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South Africa earns Olympic spot

Updated: May 6, 2012, 10:13 AM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- South Africa earned the 12th and last berth in the Olympic men's field hockey tournament by beating Japan 2-1 Sunday in the final of the qualifying competition.

Japan's men's team was bidding for its first Olympic slot in 44 years. The Japanese women qualified Saturday with a 5-1 win over Azerbaijan.

South Africa entered the tournament as the top-seeded team. It secured its third straight appearance at the Olympics.

Thornton McDade and Lloyd Norris Jones scored in the ...

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