Hungary men’s water polo takes men’s Universiade gold


Written by Tim Hartog, Water Polo World

July 18, 2013, Kazan, Russia (ISN) – The Hungarian men have produced what the women were unable to do: beating Russia at home in the 2013 Universiade gold medal final. A low scoring nailbiter was won 5-4 by Hungary on Wednesday to claim the top spot in Kazan, Russia.

In a decisive third period Russia took the lead 2-3 thanks to Albert Zinnatullin but Hungary responded well scoring three consecutive goals courtesy of Adam Szentesi, Tamas Mezei and Balasz Somogyi to take control and lead 5-3 going into the final period. Russia did score through standout Sergei Lisunov but was unable to force the equalizer as the Balazs Vinzce coached side started celebrating their gold medal.

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The battle for bronze featured a lot more goals as Serbia took the lead 1-5 after the opening term already but saw Italy trimming down that lead to only two at half time: 5-7. The Italian seemed on a run to take over control midway through the third period leading 8-7 but two Srdan Vuksanovic goals got the Serbs back in the lead. A tense final eight minutes proved decisive as Serbia scored twice after Stefano Luongo had equalized (9-9) as they led 9-11 with 4.12 to go through goals by Nenad Stojcic and again Vuksanovic. Italy managed to come close, yet again, as Alessandro di Somma shot one home but center Boris Popovic sealed the deal scoring with 1.29 remaining to get Serbia the bronze medal.