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Published: Thursday, August 9, 2012, 1:32 p.m.

U.S. women win first gold in Olympic water polo

LONDON — The U.S. won its first ever Olympic gold medal in women's water polo, getting five goals from Maggie Steffens and a sterling performance from goalkeeper Betsey Armstrong to cruise to an 8-5 win over Spain on Thursday.
In a dominant performance, the Americans overpowered a young Spanish team on both ends of the pool to lead 5-2 by halftime, and they never looked back.
The U.S. has long been a power in women's water polo, but the Americans had never been able to translate the success they had at other major competitions to the Olympics, taking bronze in 2004 and silver in 2000 and 2008.
Story tags » Summer Olympics

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