News ID: 119089
Published: 0646 GMT May 30, 2015

Iran lifts FINA World Water Polo Development Trophy

Iran lifts FINA World Water Polo Development Trophy

Iran maintains its unbeaten run in the fifth FINA World Water Polo Development Trophy, outpointing powerhouse Uruguay 13-5 in the final on Friday.

In front of cheering crowd, at Tehran’s Shahid Shiroudi Sports Complex, Iran, the host, won the first quarter 2-nil, finatrophy2015.com reported.

In the second quarter, Iran continued its dominant display as it saw off Uruguay 3-0.

Uruguay had a good start in the third quarter and took a 2-0 lead but Iran made a good comeback and the period finished in a 3-3 draw.

Sirous Taherian’s men defeated Uruguay 5-2 in the fourth quarter.

This is second gold medal in the nation’s history after 41 years. Iran had claimed the gold medal in the 1974 Asian Games in Tehran.

 

Best goalkeeper

 

Iran’s Sajjad Abdi was named as the best goalkeeper of the world meet.

The completion’s organizing committee chose the best goalkeeper and goal-scorer at the end of the tournament.

Abdi from Iran was chosen as the best keeper and Mohammad Alrumaidhin from Kuwait was named as the best goal-scorer.

Taherian dedicated the title to the Iranian people and those who supported the team in the competitions.

“First, I want to thank all the fans who came here to support us,” Taherian told the reporters.

“I also thank all players and staff who believed we would win the title,” he added.

“Uruguay was a good team since they had won all their four previous matches,” Taherian said.

His counterpart Jorge Remersaro Matturro in a post-match news conference said, “This tournament was very lucrative for us, we placed fifth and sixth at the previous editions but in this tournament we finished second. This proves we have promoted our level, but Iran showed they are two or more steps above us.” Talking about Iran, he added, “We knew we are going to play against a strong team. We were not lucky enough to have all of players. Three players were not eligible to play due to injury.”

Jorge finally appreciated Iran for high level of organization including hotel, food, transportation and discipline.

Launched in 2007, the FINA Water Polo Development Trophy gathers teams from nations in Africa, the Americas and Asia where it is still not a major sport, seeking to develop water polo on a global level.

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