USA women win sixth consecutive Olympic basketball gold medal
RIO DE JANEIRO — Sorry Usain Bolt, but if ever a competitor was guaranteed Olympic success before competition began, this was surely it.
The day after Jamaica’s sprint superstar completed his historic “Triple-Triple” of medals, the US women’s basketball team claimed yet another gold at Rio 2016 Saturday as it trounced Spain by 101-72
Remarkably, it was the Americans’ sixth straight Olympic triumph — a record stretching to the Atlanta Games of 1996.
Saturday’s win also continued a 49-match Olympic winning streak and was comfortable even by the exacting standards of Team USA.
There were 17-point hauls for Diana Taurasi and Lindsay Whalen, with Maya Moore adding 14 of her own.
Prior to Saturday’s final, the US women had racked up an average margin of victory of 38.4 points across its seven games in Rio.
The closest any team had come was France in the semifinals, and that match still ended with a convincing 19-point win for Team USA.
The US men will seek to win their third consecutive title in Sunday’s final against Serbia.
Serbia’s women won bronze Saturday, beating France 70-63 in the playoff.