Greece Grabs Gold at 2017 FINA World Junior Men’s Water Polo Championships

May 27, 2012; Newport Beach, CA, USA; General view of a FINA water polo Mikasa ball during the exhibition game between the Hungary and the United States at Newport Harbor high school. The United States defeated Hungary 12-9. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
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Greece defeated Croatia in a penalty shootout 12-10 in the FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships 2017 gold-medal game at the Sports Centre Milan Gale Muskatirovic in Belgrade (SRB) on Sunday August 13.

Greece did not take the lead until the last minute of the match and Croatia leveled with a few nano seconds remaining to force the shootout. Greece landed all five and Croatia missed its second attempt.

Serbia held off Hungary 12-11 in the bronze-medal final. Serbia led 8-4 at halftime and Kristian Manhercz led the Hungarian revival with four goals to lift himself to top of the goal-scoring in Belgrade with 26 goals and in the process named Most Valuable Player.

Montenegro turned the tables on Spain for fifth place from day four when it lost by five goals in group play.

Italy took seventh place with a 14-8 score over USA, which included a 6-1 third period.

Final placings

1. Greece, 2. Croatia, 3. Serbia, 4. Hungary, 5. Montenegro, 6. Spain, 7. Italy, 8. USA, 9. Russia,10. Canada, 11. Australia, 12. China, 13. Japan, 14. Netherlands, 15. Egypt, 16. Iran, 17. Argentina, 18. New Zealand, 19.Puerto Rico, 20. South Africa

Details game reports will be available on FINA website here.

The FINA World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championships will be hosted by Volos, Greece, from September 3-9.

Press release courtesy of FINA.