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Friday, August 27, 2004
Dwyer the hero in OT

Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Jamie Dwyer scored off a penalty corner in overtime to give Australia its first men's field hockey gold medal and snap the Netherlands' run of Olympic titles. The Aussies, who trailed 1-0 after Ronald Brouwer scored in the 29th minute, tied the game in 37th when Travis Brooks scored from the run of play.

Late in the first period of overtime, Australia was awarded a penalty corner. With no time left on the clock, the Aussies put the ball in play, and after a teammate distracted the Dutch with a dummy swing, Dwyer shot and although Dutch goalkeeper Guus Vogels got a piece of the ball, it went into the net.

The Netherlands won the gold medal at the past two Olympics, while the Australians had to settle for bronze in Sydney and Atlanta.

Earlier, Bjoern Michel scored 10 minutes into overtime to give the Germans the bronze medal, the world champions' first Olympic medal since winning gold in Barcelona in 1992.

Pakistan's Sohail Abbas scored on three penalty corners to carry his team to fifth place. India beat South Korea to take seventh place, dropping the Koreans, who won the silver in Sydney, into eighth. Britain needed penalty strokes to claim ninth place after playing South Africa to a draw. Mario Almada scored a hat trick to keep Argentina out of last place.