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Diving, Day 3: Fourth world 10m synchro gold for Chen

Olympic champion Ruolin Chen swooped to her fourth successive world 10m synchro gold medal when she partnered Huixia Liu to victory to bring China their third diving title in the first three days of the FINA World Championships.Chen, twice double Olympic champion in 10m individual and synchro, was diving at the Worlds with her fourth different partner but the result was the same as it had been at the last three editions of the championships: top spot on the podium by a big margin.Diving against the stunning backdrop of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia basilica, with the city of Barcelona spread beneath, Chen and Liu flew high in a class of their own, soaring to gold with 356.28 points from their five final dives.Experience counted as Canada's Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion, bronze medallists at the 2005 Worlds and the 2012 Olympics, took the silver(331.41) and Malaysia's Pandelela Rinong Pamg and Mun Yee Leong, world bronze medallists in 2009, bronze again (331.14).

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22Jul2013

Water Polo Men: Day 1: HUN 13 CHN 5

Hungary’s new breed of international stars displayed composure and
brilliance, coupled with speed, guile and power against China, who
failed to fold under the onslaught. Hungary seems to have it all with
the young group that has replaced the old guard. Could this be the
start of a new generation of gold medallists?Maybe this competition is too early but the repertoire shown today left many in awe. The only point of concern for Hungary was the red-carding of Denes Varga at 4:21 in the final quarter.

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22Jul2013

Diving, Day 3: Li retains world 1m springboard title

Shixin Li became the first man to retain the world 1m springboard crown, stretching China's hold on the event and bringing the leading diving nation its second World Championship title in three days. But China, who had claimed gold and silver in the 1m event for the last three World Championships, were denied a second medal as European champion Illya Kvasha of Ukraine and Alejandro Chavez of Mexico claimed silver and bronze.Li trailed for the first four rounds of the six-round final but was always in contention, finally seizing the lead in the fifth round with an excellent inward 2.5 somersaults.

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22Jul2013

Water Polo Men: Day 1: SRB 10 AUS 7

World No 3 Serbia gained the two points as expected, although Australia played encouragingly enough to deserve a better result. Serbia
would have remembered being three goals behind at the London Olympic
Games before winning going away. It was the third encounter between the
two nations at this level with Serbia now having two wins and a draw.When it comes to man-up situations, Serbia is king and seven goals from
nine attempts proved fatal for Australia. Serbia had Dusko Pijetlovic
and captain Vanja Udovicic in fine form, as was the team all over the
pool.

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22Jul2013

Open Water, Day 2: Reigning world champion Gianniotis (GRE) wins men's 10km

Reigning world champion Spyridon Gianniotis (GRE) soundly defeated two of his toughest rivals to win today's 10k event in Moll de la Fusta harbour. The Greek athlete is only the second male to successfully defend his world title, and the first since Vladimir Dyatchin (RUS) in 2008.  In second place was Thomas Lurz (GER) was hoping to become the first man to win the event four times. Taking the bronze medal was Oussama Mellouli (TUN) who won the 5km race on Saturday,  Lurz finished third. Gianniotis was fresh for today's 10km race as he did not contest the 5km held just 48 hours.

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22Jul2013

Water Polo Men: Day 1: CAN 17 RSA 11

In the battle of the Commonwealth nations, Canada emerged the victor after a stirring tussle with South Africa. Canada
looked like the better team and with centre forward Nicolas
Constantin-Bicari in outstanding form, held out for the victory. South Africa lacked the finesse on passing, especially, but still produced some excellent shots.South
Africa lost star shooter Ryan Bell early in the third period to three
major fouls after a three-goal effort and when the score was 8-6
against. The real action came in the third period where a staggering
11 goals kept the secretary busy. The frenetic torrent of goals lifted
the score from 6-5 at halftime to 13-9.

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22Jul2013

Water Polo Men, Day 1: CRO 9 USA 7

Croatia repulsed a determined United States of America in the second men’s water polo match, but not before USA caused a ripple in the pool with a 3-2 advantage late in the second quarter. Croatia regained momentum with a four-goal burst in the middle stages that left USA grappling for goals.There was nothing between the teams in the first half, as the score suggests, but Croatia was unlucky not to have the lead with a last-gasp shot hitting the crossbar and seemingly crossing the line on the halftime buzzer. It was an enthralling period with Sandro Sukno opening the scoring on the first attack from point-blank range. USA equalised four minutes later.

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22Jul2013

Water Polo Men, Day 1: GRE 6 MNE 4

Greece caused the first upset of the men’s water polo championship in
the opening match with a stunning 6-4 victory over Montenegro, a team it
lost to by seven goals in a four-nation tournament a fortnight ago
(July 12).This was not the Montenegro of old or even recent. This
was a team completely shut out in the first half and would have been
without the efforts of superstar Aleksandar Ivovic who scored both of
his team’s goals — one from the penalty line.

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22Jul2013

Greece starts title defence with loss to Olympic champion USA

World champion Greece tasted defeat on the opening day of its title defence of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Championship at the Bernat Picornell Pool. Who better to inflict the defeat than Olympic and World Cup champion United States of America with what was a flattering 12-8 margin after a brilliant final quarter. In the other Group C encounter, Canada and Great Britain played a spirited match before Canada prevailed 14-9.In Group A action, the marquee match of the day, Spain took until midway through the second quarter to gain the lead, which it never relinquished in what was the most thrilling match of the day. Russia opened the championship with a 22-6 victory over Uzbekistan.

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21Jul2013

Water Polo Women, Day 1: ESP 14 NED 12

Olympic silver medallist Spain overcame the persistent Netherlands in a
stirring match that had the large crowd on the edge of its seat. The
win was largely due to the 5-1 second quarter and the brilliance of Anna
Espar and Pilar Pena, who scored three goals apiece.With Dutch head
coach Mauro Maugeri sitting out the match on suspension for a red card
gained in the 2013 FINA World League, his assistant Arno Havenga took
the reins. It looked a good move as the Dutch, Olympic champions five
years ago, sprang to a three-goal lead. This was trimmed to 4-2 at the
first break.

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21Jul2013

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