2024 World Swimming Championships: end of the dream for the Blues in water polo

2024 World Swimming Championships historic feat of the French water

The French water polo team was beaten this Thursday, February 15 in the semi-final of the World Championships.

A cruel end for the French water polo team. In Doha, Qatar as part of the world swimming championships, the Blues lost in the semi-final against Croatia (11-11, 6-5). Still behind, but constantly in contact with a maximum gap of two goals throughout the match, the Blues snatched a draw in the last seconds to take a penalty shootout. Unfortunately for the Blues, the sixth shooter saw his shot saved by Croatian goalkeeper Enzo Khasz. The World Cup final will therefore pit Italy, winner of Spain a little earlier, against Croatia. France will play for a bronze medal. A good omen all the same a few months from Paris Olympics.

I don’t know what to say, I’m very sad. It’s a very difficult defeat. We worked well for two years so it’s sad, but we want to win the bronze medal. We hope for the same thing in Paris, to play a semi-final and try to get a medal” explained Alexandre Boué, man of the match

What are the dates of the Swimming World Championships?

The world championships in Doha take place from February 11 to 18

The World Championships program

Here is the complete program of the World Swimming Championships races


Who is the French delegation present in Doha?


  • Charlotte Bonnet
  • Anastasiia Kirpichnikova
  • Océane Carnez
  • Cyrielle Duhamel
  • Mélanie Hénique
  • Giulia Rossi Bene
  • Lucile Tessariol
  • Assia Touati


  • David Aubry
  • Logan Fontaine
  • Damien Joly
  • Marc-Antoine Olivier