Water polo: Back-to-back with authority! USA drills Italy for gold
Team USA zipped out to an early lead on the way to becoming the first nation to win back-to-back Olympic golds in women’s water polo.
Star goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson made eight saves and the Americans again shared the goals in a 12-5 blowout of Italy in Rio on Friday.
Kiley Neushul led the Americans with three goals.
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Makenzie Fischer scored nine seconds into the match, and the United States never looked back in building a 4-1 lead after one quarter.
Federica Radicchi scored twice for Italy in a first half that finished 5-3 for the United States.
Rachel Fattal and Neushul scored to open the second half, and the Yanks rebuilt a four-goal lead.
The Americans have medaled in every Olympics, picking up two golds, two silvers, and a bronze.
Russia beat Hungary for bronze earlier Friday.