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Dutch stun Americans for gold in water polo

Dutch stun Americans for gold in water polo

The Netherlands have shocked the United States 9-8 in the gold medal match in women's water polo. Danielle de Bruijn scored seven goals, including the game-winner with 26 seconds remaining.
The Americans came to Beijing ranked No. 1 in the world and looked like they might get the gold medal that eluded them in Sydney (silver) and Athens (bronze).
But they could not stop de Bruijn. She scored the first two goals of the game _ the Dutch led 4-0 before the U.S. could blink _ and added two more right after halftime to give her country a 7-5 lead.
She also scored the last two, both on power plays.
The Americans had several chances to tie it up in the waning seconds, but Elsie Windes missed an outside shot and teammate Brenda Villa couldn't put home the rebound.


Updated : 2021-05-07 16:23 GMT+08:00