A blistering United States outplayed hosts Japan to win a seventh successive women’s basketball gold on Tokyo 2020’s final day of action.
Famed veterans Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi became the first players to win five Olympic basketball titles.
This means that the team is unbeaten in 55 Olympic matches. The last time they lost was in the 1992 semi-finals.
Japan made the best money with France taking bronze.
Phoenix Mercury ‘s Brittney Griner was the main force during the 90-75 victory, scoring a game-high 30 points with five rebounds and two assists.
“Seven in a row I mean it’s amazing. That just shows everything about USA basketball,” Griner said.
They were leading 50-39 in the first half and no one could stop them. The strong Japan held second place and finished the best Olympics ever.
The Americans’ seventh position equals the longest streak by any team at any Olympic Games, matched with the U.S. men’s basketball team between 1936 and 1968.
The US men’s team also won a gold medal in Tokyo.
Taurasi, 39, who led the Phoenix Mercury to three WNBA titles, and 40-year-old Bird, to four WNBA titles with Seattle Storm, both took their first gold at Athens in 2004.
The team also includes current national team coach Dawn Staley, who has won three gold medals as a player.
Taurasi has hinted that she is not yet ready to leave the Olympics. He ended his post-match interview with US NBC, saying, “See you in Paris!”