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Spain first to claim gold at home - Barcelona day 13

print | Friday 02 August 2013, 23:40 | Tim Hartog


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Spain has claimed the gold medal of the 15th FINA water polo women's World Championships at home in Barcelona beating Australia 8-6 in the final on Friday. Head coach Miki Oca's team becomes the first to win a world championship at home after the women's water polo competition debuted in 1986 in the city of Madrid. A good overall, but mainly defensive, performance proved decisive for the home side who was more on target of the offensive end than their opponent where the outside shooting wasn't as dangerous as it had been throughout the tournament. And after Rowena Webster received her third personal foul in a pivotal third period and Spain's centre forward Maica Garcia opened up the scoring in the fourth period by netting the 4-7 on man-up, the historic first gold medal seemed closer than ever. Holly Lincoln-Smith saw her backhand attempt being deflected and going in to reduce the gap to two goals but after a penalty foul by Australia's Hannah Buckling, following her third personal foul, tournament MVP Jennifer Pareja was right there to convert the penalty and put Spain up 5-8 with just over five minutes to go. That lead was secured by a strong defensive phase, led by tournament's Best goalkeeper Laura Ester who came up with some big saves in the final phase as a jam packed Bernat Picornell pool was already celebrating the win for Spain. London 2012 bronze medallists Australia settled for the second ever World Championships silver medal after having finished runners-up at home in Melbourne in 2007. The Spanish won their first medal at World Championships level and right away claimed the gold.


Australia's silver medal winning team
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The Barcelona 2013 women's bronze medal winners: Hungary.
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Tournament Best Goalkeeper Laura Ester (left) and top scorer Lieke Klaassen (right) with their trophies.
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Spain's bench celebrate the gold medal win over Australia.
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2008 Olympic Games gold medallist Biurakn Hakhverdian, who announced her retirement from water polo post-game, takes a shot during the game vs. Canada on Friday.
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The USA women celebrate their shootout win over Greece to finish fifth.
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USA's Maggie Steffens defends Greece centre forward Alexandra Asimaki during Friday's matchup between the two teams.
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Hungary celebrates winning the bronze medal after the win over Russia.
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In the afternoon session Hungary took the bronze medal beating longtime bronze medal winners Russia 8-10. It was the first medal for the Hungarian women since 2005 when they became world champion in Montreal, Canada. At the 2012 European Championships the same battle saw Hungary taking third place as well. This time the game was close all the way but got decided in the second half in which Hungary got up ahead by one and eventually extended that margin by another goal in the fourth period through goals by Rita Kesztheyli (7-9) and captain Orsolya Takacs (8-10) with two minutes left. Keszthelyi and centre forward Ildiko Toth both netted a team-high three goals. Lefthander Alexandra Antonova did so for Russia, who had won a record four bronze medals at the World Championships, including the last three editions.

United States went on to finish in fifth place after a penalty shootout win over outgoing champions Greece. Both sides had met in preliminary round with USA winning that meeting 12-8. On Friday the game was a little closer and after the teams scored one goal each in extra time penalties had to decided the final outcome. Alkisti Avramidou had just saved Greece by scoring the equalizer (10-10) in the buzzer of regulation. But the shootout didn't last too long. USA goalkeeper Elizabeth Armstrong saved the first two Greece attempts, from veterans Cristina Tsoukala and captain Antigoni Roumpesi and three shots later, with Lauren 'Lolo' Silver converting the final one, the Americans had won the series 1-4 and the game 12-15. Team USA captain Courtney Mathewson finished with a team-high four goals, Greece's Avramidou earned top scoring honors with five.

The Netherlands and Canada were up first for their battle for seventh place. Thanks to a good start and a 1-5 lead at quarter time the Dutch went on to win 9-12 and finished seventh, just like in Shanghai, China in 2011 when Canada was also defeated. This time the Canadians looked to rally back after scoring three straight in the third period but as Biurakn Hakhverdian and two consecutive goals by Sabrina van der Sloot were the answers the margin proved too big to overcome in the final eight minutes. Captain Yasemin Smit finished as top scorer for the Netherlands netting a triple, but was topped by Canada's Stephanie Valin who scored more than her tournament total finishing at four for this game after having scored three priot to this game. Two members of the 2008 Olympics gold medal squad announced their retirement as national team players. Iefke van Belkum and Biurakn Hakhverdian have retired immediately and that leaves Smit and goalie Ilse van der Meijden left as the only two members of the gold medal winning team in Beijing, China.

Women's Media All Star Team

1. Laura Ester (ESP) - goalkeeper
2. Barbara Bukja (HUN) - centre forward
3. Lieke Klaassen (NED)
4. Jennifer Pareja (ESP)
5. Rowena Webster (AUS)
6. Ekaterina Prokofyeva (RUS)
7. Rita Keszthelyi (HUN)

Highest goal-scorer: Lieke Klaassen (NED) - 25 goals
Tournament MVP: Jennifer Pareja (ESP)
Best goalkeeper Laura Ester (ESP)

 
15th FINA World Championships 2013 in Barcelona, Spain
 
Women's water polo
  
Fixtures and results day 7
      
Friday, August 2nd (medal matches)
15.00 Canada (L37) vs. the Netherlands (L38) 9-12 (1-5, 2-3, 4-3, 2-1) - places 7/8
16.30 Russia (L39) vs. Hungary (L40) 8-10 (3-3, 2-2, 2-3, 1-2) - bronze medal game
20.45 Greece (W37) vs. United States (W38) 12-15 (4-4, 1-2, 1-3, 4-1; extra time 1-0, 0-1. Penalty shootout: 1-4) - places 5/6
22.15 Australia (W39) vs. Spain (W40) 6-8 (1-2, 2-3, 1-1, 2-2) - final game
      
     
Preliminary round groups and final standings
 
Group A (final)
Russia 5 points
Spain 4
Netherlands 3
Uzbekistan 0
 
Group B (final)
Australia 6
China 4
New Zealand 2
South Africa 0

Group C (final)
United States 6
Canada 3
Greece 3
Great Britain 0
 
Group D (final)
Hungary 6
Italy 4
Kazakhstan 2
Brazil 0
 
 
Fixtures and results
 
Sunday, July 21st
09.30 Russia vs. Uzbekistan 22-6 (5-1, 6-1, 5-2, 6-2)
10.50 Australia vs. New Zealand 15-4 (3-1, 4-2, 4-0, 4-1)
12.10 China vs. South Africa 17-2 (4-0, 4-0, 5-0, 4-2)
13.30 USA vs. Greece 12-8 (1-2, 3-2, 4-2, 4-2)
17.30 Canada vs. Great Britain 14-9 (3-2, 4-3, 4-3, 3-1)
18.50 Hungary vs. Brazil 20-6 (6-2, 3-0, 3-0, 8-4)
20.10 Italy vs. Kazakhstan 9-7 (1-3, 5-0, 2-3, 1-1)
21.30 Spain vs. the Netherlands 14-12 (2-4, 5-1, 3-3, 4-2)
 
Tuesday, July 23rd
09.30 South Africa vs. New Zealand 7-13 (2-3, 1-3, 1-3, 3-4)
10.50 Australia vs. China 14-5 (1-3, 3-2, 6-0, 4-0)
12.10 Great Britain vs. Greece 7-13 (1-1, 2-2, 2-5, 2-5)
13.30 USA vs. Canada 10-8 (4-1, 2-2, 3-2, 1-3)
17.30 Kazakhstan vs. Brazil 9-5 (2-2, 3-0, 2-0, 2-3)
18.50 Hungary vs. Italy 10-4 (3-1, 3-1, 3-1, 1-1)
20.10 Uzbekistan vs. Netherlands 3-30 (1-7, 0-9, 1-6, 1-8)
21.30 Spain vs. Russia 6-7 (0-1, 2-1, 1-3, 3-2)
 
Thursday, July 25th
09.30 USA vs. Great Britain 16-4 (4-0, 2-2, 3-1, 7-1)
10.50 Canada vs. Greece 8-8 (2-3, 2-3, 3-0, 1-2)
12.10 Hungary vs. Kazakhstan 18-7 (8-1, 4-2, 3-2, 3-2)
13.30 Italy vs. Brazil 13-5 (2-1, 6-0, 2-1, 3-3)
17.30 Russia vs. Netherlands 16-1 (4-0, 5-1, 5-0, 2-0)
18.50 Australia vs. South Africa 16-1 (4-0, 5-1, 5-0, 2-0)
20.10 China vs. New Zealand 13-5 (2-0, 4-1, 5-3, 2-1)
21.30 Spain vs. Uzbekistan 20-4 (8-1, 3-0, 6-0, 3-3)
 
Saturday, July 27th (quarter-finals qualification)
09.30 Russia (1A) vs. South Africa (4B) 22-3 (5-0, 7-2, 6-1, 4-0)  - 25
10.50 Australia (1B) vs. Uzbekistan (4A) 25-2 (6-0, 5-1, 5-1, 9-0)  - 27
12.10 China (2B) vs. the Netherlands (3A) 10-11 (2-2, 2-4, 3-2, 3-3  - 28
13.30 Spain (2A) vs. New Zealand (3B) 18-6 (5-1, 4-2, 3-2, 6-1)  - 26
17.30 United States (1C) vs. Brazil (4D) 14-3 (3-0, 7-1, 2-2, 2-0)  - 29
18.50 Canada (2C) vs. Kazakhstan (3D) 14-8 (4-2, 5-1, 3-3, 2-2)  - 30
20.10 Hungary (1D) vs. Great Britain (4C) 14-5 (4-2, 4-2, 2-0, 4-1)  - 31
21.30 Italy (2D) vs. Greece (3C) 12-13 (2-2, 2-3, 1-2, 4-2; extra time: 1-1, 0-0. Penalty shootout: 2-3) - 32
 
Monday, July 29th (quarter-finals)
15.30 Russia (W25) vs. Canada (W30) 17-9 (5-2, 3-1, 4-4, 5-2)  - 33
17.00 Australia (W27) vs. Greece (W32) 9-5 (3-1, 1-1, 2-2, 3-1)  - 34
20.15 The Netherlands (W28) vs. Hungary (W31) 7-11 (1-5, 0-2, 3-2, 3-2)  - 36
21.45 Spain (W26) vs. United States (W29) 9-6 (4-2, 1-2, 1-1, 3-1)  - 35
 
Wednesday, July 31st (semi-finals and places 5-8)
15.30 Canada (L33) vs. Greece (L34) 8-12 (1-5, 3-1, 1-5, 3-1)  - 37
17.00 United States (L35) vs. the Netherlands (L36) 12-11 (2-2, 4-3, 3-2, 3-4)  - 38
20.15 Russia (W33) vs. Australia (W34) 6-9 (2-1, 1-3, 1-2, 2-3)  - 39
21.45 Spain (W35) vs. Hungary (W36) 13-12 (5-5, 4-4, 2-3, 2-0)  - 40
 
Friday, August 2nd (medal matches)
15.00 Canada (L37) vs. the Netherlands (L38) 9-12 (1-5, 2-3, 4-3, 2-1) - places 7/8
16.30 Russia (L39) vs. Hungary (L40) 8-10 (3-3, 2-2, 2-3, 1-2) - bronze medal game
20.45 Greece (W37) vs. United States (W38) 12-15 (4-4, 1-2, 1-3, 4-1; extra time 1-0, 0-1. Penalty shootout: 1-4) - places 5/6
22.15 Australia (W39) vs. Spain (W40) 6-8 (1-2, 2-3, 1-1, 2-2) - final game

Final classifications:

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

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