FINA World Championships

Water Polo Reports - Men, FINALS

Kazan 2015 - WP

Serbia adds World title to World Cup and World League crowns
Serbia reclaimed the World title it lost to Italy in Shanghai four years ago with a dominant 11-4 victory over Olympic champion Croatia.
The perennial World League champion, who also won World Cup gold last year in Kazakhstan, will now channel its focus for next year’s Olympic title in Rio de Janiero.
Serbia was 2-0 down early and then kept Croatia scoreless until the third period, going on to record a powerful victory.
In the bronze-medal match, Greece was never headed, but Italy fought back for a 7-7 final score, requiring a penalty shootout. Greece won the penalties 4-2 and with the bronze medal came a satisfying Olympic qualification berth, one of two on offer at this tournament. Croatia had already gained the first spot as Serbia had pre-qualified as the World League champion.
Montenegro, second in Barcelona in 2013, played a controlled match against Hungary, winning 10-9 after leading 10-7 with two minutes remaining. It was a rematch of the Barcelona final two years ago when Hungary won.
In the play-off for seventh, United States of America beat Australia 10-6 with captain Tony Azevedo, playing his eighth FINA World Championships stretching back to 1998, scoring four goals.


Dusko Pijetlovic (SRB)

Alexandr Axenov (KAZ) 22


Josip Pavic (CRO)
Dusko Pijetlovic (SRB)
Alexandr Axenov (KAZ)
Francesco di Fulvio (ITA)
Ioannis Fountoulis (GRE)
Petar Muslim (CRO)
Aaron Younger (AUS)

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Water Polo Reports - Women, FINALS

Kazan 2015 - WP

USA settles for world domination and all the trophies

United States of America became the first team in history to hold Olympic, World Championship, World Cup and World League crowns at the same time when it beat Netherlands 5-4 in the gold-medal final tonight.

Netherlands was denied a second gold medal after winning in Perth in 1991 and now has five silver medals from this event. For the USA it was a fourth title after victories in 2003, 2007 and 2009.

Twice champion Italy won the bronze medal over Australia in a penalty shootout, closing the match at 7-7 and winning the penalties 5-3 for a 12-10 victory.

Greece was involved in its third penalty shootout in four days — two for men — when it came back seven times against China for 9-9 to force the five shots. However, like the men the night before, Greece lost the shootout, 3-4 in China’s 13-12 victory.

In the classification match for seventh, outgoing champion Spain beat Russia 15-10.

Media Awards

Rachel Fattal (USA)

Ashleigh Johnson (USA)
Kami Craig (USA)
Zoe Arancini (AUS)
Roberta Bianconi (ITA)
Rachel Fattal (USA)
Rita Keszthelyi (HUN)
Maud Megens (NED)

Fina placings:

1. United States of America
2. Netherlands
3. Italy
4. Australia
5. Greece
6. Russia
7. Spain
8. Russia
9. Hungary
10. Brazil
11. Canada    
12. Kazakhstan
13. New Zealand
14. France
15. Japan
16. South Africa

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Water Polo Reports - Men, Day 6

Kazan 2015 - WP

Tantalising Croatia-Serbia gold-medal final in men’s water polo

Olympic champion Croatia will play World Cup and World League champion Serbia in the gold-medal final of men’s water polo on Saturday.

Croatia needed a penalty shootout to surpass the fast-finishing Greece, which twice did a Houdini trick to secure the penalty round following the quarterfinal win over Australia.

For Croatia it means Olympic qualification by making the final and gives it a chance to add World crown to its Olympic title.

Serbia bolted out of the gate against Italy, racing to a 4-0 quarter en route to a 10-6 victory in its rush for gold.

The winner of the bronze-medal match will gain the second Olympic berth from this tournament. Serbia, as World League champion, has already qualified so Croatia goes and one other.

In the round 5-8 semifinals, Montenegro beat Australia 11-8 after leading 5-1 early in the second quarter and Hungary rebounded from its loss to Italy by downing United States of America 13-8 in an entertaining match.

In the two classification matches, Canada beat Brazil 12-10 in a penalty shootout after the match for ninth was tied at 7-7 by fulltime and Kazakhstan, thanks to a tournament-high seven goals from Alexandr Axenov beat South Africa 11-7 for 11th.

August 8 Schedule

Classification 7-8

14:00, AUS v USA

Classification 5-6

15:30, MNE v HUN

Classification 3-4 (Bronze medal)

20:30, GRE v ITA

Classification 1-2 (Gold medal)

22:00, CRO v SRB

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Water Polo Reports - Women, Day 6

Kazan 2015 - WP

USA on verge of historic water polo clean sweep

Olympic, World Cup and World League champion United States of America is one win away from the clean sweep of women’s water polo crowns after beating Australia 8-6 in the first medal semifinal today.

USA will face Netherlands, who beat Italy 10-9 in the other semifinal where Italy forced a shootout after being 1-5 down at halftime and scoring the only four goals of the final two periods. In the shootout, both teams scored three from five in the first rotation and Netherlands won through on the fourth sudden death shot, when Giulia Emmolo had her shot blocked by the right hand of Dutch goalkeeper Laura Aarts.

In the classification round 5-8 semifinals, China held off Spain 10-9 after being 10-7 ahead with five minutes remaining. Greece scored with a second remaining against Russia to force a shootout, which it won 4-3 for a 16-15 victory.

Hungary bowed out in a disappointing ninth position, defeating Brazil 22-7.

In the classification match 11-12, Canada beat Kazakhstan 20-4, improving on the 17-4 score in their group match on day two.

August 7 Schedule

Classification 7-8

14:00, ESP v RUS

Classification 5-6

15:30, CHN v GRE

Classification 3-4 (Bronze medal)

20:30, AUS v ITA

Classification 1-2 (Gold medal)

22:00, USA v NED

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Water Polo Reports - Men, Day 5

Kazan 2015 - WP

Croatia-Greece and Italy-Serbia semifinals in men’s water polo

Olympic champion Croatia will play Greece and 2011 World champion Italy will take on World Cup and World League champion Serbia in Thursday’s medal semifinals following fifth-day men’s water polo competition.

In the 1-8 quarterfinals, Croatia was the first team into the semifinal, defeating Montenegro 10-4 in a heated, high-fouling match. It was Croatia’s sixth straight World Championship semifinal.

Greece gained a goal four seconds from time to tie Australia 7-7 and subsequently win the penalty shootout 5-4 for a 12-11 victory and a date with Croatia.

Italy came from 5-3 down in the third period to go two ahead and eventually beat reigning champion Hungary 8-7 and another thriller.

World Cup and World League champion Serbia held off United States of America 12-7 built on a 7-5 halftime lead.

In the classification round 9-12 semifinals, Canada beat Kazakhstan 9-7 and Brazil sent off South Africa 16-5.

Departing the tournament were four teams — Japan claiming 13th spot from Russia 13-9 and China taking 15th place from Argentina 16-9.

August 6 Schedule

Classification 11-12

10:50, KAZ v RSA

Classification 9-10

12:10, CAN v BRA

Classification 5-8 Semifinals

15:30, MNE v AUS

17:00, HUN v USA

Classification 1-4 Semifinals

20:30, CRO v GRE

22:00, ITA v SRB

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Water Polo Reports - Women, Day 5

Kazan 2015 - WP

Women’s semifinal match-ups determined — USA v AUS and ITA v NED

United States of America, Netherlands, Australia and Italy have won through to the semifinals of the women’s water polo competition following sixth-day action.

Olympic, World Cup and World League champion USA will play Australia in the first semifinal and Italy will face 2008 Olympic champion Netherlands in the second semifinal.

USA controlled Spain from start to finish and will be out to finish on the podium for the first time since Rome in 2009.

For the Dutch it is the first trip to the semifinals since Perth 1998 following a rousing 10-9 win over host Russia after being 5-1 up early in the second quarter.

Australia struggled against China all match, having to level five times for 7-7 before forcing a penalty shootout, which it won 5-3 for a flattering 12-10 victory.

In the fourth quarterfinal, 2004 Olympic champion Tania di Mario scored four goals as 2014 World League silver medallist Italy swam over 2011 World champion Greece 9-6.

Brazil earned a play-off with Hungary for ninth position on the strength of a 10-5 victory over Kazakhstan. The match before, Hungary slipped home against Canada 10-7 after being 6-6 at the final break.

Four teams departed the tournament today with Japan taking 15th place over South Africa 14-7 and New Zealand finishing 13th with a 7-6 nail-biter over France.

August 5 Schedule

Classification 11-12

10:50, CAN v KAZ

Classification 9-10

12:10, HUN v BRA

Classification 5-8 Semifinals

15:30, ESP v CHN

17:00, GRE v RUS

Classification 1-4 Semifinals

20:30, USA v AUS

22:00, ITA v NED

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Water Polo Reports - Men, Day 4

Kazan 2015 - WP

Italy, USA Montenegro and Australia make quarterfinals

 Kazan, August 2.— Italy, USA Montenegro and Australia have won through to the quarterfinals of men’s water polo following fourth-day competition.

In the first of the critical matches, Italy made sure of victory, getting the better of Canada 8-2 after a slow start. Then United States of America held out Brazil 7-3 in a spirited American continental rumble that only broke out with two John Mann goals early in the fourth quarter. Montenegro had a tough nut to crack in Kazakhstan before pulling away in the third period and on to a 12-8 win. In the final match of the day, Australia defeated South Africa 17-1 in the Southern Hemisphere clash.

Earlier in the day, in the bracket 13-16, Russia and Japan have won through to Tuesday’s classification for 13th. Russia needed a penalty shootout to shake off China after finishing the match at 10-10. Russia scored four straight while China had two shots blocked. Russia led by two goals late in the match only for China’s Tao Dong scoring twice, the second just one second from time. Japan had little trouble in fending off Argentina 14-6 in a match that had a red card for each team awarded.

August 4 Schedule:

Classification 15-16

31. 09:30, CHN v ARG

Classification 13-14

32. 10:50, RUS v JPN

Classification 9-12 Semifinals

33. 12:10, CAN v KAZ

34. 13:30, BRA v RSA

Classification 1-8 Quarterfinals

35. 17:30, CRO v MNE

38. 18:50, GRE v AUS

36. 20:10, HUN v ITA

37. 21:30, SRB v USA

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Water Polo Reports - Women, Day 4

Kazan 2015 - WP

Greece, Netherlands, USA and China through to quarterfinals

Greece, Netherlands, United States of America and China won through to Monday’s quarterfinals in preliminary round competition on the fourth day of women’s water polo.

While the group winners enjoyed a day off competition, the next eight teams battled for the right to play the quarterfinals and the bottom four teams played their classification semifinals.

Greece was the first team through, defeating Canada 9-6 mid-afternoon; Netherlands was rampant against Kazakhstan, winning 21-1 in a heavy downpour that lasted the entire match; United States of America had the better of Hungary 12-7 after being 11-3 up after three quarters in constant rain (heavy in the first half and lighter in the second) and China stuttered to a 10-8 win over Brazil (in light rain).

In the round of 13-16, New Zealand broke free of South Africa, turning a 4-0 halftime margin to 11-3 at fulltime.  France beat Japan 9-6, meaning France will play New Zealand for 13th place on Monday and the others will play off for 15th classification.

August 3 Schedule

Classification 15-16

31. 09:30, RSA v JPN

Classification 13-14

32. 10:50, NZL v FRA

Classification 9-12 Semifinals

33. 12:10, CAN v HUN

34. 13:30, KAZ v BRA


35. 17:30, ESP v USA

38. 18:50, RUS v NED

36. 20:10, AUS v CHN

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Water Polo Reports - Men, Day 3

Kazan 2015 - WP

Hungary, Serbia, Croatia and Greece surge into men’s water polo quarterfinals

 Kazan, July 31.— Serbia came from two down in the final quarter to defeat Australia 10-9 and earn a quarterfinal berth in men’s water polo day-three action.

The Aussie Sharks controversially had two goals disallowed at the death and had to be satisfied with second in the group. Australia and Montenegro finished tied on points after a 5-5 draw between them two days earlier, but had the better goal differential. In the final Group D match, Montenegro squeezed out Japan 15-10.

Earlier, Hungary claimed the first quarterfinal spot with a 21-4 rout of Argentina, playing its first FINA World Championships. It was a third big win for the defending champion in Group C. Kazakhstan took second spot with a 14-3 win over hapless South Africa.

In Group A, Croatia smashed China 17-1 for group victory and Canada turned a 4-0 opening lead against Brazil into a 10-6 margin for the group’s second spot.

In Group B, Greece produced some top-shelf water polo against Russia, winning 15-11 to take out the group and United States of America settled for second with an 11-9 victory over Italy.

Final points:

Group A: Croatia 6, Canada 4, Brazil 1, China 1.

Group B: Greece 6, USA 4, Italy 2, Russia 0.
Group C: Hungary 6, Kazakhstan 4, South Africa 2, Argentina 0.
Group D: Serbia 6, Australia 3, Montenegro 3, Japan 0.

 August 2

Preliminary Round Programme

10:50, CHN v RUS

12:10 ARG v JPN

13:30 CAN v ITA

17:30 BRA v USA

18:50 KAZ v MNE

20:10 RSA v AUS

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Water Polo Reports - Women, Day 3

Kazan 2015 - WP

Spain, Australia, Italy and host Russia through to quarterfinals of women’s water polo competition

Spain, Australia, Italy and Russia have won their respective groups and qualified for automatic entry to the quarterfinals from third-day action of women’s water polo competition.

In Group A, Spain beat Canada 12-6 in the all-important decider while Kazakhstan finished third thanks to six goals from Aizan Akilbayeva for a 14-4 margin over New Zealand.

In Group B, Australia headed off Netherlands  8-6 to win the group and Greece made short work of South Africa 20-4 for its first win and third place.

In Group C, Italy bounced Brazil 15-6 for top slot while Olympic champion United States of America downed winless Japan 17-2 for second spot.
In Group D, Russia and China fought out a 9-9 draw giving Russia the group win on goal differential and Hungary had a first win against France — 18-3.

Final Points:
Group A: Spain 6, Canada 4, Kazakhstan 2, New Zealand 0.
Group B: Australia 6, Netherlands 4, Greece 2, South Africa 0.
Group C: Italy 6, USA 4, Brazil 2, Japan 0.
Group D: Russia 5, China 5, Hungary 2, France 0.

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