Lucia Santiago, FINA Press Correspondent from Portugal

Russia won Netherlands 11-5 for its second straight FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship crown at the Olympic Swimming Complex in Funchal (POR).

Six victories out of six matches, from group stage to the final, gave gold to Russian junior team, which is now a triple champion, having won in 2009, 2017 and 2019.

In this edition, Russian players where the strongest and took back-to-back gold. Russia had won the previous edition of the tournament, held in Volos (GRE) in 2017.

Evgeniia Golovina (RUS) was named the championships' best goalkeeper and Netherland's Simone van de Kraats the Most Valuable Player. Margarita Pystina (RUS) was the top scorer.

Italy clinched the bronze medal by winning Greece 9-8. Italian players did a great job to stand on the podium next to Russia and Netherlands.

An extra effort allowed Spain surpass United States 9-10 for 5th place. Hungary beat China 12-7 for seventh place, with Kamilla Farago netting four goals.

Individual awards

Best player: Simone van de Kraats (NED)

Top scorer: Margarita Pystina (RUS)

Best goalkeeper: Evgeniia Golovina (RUS)

Final rankings

1. Rusia

2. Netherlands

3. Italy

4. Greece

5. Spain

6. United States

7. Hungary

8. China

9. Australia

10. Canada

11. Brazil

12. South Africa

13. Japan

14. New Zealand

15. Kazakhstan

16. Portugal

Sunday schedule

Classification 7-8

Match 45, 16:00, CHINA 7 HUNGARY 12

Classification 5-6

Match 46, 17:20, UNITED STATES 9 SPAIN 10

Classification 3-4

Match 47, 18:40, ITALY 9 GREECE 8

Classification 1-2

Match 48, 20:00, NETHERLANDS 5 RUSSIA 11

Photo credit: Duarte Paulini