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Germany Wins Olympic Men's Hockey Gold
    2008-08-23 22:12:19     Xinhua

World No. 2 Germany won the gold medal of the Olympic men's hockey tournament on Saturday, defeating Spain 1-0 in the final.

It was the Germans' first gold since the Barcelona Games in 1992. They got silver four years ago.

Germany did not take a 1-0 lead until the 16th minute when Christopher Zeller converted a penalty corner.

Though Spain tried hard to crack down the German defence, they were finally denied a goal. Germany held on 1-0 to the very end.

"We worked together as one team, that was the key, and everyone fought for their team," said Christopher Zeller.

German coach Markus Weise said it's a great pleasure to win gold in such a big tournament. "A great country like Spain with lots of good players did not score, but we did it," he noted.

Spain, the silver medallists at Atlanta Games in 1996, repeated their medal tonight. Ranked fourth in the world, they came in the final as astonishers, ousting world champions Australia 3-2 in the semifinals Thursday.

Australia got a bronze medal by crashing the third-ranked Netherlands 6-2 earlier tonight.

 
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