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U.S. women’s water polo squad shatters records, then is outdone by Spain

Jul 23, 2021; Tokyo, Japan; A general view of the Tatsumi Water Polo Centre, the site for water polo competition at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 23, 2021; Tokyo, Japan; A general view of the Tatsumi Water Polo Centre, the site for water polo competition at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The U.S. women’s water polo team made an emphatic statement with its 25-4 win over host Japan at the Tokyo Games on Saturday, obliterating three records along the way.

Just hours later, Spain broke all three records in a 29-4 win over South Africa.

The 25 goals scored by Team USA bested the previous mark of 16 set by China and Australia in the London Games in 2012. The U.S. team also set a record with 14 goals in a half, topping the old mark of 10.

And the 21-point margin of victory set the new high for margin of victory, eight better than Australia’s 13-point win over Great Britain in 2012.

But Spain finished with a 25-point victory to reset the record for margin of victory and had 15 goals in the second half to also narrowly take that record. The 29 total goals by Spain nearly doubled the record beaten by the Americans earlier in the day.

The U.S. next faces China, which lost 18-17 to ROC (Russia) on Saturday, in Group B play on Monday.

Spain, playing in Group A, faces Canada on Monday. Canada lost 8-5 to Australia in its opener on Saturday.

–Field Level Media