In a thrilling clash, hosts Greece lost in the final of the FINA Women’s Junior Water Polo World Championships to Russia 17-16.
In front of 2,500 spectators in Volos, the Russians managed to overcome Greece in the penalty shootout.
The Greeks survived three misses as their goalie delivered a save after each, but the fourth one meant the end of the drama. Russia converted the next and won the match in the 11th round of the shootout.
What made the whole story even more dramatic that it was the tournament’s best player and the top scorer, Eleni Xenaki who missed the crucial last penalty – which also meant that Greece had to settle for silver despite being the only unbeaten side in the games’ regular time.
After the men’s team stunning triumph in Belgrade in mid-August, the women were very close to make Greece the first NF to make the unique double.