Doha 2024: Three medals for Europe as diving and artistic swimming wraps up

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Matteo Santoro and Chiara Pellacani moved from fourth to second with their final dive as they claimed silver in the Mixed Synchronized 3m Springboard at the World Championships.

The Italian duo slipped out of the medal positions after their penultimate dive but responded by holding their nerve and executing their Inward 2 ½ Somersault Pike.

It earned them 68.40 points and an overall score of 287.49pts as they finished behind winners Australia with the Republic of Korea third, 2.46pts adrift.

Silver was an upgrade on bronze at the 2023 World Championships in Fukuoka.

Oleksii Sereda added bronze in the Men’s 10m Platform to his third place in the 10m Synchro.

The Ukrainian was in the medal places throughout and completed his dives with a Back 2 ½ Somersaults 2 ½ Twists Pike, for which he was awarded 97.20pts, his top score of the competition.

Sereda finished with 528.65pts to claim the fourth world medal of his career as the diving wrapped up at the Hamed Aquatic Centre.

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Dennis Gonzalez Boneu and Mireia Hernandez Luna bounced back from disappointment in the Mixed Duet Technical to win silver in the Mixed Duet Free.

The Spanish pair finished fourth in the former but they were rewarded for increasing the difficulty of their ‘Hip Hop’ routine to 37.350 in the Mixed Duet free final.

They scored 208.3583pts to clinch second behind China, who claimed the seventh gold of the artistic swimming programme in Doha.

It was their second straight World Championship medal following bronze in Fukuoka.

Gonzalez Boneu said: “In this championship, we introduced a new choreography and we are very proud of our work. We kept going to achieve this medal and we are very happy with our team.”

Hernandez Luna added: “Our team picked the music for us. We did everything together and I think that it is also magic to keep working together and achieve these goals.”

The Aspire Dome hosted the second round of the women’s water polo to finalise the composition of the quarter-finals.

Netherlands, the defending champions, came through a thriller against China, with a 16-14 victory.

Simone van de Kraats was player of the match with Kitty Lynn Joustra, Brigitte Sleeking and Iris Wolves all scored three apiece.

Netherlands meet Hungary for a place in the semi-finals.

Greece demolished Kazakhstan 24-5 for whom Anastassiya Tsoy was ejected for violence in the third period.

The Greeks led 8-2 at the quarter and 12-2 by half-time before going on to claim a commanding victory with Eirini Ninou among five players to score four goals.

France will play for 13th, weeks after finishing sixth at the European Championships, after going down 16-8 to Brazil while Great Britain lost 20-8 to Australia.