Athens, Greece (Sports Network)-
Hungary completed a successful defense of its Olympic title in water polo with an 8-7 victory over Serbia & Montenegro in the gold medal match Sunday.
"To win two consecutive Olympic golds in any sport is wonderful," said Hungary head coach Denes Kemeny, whose team scored three times in the fourth quarter for the win.
In the process, Serbia & Montenegro was denied a chance to win its first water polo gold since doing so in 1988, as Yugoslavia. It led 7-5 heading into the final quarter, but couldn't hang on.
"It was a wonderful game," Hungarian Adam Steinmetz said. "It was a wonderful finish."
Hungary was led by Gergely Kiss' four goals. Aleksandar Sapic scored twice to pace Serbia & Montenegro.
Russia beat host Greece in the bronze medal match, surviving a late chance by the Greeks to win in a thriller, 6-5. The Russians, who won silver at Sydney in 2000, were led by Revaz Chomakhidze's game-high four goals.
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