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Day 15 review: Big Australian family, bronze for three, and queens of water polo

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R-Sport / MIA Rossiya Segodnya
07.08.2015, 23:23 Sport
Team Australia won 2 gold and 2 bronze medals today at the Kazan Arena Stadium. The Campbell sisters managed to climb the podium together in the 100m freestyle, and Mitchell Larkin's champion title made it a truly Australian day at the World Championships. Today, aquatics fans also celebrated the US women's gold medal in water polo.

Bronte Campbell of Australia was first in today's first swimming final. Her sister took the bronze medal, 0.30 seconds behind the winner.

“I can say that we stuck to our family tactics in the final event. We made the Campbell sisters’ sandwich. We accomplished what we had planned and longed for, Australia having gold and bronze in its medal collection now,” the champion said after the race.

FINA Worlds 2015. Swimming

Women.100m freestyle

1. Bronte CAMPBELL (AUS) - 52.52

2. Sarah SJOSTROM (SWE) – 52.70

3. Cate CAMPBELL (AUS) – 52.82

Kazan Arena Stadium. August 7

Another Australian, Mitchell Larkin, won the next final in the men’s 200m backstroke event.

“Thank you very much, it was a fantastic night in the pool for the Aussies. The Campbell sisters inspired me perfectly. I want to congratulate them. I’m also glad I was able to come away with a win,” Larkin said humbly at a press conference that he attended together with his female compatriots.

FINA Worlds 2015. Swimming

Men. 200m backstroke

1. Mitchell LARKIN (AUS) - 1:53.58

2. Radoslaw KAWECKI  (POL) - 1:54.55

3. Evgeny RYLOV (RUS) - 1:54.60

Kazan Arena Stadium. August 7

Japanese swimmer Kanako Watanabe earned gold in the women’s 200m breaststroke event. This heat is worth mentioning as after a harsh struggle, three countries at once won the bronze medal: Denmark, China and Spain.

"I am very happy; this victory came as a big surprise to me. I still cannot believe I won. As for the strategy, I was trying to save energy in the first half and sped up in the last 50 metres. I did what I had planned, and I am very happy about it. The struggle was tough. I have just learned that three bronze medals were awarded after our final heat, and I am very surprised," said the Japanese swimmer after the finish.

FINA Worlds 2015. Swimming

Women. 200m breaststroke

1. Kanako WATANABE (JPN) - 2:21.15

2. Micah LAWRENCE (USA) - 2:22.44

3. Rikke Moller PEDERSEN (DEN) - 2:22.76

3. Jinglin SHI (CHN) - 2:22.76

3. Jessica VALL (ESP) - 2:22.76

Kazan Arena Stadium. August 7

Marco Koch became the world champion in the men’s 200m breaststroke event where he clocked 2:07.76.

"I am very happy. I did not expect I would win. But I am a bit disappointed with the time. I thought I would be faster. But it was enough to win, so it's OK," admitted the German athlete.

FINA Worlds 2015. Swimming

Men. 200m breaststroke

1. Marco KOCH (GER) - 2:07.76

2. Kevin CORDES (USA) - 2:08.05

3. Daniel GYURTA (HUN) - 2:08.10

Kazan Arena Stadium. August 7

Team Great Britain won the gold medal in the men’s 4x200 freestyle relay finishing with a time of 7:04.33.

"It was an exciting race. The whole team took all the possible efforts to win. I knew that we had a chance to be on the podium and we did it. This is the best team that the UK ever had. Our next step is the preparation for next year’s Olympic Games," said James Guy, a member of the British golden team.

FINA Worlds 2015. Swimming.

Men. 4x200m fresstyle

1. Great Britan – 7:04.33

2. United States – 7:04.75

3. Australia – 7:05.34

Kazan Arena Stadium. August 7

Water polo players from Italy won the first medal at the tournament. The struggle was so tough that the winner was identified only in a penalty shoot-out. The Italians' attempts brought them the bronze medal.

"I have never been happier before! The game was unusually tough. We still cannot believe that we won the long-desired bronze medal! Australia performed at a high level, honestly, but we were better! Look at the team, the girls are delighted! You know, it is really cool to know that you are among the top three teams in the world!" said Italian Teresa Frassinetti happily after the match.

FINA Worlds 2015. Water polo.

Women. Bronze final.

Australia vs Italy – 7-7 (2-3, 1-2, 2-0, 2-2) (3-5 – on penalties)

Water Polo Arena. August 7

Olympic champions from the USA beat Team Netherlands and made history by winning the title at the FINA World Championships in Kazan. The head coach of the US national squad, Adam Krikorian, did not avoid a soaking in the pool this evening at the Water Polo Arena.

FINA Worlds 2015. Water polo.

Women. Final.

United States vs Netherlands – 5-4 (0-1, 2-1, 3-1, 0-1)

Water Polo Arena. August 7. 

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