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Fiona McCann: Had a superb game for GB
Great Britain's women's water polo team finished the Olympic tournament in last place after losing their final game.
The 11-7 defeat to Italy in the play-off for seventh position means Team GB pick up the wooden spoon in the eight-team event.
Six losses from six matches - against Australia, Spain, Russia twice and Italy twice - put to bed any chances of a better outcome.
A bright start to this game gave the home crowd something to cheer about as Beckie Kershaw opened the scoring.
Italy blasted home a penalty to draw level, before Fiona McCann lobbed the Italian goalkeeper for Team GB's second.
Francesca Clayton extended the lead to two goals, but Italy fired in a back-shot from the centre-forward position before the end of the first period.
A disappointing second quarter for Great Britain saw their opponents score four unanswered goals to forge a three-goal lead going into the half-time break.
Team GB did have chances but their long-distance shots went wide or were saved, and they failed to capitalise on a man-up opportunity.
McCann netted again within 30 seconds of the restart to reduce the deficit to two goals before Italy sent in two long-distance strikes.
Alex Rutlidge scored with 90 seconds remaining in the quarter, before conceding a penalty shortly after to gift Italy a goal from the five-metre penalty line and take the score to 9-5 with one quarter left.
Goals from Ciara Gibson-Byrne and Francesca Clayton cut the margin to two and gave Team GB hope of a dramatic reversal.
But Italy scored twice themselves to earn a comfortable four-goal win, and seventh place overall.
Tania di Mario netted four for Italy, while Giulia Emmolo scored a hat-trick.
Captain Elisa Casanova, Aniko Pelle, Giulia Rambaldi and Teresa Frassinetti scored one each.
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