FINA Aquatics 2017, 4th day – Hungarian water polo team started its first game with victory
Results of men’s water polo matches played in the 17th World Aquatics Championships in Budapest on Monday. Tingmao Shi and Yani Chang of China wom the women’s 3 m springboard synchronised diving event. Aisen Chen and Hao Yang of China triumphed in the men’s 10 m platform synchro diving event. Manila Flamini and Giorgio Minisini of Italy triumphed in the synchro swimming mixed duet technical event.
Men’s water polo results
Australia-Hungary 3-13 (1-1, 1-4, 1-2, 0-6)
Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, 7500 spectators, referees: Franulovic (CRO), Rotstart (USA)
waterpolo.hu – The Hungarian men’s national team gave head coach Tamás Märcz the perfect birthday present as they powered past Australia to record a 13-3 victory in their opening match at the World Championships. Their next match is on Wednesday against Italy, who defeated France 18-9.
Hungary and Australia drew 9-9 at last year’s Rio Olympics the last time the teams met at a major tournament, and although only four players remain from that Australia team Hungary were by no means expecting a straight-forward victory.
It certainly didn’t start out that way, Australia taking the game to Hungary early on, failing to convert a number of chances before Lachlan Edwards eventually gave them the lead after three and a half minutes following a pass from Aaron Younger. Anthony Hrysanthos then saved from Gergő Zalánki, but was unable to prevent a fierce shot from Márton Vámos finding its way into the net with less than two minutes of the quarter left to play. Australia remained in the ascendancy, Viktor Nagy in the Hungary goal making a number of saves as the sides took a breather at 1-1.
Nagy continued to keep the Australians at bay in the second period, and at the other end Dénes Varga scoring two action goals, Norbert Hosnyánszky adding another, and then Varga scoring his third of the evening from a man-up situation after Younger had brought Australia some hope of keeping up with their hosts. The score at half-time saw Hungary 5-2 ahead.
Australia fought valiantly in the third, but were unable to break down the Hungarian defence with any great regularity, and when they did, Nagy stood in their path. Hungary went further ahead as Varga converted a penalty shot won by Tamás Mezei, and were 7-2 to the good when Béla Török made the most of another man-up situation. An action goal from Joe Kayes did keep Australia give Australia a glimmer of hope, Hungary leading 7-3 going into the final eight minutes.
That glimmer faded quickly though, Hungary running riot in the fourth quarter as they scored a further six goals without reply. Balázs Hárai and Tamás Mezei both got on the score sheet before Krisztián Manhercz, Vámos, Török, and then Manhercz again rounded off the scoring, the final score of 13-3 being duly hailed by an ecstatic 7,500 crowd.
AUSTRALIA 3-13 HUNGARY (1–1, 1–4, 1–2, 0–6)
AUSTRALIA: Hrysanthos – G. Ford, Edwards 1, Gilchrist, Younger 1, A. Ford, Hollis. Replacements: Putt, Kayes 1, Power, Fannon, Brooks. Head coach: Elvis Fatović
HUNGARY: Nagy V. – Vámos 2, Hosnyánszky 1, Gór-Nagy, Erdélyi, Varga Dénes 4, Hárai 1. Replacements: Török 2, Manhercz 2, Zalánki, Decker Á, Mezei 1. Head coach: Tamás Märcz
Italy – France 18:9 (5:2, 3:4, 7:1, 3:2)
Greece – Spain 8:7 (3:1, 2:2, 1:1, 2:3)
Serbia – South Africa 21:5 (6:1, 7:1, 5:1, 3:2)
Croatia – United States 12:7 (3:1, 4:2, 3:1, 2:3)
Brazil – Kazakhstan 6:2 (1:1, 0:1, 3:0, 2:0)
Canada – Montenegro 8:8 (1:3, 2:2, 1:1, 4:2)
Chinese victory in women’s 3 m springboard synchronised diving
1. Tingmao Shi, Chang Yani (CHN) 333.30 points
2. Melissa Citrini Beaulieu, Jennifer Abel (CAN) 323.43
3. Kristina Ilinykh, Nadezhda Bazhina (RUS) 312.60
Chinese victory in men’s 10 m platform synchro diving
1. Aisen Chen, Hao Yang (CHN) 498.48 points
2. Aleksandr Bondar, Viktor Minibaev (RUS) 458.85
3. Patrick Hausding, Sascha Klein (GER) 440.82
Italian victory in synchro swimming mixed duet technical event
1. Manila Flamini, Giorgio Minisini (ITA) 90.2979 points
2. Mikhaela Kalancha, Aleksandr Maltsev (RUS) 90.2639
3. Kanako Kitao Spendlove, Bill May (USA) 87.6682
FINA executive director honoured with tree at Duna Arena
A tree was planted at Budapest’s brand new Duna Arena to mark FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu’s 70th birthday on Monday.
Marculescu, who had a significant role in bringing the 17th World Aquatics Championships to Budapest, was greeted in a ceremony by FINA president Julio Maglione, National Development Minister Miklós Seszták, the head of the organising committee, Balázs Fürjes, government commissioner for priority investments in Budapest, and Tamás Gyárfás, vice president of FINA.