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Japan win sets up final with US

Japan's softball team celebrates beating Australia
Japan's softball team celebrates beating Australia

Japan have a chance to avenge their semi-final defeat by the US after beating Australia 4-3 in a play-off to reach the final at the second attempt.

The Japanese had a second chance at gold courtesy of the Page play-off system and faced the Australians, who earlier beat Canada 5-3.

Defeat against Japan means Australia go home with the bronze medal.

Thursday's golden finale will be softball's last game in the Olympics until at least 2016.

Earlier, Crystl Bustos hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning as the US beat Japan 4-1 to reach the final .


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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
Bustos puts US into Beijing final
20 Aug 08 |  Softball
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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