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16th FINA World Championships

July 24 - August 9, 2015

FINA Worlds 2015: Preview of competition day, August 7

R-Sport / MIA Rossiya Segodnya
07.08.2015, 07:00 Official events
On the fifteenth day of the 16th FINA World Championships the athletes will contend for 6 sets of medals. Tomorrow’s night swimming fans will know the fastest 200m finishers in backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle, while water polo fans will find out the name of the new world champion in the women’s tournament.

Every competition day of the FINA World swimming tournament reveals the names of new world title holders. Hopefully, today’s swims will be no exception. They start in the main swimming pool at the Kazan Arena Stadium at 9:30, the morning session lasting till 12:15.

The evening will be marked by semis and finals. On August 7, the sporting community will honour the winners of the women’s 100m freestyle and 200m breaststroke events and men’s 200m breaststroke and 200m backstroke individual and relay finals. It promises to be quite captivating. Don’t miss the chance to watch the finals at 17:32.

The women’s final battles are likely to come to a nail-biting climax in the Water Polo Arena where the medallists will be decided among the last four. The bronze medal is up for grabs in Italy vs. Australia duel. Despite their defeat in the previous matches, both the national squads seem to not have made the farewell statement yet. But they will not have another attempt here in Kazan anymore. As it was reported earlier, the Aussies were beaten 6-8 by the USA, the Italians were edged out by the Netherlands in the shootout. The consolation match is scheduled for 20:30. Given that the key sports venues of the FINA World Championships are located within one cluster, even the slowest spectators will have enough time to move from one venue to another for the women’s water polo bronze medal match.

At 22:00 local time, the gold medal match will be held, in which the new water polo world champions will be crowned. After Spain, the reigning world champions, slipped out of the medal contest, the sports experts can hardly agree on who deserves the coveted gold: the USA or the Netherlands. The only thing they agree on is the outcome of the final will be fitting, anyway, after all both the national sides had demonstrated fascinating and spectacular play which is sure to leave its impression on locals and visitors alike. At 22:00, the starting whistle will be heard at the Water Polo Arena to announce the point of no return and the start of an epoch of new water polo rulers. All we need to find out is which of the two countries will wear this crown.

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