Serbia Add World Cup Title to World League Gold
Aug 01, 2010

By Camillo Cametti – FINA Press Commission Chairman

Croatia took silver and Spain bronze. The United States and Romania also qualified for the 2011 World Championships.

Inspired by his captain Vanja Udovicic and well shaped by coach Dejan Udovicic, Serbia reaffirmed their status as the current world strongest team by winning the World Cup, just two weeks after conquering the gold medal in the World League. In spite of having lost the first match to Croatia, today Serbia crushed their neighbours and traditional rivals thanks to swift start and four goals in the first period (to none). Croatia won the second period but eventually the goal gap at the end was of six. Spain conquered the bronze medal clearly defeating the United States. In other matches Romania beat Australia and conquered the fifth place and the qualification for the next World Championships; for the 7th place China crushed Iran.

Croatia’s Sandro Sukno was the top scorer with 17 goals.

From this 6-day FINA World Cup tournament four teams qualified for next year’s FINA World Championships in Shanghai: Croatia, Spain, the United States and Romania. Serbia had already qualified by winning the FINA World League earlier in July. So did Montenegro, the World League silver medallist. With China, automatically qualified as the Championships host, already seven team are now qualified. The remaining nine teams will qualify through the continental championships: 3 from Europe, 2 from the Americas, 2 from Asia and one each from Oceania and Africa. Participating teams qualified for the World Cup as follows: the first three from the last World Championships, then each per continent (with host country Romania representing Europe).

FINA president Julio Maglione, Bureau member and TWPC Liaison Dimitris Diathesopoulos, Executive Director Cornel Marculescu and Gianni Lonzi, chairman of the Water Polo Technical Committee, praised all participants teams for their efforts in the pool, as well as the Romanian Federation, represented by president Anatoli Grintescu and by Mr. Radu Diaconescu, for their excellent organisation. The City of Oradea was also thanked.

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