The Greek men’s national water polo team finished third in the FINA World League on Sunday as it followed up its semifinal loss to the US in the penalties with a comeback win over Italy in the third-place playoff in China.
Always among the world’s superpowers in the sport, Greece thrashed the hosts 15-5 in the quarterfinals and narrowly missed out on a place in Sunday’s final.
The Saturday semi with the US ended 11-11 and was decided in the shootout. Greece lost 17-16 after the penalties, but made sure it left China grabbing a place on the podium on Sunday.
Italy led Greece in the match for the third spot, but the Greeks came back to win 11-7, showing they are well prepared for this August Olympic Games in Rio.