Olympic Men’s Water Polo Strides to Semi-Final Round

Updated: August 10, 2012

Water sits after it splashed on the Olympic rings at the Water Polo Arena during a training session at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

LONDON – The final four of the men’s water polo event at the 2012 London Olympic Games are now complete and set to enter the semi-finals round.

Pre-tournament favourites Serbia defeated Australia 11-8 to qualify for the semi-finals. The Australians led 7-5 during the first two quarters. Richie Campbell and Jamie Beadsworth each scored doubles.

Six goals from the Serbian side turned around Australia’s early domination and led the team to victory. Filip Filipovic scored a hat-trick while Zivko Gocic and Andrija Prlainovic scored two each.

Serbia’s semi-finals opponent will be current world champions Italy. The Italians defeated nine-time gold medallists Hungary in a tight 11-9 game.

Both sides fought closely during the first two quarters, with Italy leading 5-4. The gap widened as the Italian team surged three points ahead of Hungary in the third quarter, enough to secure a win via a two-point lead at the end of the match.

The Hungarians were seeking to win their fourth consecutive gold medal. Their three-game loss out of six in the competition determined their decline.

Montenegro, Serbia’s Balkan neighbour, advanced to the semi-finals over Spain 11-9.

The Montenegrin squad dominated in the second and third quarters, leaving Spain to struggle in the fourth. Boris Zlokovic contributed an impressive four goals for Montenegro.

The Montenegrins are seeking to win a medal to avenge their fourth-place position in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. During that time, the squad lost to gold medallist Hungary in the semi-finals and failed against Serbia in the bronze medal final round.

Croatia will be Montenegro’s semi-final rival. Prevailing over USA 8-2, the Croatian squad easily maintained their unbeaten run in the competition.

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Olympic Men’s Water Polo Strides to Semi-Final Round
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