Spain couldn’t beat the United States and got a silver medal that looked like a victory
Miki Oca’s squad got silver medal in the World Championships after losing the final against the United States. The American team confirmed its condition of unbeaten, clinching the second World gold in a row. After winning gold medal in Barcelona 2013, this is the second best place ever for Spain Women’s National Team in World Championships.
Everybody knew from the beginning that beating the United States was a very tough challenge. But the Spanish warriors got more confidence as the tournament advanced, while the team coached by Adam Krikorian didn’t seem to be performing at its best.
As for the game, Spain kept the odds to win intact until the half time, but the last two quarters put an end to any hope by the Spaniards. The second period finished 5-3, but Spain never took the lead on the scoreboard, and the only moment it got close was when it tied 3-3 in the second quarter.
Silver usually feels bitter, but this time it was deemed a success from the very first moment, rather than a failure. New talents are popping up on the Spanish side, and with an average age of 23, the future of this amazing group looks bright. Paula Leitón got awarded the best center-forward of the tournament with only 17 years old and players such as Bea Ortiz, Paula Crespí or Ana Gual are gaining prominence.
This is a second place that reaffirms the high level of Spanish water polo and shows to the World that Spain is a leading country on this discipline. The next big challenge for Miki Oca’s warriors will be next summer in Barcelona. The 33rd LEN European Water Polo Championships Barcelona will be a great opportunity for both the Men’s and Women’s National teams to aim at medals with the supporters cheering up from the stands.
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