(LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 30: Brenda Villa of the United States looks for a pass during the Women’s Water Polo Preliminary match between Hungary and the United States on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Water Polo Arena on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images))

Brenda Villa and US Water Polo Team Win Gold

LONDON — The U.S. won its first ever Olympic gold medal in women’s water polo, getting five goals from Maggie Steffens and a sterling performance from goalkeeper Betsey Armstrong to cruise to an 8-5 win over Spain on Thursday.

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In a dominant performance, the Americans overpowered a young Spanish team on both ends of the pool to lead 5-2 by halftime, and they never looked back.

The U.S. has long been a power in women’s water polo, but the Americans had never been able to translate the success they had at other major competitions to the Olympics, taking bronze in 2004 and silver in 2000 and 2008.

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