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Olympics Rio 2016: United States thump Spain to win sixth straight basketball gold

United States thump Spain to win sixth straight basketball gold
By Reuters

21/08/2016 at 03:25Updated 21/08/2016 at 06:33

The United States women's basketball team thumped Spain 101-72 to claim a sixth straight gold medal to rubberstamp their credentials as one of the greatest Olympic sporting dynasties of all time.

After a sloppy start that saw Spain lead much of the opening quarter, the United States finally settled into their familiar rhythm, turning a 10-0 run into a 17 point halftime lead.

From then on there was no way back for Spain as the US extended their Olympic winning streak to a staggering 49-0.

Only two other nations claim such a run of domination in an Olympic team sport.

The United States' Olympic men's basketball teams earned seven consecutive gold medals from 1936-1968 while India claimed six-straight men's field hockey gold medals from 1928-1956.

For Spain, the silver was their first in Olympic women's basketball. Earlier, Serbia beat France 70-63 in the bronze medal game.

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