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Cagnotto wins gold at last and breaks China's winning streak in Kazan

Kazan 2015. 28 July 2015. FINA Newsletter #4. (IKKOSPORTS) - Tania Cagnotto finally won the world gold which had eluded her for so long when she scored a superb victory on the 1m springboard which ended China's monopoly of the diving titles in Kazan. The 30-year-old Italian, who claimed her first FINA World Championship medal 10 years ago, took charge from the start and held off the Chinese challenge through the five rounds of the final to relegate former 1m world champions Shi Tingmao and He Zi to silver and bronze after China had bagged the first five titles of the meet.

Cagnotto, three silver and four bronze medals already in her collection from five previous editions of the FINA World Championships, was pipped for gold by a tiny 0.10 points - the smallest margin in the history of the championships - by He Zi at the last Worlds in 2013 after having led through three of the five rounds. But this time she was not to be denied her rule at the Aquatics Palace as she claimed Italy's first World Championship diving gold in 40 years since Klaus Dibiasi won the men's 10m title at the first two editions in 1973 and 1975.

Muller gives France first Open Water gold

Aurelie Muller of France became the first female open water swimmer to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games winning the 10km event at the Kazan 2015 FINA World Championships in 1:58.04.3. Muller claims the first gold medal for France in open water swimming. France had previously won three silver medals and three bronze medals in open water events including Muller's silver medal in 2011 at the Shanghai Worlds. She finished 2.4 seconds ahead of her training partner Sharon Van Rouwendaal of The Netherlands under brilliant weather conditions and a pleasant air temperature of 26 degrees at the start of the race. Muller had a run of bad luck having missed qualification for the 2012 London Olympics. The French swimmer was disqualified at the finish line from the 10km in Roberval in 2010. She recalls a poor 1500m freestyle result because her goggles filled with water, failing to qualify for the 2011 Shanghai World Championships. In the 23 degree placid water of the Kazanka River her luck changed for the better. Pacing herself with an easy 30.33.9 first lap she stayed relaxed in the pack of swimmers, passing the 2.5km mark tied for 19th position. In her second of four laps she found herself leading her 54 challengers from 34 countries.

Water Polo Reports - Women, Day 2

Defending world champion Spain was slow off the mark at 3-0 by the first quarter, but hit stride with long shots and on extra to have the game fully in its grasp by halftime, 10-1 ahead. Spain set alight the afterburners in the final period with eight goals.

Roser Tarrago had a wonderful night with six goals from all over the field, including a late penalty strike. New Zealand put in the effort, but experience was the difference between the teams. New Zealand's goals came at 8-1 and 11-2.

MEDALS TABLE AFTER DAY 4

NF GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL
CHN 6 3 2 11
RUS 3 2 1 6
USA 3 0 1 4
ITA 1 0 2 3
FRA 1 0 0 1
RSA 1 0 0 1
CAN 0 3 0 3
NED 0 2 0 2
GER 0 1 1 2
GRE 0 1 1 2
ESP 0 1 0 1
MEX 0 1 0 1
UKR 0 1 0 1
AUS 0 0 2 2
JPN 0 0 2 2
BRA 0 0 1 1
GBR 0 0 1 1
PRK 0 0 1 1
TOTAL 15 15 15 45

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