USA claims first women’s 3×3 basketball Olympic gold, Latvia wins men’s

Madrid, Jul 28 (EFE).- Team USA won the first ever women’s 3×3 basketball Olympic gold medal, while Latvia claimed gold in the men’s tournament of the discipline making its debut at Tokyo 2020.

The Russian Olympic Committee was denied two gold medals in 3×3 basketball, suffering defeat in both final bouts and earning silver in the men’s and women’s contests.

Team USA’s women’s team became the first Olympic champion of 3×3 basketball with a score of 18-15, a small lead over Russia at the buzzer.

The Russians were ahead during the first half of the men’s final match against Latvia, until the Baltic team performed a comeback ending the tight game at 21-18.

The new discipline is rooted in street basketball, played on a half court and runs for 10 minutes of game time or until one team is first to score 21 points. EFE


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