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In an even match, the United States beat the Europeans by just five points and won the gold medal. Thus, after this 87-82, they added their sixteenth gold medal in discipline. Meanwhile, in the female branch, the French women hung the bronze one; idem for Argentina in men’s volleyball; while Spain did the same in women’s water polo and men’s handball.
Little by little, the Olympic Games ’20 are extinguishing its flame and leave behind a great trail of historical moments, some with epic seasonings. The multidisciplinary party still boasts a strong activity, enters the definition stage and saves emotions for its final 48 hours.
For example, the United States excelled in team sports by winning gold in men’s basketball and women’s water polo; while France and Argentina were bronze in women’s basketball and men’s volleyball, respectively. In addition, the latest athletics events were held.
- The United States maintained its reign and prevailed against France
The French reached the final after an outstanding performance throughout the tournament, in which they remained the only team without defeats and after having beaten the Americans in the match on the first day.
However, the kings of the discipline did not miss their opportunity for revenge and beat the Gauls in a close 87-82. With Kevin Durant at an enormous level, the Americans had to work hard to break the rival defensive rigidity on the perimeter , something that allowed them to be in a game throughout the development.
Even so, despite the difficulties posed by France, the United States always led the way. At the level of Durant (29 points, six rebounds) were added the good performances of Jayson Tatum (19 points) and the sporadic segments of Damian Lillard (11 points) and Jrue Holiday (essential in defense).
With Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier well controlled by the American system, France found it difficult to find internal play. Going 71-63 at the start of the fourth quarter, the comeback was almost a utopia, but the Europeans fought to the last ball to close the gap and finish just five behind.
It is already the 16th Olympic championship that the United States has won in this sport. There is no country that can boast a similar brand in any discipline. In addition, it is the fourth in a row and the seventh of the last eight. Only Argentina in Athens ’04 could cut their dominance.
To gain dimension, in addition to the Albiceleste, only the countries of the Soviet Union (twice) and Yugoslavia were able to interpose themselves between the Americans and the gold medal.