The Americans defeated Japan 90-75 without problems in the final duel of the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020
Sue bird capped an immaculate 17-year Olympic career with a historic fifth gold medal consecutive.
The only thing that she and her partner in the selection of United States, Diana Taurasi have done internationally is to win, and now they are the only ones with five gold medals, the first female basketball players to reach the milestone, after this Sunday’s victory 90-75 about Japan in the end of the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020.
“I couldn’t end a better ending. There really isn’t much more to say,” he stated. Bird. “I am very proud to have worn this uniform for so long, to play alongside her for so long. We won, and that’s obviously the story, but I don’t think there is anyone else who I would have wanted to do it with, because how much we we have fun and I love you friend “.
United States he now holds the last seven Olympic gold medals, equaling the American men’s program with the longest chain of its kind. The men did it between 1936 and 1968.
With Bird conducting the orchestra and the baskets of Taurasi, have been the constant engine that has given stability to the women’s program of United States since Athens 2004. They have won all 38 Olympic games in which they have competed.
They left the court with their arms intertwined, knowing that their work was done.
“See you in Paris,” he yelled Taurasi.
The names around her have changed, including legends like Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson, Tamika Catchings, and Sylvia Fowles, but the results remain the same.
The Americans have a 55 Olympic win streak that dates back to the bronze medal match in Barcelona 1992.
United States let him know Japan that that was not going to change.
The Americans took an 18-5 lead after a dominant first period of Brittney griner. The team finished the first quarter in front 23-14 in a period in which Griner He finished with 10 units taking advantage of the difference in height with the Japanese team. Japan he was able to get closer to six in the second period, before the margin was extended to 11 at halftime to never look back.
Once the final whistle sounded, Bird Y Taurasi they shared a hug and then congratulated the rest of their teammates and coaches.
Griner he finished with 30 points when making 14 of 18 attempts.
While Bird has already announced the end of its cycle, the future is bright for United States hand in hand with Griner, Breanna Stewart and the six debutants on this year’s team. These include A’ja Wilson, who will be to defend the streak in three years in Paris 2024. Wilson, who turned 25 this Sunday, stood out in the final with 19 points.