Hosts Japan ensured they finished the group stage of the men’s water polo competition with a 100 per cent record as they thrashed Saudi Arabia at the Asian Swimming Championships in Tokyo today.
The Japanese side recorded their third straight victory with a comfortable 16-3 success over their rivals at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium's indoor pool.
The result saw them finish top of Pool B and they are now due to take on Hong Kong in the quarter-finals tomorrow.
Kazakhstan also managed to reach the next round, winning all three group phase encounters in Group B.
The Kazakh outfit were also in formidable form as they swept aside Singapore 18-1 to set up a quarter-final meeting with the Philippines.
China progressed in second place behind Japan thanks to a 24-7 victory against the Philippines and they are scheduled to clash with Singapore in the last eight.
The other quarter-final match-up sees Iran, 19-8 winners over Hong Kong today, face Saudi Arabia.
The Japanese women replicated the achievement of their men’s team as they picked up their third consecutive win.
They made light work of Hong Kong, emerging with a commanding 22-3 triumph.
Elsewhere, Kazakhstan’s unbeaten record came to an end as they lost 8-7 to China in a tense affair, while there was also an intriguing battle in the other match in the women’s tournament, which features a single group.
Uzbekistan were involved in a hard-fought match with Thailand before eventually edging past their opponents 7-5.
Water polo competition will take all the attention for the opening three days of the Championships, which began on Monday (November 14) with the event due to take place until Sunday (November 20).
The remaining events - swimming, synchronised swimming and diving - are scheduled to begin tomorrow.