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Result: USA beat Netherlands to water polo gold

The USA secure the gold medal in the women's water polo after beating the Netherlands 5-4 at the World Swimming Championships in Russia.

The United States have secured the gold medal in the women's water polo event at the World Swimming Championships in Russia, defeating the Netherlands 5-4 in the final.

Miloushka Smit opened the scoring, putting the Dutch side ahead with the only goal in the first quarter, but the Americans fought back to level by the end of the second.

Samantha Hill #1 and Ashleigh Johnson #13 of the United States celebrate with their teammates after winning the gold medal match to defeat the Netherlands 5 to 4 on day fourteen of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Water Polo Arena on August 7, 201© Getty Images

Kiley Neushul and Courtney Mathewson both scored late in the third to leave the USA two points up going into the final period, but Maud Megans added her second of the match early in the fourth to keep it close.

Megans came close to forcing a penalty shootout when she tried to add a third with just 13 seconds on the clock, but Ashleigh Johnson pulled off her 12th save of the night to seal it for the USA.

The result means the Netherlands will take home the silver medal, while Italy claim the final step on the podium after beating Australia in the bronze medal match earlier this evening.

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Tania Di Mario #7 of Italy celebrates after scoring a goal in the Women's bronze medal match between Australia and Italy on day fourteen of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Water Polo Arena on August 7, 2015
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CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
ChinaChina157931
JapanJapan154625
United StatesUnited States14141038
Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia811928
AustraliaAustralia821020
Great BritainGreat Britain57618
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Thursday's key events


ROWING
· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

HOCKEY
· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

CANOE SLALOM
· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

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