JapanThe US beat France 87-82 in the Olympic men’s basketball final on August 7, to win the fourth consecutive gold medal.

France won the US in the opening match in the group stage, but could not repeat the surprise in the rematch. In the final, superstar Kevin Durant shone with 29 points, making a great contribution to helping the US win the seventh gold medal in men’s basketball in the last eight Olympics.

Durant won Olympic gold in 2012, 2016 and 2021. Photo: Reuters.

Durant won Olympic gold in 2012, 2016 and 2021. Photo: Reuters.

Durant’s teammates also did well defensively, with nine steals and 18 turnovers for France. France, despite having many NBA stars like Rudy Gobert, Nicolas Batum or Evan Fournier, could not get ahead of such a strong opponent.

France won the Olympic silver medal for the third time, after 1948 and 2000. The US has only missed a gold medal once (in 2004), since the Olympics allowed teams to send the national team to the Olympics in 1992. In total, the US has 16 times won gold medal in men’s basketball at the Olympics, in 20 times this sport has participated in the Olympics.

This year, the US got off to a rough start, losing two Olympic warm-up friendly matches against Nigeria and Australia. To the Olympics, they lost in the Olympics for the first time in 17 years when they lost 76-83 to France. In the semi-finals, the United States was led by Spain by 15 points, but Kevin Durant shone to help the American team win in reverse. In the final, Durant shined again to win the third Olympic gold medal in a row.

The US women’s basketball also certainly has a medal, most likely Gold. They will meet host Japan in the gold medal match on August 8. In the group stage, the US easily beat Japan 86-69.

Nhan Dat

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