Women’s water polo: preview and statistics
Although Budapest and Balatonfured host the 17th FINA World Chamionships, only the 13th women’s water polo tournament will start at 16 of July, because women got the chance to participate in the FINA World Championships in 1986. Defending champion is the United States, it will be very difficult to beat them.
Women’s water polo is extremely unpredictable results of the last World Championships show it clearly: at each of the last two World Championships (2013 and 2015) the top three was composed of entirely different teams compared to the previous edition. Or in 2011, the finalists had not won a medal in 2009, as Russia repeated as bronze medallists.
The last team to reach the final at back-to-back World Championships was the United States, who repeated as champions in 2009. This marked the fourth final in a row for Team USA. They would not reach the final again until 2015, when they emerged victorious against Netherlands in the gold medal match. United States (2007 and 2009) and Italy (1998 and 2001) are the only teams that have retained their world title in this competition, American ladies have won four world titles, two more than any other team in the history of the competition.
Photo: Máté Balogh/Bp2017 Média
In 2015, they became the first reigning Olympic champions to win the world title and one year later they became the first reigning world champions to triumph at the Olympic Games. Three American players have won a record three world championship titles: Heather Petri (USA), Brenda Villa (USA) and Kami Craig (USA).
Two years ago, United States won behind a roster averaging 22 years and 239 days, the youngest ever to win a world title in women's water polo. The team included 17-year-old Maddie Musselman (USA), who at 17-052 became the youngest individual player to win a world championship. Musselman returns in a bid to retain the title as well as teammates Rachel Fattal, Makenzie Fischer, Kiley Neushul, Maggie Steffens and Melissa Seidemann.
Netherlands won a medal in each of their first appearances in this tournament (1986-1998) and then it took them until 2015 to return to the podium (silver medal).
Italy won a medal in each of their first appearances in this tournament (1994-2003) and then it took them until 2015 to return to the podium (bronze medal). Canada (G0-S2-B2) and Russia (G0-S0-B4) have won most medals in this competition without ever winning the trophy: four.
Canadian ladies during their first training in the comptetition venue
Brazil (11) and New Zealand (10) have made most World Championship appearances without ever claiming a medal.
All seven countries that won the world title in women's water polo will be present in the tournament in Budapest.
Hosts Hungary won the world title twice, in 1994 and 2005. They join United States (4) and Italy (2) as the only countries that have won multiple world titles.
Programme of the women’s water polo tournament:
16 of July, Sunday:
W1 9:30: Italy-Canada
W2 10:50: Brazil-China
W3 12:10: New Zealand-Spain
W4 13:30: South Africa-United States
W6 17:30: Netherlands-France
W7 18:50: Australia-Kazakhstan
W5 20:10: Japan-Hungary
W8 21:30: Russia-Greece
18 of July, Thuesday:
W9 9:30: United States-Spain
W10 10:50: New Zealand-South Africa
W12 12:10: Japan-Netherlands
W13 13:30: Greece-Kazakhstan
W14 17:30: Australia-Russia
W15 18:50: China-Canada
W11 20:10: France-Hungary
W16 21:30: Italy-Brazil
Július 20., Thursday:
W17 9:30: Japan-France
W19 10:50: Australia-Greece
W20 12:10: Russia-Kazakhstan
W21 13:30: Italy-China
W22 17:30: Brazil-Canada
W23 18:50: New Zealand-United States
W18 20:10: Netherlands-Hungary
W24 21:30: South Africa-Spain
22 of July, Saturday:
13th-16th place semifinals
M25 10:30: A4-B4
M26 12:00: C4-D4
M27 13:30: A2-B3
M28 15:00: A3-B2
M29 20:30: C2-D3
M30 22:00 C3–D2
24 of July, Monday:
For 15th place:
M31 09:30: Loser of M25 - Loser of M26
For 13th place:
M32 10:50: Winner of M25 - Winner of M26
9th-12th place semifinals
M33 12:10: Loser of M27 - Loser of M29
M34 13:30: Loser of M28 - Loser of M30
M35 14:50: A1– C2/D3 (M29)
M36 16:10: B1– C3/D2 (M30)
M37 20:30: C1– A2/B3 (M27)
M38 22:00: D1– A3–B2 (M28)
26 of July, Wednesday:
For 11th place:
M39 10:30: Loser of M33 - Loser of M34
For 9th place:
M40 12:00: Winner of M33 - Winner of M34
5th-8th place semifinals:
M41 13:30: Loser of M35 - Loser of M36
M42 15:00: Loser of M37 - Loser of M38
M43 20:30: Winner of A1 - C2/D3 (M35) - Winner of B1 - C3/D2 (M36)
M44 22:00: Winner of C1 - A2/B3 (M37) - Winner of D1 - A3/B2 (M38)
29 of July, Saturday:
For 7th place:
M45 12:00: Loser of M41 - Loser of M42
For 5th place:
M46 13:30: Winner of M41 - Winner of M42
For 3rd place:
M47 15:00: Winner of M43 - Winner of M44
M48 20:30: Winner of M43 - Winner of M44