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Julio Cortez, Associated Press
United States women's water polo players huddle before the gold medal match against Spain at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. The U.S. won 8-5.

LONDON — The U.S. women's water polo team won the gold medal Thursday, beating Spain 8-5. The Americans were ahead 5-2 at halftime.

The team had tied Spain in the preliminary round.

Tumua Anae, the United States team's backup goalkeeper, is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

This was the United States' first gold in women's water polo. The team took bronze in 2004 and silver in 2000 and 2008.

Mormons competing this weekend:

U.S. racewalker John Nunn is scheduled to compete in the 50k race on Saturday. American Samoa’s Nathaniel Tu’amoheloa will wrestle in the 99kg freestyle contest this weekend.

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