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September 16, 2000

Canada rallies to tie Russia 7 - 7

Ryde, Australia -- Montreal's Johane Begin and Marie-Claude Deslieres each scored in the final quarter as Canada rallied to tie Russia 7-7 in women's water polo action Saturday at the Sydney Olympics.

 Russia looked on the way to victory on Natalia Koutouzova's sweeping, one-handed score with 5:02 remaining Saturday.

 But Cora Campbell of Calgary lobbed a long cross-pool pass to Begin about 30 seconds later to cut the lead to one. Deslieres' goal, a power shot from beyond the seven-metre area, tied it with 2:21 to go.

 Both teams had chances to win after that.

 Irina Tolkounova and Ioulia Petrova each missed easy-looking shots from just right of the goal. Jana Salat's steal led to a breakaway for Begin with 1:10 left, but she could not finish.

 Ann Dow of Montreal had three goals to lead Canada. Petrova and Sofia Konoukh led Russia with two goals apiece.

 Russia faces Australia, a 9-2 winner earlier over Kazakstan, on Sunday. Canada will then meet the U.S.

Reprinted with permission

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