Great Britain stun water polo world champions Spain

22 April 2014 / 22:44

Great Britain stunned women's water polo world champions Spain with a famous World League victory in Manchester.

It was an emotional night for the British team, who face an future uncertain after the withdrawal of UK Sport funding two months ago.

But whatever the sub-plot, their 9-7 victory - with Spain including 11 of their 13 world champions - was certainly the best result in their history.

However, it was close throughout and Spain pulled back a narrow deficit in the final quarter before Ciara Gibson-Byrne and Chloe Wilcox dispatched late penalties to secure the win.

“You can see how we celebrated, that was like a final for us,” said Angie Winstanley Smith, a member of the British Olympic team in London.

“We’ve been through so much over the last three or four months. It’s been horrific.

"We’ve had to look at our lives totally differently and to come away with a result like that shows you the strength we have and also the strength of character we have. We’re not just a water polo team. We’re a family."

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