U.S. loses out on gold, but posts best Olympic finish since 1988

Updated: August 24, 2008, 6:24 AM ET

BEIJING -- Water polo powerhouse Hungary battled to a thrilling 14-10 victory over the United States on Sunday to win its third successive Olympic gold medal.

In an entertaining match from start to finish, Hungary had its sternest test in years against a U.S. team searching for a fairytale end to its best Olympic competition since 1988 in Seoul.

Playing in a pressure-cooker atmosphere at the Yingdong Natatorium, the two teams were almost inseparable until the final ...

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