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Croatia tops Italy for water polo gold

London, England (Sports Network) - Croatia topped Italy 8-6 Sunday afternoon to win the gold medal in men's water polo at the London Olympics.

Croatia made it through the tournament unbeaten, winning the country's second Olympic medal in men's water polo. Its last was a silver at the 1996 Atlanta games.

Italy was trying for a fourth Olympic gold in the sport, but gave up a 2-1 lead after the first period. The silver was Italy's seventh medal in men's water polo.

Also Sunday, Serbia beat Montenegro 12-11 to win a wild bronze medal match between the countries that split in 2006. Both of Serbia's lead coaches were ejected from the pool deck in the final minute.

Earlier, Australia beat the United States 10-9 to earn seventh place and Hungary routed Spain 14-8 for fifth -- a disappointing finish for the three- time defending Olympic gold medalist.

08/12 12:21:39 ET


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