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Kate Middleton cheers on Britain's bronze winning field hockey team

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Britain's Alex Danson, right, celebrates after scoring a goal against New Zealand during the women's field hockey bronze medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Britain's women won their first Olympic field hockey medal in 20 years when they beat New Zealand 3-1 for bronze Friday at Riverbank Arena.

Prince William's wife, the former Kate Middleton, was on hand to applaud the goals, all of them from second-half penalty corners.

Alex Danson and Sarah Thomas deflected in shots by captain Kate Walsh, and Crista Cullen scored another.

The bronze matched Britain's only previous medal, earned at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

New Zealand, which got a goal from Stacey Michelsen with two minutes to go, was playing in the Olympic semifinals for the first time.