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Men’s team finish seventh, Women’s team claim eighth spot

Men’s team finish seventh, Women’s team claim eighth spot

Play concluded at the 2019 Water Polo World Championships, with Greece’s men finishing in seventh place, while the women ended in eighth place, after both teams lost in the quarterfinals to the eventual champions.

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After losing 7-6 in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Italy, Greece’s men’s national water polo team then lost 9-8 to Australia in the 5th–8th place semifinals. Greece later beat Germany 11-6 in the seventh place game. Despite not winning a medal, this was still a decent tournament for the Greek men, as they reached the quarterfinals of the World Championships for the fourth time in a row.

Alexandros Gounas was Greece’s top scorer of the tournament, with 13 goals. Konstantinos Genidounias was Greece’s second highest scorer, with 10 goals. Ioannis Fountoulis and Christodoulos Kolomvos each scored nine goals, while Stylianos Argyropoulos was also a key offensive contributor throughout the tournament, adding seven goals.

On the women’s side, Greece fell 15-5 in the quarterfinals to eventual champion USA. They were then routed 13-4 by Russia in the 5th–8th place semifinals, before also falling 11-9 to the Netherlands in the seventh place game. Even though they didn’t win a medal, the Greek women still reached the quarterfinals of the World Championships for the eighth consecutive time, which is impressive in itself.

With each scoring 12 goals throughout the tournament, Alkisti Avramidou and Eleni Xenaki were Greece’s top scorers. Nikoleta Eleftheriadou and Eleftheria Plevritou each scored eight goals during the tournament, and Alexandra Asimaki had seven goals.

 

by Andrew Stamas

Image Source: Gazzetta.gr

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