Spain beats Greece the Final of the Junior water polo - Greece walks away with Silver Medal

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Spain returned to the gold-medal podium after 10 years by downing former champion Greece 10-5 on thefinal day of theXIV FINA World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championshipsin Netanya, Israel today.

And that five-goal margin was achieved in the first half while the third and fourth periods were squared. Spain shocked Greece, going from 1-1 to 5-1 in the space of just two minutes with a pair from the top byAriadne Ruiz, a deep lob fromElena Camarenaand a counter-attack conversion from Spanish captainPaula Camus. It set the tone for the rest of the encounter, with no-one in doubt that Spain was going to take gold.

The second quarter was tight at 1-0 and in the third period,Camusscored consecutive centre-forward goals for 8-3, further cementing the final result.

At 9-4 heading into the fourth quarter, Spain was safe and OlympianElena Ruiz, named the Most Valuable Player, who scored the opening penalty goal, drilled one from the left for 10-4. Greece responded throughEleni Kanetidouinside the final two minutes for the last score.CamusandAriadne Ruizscored three each.

For Spain it has been a terrific year at the elite level with the senior team claiming the silver medal at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. And assisting head coachJordi Vallswas senior coachMiki Oca, himself an Olympic champion.Vallssaid after the match that it all came down to “training hard, playing hard and being smart”.