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FINA Technical Swimming Congress

FINA held today its Swimming Technical Congress in Barcelona (ESP), with the presence of delegates from 134 National Federations.The main decisions of the Congress were:- Introduction of Mixed Relays, “which must consist of two men and two women”. World Records will be recognised in 50m-pool for the 4x100m free and medley mixed relays. In relation to split times in these events, they “cannot be used for records and/or entry purposes”.- Approval of 25m World Records in the 4x50m free and 4x50m medley relays, and the 4x50m free and 4x50m medley mixed relays.- The rules on breaststroke concerning the start and the turn remain as in the present rulebook.

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25Jul2013

Water Polo Women: Day 3: USA 16 GBR 4

Olympic champion United States of America had the better of Great Britain, winning Group C. With three wins, USA looks set for an easier run to the quarterfinals, as it should with such a talented lineup at head coach Adam Krikorian’s disposal. With the goals coming thick and fast, Krikorian used all his team to excellent effect.Great Britain seemed to hold off the stronger USA players, allowing them
too much space to shoot. Faster reflexes by the USA was also a telling
point.

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25Jul2013

Water Polo Men: Day 2: MNE 7 ESP 5

Spanish fans went home empty as Montenegro kept the host nation scoreless in the second half of this Group A match. The main protagonist was Mladan Janovic with five of Montenegro’s goals — the same number Spain scored — a hugely dominating effort.Throw in the excellent defence of Aleksandar Ivovic and his teammates
and Montenegro was never going to let Spain back in the match once it
wrested the lead halfway through the third quarter.

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24Jul2013

Filipovic flips head over heels at baby’s birth

Having a child is a wonderful sensation. Beating Hungary at men’s water polo is equally as exciting. Doing both at the same time must be unheard of in this amazing sport. Filip Filipovic (26) has achieved so much in his short life but as one of the world’s most decorated water polo athletes, he topped it all as wife Sanya gave birth to a son — Vuk — while he was helping Serbia defeat Hungary 13-10 in a Group C match at the Bernat Picornell Pool.It was the second day of competition and the match was for group supremacy, so Filipovic’s celebrations will be doubled.

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24Jul2013

Water Polo Men: Day 2: GRE 24 NZL 4

Greece went on a scoring spree against New Zealand in Group A, winning 24-4 to go with the two-goal victory over Montenegro on day one. New Zealand has now conceded more than 500 goals at World Championships — 518 to be precise — an unenviable record. The only other time the two teams have met at this level was in 1991 when Greece prevailed 14-2.It was all about major fouls and New Zealand’s inability to either read
the referees or get proper body position, proving fatal. The Kiwis gave
up nine major fouls in the first half to Greece’s none and the Europeans
punished them. Two players failed to see the end of the match and of
the 14 New Zealand majors, Greece converted seven.

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24Jul2013

Water Polo Men: Day ITA 10 GER 8

Italy rightfully secured a second victory in Group D with a solid effort that saw Germany reduce the deficit in the final quarter for a 10-8 decision. Italy built the victory on a 5-1 start and proved that while it has won the last three World Championship matches against Germany — having lost the previous two in 1982 and 1991 — it desperately wanted to extend the record to four.That early lead was extended to 8-2, two minutes into the third period.
When Valentino Gallo had his penalty shot blocked by Moritz Schenkel
three minutes into the third period, the magic seemed to die in Italy’s
ranks.

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24Jul2013

Synchro, Day 4: Romashina on top, China’s Huang wins duel for silver

En route to her second world solo gold, Russia’s Svetlana Romashina held on to her imposing lead over China’s Xuechen Huang and local favourite Ona Carbonell to capture her country’s third consecutive title in the solo free. The 24-year-old, the only one from the team in Barcelona to have competed at two Olympic Games (2008 and 2012), revealed her theatrical skills in a Marilyn Monroe-inspired routine, which reflected her energetic and likeable personality, scoring a total 97.340 points.

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24Jul2013

Water Polo Men: Day 2: KAZ 7 ROU 4

Kazakhstan wiped out bad memories of past World Championships when it beat Romania 7-4 in a Group D encounter at Bernat Picornell Pool. The two have met only once before and that was a 19-2 loss for Kazakhstan at the Olympic Qualification Tournament in 2008 in Oradea, Romania. Kazakhstan's biggest World Championship defeat was also by a 17-goal margin — 20-3 against Serbia in 2009 in Rome, Italy.Kazakhstan started strongly with Alexey Shmider scoring twice either
side of the first break. Kazakhstan went 3-1 up and turned at 3-2.
Tiberiu Negrean levelled with a Romanian strike early in the third
period but goals were hard to come by from then on as Kazakhstan, urged
on by its head coach, triple Asian Games champion Sergey Drozdov, scored
four goals before the final interval. At 7-3 the match looked sewn up.

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24Jul2013

Water Polo Men: Day 2: SRB 13 HUN 10

What a way for Serbia’s Filip Filipovic to celebrate the birth of his
first son — with a spectacular 13-10 Group C victory over Hungary. Filipovic
Junior arrived into the world while the match was being played and maybe could emulate his
famous father who was named most valuable player of the Shanghai FINA
World Championships as well as FINA’s Water Polo Athlete of the Year in 2011.Filipovic’s
team all jumped into the pool to celebrate with him after the match and
cradled their arms in a swaying motion. He was on the phone immediately
after the match, no doubt talking to his wife about the momentous occasion.

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24Jul2013

Water Polo Men: Day 2: AUS 9 CHN 7

Australia recorded a 10th consecutive victory over China at FINA level, winning the Group C match 9-7. The Aussie Sharks led 9-3 just 30 seconds into the final quarter and then China woke up, scored three goals in 60 seconds for 9-6 at 5:17. The match was on. Both teams took a timeout for no success.The match was narrowed to two goal when Zhang Chufeng scored eight seconds from time. It was an enthralling match with Australia controlling throughout and
forcing China to take longer-range shots, many of which never made it to
the goalkeeper.

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24Jul2013

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