Athletes missing gold still shine for history books | Updated: 2021-08-04 15:15
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Players of China celebrate after winning the bronze-medal match for Women's Basketball 3x3 against France at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan on July 28, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

After years of waiting for a team sports medal in Olympic basketball, the Chinese Women's 3x3 Basketball Team delivered a bronze medal to those dreamers on July 28, defeating France 16-14 at Japan's Aomi Urban Sports Park.

Winning a medal at the Olympic debut of basketball's half-court version at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Wang Lili of Team China couldn't hide her excitement at being able to hold off France's last-second attempt to tie the game.

"The game was very tough. It was up and down the whole game, but we managed to be on top in the end," Wang said. "We're very excited, because we've won the bronze medal the first time that 3x3 basketball has been in the Olympics. It's more than we expected."

The event is the first new one in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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