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Result: Croatia win men's water polo gold

Croatia win gold in the men's water polo, beating Italy 8-6 in the final.

Croatia have won gold in the men's water polo, beating Italy 8-6 in the final this afternoon.

Italy had shocked everyone by progressing to the final, beating defending champions Hungary, who had won gold in the last four Games, and pre-tournament favourites Serbia on their way to the gold medal match.

However, Croatia proved a step too far as Maro Jokovic scored a hat-trick to sink the Italian challenge. Italy also had a hat-trick hero in Maurizio Felugo, but his three goals weren't enough to claim gold.

Italy won the first quarter 2-1, but Croatia hit back in the second and led 3-2 at half time. Croatia had raced into a 5-3 lead by the end of the third, and successfully held off a late challenge by Italy in the fourth.

Earlier in the day, Serbia claimed bronze with a dramatic and ill-tempered win against Montenegro.

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