Netherlands Wins Gold In Women's Field Hockey

Aug 2, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Netherlands player Lidewj Welten (12) on the field. The Netherlands defeated China 1-0 during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Riverbank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Netherlands took its second straight gold medal in women's field hockey on Friday.

The Netherlands won its second straight gold medal in women's field hockey on Friday, adding to its all-time medal lead in the event.

The Dutch blanked Argentina 2-0 in the final, winning their third match by shutout of the Olympic tournament. Maartje Paumen and Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel each scored a goal for the Dutch, who have won medals in women's field hockey in each of the last five Olympics.

The Dutch women have also won six medals since women's field hockey became an Olympic sport in 1980, two more than Australia. The Netherlands, as a nation, has more Olympic medals than any other, with 15.

In the bronze medal match earlier on Friday, Great Britain won its first medal in women's field hockey in 20 years by defeating New Zealand, 3-1.

Australia took fifth place in the event by topping China in a classification match.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub. For more on Olympic field hockey, follow the 2012 Olympic field hockey section.

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