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World Championships – Women’s Preliminary Round 1

EDIT: Original news is now below the star dotted line, and Part 2 is on top.

Part 2: The afternoon continued with the water polo preliminary rounds.

The first match in the afternoon was between Cuba and Kazakhstan. Both teams played well, Cuba was leading several times, then Kazakhstan equalized, and finished the game 9-6.

Then, Greece and Spain competed in Group C. While Greece was able to score goals in the beginning, Spain was leading through the entire game and started taking off in the second quarter. Spain won 14-4.

Next up was Japan and China from Group D. The game was tight int he beginning, both teams were playing equally well. Japan took the lead at the end of the first quarter (2-1), but by the middle of the third quarter, the score was equal of 4-4. China then was leading, and won the game 8-6.

The final match today was between Italy and Australia. The first quarter ended with 3-0 for Italy, then in the second quarter, Australia caught up a little. The halftime score was 6-2. The third and fourth quarters were still in Italy’s favor, but overall, the Australian team performed much better. Italy won by a score only, 10-9.

Tomorrow’s, 15 July (Men), schedule is the following:

8:30-9:35
SRB – MNE
9:50-10:55
KOR – GRE
11:10-12:15
USA – KAZ
12:30-13:35
CRO – AUS
16:30-17:35
RSA – ESP
17:50-18:55
NZL – HUN
19:10-20:15
BRA – ITA
20:30-21:35
GER – JPN

The Ladies’ scheduled for 16 July is the following:

8:30-9:35
KOR – RUS
9:50-10:55
CAN – HUN
11:10-12:15
ESP – KAZ
12:30-13:35
CUB – GRE
16:30-17:35
AUS – CHN
17:50-18:55
JPN – ITA
19:10-20:15
USA – NED
20:30-21:25
RSA – NZL

 

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In Group A action, probably the two best teams in the world had swimaway victories with European champion Netherlands running riot over South Africa 33-0. Simone van der Kraats nailed seven goals for the Dutch. The reigning champion United States of America had the better of New Zealand 22-3, and Stephania Haralabidis was the leading scorer with five.

Group B started with Russia in a superb form, creating opportunities all over the pool and most of its players finding the net, defeating Canada 18-10. Then came the world-record-beating 64-0 victory by Hungary over FINA newcomer Korea. A large crowd, a huge media presence and plenty of noise surrounded every Korean players’ movements.

Olívia Nagy (WPNews)

Preliminary Round 1 part 2 is coming up soon! The other 4 matches are expected to be from 16:30-21:35 KST.

 

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