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Sharks shattered, China rules pool March 26, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Aquatics.

Australia’s men’s water polo team has crashed out of world championship contention in devastating fashion with Italy’s Murizio Felugo scoring a speculative goal in the final seconds to win their quarter final clash 12-11 at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Australia held an 8-5 advantage at one stage but Italy rallied and it required a late intervention from Tim Neesham to ensure Italy did not win it in regulation time. In the first extra time period, John Cotterill scored the first goal, but with less than 30 seconds remaining, Italy found another equaliser though Fabio Bencivenga.

In the second period of extra time, it was Italy which scored the first goal, but Australia looked to have earned a reprieve when Neesham equalised with six seconds remaining on the clock. Felugo launched a speculative shot which completely deceived James Stanton in the Australian goal.

The Italian bench erupted into celebration as the ball rolled into the net, and Italy now faces Spain in a quarter final on Wednesday. Three other teams also made it through to the quarters, Germany, Greece and Russia.

Germany defeated the USA 6-3, and now plays traditional powerhouse Hungary in the quarter-finals, while Greece had a dramatic 8-7 win over Romania and is rewarded with a shot on world champion Serbia. Russia won an attacking affair against Canada 17-13 and now faces Croatia. Australia must now play classification matches for places 9th to 12th.

In the diving pool, China completed the most dominant performance by a single nation at a world championships by making it nine out of ten gold medals.

Liang Huo and Yue Lin were far too good for their rivals in the men’s 10m synchro platform event, scoring 489.48 points to defeat Dmitriy Dobroskok and Gleb Galperin of Russia with a total of 467.16, while American duo David Bouda and Tom Finchum finished with the bronze with a total of 463.56.

In the women’s 3m synchro springboard event, Guo Jingjing and Minxia Wu completed a clean sweep of the women’s events for their country, with a score of 355.90, winning by 37.35 points over the German pair of Ditte Kotzian and Heike Fischer and Briony Cole and Sharleen Stratton of Australia. Australia finished the diving programme with one silver and one bronze.

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