| U.S. loses gold to Hungary|
|Daniel Rudolf Varga of Hungary (R) fights for the ball with Ryan Bailey of the United States during the men's gold medal match.|
|Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Hungary earned its third straight Olympic championship in men's water polo and its ninth gold medal in the sport overall, defeating the United States, 14-10, at the Beijing Games on Sunday.|
The Hungarians once again proved their dominance in the sport, going 7-0-1 in group play and the knockout round combined. The tie came in pool play against Montenegro, which was later demoted to the bronze medal match with a semifinal loss to Hungary.
Meanwhile, the U.S. won its sixth medal in men's water polo, but first since taking back-to-back silvers in 1984 and 1988. The Americans were aiming for their first-ever gold in the event.
"We didn't play the game we wanted to play," said Tony Azevedo of the U.S. "They took some great shots and were great on offense, but we came out a little flat at the beginning of the game."
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