Serbia has protected their Rio 2016 Olympic title in the men’s water polo after defeating Greece 13-10 at the Olympic Diversions Tokyo 2020.
Whereas Greece had to settle for the silver medal. It was still a history-making minute for the group as the country earned. To begin with a medal in men’s water polo. Prior to Tokyo 2020, Greece’s best finish within the men’s competition was fourth at Athens 2004.
“We’re a two-time Olympic winner, these are things that I, as it was perused [around] within the papers or I, saw on the television,” said Serbia’s goalkeeper Branislav Mitrovic. “I cannot accept that this happened to us right now. I think I’m going to come to my mind in a few days.
“It was very difficult and it’s very rare for groups to win two times in a row.
“I want to congratulate Greece also. They had the best tournament ever, but I’m happy at the end that we won,” he added.
Within the lead-up to the gold medal match, Greece had won six of its seven diversions at Tokyo 2020, with the as-it were exception a 6-6 draw against Italy in the preliminary round. For Serbia. It was a different story as they suffered two misfortunes to Spain and Croatia. Within the preliminary circular on their route to the final.
Serbia opened up a 6-3 first quarter
Serbia opened up a 6-3 lead by the end of the first quarter of the ultimate before Greece overseen three consecutive goals to bring the match level.
With scored bolted at 7-all for over four minutes, Andrija Prlainovic was able to give Serbia the lead four seconds from halftime.
It was a near, nerve-wracking, and tense match as scored flipped floundered around. Sometime recently Serbia was able to make a three-goal advantage fair four minutes from time. The crevice was something Greece couldn’t recoup from as Serbia begun celebrating after the ultimate seconds ticked down.
Coach Dejan Savic
Serbia’s coach Dejan Savic summed up how he was feeling after the win: “I am emotionally empty, fairly done. It was fair an astonishing travel. Any comment is unnecessary; let’s appreciate the moment now.”
Earlier in the day, Hungary beat Spain 9-5 to win the bronze medal.
Rebounding from a loss to Greece within the semi-final, Hungary secured their first Olympic award since Beijing 2008 after back-to-back fifth put wraps up at London 2012 and Rio 2016.