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Italy and USA win gold medals at the World Championships

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Men’s team of Italy and female team of the USA won gold medals at the 18th FINA World Championships, which has been completed in Gwangju (South Korea) today.

Italy won its 4th world crown (1978, 1994, 2011, 2019).

The USA Team became the first team which clinched three titles of the water polo world champion in a row. This was the American’s 6th gold in total (2003, 2007, 2009, 2015, 2017, 2019).

Both silver medals were won by the teams of Spain. Croatia, the 2017 World Champion, took the bronze in the men’s competition, while Australia claimed bronze at the tournament for ladies.

In the last match of the tournament, Italy defeated Spain 10:5. Italy, which wasn’t among the biggest favorites, dominated the final game. After the first quarter, it was 2:2. Spain didn’t convert a penalty shot in the finish of the first period.

Italians secured the win in the middle of the game. By the 20th minute, they earned a comfortable 8:3. Spain just managed to reduce the gap to 4 two times (4:8 and 5:9).

Italy won in all 6 games at the tournament, but the “Sette Bello” achieved just two convincing wins – today in the final, and in o Day 1 (14:5 against Brazil). Between these two matches, they beat Japan (9:7) and Germany (8:7) in the group stage, than Greece in the quarterfinals (7:6) and Hungary in the semifinals (12:10).

In their way towards the final, Spain sent out Olympic champion Serbia in the quarterfinals (12:9), and outgoing champion Croatia in the semifinals – 6:5 (Spain had a 6:2 lead early in the fourth period).

The USA Team dominated the women’s tournament, as it recorded six more or less convincing wins – Group Stage; New Zealand 22:3, Netherlands 12:9, South Africa 26:1, quarterfinals: Greece 15:5, semifinals: Australia 7:2 and in the end, they beat Spain in the match for the gold 11:6.

Pietro Figlioli, Italy’s captain, was voted the MVP of the tournament. His team-mate Marco Del Luongo received the award for the best goalkeeper. Aleksandar Ivovic (Montenegro) – 21 goals.
Rosa Tarrago (Spain) was voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament of the female tournament. Laura Ester, also member of the Spanish team, was the best goalkeeper, while Rita Keszthelyi (Hungary) topped the scorers’ list (24 goals).

 

18TH FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, GWANGJU

MEN’S WATER POLO TOURNAMENT

Day 7

Final

Spain – Italy 5:10 (2:2, 1:3,1:3, 1:2)

Spain: Lopez Pinedo, Munarriz 1, Granados, De Toro, S. Cabanas, Larumbe, Barroso, F. Fernandez, Tahull, Perrone 2, Mallarach 2, Bustos, Lorrio. Head coach: Martin

Italy: Del Lungo, Di Fulvio 1, Luongo 2 , Figlioli 1, Di Somma, Velotto, Renzuto 1, Echenique 1, Figari, Bodegas 1, Aicardi 1, Dolce 2, Nicosia. Head coach: Campagna.
Extra player: Italy 4/6, Spain 3/10. Penalties: Spain 1/2.

For bronze
Croatia – Hungary 10:7 (2:1, 2:2, 2:2, 4:2)

For 5th place
Serbia – Australia 13:9 (6:1, 3:2, 1:2, 3:4)

For 7th place
Greece – Germany 11:6 (1:2, 3:2, 2:0, 5:2)

Day 6

Semifinals
Hungary – Italy 10:12 (4:2, 1:5, 2:2, 3:3)
Spain – Croatia 6:5 (2:1, 2:1, 2:0, 0:3)

Semifinals 5 – 8
Serbia – Germany 17:16 (3:3, 3:3, 2:3, 4:3, penalties 5:4)
Australia – Greece 9:8 (3:2, 2:3, 3:3, 1:0)

For  9th place
Montenegro – USA 14:15 (2:4, 6:4, 4:4, 2:3)

For 11th place
Japan – South Africa 15:5 (5:1, 4:1, 3:2, 3:1)

Final standings

1 Italy
2 Spain
3 Croatia
4 Hungary
5 Serbia
6 Australia
7 Greece
8 Germany
9 United States
10 Montenegro
11 Japan
12 South Africa
13 Brazil
14 Kazakhstan
15 South Korea
16 New Zealand

All medal winners

1973 (Belgrade): 1. Hungary, 2. The Soviet Union, 3. Yugoslavia
1975 (Cali): 1. The Soviet Union, 2. Hungary, 3. Italy
1978 (West Berlin): 1. Italy, 2. Hungary, 3. Yugoslavia
1982 (Guayaquil): 1. The Soviet Union, 2. Hungary, 3. West Germany
1986 (Madrid): 1. Yugoslavia, 2. Italy, 3. The Soviet Union
1991 (Perth): 1. Yugoslavia, 2. Spain, 3. Hungary
1994 (Rome): 1. Italy, 2. Spain, 3. Russia
1998 (Perth): 1. Spain, 2. Hungary, 3. Yugoslavia
2001 (Fukuoka): 1. Spain, 2. Yugoslavia, 3. Russia
2003 (Barcelona): 1. Hungary, 2. Italy, 3. Serbia and Montenegro
2005 (Montreal): 1. Serbia and Montenegro, 2. Hungary, 3. Greece
2007 (Melbourne): 1. Croatia, 2. Hungary, 3. Spain
2009 (Rome): 1. Serbia, 2. Spain, 3. Croatia
2011 (Shanghai): 1. Italy, 2. Serbia, 3. Croatia
2013 (Barcelona): 1. Hungary, 2. Montenegro, 3. Croatia
2015 (Kazan): 1. Serbia, 2. Croatia, 3. Greece
2017 (Budapest): 1. Croatia, 2. Hungary, 3. Serbia
2019 (Gwangju): 1. Italy, 2. Spain, 3. Croatia

Women’s tournament

Photo: Twitter/USA Water Polo

Day 7

Final
USA – Spain 11:6 (3:1, 2:2, 4:0, 2:3)

USA: Longan, Musselman, Seidemann 1, Fattal 1, Hauschild 1, Steffens 2 , Haralabidis 1 , K. Neushul 3, A. Fischer 1 , Gilchrist, M. Fischer 1, A. Williams, A. Johnson. Head coach: Krikorian.
Spain: Ester, Bach, A. Espar, B. Ortiz 2, Tarrago 3, I. Gonzalez, C. Espar, Pena, Forca 1, Crespi, M. Garcia, Leiton, M.E. Sanchez. Head coach: Oca.

Extra player: USA 5/7, Spain 3/10. Penalties: Spain 1/1.

For bronze
Australia – Hungary 10:9 (3:3, 4:3, 1:1, 2:2)

For 5th place
Russia – Italy 10:9 (3:3, 1:2, 5:2, 1:2)

For 7th place
Greece – Netherlands 9:11 (2:1, 1:5, 6:4, 0:1)

Day 6

Semifinals
Spain – Hungary 16:10 (5:3, 5:5, 4:1, 2:1)
USA – Australia 7:2 (3:0, 2:0, 1:1, 1:1)

Semifinals, 5-8
Greece – Russia 4:13 (0:2, 1:2, 2:4, 1:5)
Netherlands – Italy 5:10 (1:3, 2:3, 1:2, 1:2)

For 9th place
Canada – Kazakhstan 24:7 (7:3, 5:1, 4:1, 8:2)

For 11th place
China – New Zealand 14:12 (4:2, 3:2, 4:2, 3:6)

Final standings

1 USA
2 Spain
3 Australia
4 Hungary
5 Russia
6 Italy
7 Netherlands
8 Greece
9 Canada
10 Kazakhstan
11 China
12 New Zealand
13 Japan
14 South Africa
15 Cuba
16 South Korea

All medal winners

1986 (Madrid): 1. Australia, 2. Netherlands, 3. USA
1991 (Perth): 1. Netherlands, 2. Canada, 3. USA
1994 (Rome): 1. Hungary, 2. Netherlands, 3. Italy
1998 (Perth): 1. Italy, 2. Netherlands, 3. Australia
2001 (Fukuoka): 1. Italy, 2. Hungary, 3. Canada
2003 (Barcelona): 1. USA, 2. Italy, 3. Russia
2005 (Montreal): 1. Hungary, 2.USA, 3. Canada
2007 (Melbourne): 1. USA, 2.Australia, 3. Russia
2009 (Rome): 1. USA, 2. Canada, 3. Russia
2011 (Shanghai): 1. Greece, 2. China, 3. Russia
2013 (Barcelona): 1. Spain, 2. Australia, 3. Hungary
2015 (Kazan): 1. USA, 2.Netherlands, 3. Italy
2017 (Budapest): 1. USA, 2. Spain, 3. Russia
2019 (Gwangju): 1. USA, 2. Spain, 3. Australia

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