Jul 28, 2021 - Sports

U.S. defeats Russia for gold in women's 3x3 basketball

Kelsey Plum goes up for a shot during the gold medal game in women's 3x3 basketball between the U.S. and Russia.

Kelsey Plum goes up for a shot during the gold medal game in women's 3x3 basketball between the U.S. and Russia. Photo: Ina Fried/Russia

TOKYO- The U.S. women's 3x3 basketball team defeated the squad from Russia 18-15 on Wednesday night to win the first-ever Olympic gold medal in the sport.

What's next: Minutes later, the Latvian men defeated the athletes from Russia 21-18 to take the men's gold medal.

How it works: The fast-paced sport is similar to the style of half-court hoops played at parks across the U.S. and beyond. In Tokyo, it's being played at an outdoor stadium, though the players get some shade from the heat thanks to a circus-style tent. The game ends after one team scores 21 points or after 10 minutes, whichever comes first.

  • The U.S. team was made up of Kelsey Plum, Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray and Jackie Young. Young was a last-minute replacement for Katie Lou Samuelson who tested positive for COVID-19 just before leaving for Tokyo.
  • The team from Russia, meanwhile, includes a pair of twins, Olga and Evgenia Frolkina and Wednesday is their birthday.

Earlier this evening, China's women's team defeated France 16-14 to secure the bronze medal, while Serbia beat Belgium 21-10 to earn the men's bronze.

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