March 4th, 2024

Canadian women’s water polo team falls 12-8 to Italy at world aquatics championship

By The Canadian Press on February 8, 2024.

DOHA, Qatar – The Canadian women’s water polo team’s first loss at the World Aquatics Championship was a costly one.

Italy (3-0) scored a 12-8 win over Canada (2-1) on Thursday to claim first place in Group D and earn a direct spot into the tournament’s quarterfinals.

Canada must now beat New Zealand in a round-of-16 game on Saturday to advance to the quarterfinals.

Claudia Marletta led the Italian attack with four goals, while Emma Wright, of Lindsay, Ont., and Toronto’s Verica Bakoc each scored twice for Canada.

There are 16 teams competing in the women’s water polo competition in Doha.

Canada needs a top-two finish to qualify for the Paris Olympics.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 8, 2024.

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