Italy, Spain and Croatia took the water polo medals at the World Aquatics Championships

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Italy won the men’s water polo gold medal at the World Aquatics Championships after an effervescent performance gave them a 10-5 win over rivals Spain in Saturday’s final.

It was the fourth world title for the Italians, who pulled away after a balanced first period and finished the 16-team tournament with a perfect 6-0 record.

In the day’s curtain-raiser, 2017 champions Croatia clinched the bronze medal with a 10-7 defeat of Hungary on the back of six goals from Maro Jokovic.

Olympic and European champions Serbia, who deployed a second-string side after qualifying for next year’s Olympics by winning the World League in Belgrade last month, finished fifth after a 13-9 win against Australia.