Lausanne (SUI), December 9, 2012. THE nine-day competition featuring 34 (15 women's and 19 men's) water polo teams concluded on a high note at Perth's Challenge Stadium, Western Australia, with Italy and Greece crowned as new World Youth Champions for men and women, respectively.
In the men's competition, Italy was too strong for Hungary (10-8) in the final match taking place on Sunday December 9. The battle for the minor medal played out between Croatia and Serbia, with the Serbian squad winning by a one-goal advantage (8-7) in front of a cheering crowd.
Among women, Greece imposed a crushing victory over Hungary (9-5) while Russia edged USA by one goal (13-12) for the bronze.
Russia's Elvina Karimova was named the Most Valuable Player and was also the highest goal-scorer of the women's tournament with 38 goals. The men's Most Valuable Player was Toni Nemet (HUN) and the highest goal-scorer was Kirill Rustamov (UZB) with 37 goals.
Final Ranking Women
4. USA; 5. CANADA; 6. NEW ZEALAND; 7. AUSTRALIA; 8. BRAZIL; 9. ITALY; 10. CZECH REPUBLIC; 11. SOUTH AFRICA; 12. UZBEKISTAN; 13. INDONESIA; 14. ZIMBABWE; 15. INDIA
Final Ranking Men
4. CROATIA; 5. GREECE; 6. ROMANIA; 7. AUSTRALIA; 8. USA; 9. BRAZIL; 10. NEW ZEALAND; 11. CANADA; 12. IRAN; 13. UZBEKISTAN; 14. EGYPT; 15. COLOMBIA; 16. KAZAKHSTAN; 17. SOUTH AFRICA; 18. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO; 19. PERU
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