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Bustos puts US into Beijing final

Crystl Bustos is greeted by her team-mates at home plate after her hit
Bustos is greeted by her team-mates at home plate after her hit

Crystl Bustos hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning as the United States beat Japan 4-1 to reach the final of the Olympic softball tournament.

Blanked for eight innings by Yukiko Ueno, the Americans eventually extended their Olympic winning run to 22 thanks to another power hit from Bustos.

It was her fifth homer of the Games and 13th of her Olympic career.

The Japanese could still reach the final by beating either Australia or Canada in the bronze medal game.




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Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forJapan 1 0 0 1
Women's Team 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forUSA 0 1 0 1
Women's Team 0 1 0
3 also show each event results forAustralia 0 0 1 1
Women's Team 0 0 1

see also
Superb US continues to dominate
16 Aug 08 |  Softball
US softball team starts in style
12 Aug 08 |  Softball
US extend unbeaten softball run
13 Aug 08 |  Softball
US softball record Beijing double
15 Aug 08 |  Softball
Olympics blog
07 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics
Guide to softball
27 Jun 08 |  Softball


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