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Canadian women's water polo team places 7th at qualifier

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Associated Press
4/22/2012 2:12:49 PM
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TRIESTE, Italy -- Krystina Alogbo registered her second consecutive four-goal game Sunday as Canada dumped Kazakhstan 17-2 to finish seventh at the Olympic qualifying tournament in women's water polo.

Canada lost 7-6 to Russia on Friday in the quarter-finals. A win would have qualified the Canadian team for the Games.

Hungary, Spain, Italy and Russia grabbed the four available spots for the Olympics with their quarter-final wins.

On Sunday, Spain, 11th at the world championships last year, completed its incredible run by beating Italy 9-5 for the gold medal. Russia outscored Hungary 18-13 for the bronze. The Netherlands, the 2008 Olympic champions, defeated reigning world champions Greece 11-10 for fifth spot.

In the Canada-Kazakhstan match, Monika Eggens added three goals, Emily Csikos, Christine Robinson and Marina Radu had two apiece, while Joelle Bekhazi, Carmen Eggens, Dominique Perreault and Tara Campbell also scored.

Alogbo, the team captain, scored 11 goals in the last three games.

The Canadian women also fell one win short at this stage prior to the 2008 Games, losing 5-2 to Greece in the decisive game of a qualifying event in Italy. Almost two-thirds of the current Canadian squad was at that tournament in Imperia, Italy.

The Canadian men's team also failed in its bid for a London berth, losing 10-6 to Greece in the quarter-finals of its recent Olympic qualifying tournament in Edmonton.

Emily Csikos (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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