=== Australia wins gold in men's field hockey ===
Athens, Greece (Sports Network) - Australia won its first ever Olympic gold
medal in men's field hockey with a 2-1 golden goal victory over the Netherlands
on Friday night.
Aussie Jamie Dwyer fired home a penalty corner winner with the last play of the
first period of golden goal extra time, ending an exciting match and giving his
team a victory over the defending Olympic champions.
Ronald Brouwer gave the Netherlands a 1-0 lead in the first half with a late
goal, handing his team a lead it probably didn't deserve. The Aussies, who
outplayed their opponent before the half, evened the score with Travis Brooks'
goal in the first two minutes of the second.
Dwyer set that play up, and later won the game by firing a shot through the
legs of Dutch goalie Guus Vogels.
"I can't put it in words how I am feeling right now about winning the gold
medal," Dwyer said later. "I thank my mom and dad for putting so much money
into me as a kid."
Earlier Friday, Germany also needed extra time to beat Spain 4-3 in the bronze
medal match. Bjoern Michel scored the game-winner in the 10th minute of golden
goal extra time when he got on the end of a Tibor Weissenborn free hit from the
right edge of the circle, deflecting it past Spain goalkeeper Bernardino
"It is very special for us that we won the medal," Michel said. "I cannot
express my feelings. I am really happy we won the last game. An Olympic medal
is a big thing."
08/27 16:35:16 ET