On the last before final day of the XXXI Summer Olympic Games in Rio-de-Janeiro Russian women’s water polo team in a very dash battle over strong team of Hungary won the bronze 16 after Olympiad in Sidney-2000.
Real heroes of the game were Nadezda Glyzina, scored five goals and Anastasia Simanovich with her final goal of the match, making the score equal 12:12 in one second of the end.
And, without any doubts, Russian goalie Anna Karnauch, who made a decisive save of Hungarian Hanna Kezcteleki’s penalty, happily pointing this bronze and exiting match with fa final score 7:6 in favour of Russia.
In Magyar squad, as usual, the best were Barbara Bujka, scored 3 goals and Rita Keszthelyi, scored twice.
In the semi-final USA water polo’s players defeated this team of Hungary with score of 14:10 to reach the finale, where they faced Italy in order to win the second Olympic title after London-2012 triumph.
So, in the final Olympic match in Rio-2016 Americans confidently dominated Italy with 12:5 and become the first water polo women’s team in history to earn back-to-back Olympic gold medals. The USA’s players outscored all Games opponents by six victories with a stunning 73-32, completing an emotional tournament for their coach Adam Krikorian, who lost his brother just before the opening match.
Goalie Ashleigh Johnson, who became the first African-American woman to play water polo in the Olympics, continued to impress the public and all experts. She made nine saves and solidified her spot as USA team’s rising star, holding Italy to a single goal in each of the final three quarters.
Meanwhile, her teammate, no doubt, the tournament MVP, magic Maggie Steffens dominated everywhere else in the Rio’s pool. American fellows Kiley Neushul scored three goals in the final match, while Makenzie Fischerand and Rachel Fattal each scored twice.
By this Olympic win American water polo team prolongs their uncial series of non-defeat matches up to 22 winning games.
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