After two weeks, the FINA Aquatics Worlds competition wraps up today in Budapest, Hungary, with a day which promises lots of exciting action. Today, the following competitions will be held: Men’s 400m IM Final, Men’s 50m Backstroke Final, Men’s 1500m Freestyle Final, and the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay Final, as well as the men's high dive competition. A surprising duo at this Budapest Worlds have been the Italian "twins" Gabriele Detti and Gabriele Paltrinieri. They have both been swimming strong during this week of intense competitive swimming, taking gold and bronze in the 800 m. They will both compete in the 1500 m today. The two are not, of course, twins, but the Italian press have dubbed them so, given their shared first name, and striking model like resemblance to each other.
In startling news, in the men's water polo finals last night, Croatia edged host nation Hungary to win men's water polo world title. Croatia ended host nation Hungary's hopes of a fourth world title in men's water polo with an 8-6 victory in the final on Saturday. Captain Sandro Sukno, already known to readers of this space, scored a hat trick for Croatia, which raced into a 4-0 lead as it kept the Hungarians scoreless for a whole quarter for the first time in the tournament. The stands, packed with fans of the home team, fell into stunned silence until Hungary pulled two goals back through Bela Tarok and Marton Vamos in the second quarter, and more from Balazs Erdelyi and Krisztian Peter Manhercz to tie the match in the third period.
International Soccer fans look towards Foxboro, Massachusetts, today, for the final game of the International Champions Cup. The ICC is a series of exhibition matches in three countries played in large stadiums. It began on July 18 and ends today, getting everyone back in Europe by the start of August as the competitive campaign looms. Yesterday, and extra Iberian El Clasico took place in Miami, with Barcelona beating Real Madrid 3-2.
Aussie Rules Footy fans have any of three matches to follow today, none of which this space cares to comment.