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Water Polo Men: Day 6, GRE 11 AUS 9

Greece upstaged Australia 11-9 and earned a shot at fifth place with a solid effort against a team that could not emulate its recent performance. Greece had lost to Hungary 9-3 and Australia drew 9-9. It was expected Australia would emerge victorious but it was not to be as the defence seemed missing in action in the first half.Greece had control of the first period as the normally
reliable Australian goalkeeper, James Clark, appeared to have an off day
and was switched for Joel Dennerley at 3:20 of the second quarter.
Either that or the Aussie Sharks’ defence had dropped a huge step on the
ladder.

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01Aug2013

Water Polo Women, Day 6: ESP 13 HUN 12

For the first time in World Championship history, Spain has beaten
Hungary and what a match it was — 13-12 for a shot at the gold medal on
Friday night at Bernat Picornell Pool.Five times before Spain has
felt the backhand of Hungary but last year that all changed when Spain
toppled Hungary in the Olympic Games semifinals.

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31Jul2013

Olympic medallists battle way to women’s world final

Australia and Spain will clash on Friday for the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Championship at the Bernat Picornell Pool. Australia will be seeking a second crown to go with its win in the inaugural women’s World Championships in 1986 — ironically, also in Spain (Madrid) — and Spain will finish higher than before, having done no better than seventh in Melbourne 2007 and 11th in Shanghai two years ago.In London, Spain finished with silver and Australia bronze so two of the
top three teams in the world will clash in a real blockbuster.

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31Jul2013

Water Polo Women, Day 6: AUS 9 RUS 6

Aussie Stingers head coach Greg McFadden must have had Melbourne 2007 in his mind in playing and beating Russia 9-6 in the first women’s semifinal at Bernat Picornell Pool.He coached the team to victory over Russia on that semifinal occasion — also a three-goal margin at 12-9 — and went on to lose the final by a goal to the United States of America (6-5). Tonight he won again but will face a different opponent in Friday’s gold-medal match.

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31Jul2013

Swimming, Day 4: Treble for Franklin, Phelps inheritance for Le Clos

Missy Franklin (USA) bagged her third Barcelona gold and Chad le Clos (RSA) claimed one more global title that had belonged to Michael Phelps on Day 4 of swimming at the FINA World Championships. Yang Sun (CHN), furthering his quest for a distance freestyle treble, added the 800m crown to the 400m title he won on Day 1, while Cameron van der Burgh made it double gold on the day for South Africa with victory in the men's 50m breaststroke. Franklin, golds in the 100m backstroke and 4x100m freestyle relay already in her possession, beat defending champion Federica Pellegrini (ITA) in the 200m freestyle. She seized the lead from Olympic 400m freestyle champion Camille Muffat (FRA) on the second length and won in 1:54.81, with Pellegrini charging through the field to claim silver in 1:55.14 and Muffat taking the bronze in 1:55.72. World record holder Pellegrini, Olympic champion in 2008, said she had had a difficult year and the result was very encouraging for the future. "I'm really surprised with the silver medal," she said.

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31Jul2013

Swimming, Day 4 - Men's 800m freestyle: Second world gold for Sun

Double Olympic champion Yang Sun (CHN) secured his second gold medal of the 15th FINA World Championships, waiting till the end to cut loose and claim the 800m freestyle title. Sun, who won the 400m freestyle world crown on Day 1 and will seek to make it a golden treble in the 1500m, did just enough to remain slightly ahead of his rivals for most of the race. He was content to stay less than a second in front for 700 metres before pulling away in the last 100 metres to win in 7:41.36, with his three closest competitors - two Americans and a Canadian - fighting it out for the two remaining medals.Silver went to Michael McBroom (USA), who came through in the second half of the race and finished in 7:43.60. Ryan Cochrane (CAN) won the battle for bronze, touching in 7:43.70 ahead of the second American, Connor Jaeger, who clocked 7:44.26. That reversed their placings in the 400m, when Jaeger collected the bronze. Sun was well outside the 7:32.12 world mark set by compatriot Lin Zhang in Rome in 2009, when he became first Chinese man to win a swimming title at the long-course World Championships.

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31Jul2013

High Diving, Day 3: Duque, the King in Barcelona!

He was already the most iconic athlete in High Diving. His successes at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, his charisma and his experience (38 years old) had made Orlando Duque from Colombia a symbol of this thrilling and challenging discipline. Today, in the port of Barcelona (ESP), he officially became the first men’s world champion in High Diving after a brilliant final, in which he combined technique, steadiness and harmony in all three dives he performed. Moreover, he also won the first title ever for Colombia in the history of the FINA World Championships. Duque, literally meaning Duke, was this time King in Barcelona!In the end of the two-day competition – the 13 participating athletes performed their first two dives on July 29 -, the Colombian star concluded with an overall 590.20, a mere 0.90 points ahead of silver medallist Gary Hunt from Great Britain. Hunt, 10 years younger than Duque, was the fourth after Monday’s preliminaries, but two very solid dives (DD 3.8 and 6.3!) allowed him to take the lead after the fourth round. However, a less successful last combination (DD 5.6) dictated his second place. The bronze went to Mexico's Jonathan Paredes, who was also third after the first two rounds.

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31Jul2013

Swimming, Day 4 - Men's 50m breaststroke: Van der Burgh edges out Sprenger for gold

Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) turned the tables on his 100m breaststroke conqueror Christian Sprenger (AUS) to reclaim the world 50m breaststroke crown by the tiny margin of one-hundredth of a second at the FINA World Championships. Olympic 100m breaststroke champion Van der Burgh had to settle for silver behind Sprenger in the 100 event on Day 2 but levelled the score in the 50.Van der Burgh, 50m gold medallist in 2009 and bronze medallist in 2007 and 2011, won the one-length sprint in 26.77, 0.10 seconds outside his own world record, with Sprenger - Olympic 100m breaststroke silver medallist behind Van der Burgh in 2012 - touching in 26.78. Giulio Zorzi, Van der Burgh's South African team-mate, snatched the bronze in 27.04, himself just 0.01 seconds ahead of fourth-placed Damir Dugonjic of Slovenia.

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31Jul2013

Swimming, Day 4 - Women's 200m freestyle: Franklin nets third Barcelona gold

Missy Franklin (USA) claimed her third gold medal of the Barcelona World Championships, beating world record holder Federica Pellegrini (ITA), the defending champion, in the final of the 200m freestyle. Franklin, already a gold medallist in the 4x100m freestyle relay and 100m backstroke,led just inside world record pace at the 100m mark, with Olympic 400m freestyle champion Camille Muffat (FRA) second and Pellegrini fifth. Pellegrini, fourth with 50m to go, piled on the pressure on the last length but could not catch the 18-year-old American. Franklin, fourth in the event at the 2012 Olympics,won in 1:54.81 as Pellegrini charged through for the silver in 1:55.14, with Muffat taking the bronze in 1:55.72.Pellegrini, the 2008 Olympic champion, who had been chasing a third consecutive world title in this event, has won 200m freestyle medals at five World Championships in a row, having claimed silver in 2005, bronze in 2007, gold in 2009 and 2011 and now another silver. She set her world record of 1:52.98 when she won her 2009 title, in the era of the fast-suits.

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31Jul2013

Swimming, Day 4 - Men's 200m butterfly: Le Clos succeeds Phelps as world champion

Chad le Clos, who dethroned Michael Phelps as 200m butterfly Olympic champion, succeeded him as world champion, inheriting the crown after the retirement of the great American. The 21-year-old South African finished strongly to win in 1:54.32 ahead of former world champion Pawel Korzeniowski (POL), who had led into the last turn. Korzeniowski, gold medallist in the absence of Phelps in 2005 and silver medallist in 2009, claimed the silver in 1:55.01, with Peng Wu (CHN) collecting his fourth World Championship medal in the event, a bronze in 1:55.09 ahead of Chinese team-mate Yin Chen (1:55.47). Wu took silver in 2007 and bronze in 2005 and 2011.Phelps had won the 200 fly title at five of the last six World Championships, having chosen not to defend it in 2005. Olympic bronze medallist Takeshi Matsuda (JPN), twice a silver medallist and once bronze at the Worlds, failed to make the final.

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31Jul2013

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