Groups B, D Highlight 2015 World Championships Draw

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Interesting results in groups B and D for the men’s tournament marked the draw results of the 2015 World Championships held at the FINA office in Lausanne on Thursday. In group B Greece takes on USA, Italy and Russia for a tough group stage while powerhouses Serbia, Montenegro and Australia were drawn together in group D. The Aussie Sharks were close to upsets against Serbia at the 2012 Olympics and also more recently vs. Croatia during the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona. Meanwhile reigning world champions Hungary enjoyed a favourable draw leading group C with South Africa, Argentina and Kazakhstan joining the Magyars. In group A Olympic champions Croatia take on Brazil, Canada and China.

In the women’s tournament groups B and D also stand out. Here 2014 World Cup runners-up Australia are joined by 2011 world champions Greece, 2014 European championships silver medallists the Netherlands and South Africa. In group D tough battles can be expected as favourites Hungary, Russia and China were drawn together with outsiders newcomers France having the daunting task of creating an upset. All teams advance to the elimination round where crossing matches (e.g. 1 vs 4 / 2 vs. 3) will create the quarterfinalists.

2015 FINA World Championships, Men's Tournament

 Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
1CroatiaGreeceSouth AfricaSerbia
2BrazilUSAHungaryJapan
3CanadaItalyArgentinaMontenegro
4ChinaRussiaKazakhstanAustralia

2015 FINA World Championships, Women's Tournament

 Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
1CanadaAustraliaBrazilHungary
2KazakhstanSouth AfricaJapanRussia
3New ZealandGreeceUSAChina
4SpainNetherlandsItalyFrance