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Germany claim hockey gold

Power-packed Germany won the Olympic men's hockey gold medal after 16 years with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Spain in the final.

india Updated: Aug 24, 2008 00:55 IST

Power-packed Germany won the Olympic men's hockey gold medal after 16 years with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Spain in the final on Saturday.

Christopher Zeller netted the winner in the 16th minute with a ferocious penalty corner before the Germans warded off repeated Spanish attacks to strike gold in field hockey's 100th year at the Olympics.

Germany added the Olympic title to the World Cup triumph two years ago, reinforcing their credentials as the sport's foremost nation despite losing the number one ranking to Australia in June.

Germany improved upon their bronze medal finish at Athens four years ago, when they beat Spain 4-3 in the play-off, to win their first gold since the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

It was two-in-a-row for coach Markus Weise, who had led the German women's team to their maiden Olympic title in Athens before taking up the men's job after Bernhard Peters switched to football.

Meanwhile, Athens Olympic champions Australia won the bronze medal with a spectacular 6-2 win over the Netherlands earlier on Saturday.

Swedish wrestler was right

It turns out that the Greco-Roman wrestler who was stripped of his bronze for dropping it in disgust had reason for being angry, according to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Ara Abrahamian of Sweden complained to CAS that a penalty in the second round of his 84kg bout against Italian Andrea Minguzzi wasn’t assessed until after the round ended. Once factored in, Abrahamian automatically lost. His coach was then denied a request for a video review, then the wrestling federation refused to consider a protest.

The Armenian-born Abrahamian — who also lost a 2004 Olympic semi-final match on a disputed call — initially wanted judges in the bout tossed out and his medal restored. But in the end, he only wanted CAS to verify that the lack of an immediate appeals process is a loophole that needs to be fixed. Judges said Abrahamian was right.

No Chinese sweep

Matthew Mitcham of Australia, earning four perfect 10s on his last dive, won the men’s 10m platform in an upset on Saturday night that prevented China from sweeping the eight Olympic diving gold medals. Mitcham totalled 537.95 points in the six-dive final, edging Zhou Luxin of China by 4.80 points and sending the platform title Down Under for the first time. He’s the first male Australian since 1924 to win a diving gold, and just the third Aussie ever.