Greece wins gold at 2018 FINA World Youth Championships

by SwimSwam 1

August 20th, 2018 Europe, International, News, Water Polo

Courtesy: FINA

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The Greek youth water polo team won their first FINA World Youth Championships 2018 title on Sunday August 19 in Szombathely, Hungary, beating Spain 9-8 (3-3, 4-1, 2-3, 0-1) in the final.

Hungary and Serbia produced an outstanding battle for the bronze, but the hosts ended up clinching the third place, defeating the Balkan powerhouse 14-13 (5-4, 2-3, 3-4, 4-2).

Italy then secured the fifth spot, defeating Croatia 15-13 after penalty shootout.

This scenario led to an unusual podium picture with no medals for the Balkan teams, which has only happened once in the past at this level in 2014.

You can read detailed game report on the FINA website and results are available here.

All the games are available on FINAtv.

Final rankings 2018

1. Greece, 2. Spain, 3. Hungary, 4. Serbia, 5. Italy, 6. Croatia, 7. Montenegro, 8. Australia, 9. United States, 10. Russia, 11. Brazil, 12. Colombia, 13. Egypt, 14. New Zealand, 15. South Africa, 16. Argentina, 17. Canada, 18. Saudi Arabia, 19. China, 20. Uzbekistan

Individual awards

Most Valuable Player: Nikolaos-Sry Papanikolaou (Greece)

Best goalkeeper: Unai Aguirre (Spain)

Top scorer: Ahmed Elsapagh (Egypt) with 29 goals

The men’s tournament took place from August 11-19, while the women’s FINA Youth Water Polo Championships will be disputed in Belgrade, Serbia, from August 27-September 2.

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MIKE IN DALLAS

I know nothing about the USA team, but 9th place is kind of a bummer.
And explanations other than “the better teams won”?
Inquiring minds…….

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