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Universiade: Serbia and USA get golden diplomas

Serbia gold medal Photo:Vladimir Radovic

Water polo teams of Serbia and of The United States of America got “golden diplomas” at the 29th Universiade in Chinese Taipei. Serbia won gold in the men’s competition, while the USA team was the best among ladies.

Men’s tournament: Serbia at “+11” in the final game

Serbia dominated in the male competition and it ended the tournament with a big win.

The team coached by Dejan Savic was too strong for Russia in the final game and achieved a convincing 15:4 victory. An 11-goal margin is something that rarely happens in a final game. Nobody expected so big win despite Serbia was a favourite. Russia came in Chinese Taipei with six players that competed at the 17th World Championships in Budapest (Serbia had three players from Budapest) and played very well till the final. But, the big win is the effect of an excellent play of Serbia.

The Serbs didn’t let the Russians show all they were able for. Serbian team played on its own way from the beginning and didn’t slow down until the end. The new Universiade champions started the series of goals in the fourth minute and till the end of the first period, they earned a 3:0 lead. In the second quarter, the Serbs played excellent in attacks with an extra-player. They scored five goals from an extra. At half time, they led 8:2 and there was no way back for Russia after the first half. Ten players of Serbia put their names on the scorers’ list of the final match.

As expected, Italy beat France in the match for the bronze medal. The “Settebello” had no troubles and won 10:2.
Italy was the only of medal winners at the 2015 Universiade which won a medal in Chinese Taipei. Two years ago, Italy was runner-up.

The gold was unsuccessful defended by Hungary, which took 5th place. The United States team, the bronze medalist two years ago, finished 9th in Chinese Taipei.

SCORES, STANDINGS

Games for the final classification

Final

Serbia 15:4 Russia
(3:0, 5:2, 4:2, 3:0)

Serbia: Subotic 2, Vico 2, Drasovic 2, Jaksic 2,Radojevic 2, S. Rasovic 1, V. Rasovic 1, Randjelovic 1, Vasic 1, Stojanovic 1.
Russia: Kholod 2, Koptsev 1, Kharkov 1.

Bronze medal game

France 2:10 Italy
(0:2, 1:3, 1:2, 0:3)

France: Chandieu 2.
Italy: Ravina 3, Alesiani 2, Manzi 2, Di Somma 1, Dolce 1, Bruni 1.

Classification 5th – 6th

Hungary 14:8 Japan
(3:2, 6:2, 3:3, 2:1)

Hungary: Nemet 3, Angyal 3, Kovacs 3, Lorincz 2, Gyafras 1, Kovacs 1, Lorincz 1
Japan: Inaba 3, Adachi 1, Koppu 1, Araki 1, Kawamoto 1, Date 1.

Classification 7th-8th

Great Britain 5:18 Netherlands
(2:4, 0:4, 3:6, 0:4)

Great Britain: Elliot 2, Leighton 1, Grieve 1, Tinkler 1.
Netherlands: Lindhout 4, Nispeling 3, Kopman 3, Reuten , Van den Burg 2, Van Ijperen 1., Lucas 1, Janssen 1.

Classification 9th – 10th
Canada – USA 8:18

Classification 11th – 12th
South Korea – Australia 3:18

Classification 13th – 14th
South Africa – Romania 11:17

Classification 15th – 16th
Chinese Taipei – Argentina 2:11

 

Other results of the knockout competition

Classification 1st – 8th

Semifinals 1st – 4th: France – Serbia 3:10, Italia – Russia 9:11

Semifinals 5th – 8th: Great Britain – Hungary 2:19, The Netherlands – Japan 8:9

Quarterfinals: France – Great Britain 13:4, Hungary – Serbia 7:9, The Netherlands – Italy 4:6, Japan – Russia 7:12.

Classification 9th – 16th

Semifinals 9th – 12th; Canada – South Korea 9:4, USA – Australia 8:4.

Semifinals 13th – 16th: Romania – Argentina 10:5, South Africa – Chinese Taipei 21:3.

Quarterfinals 9th – 16th places: South Africa – Canada 6:7, South Korea – Chinese Taipei 15:4, Romania – USA 10:13, Australia – Argentina 6:5

Final standings

1. Serbia
2. Russia
3. Italy
4. France
5. Hungary
6. Japan
7. The Netherlands
8. Great Britain
9. The United States of America
10. Canada
11. Australia
12. South Korea
13. Romania
14. South Africa
15. Argentina
16. Chinese Taipei

Women’s tournament: Sisters lead USA to the title

USA team water polo

The USA women team at 29th Universiade Photo: usawaterpolo.org (click to enlarge)

The United States of America women team didn’t have any trouble in the final game against Hungary. Two sisters from the Stanford University led the USA team to a 16:9 victory. Jamie and Kiley Neushul scored 4 goals both in the final game.

Japan surprised everybody by winning the bronze medal. The Japanese defeated Russia in a tight match for the 3rd place – 12:11.

None of the medal winners at the previous Universiade didn’t reach the podium in Chinese Taipei. Australia, the 2015 champion, took the sixth place, behind Canada, which was the runner-up in Gwangju. Russia was the third two years ago.

 

SCORES, STANDINGS

Matches for the final classification

Final

Hungary 9:16 USA
(2:5, 1:5, 3:3, 3:3)

Hungary: Parkes 3, Gurisatti 2, Horvath 2, Szilagyi 1, Garda 1.
USA: K. Neushul 4, J. Neushul 4, Brooks 3, Mutafyan 2, Raney 2, Williams 1

Bronze medal match

Russia 11:12 Japan
(2:2, 2:4, 5:2, 2:4)

Russia: Gorbunova 4, Isakova 3, Zubkova 1, Karimova 1, Trotskaya 1, Perfileva 1.
Japan: Suzuki 3, Arima 3, Saito 2, Inara 2, Tokumoto 1, Kazama 1

Classification 5th -6th

Australia 8:16 Canada
(1:5, 3:4, 1:4, 3:3)

Australia: Morrissey 3, Henshaw 1, Chaves 1, Carter 1, Barton 1, WIlliams 1.
Canada: Lemay Lavoie 3, Wright 2, Crevier 2, Christmas 2, Mckelvey 2, Fournier 2, Paul 2, Sohi 1.

Classification 7th -8th

France 11:6 Italy
(3:0, 2:1, 4:2, 2:3)

France: Daule 4, Millot 3, Mahieu 2, Valverde 1, Sacre 1.
Italy: Viacava 2, Damico 1, Dario 1, Galardi 1, Gotardo 1.

Classification 9th – 10th
Greece – Great Britain 11:10

Classification 11th – 12th
New Zealand – Argentina 17:2

Previous results of the knockout competition

Semifinals: Russia – Hungary 7:11, Japan – USA 8:13.

Quarterfinals: Russia – Australia 13:6, Hungary – France 7:4, Canada – USA 7:13, Japan – Italy 17:15.

Classification 9th – 12th semifinals: New Zealand – Greece 6:7, Great Britain – Argentina 7:4.

Final standings
1.The United States of America
2.Hungary
3. Japan
4. Russia
5. Canada
6. Australia
7. France
8. Italy
9. Greece
10. Great Britain
11. New Zealand
12. Argentina.

 

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