At the end of the blazing and sometimes contradictory ХХХI Summer Olympic Games-2016 in the water of Aquatic centre of Rio-de-Janeiro finished by 0dynamic and fiery water polo’s matches of the World best teams, giving to Russian players-girls after the Sydney-2004 the second in the history sensational Olympic bronze.
In the men’s final match for Rio’s title, acting European and World -2016 champion, Serbia’s water polo team also etched itself in the history of the Games, winning the first Olympic gold medal over its eternal rival and “friend” of the former Yugoslavia, Croatian team with a confident score of 11:7.
The major water clash Serbia vs Croatia in Rio’s pool was a remake of the Kazan-2015 Worlds’ final game for title. And again Serbia dominated during all match long, vining three its parts and making one equal with total scores (3-2, 3-1, 3-2, 2-2). Serbia had finished third at the past two Olympics in Athens-2004 and London-2012, earned in Brazilian Rio-2016 with gold.
Dusan Mandic scored four goals to Serbia’s final Olympic triumph, while the goalie Branislav Mitrovic made 12 saves. Team’s leader Filip Filipovic scored twice and was named the most valuable men’s water polo’s player of Rio’s tournament.
Sandro Sukno, which won the London-2012 gold four years ago, scored three goals for Croatia. Spanish origin’s Javier Garcia Gadea added two goals for Croatian team. Their teammate Marko Bijac was voted the tournament’s top goaltender and made five saves in the final math before he was replaced by Josip Pavic.
Italy beat another water polo team of former Yugoslavia, Montenegro with 12:10 to earn the bronze Olympic medal. 37-years-old Italian goalie Stefano Tempesti made 10 saves and Christian Presciutti scored four goals. Valentino Gallo added three goals for Italy’s victory.
It’s the second consecutive Olympic medal for the Squadra Azzurra, who won the silver medal in London-2012, falling to Croatia in the gold-medal match. Italy became the only one country with medal in each water polo tournament of Rio-2016 after the women’s silver taking home.
Photos: USA Today Sports, Reuters