The first Olympic gold medal in the history of 3×3 basketball will not be for the French women. After a very close match, the Blue lost to the United States – for the second time in the tournament – in the semi-finals, Wednesday, July 28, in Tokyo (18-16). They will have a chance to win bronze, in the small final either against the Russian Olympic Committee or against China, at 1:45 p.m. French time.
Laëtitia Guapo’s teammates, who have continued to gain strength throughout the tournament, have not been unworthy during this meeting. While they had managed to return to equality (16-16), the Blue demanded a challenge (call for video assistance), believing that the ball out of the field had been hit by an American and should be returned to them. But, the referees did not agree with the French. They were then penalized with a fault on the next action, the seventh, offering two free throws to the Americans and allowing them to return to the front (17-16).
If the Blue never managed to take control of the meeting, they were striking in attack, not hesitating to attack the circle on several occasions and to set up play without the ball. Note also the very good sense of the collective of the France team on this meeting. Evidenced by the good understanding between Marie-Eve Paget and Ana Maria Filip (8 points, 4/6 to 1 point and 2/2 to 2 points) on the offensive phases, the first serving the second with a lobed pass under the circle. twice.
We believed in it until the end, but the Blue ended up losing to the United States. What a match and what a course for this great French team, and it is not over, since they will try to win bronze this afternoon against the Chinese or the Russians pic.twitter.com/jnsFDxfzQd
“It was a tough and intense game, as we knew. They gave us little shivers, but we managed to come back every time. We knew it was going to be complicated, that we had to pay attention to the little details. We will have to get back on track quickly to get 3rd place, ”commented France Televisions Laëtitia Guapo at the microphone.
Candidates for gold, the reigning European champions still have a chance to win bronze. For this, they will have to win against the Russian Olympic Committee (COR) or against China at 13:45.
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