Greece’s Water Polo Juniors Climb on Top of the World

Greece celebrates an astonishing victory in water polo after its junior team were crowned World Champions at the World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships held in Belgrade.

After an amazing final on Sunday, Greece beat Croatia on penalties 5-4 after normal time ended in a tie 7-7 to get the gold medal.

Penalty shootout decided a winner for the first time and for the last time at the championship. Greece shooters scored all five goals in the shootout series. Franko Lazic missed in the second series and it was crucial.

Gkouvekas netted the winner for the second world junior gold for Greece and a big celebration of players and supporters.

This is the second gold medal for the Greeks at the World Men’s Junior Championships. Greece first world junior gold won 2011.

Greece’s youngsters had a magnificent tournament, beating among others the USA and former world champions Serbia in the semi-final.