Argentina takes bronze medal

ATHENS, Greece -- In front of an orange sea of 7,000 mostly
Dutch fans, Germany upset the Netherlands 2-1 on Thursday to claim
its first women's Olympic field hockey gold medal.

Germany overcame the odds and the tournament's top-scorers to
collect its first medal in the sport since winning silver in 1992
in Barcelona.

"I still don't realize what we've done,'' German forward Silke
Mueller said. "We never imagined we'd get so far.''

After Germany's Anke Kuehn opened the scoring in the sixth
minute with a penalty corner, Franziska Gude scored 14 minutes
later to make it 2-0. It was a key lead with the Netherlands coming
back to within one when Maartje Scheepstra scored on a penalty
corner in the 38th minute.

The Dutch women, the European champions, had been seeking their
first gold in 20 years, after claiming bronze in Sydney and

"We are angry with ourselves,'' said Dutch defender Ageeth
Boomgaardt. "We came so close to the gold medal but we got scared.
We had many opportunities but we were afraid in the last effort to

It marked the first time Germany reached the medal playoff since
1992. Two of Germany's players, Heike Laezsch and Nadine
Ernstring-Krienke, were on the team that won silver in Barcelona.

"I can't believe we've won,'' Laezsch said. "It's great to win
having beaten such a strong team like the Netherlands. Now we are
the best.''

Earlier, Luciana Paula Aymar scored with less than a minute
remaining to lift Argentina to a 1-0 victory over China in the
bronze medal match.

It marked a second straight Olympic medal for the Argentine
women, who won silver in Sydney.