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Olympics-Serbia defeat Croatia to win men's water polo gold medal

Reuters logo Reuters 21-08-2016 Joshua Schneyer
A player from Serbia kisses the Serbian flag after defeating Croatia in the men's water polo gold medal match during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium. © Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports A player from Serbia kisses the Serbian flag after defeating Croatia in the men's water polo gold medal match during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium.

Serbia's world champion men's water polo team defeated arch rivals Croatia 11-7 to win their first Olympic gold medal in the sport and dethrone the title holders on Saturday.

In a game marked by rough and aggressive play in front of both goals, Serbia showed superior firepower and defence.

Serbia's Dusan Mandic scored four times, while goalkeeper Branislav Mitrovic's impressive blocks kept Croatia out.

A Serbia team that has swept up world and regional titles since 2012 finally proved its dominance on the most prestigious stage after taking bronze at the last two Games.

Serbia began the tournament with two draws and a loss, but steadied their performances in the later rounds with five straight wins on their way to the title.

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