Josip Pavic
Courtesy of: Joan Marc Bosch
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BARCELONA, Spain, July 24. REIGNING Olympic gold medalist Serbia trumped Hungary, 13-10, on day two of the men's water polo preliminary rounds at the FINA World Championships. That's Serbia's second triumph of the early rounds thus far, and it occurred in front of a packed house at the Picornell Pool.

Serbia had to come back from an early 3-2 deficit, powered by an awesome second quarter where Serbia outscored Hungary 5-2.


"This is my debut as goalkeeper at the World Championships and I'm very excited," Serbian goalie Branislav Mitrovic said. "Playing Hungary is always hard."

Meanwhile, word broke during the match that Serbian captain Filip Filipovic became as father as his wife gave birth to a son named Vuk back home in Belgrade during the third quarter.

"I have left this game as a true winner as I am a father now," he said.



Plenty of other great action occurred during preliminary play today. USA bounced back from a day one loss to smack South Africa (16-3), while Croatia dropped Canada (13-8). Australia clipped China (9-7), while Kazakhstan bested Romania (7-4). In another close contest, Italy edged Germany (10-8) before Greece shellacked New Zealand (24-4). Montenegro then closed the night with a 7-5 triumph over hosts Spain.



Results: FINA World Championships, Water Polo: Day Four