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Water Polo Men: Day 2: CRO 13 CAN 8

Croatia inflicted a record 54th loss on Canada at FINA World Championship level in winning a Group B match 13-8. The
spirit in which Canada played and resistance given after a poor start
was more than commendable and spectators were treated to an excellent
effort.While Petar Muslim was helping the Croatian surge, the
Olympic champion at times wondered what to do against the Canadians and
head coach Ivica Tucak looked frustrated.

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24Jul2013

Water Polo Men: Day 2: USA 16 RSA 3

United States gained its first victory with a 16-3 Group B win over South Africa. It was well off the USA’s record score at FINA World Championships — 20-3 — also against South Africa, in 2011. The teams have now met three times with the USA victor on each occasion.The best part for the spectators was the tremendous centre-forward
display by John Mann, a player who has progressed so much since last
year’s Olympic Games. His physical presence is one thing but what he brings to the team is a
true replacement for some of the great two-metre men in USA history. His
ability to turn the man and then decide on what shot to take is his
main attribute.

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24Jul2013

World League champion China rumbled by Australia

As Olympic bronze medallist it might be said that Australia would never cause an upset, but this is what transpired in day-two action at the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Championships at the Bernat Picornell Pool.Australia came back from 5-4 down to thrash recently crowned FINA World League champion China 14-5 in what was a display of pressure defence, power shooting and general aggression.

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23Jul2013

Water Polo Women: Day 2: RUS 7 ESP 6

Russia stretched its recent record against Spain to seven matches at the major competitions and European Championships with a 7-6 Group A victory. It was Russia’s second win and the first defeat for Olympic silver medallist Spain, making Thursday’s final round match-ups rather tantalising. Spain won the final period 3-2 with two of those goals coming in the final minute, a touch too late.The huge crowd witnessed a classy match that promised many goals after
Russia’s opening score at 7:10 through captain Evgeniya Ivanova, but the
defence of both teams was exceptional as no more goals came in the
period.

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23Jul2013

Water Polo Women: Day 2: NED 30 UZB 3

The Netherlands is longing for a return to the glory years of the 1970s-80s and especially to 2008 when it became Olympic champion. By rolling Uzbekistan by a world record 30-3 in a Group A match in day-two action, it might not have been the stepping stone back to those halcyon days, but it was a step, sadly for the younger, more inexperienced Uzbeks.The score beat the two records held by Australia, who beat Puerto Rico 26-1 in 2007 and then Uzbekistan 27-2 in 2011.

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23Jul2013

Water Polo Women: Day 2: HUN 10 ITA 4

The hoodoo continues for Italy when it comes to playing Hungary at FINA World Championships. Italy has now lost six of seven clashes with Hungary, winning only once and that was for gold in Fukuoka, Japan in 2001. Tonight it was Hungary — or should we say Rita Keszthelyi and Barbara Bujka —  who defeated Italy 10-4.It’s all about teamwork and Hungary had plenty, especially when it came
to passing to the two superstars. While Rita was popping high around the
cage to score her goals, Barbara scored all hers from close in with an
arm pent up with so much fury that the Cruz Roja (Red Cross) should be
in attendance when she shoots.

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23Jul2013

Diving, Day 4: Qin and He triumph in 3m synchro final

Double Olympic champion Kai Qin clinched an unprecedented fourth successive men's 3m synchro springboard gold, triumphing with new partner Chong He, himself a former winner of the event, and maintaining China's winning ways at the FINA World Championships.The victory was China's fifth in six diving finals so far contested in the Montjuic Municipal Pool and the second of the day, following Zi He's narrow win over Italy's Tania Cagnotto in the women's 1m springboard final. Qin and He led throughout to amass 448.86 points and win by 20.85 points but it was not an entirely straightforward victory on a day when none of the pairs was immune from error.Russia's Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilia Zakharov, silver medallists behind Qin and Yutong Luo at the 2011 Worlds and 2012 Olympics, had to settle for silver again (428.01), while Mexicans Jahir Ocampo and Rommel Pacheco proved steadier than some of their more fancied rivals to take bronze (422,79). Zakharov, who beat Qin and He for the 3m individual gold at the 2012 Olympics, and Kuznetsov were seeking to emulate fellow countrymen Alexander Dobroskok and Dmitry Sautin, the only non-Chinese duo to win the event when they prevailed in 2003. But they could not prevent the Chinese from making it seven wins in eight editions of the World Championships.

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23Jul2013

Water Polo Women: Day 2: KAZ 9 BRA 5

Kazakhstan broke a deadlock steeped in history and it all came down to a fantastic middle half in defeating Brazil 9-5 in a Group D encounter in day-two action. The teams had met twice in World Championships with two wins apiece and a draw. Also, both teams had scored 36 goals. Also, both teams were winless after the first day.Today it was Kazakhstan who took charge after being 2-1 down and then
2-2 at the quarter. Tight defence, countering and snap shooting in front
of goal gave Kazakhstan the match.

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23Jul2013

Open Water, Day 3: Brazil's Okimoto and Cunha finish 1-2 in women's 10km

Poliana Okimoto Cintra (BRA) and Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) signaled Brazil's intentions to be the faces of women's open water swimming in the lead up to the next Olympic Games. Okimoto Cintra (1:58.19.2) touched just three tenths of a second ahead of her teammate (1:58.19.5) in the women's 10km race. Angela Maurer of Germany (1:58.20.2) finished a full second behind the winner to claim a bronze medal. For the Brazilian swimmers it was second medal for each at these World Championships. Okimoto Cintra finished second to Haley Anderson (USA) in Saturday's 5km race, Cunha earned a bronze medal in that race. "I'm so excited. I have been training for this medal, even in freezing water, I have trained for this race, so this medal is pricelss. I am really happy to have my second medal in these World Championships. I felt strong during the race," said Okimoto Cintra. Okimoto Cintra won two silver medals in 5km and 10km at the 2006 FINA Open Water World Championships in Naples, Italy.

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23Jul2013

Diving, Day 4: Zi He denies Cagnotto in close 1m duel

Zi He, an Olympic gold medallist last year, reclaimed the women's world 1m springboard  title in a desperately close duel with European champion Tania Cagnotto, overtaking the Italian on the last dive of the final to win by just one-tenth of a point, the smallest margin in any diving event in the history of the World Championships. Cagnotto, who led through three of the five rounds of dives, could not have come closer in her bid to scoop Italy's first World Championship diving gold in 38 years since Klaus Dibiasi won the men's 10m title at the first two editions in 1973 and 1975. Cagnotto, silver medallist in the 3m synchro springboard at these championships, was poised tantalisingly close to gold, having led at the end of the penultimate round by five points, but saw it snatched away by He, who unfurled the highest score of the final with a reverse 1-1/2 somersaults and 1-1/2 twists which earned her 66.30 points.That sealed China's fourth title out of five thus far contested in Barcelona, He, who previously won the world 1m crown in 2007, prevailing this time with 307.10 points, with Cagnotto having to settle for silver on 307.00 and He's Chinese team-mate Han Wang, who collected the bronze in 2009 and silver in 2011, taking bronze on 297.75.

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23Jul2013

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