Serbia and Croatia to clash for men’s water polo gold
Serbia and Croatia reached the final of the men’s water polo tournament in Rio. There was no chance for a medal in the women’s platform diving, but in synchro the Russians already top the ranks after the technical routine.
Another European gold medal is on the horizon in synchronised swimming where the Russians top the ranks after the technical routine. Ukraine is pretty close to earn a medal, only 0.33 points separate them from the third placed Japanese, the free routine will decide the outcome on Friday.
The day’s only medal event in women’s diving didn’t bring too much success: Tonia Couch was the lonely European who managed to qualify from the semis but she finished 12th in the final (a 15 years old Chinese, Ren Qian came first, becoming the youngest champion in Rio so far).
The semifinals of the men’s water polo tourney promised great excitements – instead two rather one-sided contests sent Serbia and Croatia to the final. Just like four years ago, Croatia beat the Montenegrins 12-8 with a convincing performance. The Croats netted four goals from the centre, that made the difference in this encounter. In the other semis Serbia took revenge over the Italians for their bitter loss at the 2012 Olympics in London. Though it finished 10-8, the world champions were overwhelming, led 6-0 in the second half and 9-3 early in the fourth before letting the Italians come closer. The final will see the eternal classic featuring Serbia and Croatia, a re-match of the 2015 World Championships final which the Serbs won with ease.