British’ Burnell Restores Lost Glory in the Budapest Open-Water Championship

Swimming is a big sport in Britain. According to statistics, about 2.5 million Britons take part in one form of swimming activity. So we can all imagine how much pressure was on Jake Burnell to win the gold medal at the FINA World Championships.

A time like this last year, Burnell was an angry man. His plans to bag the gold were thwarted when an incident happened just before he crossed the finish line. Burnell felt his leg pulled backwards as he was angling to bypass his remaining opponents to the finish line. This split-second ordeal cost him the title, wasted years of practice, and several months of anger, despair, and disillusionment.

Nevertheless, an entrepreneur at heart, Burnell understands the beauty of setbacks. He promised himself to make 2017 a different year that will outgrow the 2016 FINA incident. True to his worlds, Jake Burnell walked away with the gold medal at the Abu Dhabi World Cup held in March this year. At least he has redeemed himself and his British fans, and now a greater task lay ahead—winning the FINA World Championships gold medal he had so brutally been denied.

To understand the determination burning in Burnell’s heart, one has to consider the conditions that plague marathon swimmers. Unlike an indoor pool, marathons take place out in uncharted waters where debris, changing current, and often times human impact gets in the way. By the time you get to the finish line, you are drained physically, mentally, and emotionally.

July 17, 2017 is the date Jake Burnell went back to fight for the title he deserves. All eyes were on him as he battled through the open-waters at Budapest. Unfortunately, Burnell’s lost the gold medal to Ferry Weertman, the Dutch he had beaten at the Abu Dhabi Championships. Burnell did not manage to get in second or third but fourth. Though the gold medal once again eluded him, at least his dignity was restored.

The USA Water Polo Team Wins Gold in the FINA World League Supper Final

The USA Women water polo national team maintained their excellent tactics to win the FINA World League Super Final. The ladies won their fourth gold medal at the tournament and 11th Super Final Cup after they beat Canada by 12-6. Makenzie Fischer contributed to the victory of the match by scoring two goals, and she was named as the tournament’s most valuable player. Kiley Neushul also helped in the win by scoring twice in the game and was named to be part of the all-star team. Gabby Stone made nine crucial saves.

 

The women team is currently preparing to play in the FINA Word Championship that will be held in Budapest, Hungary this July. The USA has successfully won gold medals in several past matches. The team’s most preferred tactic is going out from the front. Scoring two goals was an excellent start. When the halftime whistle blew, they had beaten Canada 6-4. Canada was determined to emerge the winners. They made outstanding attacks, and their defense was very solid. The USA squad is, however, sharper, and they made stronger attacks than their rivals. Their passes were excellent, and each player seemed to try and find a free person to pass the ball to. Maddie Musselman is a highly skilled player, but she did not manage to join the Media All-Star Team. She scored the point that took the USA to 7-4.

 

Canada’s Monika Eggens scored for the team to make it 9-5 while Hayley McKelvey made the last point that brought them to 9-6. The USA squad worked extra hard, and they managed to get scores from the Neushul sisters Kiley and Jamie. The team won 12-6, and it believes that it will also perform well at the FINA World Championships that will be hosted in Budapest next month. The USA water polo women team’s head coach, Adam Krikorian, said that the team has young players, but it is doing its best top perform well. He also believes that the Canadian team is improving.