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Day 6: Singapore stuns Austria for Challengers’ Cup gold medal

by ZwemZa on October 13th, 2019

Singapore was crowned champion on the final day of the FINA Water Polo Challengers’ Cup men’s tournament at the OCBC Aquatic Centre in Singapore.

Singapore stunned Austria 8-5 after a 3-0 opening quarter, something Austria never recovered from. Austria’s big guns were left dormant as Singapore raced all around the pool and took the shots that counted.

Singapore’s breakthrough at this event comes after losing the 2009 final to Kuwait. Austria collected the last two bronze medals — 2015 and 2017 — and will at least go home with silver, although head coach Barnabas Steinmetz, the 2000 and 2004 Olympic champion from Hungary, will be rubbing his head in despair at how the match panned out.

Ireland and Indonesia fought hard for the bronze, but with the tournament’s undoubted star, Ridjkie Mulia, converting four penalties en route to six goals and a staggering 37 from five matches, Indonesia crossed the line. Ireland was debuting in Singapore and Indonesia was sixth in 2015 and eighth in 2009.

In the battle for fifth place, Philippines, inspired by Mark Valdez and Vincent Serrano, blazed their way to a 13-8 margin over Hong Kong, whose Gilman Choi was up to the challenge with four of his own.

In the minor classifications, India secured seventh spot with a 13-8 victory over Malaysia and Zimbabwe had a field day, beating Chinese Taipei 30-3 for ninth position.

Final positions:
1. Singapore
2. Austria
3. Indonesia
4. Ireland
5. Philippines
6. Hong Kong
7. India
8. Malaysia
9. Zimbabwe
10. Chinese Taipei

Awards:
Most Valuable Player:
An Jun Ang (SGP)
Most Valuable Goalkeeper:
Salkan Samardzic (AUT)
Highest goal-scorer:
Ridjkie Mulia — 37 goals

Sunday schedule:
Match 21, 10:00, Classification 9-10, ZIMBABWE 30 CHINESE TAIPEI 3
Match 22, 11:30, Classification 7-8, MALAYSIA 8 INDIA 13
Match 23, 15:00, Classification 5-6, PHILIPPINES 13 HONG KONG 8
Match 24, 16:30, Classification 3-4, IRELAND 9 INDONESIA 14
Match 25, 16:30, Classification 1-2, SINGAPORE 8 AUSTRIA 5

Russell McKinnon, FINA Media Committee

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