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Hockey: Great Britain 3-1 New Zealand

Updated: Friday, 10 Aug 2012 17:09

Alex Danson (right) celebrates with team-mates after scoring during the women's hockey bronze medal match against New Zealand
Alex Danson (right) celebrates with team-mates after scoring during the women's hockey bronze medal match against New Zealand

Great Britain's women secured only the second Olympic bronze medal in their history with victory over New Zealand at the Riverbank Area.

Reading striker Alex Danson opened the scoring with a penalty corner deflection in the 45th-minute which reflected the hosts' dominance of play.

With 11 minutes remaining Leicester defender Crista Cullen flicked home a set-piece and even later
Wales international Sarah Thomas diverted in another corner before Stacey Michelsen's consolation.

The result provided some compensation after missing out on gold with Wednesday's semi-final defeat to Argentina.

Bronze equalled the feat of the team from 1992 in Barcelona and was the minimum target prior to the Olympics.

Medal Table

Country Total
USA 45 27 30 102
China 38 28 23 89
Great Britain 29 17 19 65
Russia 25 25 32 82
South Korea 13 8 7 28
Ireland 1 1 3 5
Full Table

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