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The 2016 Rio Olympics have come to a close with Americans earning 121 medals -- 46 gold, 37 silver and 38 bronze -- their biggest haul ever, not counting the boycotted 1984 Los Angeles Games or the 1904 St. Louis Games, when hardly anyone else showed up.

U.S. women's water polo team defeats Spain, 11-4

A Spanish and a U.S. player reach for the ball during Tuesday's opening-round women's water polo match. (Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)
A Spanish and a U.S. player reach for the ball during Tuesday's opening-round women's water polo match. (Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)

Maggie Steffens, Courtney Mathewson and Kiley Neushul each scored two goals Tuesday as the U.S. women’s water polo team opened defense of its Olympic championship with an 11-4 rout of Spain at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre. The U.S. women had defeated Spain to win the gold medal four years ago at London.

Goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson, who later said she was nervous as she walked onto the pool deck for her Olympic debut, stopped 11 of 15 shots in a strong, aggressive performance.

U.S. Coach Adam Krikorian, who had returned┬áto the U.S. briefly last week following the death of his brother Blake, rejoined the team in Rio in time to coach Tuesday’s match.

The U.S. women next will face China, on Thursday.

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