gold medallist in 2009 - taking the silver in 58.97 and Lima bronze in 59.65. Sprenger, at 27 the oldest holder of the title, claimed Australia's second win in the event in the last three Worlds, 2009 victor Brenton Rickard having failed to progress beyond the heats this time.Van der BUrgh's 58.46 world record remained intact.

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29Jul2013

Water Polo Women, Day 5: AUS 9 GRE 5

Greece relinquished its World Championship crown in
losing 9-5 to world No 3 Australia in a match where the Aussie Stingers
dominated throughout. Greece is the team Australia has trouble with
the most so today it went to a 3-1 lead within two minutes and kept
Greece at bay for the rest of the night.In the setting sun, Greece’s
ambitions for retention of the crown won in Shanghai two years ago,
also set. Its ambitions must now be for fifth place. Australia needed
to win strongly to show its semifinal opponent — Russia — that it has
the overall game to thrust itself into the gold-medal final. Both teams had excellent defence and when the match hit 3-1, it looked like it would be a high-scoring match.

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Water Polo Women, Day 5: RUS 17 CAN 9

Russian pair Evgeniya Ivanova and Ekaterina Prokofyeva
steered their team to a 17-9 quarterfinal over Canada at the Bernat
Picornell Pool today. The pair scored the first four Russian goals
and went on to score twice more as Russia took the 5-2 quarter-time
score to 8-3 at halftime and 12-6 at the final break.It was Russia’s
natural progression in the championship and try as it might, Canada
could not overcome the early 3-0 deficit. Joelle Bekhazi kept her team
on the scoresheet with two of her four goals in the third quarter,
including a penalty strike.

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Water Polo Men: Day 4: AUS 8 GER 4

Australia completed the list of quarter-finalists by defeating Germany 8-4 and will now look forward to Tuesday when it must front Olympic champion Croatia for a semifinal berth. Australia had the better defence, the better goalkeeper and better strike power and thoroughly deserved a quarterfinal match.Australia controlled the opening quarter through power shots from
captain Rhys Howden and Aaron Younger with a rifle shot. When Heiko
Nossek scored the first goal for Germany at the start of the second
quarter, it was a touch of Australian infamy as the 700th goal conceded
at World Championships, second only to Canada’s 742.

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28Jul2013

Serbia going head to head with Montenegro in quarterfinals

Serbia will face Montenegro in what will be a hotly  contested quarterfinal on Tuesday following the qualification round of  the FINA Men’s Water Polo World Championships at the Bernat Picornell Pool today. Serbia sent Romania packing for home with a 13-5 scoreline and Montenegro defeated Canada 12-4 to set up a tantalising encounter.The qualifiers were decisive, unlike the women’s matches the day before
where European champion Italy and World League champion China departed
the scene. The other quarterfinals have Greece facing Hungary, Croatia against Australia and Spain playing Italy.

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Water Polo Men, Day 4: ITA 11 CHN 3

Italy has booked a quarterfinal appointment with Spain after beating China 11-3 in the qualifiers at Bernat Picornell Pool. It was a vast improvement on the previous meeting of the two at last year’s World League when Italy won 10-9 — the smallest winning margin in all eight encounters between each other at major tournaments.Italy scored twice before Zhang Chufeng (CHN) plastered the ball into the back of the net from two metres. Matteo Aicardi scored the first of two amazing centre-forward, backhand lobs against Weiqing Ge for 3-1.

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28Jul2013

Swimming, Day 1: Two gold for USA, Sun (CHN) and France shine too

Yang Sun (CHN) and Katie Ledecky (USA) were the first heroes of the inaugural day of the swimming competitions at the 15th FINA World Championships, taking place in Barcelona (ESP). In the decisive race of the men’s 400m free, the Chinese star clearly took control of the field, getting the gold in 3:41.59 – an expected triumph for the 2012 Olympic champion in the 400m and 1500m free.In the women’s final, Ledecky also won comfortably (3:59.82), but everyone was expecting a better reaction from the Olympic champion Camille Muffat – however, the French was not in her best shape and only finished seventh in a modest time of 4:07.67. The home crowd could enjoy the silver performance of local star Melanie Costa, and New Zealand got her first women’s medal at Worlds thanks to the bronze effort of Lauren Boyle.

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28Jul2013

Swimming, Day 1 - Men’s 4x100m free: France wins epic battle against USA

As at the 2012 Olympics in London, France and USA fought an epic battle and as in the British capital, the quartet from Gaul managed to get the gold in what was perhaps the most spectacular final of this first day of finals. The French won in 3:11.18, while the North Americans (who got the gold on 11 occasions at the World Championships) had to settle for silver in 3:11.42 – the key for the victory was an amazing third leg by Fabien Gilot, who swam the 100m free in an impressive 46.90, the fastest of the final.At the same time, Anthony Ervin (USA) clocked 47.44, while the last leg was even worse for the USA: Feigen’s 48.23 were clearly slow against Stravius’ 47.59. It is the first title for France (swimming with Yannick Agnel, Florent Manadou, Fabien Gilot and Jeremy Stravius) in this event at the FINA World Championships.

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