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Argentina wins another Olympic football gold

Argentina wins another Olympic football gold

Argentina won its second straight Olympic gold medal in men's football Saturday, avenging the 1996 final loss to Nigeria.
Angel di Maria scored the lone goal in the 1-0 win at the Bird's Nest, chipping the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Ambruse Vanzekin in the 58th minute.
There were a total of 31 gold medals to be awarded Saturday, the next-to-last day of the Beijing Games.
Besides the men's football match, team finals were also scheduled in women's team handball, volleyball and basketball, and men's field hockey and baseball.
Kenenisa Bekele will return to the track later Saturday to go for a long-distance double. The 10,000-meter champion will be up against 2004 bronze medalist Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya and Bernard Lagat, a Kenyan-born American.
The men's 800 and javelin are also on the schedule at the Bird's Nest, along with the women's 1,500 and high jump and the two 4x400 relays.
Di Maria also scored for Argentina against the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.
"I didn't dream of scoring in the final," Di Maria said. "But I'm happy that I was able to get the ball in and that in the end we got what we wanted."
Nigeria beat Argentina 3-2 in the final of the Atlanta Games, but the Argentines defeated Paraguay 1-0 in the 2004 final.
The men's football final was the only one to be played in Beijing's main Olympic stadium, and it was watched by a crowd of 89,102 that included former Argentina great Diego Maradona.
Russia swept both synchronized swimming golds for the third consecutive Olympics by adding the team event to Anastasia Ermakova and Anastasia Davydova's duet win.
The eight-person Russian team, which included Ermakova and Davydova, finished with 99.500 points. Spain took silver and China got bronze.
Hiromi Kobayashi, a member of Japan's team, passed out after being helped out of the water. She was taken off the pool deck on a stretcher after hyperventilating as the routine ended, but was unharmed.
In kayaking, Ken Wallace of Australia won the 500-meter single race in 1 minute, 37.252 seconds. Adam van Koeverden of Canada won the silver medal and Tim Brabants got bronze.
Inna Osypenko-Radomska of Ukraine, Saul Craviotto and Carlos Perez of Spain, and Katalin Kovacs and Natasa Janic of Hungary also won kayak golds, while Maxim Opalev of Russia, and Meng Guanliang and Yang Wenjun of China won canoe golds.
Sabine Spitz of Germany won the women's mountain bike race, finishing the 4.45-kilometer course in 1:45:11.
The 36-year-old Spitz is the 2003 world champion and competing in her third Olympics.
"Mountain biking is a very tough sport mentally, so with age you can get stronger," Spitz said.
Maja Wloszczowska of Poland won the silver, finishing 41 seconds behind Spitz. Irina Kalentieva of Russia got bronze, another 36 seconds back.
Julien Absalon of France won the men's race.
The United States won the bronze medal in baseball, beating Japan 8-4. Taylor Teagarden hit a two-run double in the fifth inning and Jason Donald followed with a two-run home run for the Americans.
South Korea faces Cuba for gold later Saturday.
Norway won the women's team handball competition, beating Russia 34-27.
In the women's basketball final, the defending champion United States takes on Australia in the final for the third straight time.