FINA World Championships

Swimming, Day 6: The tale of two sisters and five medals

Kazan 2015 - SW

Two sisters in the same podium, three bronze medals in one event, one thrilling swim-off, some surprises and a new Championships record were the highlights of the sixth day of the swimming competition at the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan (RUS). In this juicy session, Australia got two gold medals, Marco Koch gave the first swimming title here in Russia for Germany (defeating three-time world champion Daniel Gyurta), while Great Britain continued its golden saga and Japan got a second success in women’s events.   

Australia started the day very strong, with the Campbell sisters (Bronte and Cate) dominating the women’s 100m free and placing first and third respectively. Cate, 23 years old, was the defending world champion from Barcelona 2013 and had swum faster than her sibling in the semis (52.84 against 53.00 for Bronte), but things were slightly different in the final, with Bronte touching home in 52.52. Cate was third in 52.82, while Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), as two years ago in the Catalonian capital, got the silver in 52.70. The Swedish champion was already the winner of the 100m butterfly in Kazan and assured her fifth podium position at the Worlds.

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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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Swimming, Day 5: Successful China gets six medals

Kazan 2015 - SW

In the first day without World Records, the fifth finals’ swimming session at the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan (RUS) consecrated the strength of China (six medals, with at least one podium presence at each event), provided the first medal ever for Argentina and the first female award for Brazil. Katie Ledecky, closing the US quartet in the 4x200m free relay, collected her fourth gold medal, while Ryan Lochte earned his 24th medal at Worlds and first in Russia, winning the men’s 200m individual medley. 

In one of the most awaited finals of the day, the men’s 100m free, Ning Zetao (CHN), 2014 Asian champion in the event, upgraded to a world level gold (his first success at this level), stopping the clock at 47.84. He is the first Chinese (and Asian) swimmer to ever win this event, with the record of triumphs (six) going to USA. However, since 2003, non-US swimmers have always prevailed in the 100m, with the last two editions (Shanghai 2011 and Barcelona 2013) being won by Australia’s James Magnussen. The record of three victories in this distance is held by Alex Popov (RUS).

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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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Swimming, Day 4: Peaty (GBR) and Ledecky (USA) continue to shine in Kazan

Kazan 2015 - SW

Three more World Records in the newest event of the programme (Mixed 4x100m medley relay) and two gold medals for the British talent Adam Peaty marked the fourth day of the swimming competition at the 16th FINA World Championships in the Kazan Arena. After winning the 100m breaststroke, Peaty is also the new world champion in the 50m and largely contributed to the victory of his team in the mixed event. He is decisively helping his country to have the most successful World Championships ever. The other finals of the day provided intense moments, with Laszlo Cseh (HUN) returning to winning mode 10 years after his first title, Katie Ledecky (USA) winning her third gold in Kazan, and Sun Yang (CHN) proving his supremacy in the freestyle events.

The women’s 200m free was a thrilling race, with a notable field on the starting blocks: Federica Pellegrini (ITA, completing her 27th birthday today), Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky, from USA, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) and Femke Heemskerk (NED). During the first 150m, the leader of the race was the Dutch star, swimming in Lane 1, but Ledecky, on the other side of the pool (on Lane 7) was perfectly controlling her effort and applied her “turbo” in the last 50m, to get the gold in 1:55.16.

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Successful Hunt for gold

Kazan 2015 - HD

After chasing for so long the gold medal, Gary Hunt (GBR) finally got the world title in Kazan (RUS), winning the men’s High Diving competition, with a total of 629.30 points. The British star (31 years old) had been second in both the 2013 Worlds in Barcelona (ESP) and last year, also at the Kazanka venue, during the first edition of the FINA High Diving World Cup. On both occasions, Hunt finished second to Orlando Duque, from Colombia, who made some mistakes in Russia and could not enter the podium (he was sixth) Normally praised for his consistency, Duque was quite regular in the last two rounds of the competition, but was not so solid in the inaugural three dives on Day 1. This time, Hunt did everything almost perfect and successfully allied solid execution with very high degrees of difficulty in his combinations.

Also in the podium in Barcelona 2013, Jonathan Paredes, from Mexico, upgraded his bronze to silver, also displaying a very challenging programme, concluding his performances in Kazan with a total of 596.45 points. At the two editions of the World Cup (Kazan 2014 and Cozumel 2015), the Mexican star had been fifth, each time behind Duque, Hunt, Steve LoBue (USA) and Artem Silchenko (RUS).

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Swimming, Day 3: Kazan 2015 already with more WR than BCN 2013

Kazan 2015 - SW

At the end of the third day of competition, the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan (RUS) already register more new World Records (seven) than in the eight sessions of this discipline in Barcelona 2013. In the Catalonian capital, the number of new best global marks had not exceeded six, but thanks to the courtesy of Cameron van der Burgh, Adam Peaty and Katie Ledecky, the Russian rendezvous had another exciting day at the Kazan Arena.

The men’s WR were set in the 50m breaststroke: in the morning prelims, Van der Burgh (RSA) clocked 56.62, but Peaty (GBR), already winner of the 100m here in Kazan, qualified first for the final in 56.42. The fight between the best two swimmers of the moment in this event should provide a supersonic final.

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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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Rachelle Simpson (USA) gets first world title in Kazan

Kazan 2015 - HD

Kazan is definitively an inspiring location for Rachelle Simpson! After winning the first edition of the FINA High Diving World Cup, last year also in the beginning of August, the 27-year-old North American promised to also shine at the 16th FINA World Championships in the capital of Tatarstan. The promise was kept and after the three rounds of dives in the final, Simpson earned the gold in 258.70, getting the first world title of her career. The silver went to the first champion ever, two years ago, in Barcelona, her teammate Cesilie Carlton. The bronze went to a newcomer at this level, Yana Nestsiarava from Belarus. The youngest (23 years old) competitor of the field (nine divers participated in this final) has been fourth last year in the same Kazanka venue, but had already upgraded to third in the 2015 World Cup in Cozumel (MEX).

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