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September 22, 2000

Canada beats Kazakhstan to finish fifth

 

 SYDNEY (AP) -- Jana Salat of Calgary scored two minutes into overtime to lift Canada to a 9-8 victory over Kazakhstan and a fifth-place finish at the first-ever women's Olympic water polo tournament.

 Kazakhstan had a chance to tie it when Olga Lechshuk broke in free with 38 seconds left in overtime, but goalie Isabelle Auger of Montreal made the save.

 Teams play two three-minute overtime periods when a water polo game is tied and a victory is needed.

 Montreal's Johanne Begin and Ann Dow, and Sue Gardiner of North Vancouver, B.C., each scored two goals for Canada, which finished the tournament 2-2-2.

 While it wasn't the result they hoped for when the week began, the Canadians had fun. During introductions they whizzed red-and-white Frisbees with the Maple Leaf on them into the stands.

 Kazakhstan goes home 0-6-0 in its Olympic debut.

Reprinted with permission

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