The US women’s basketball team will play Japan in the final on Sunday after overtaking Serbia 79-59 behind 15 points and 12 rebounds from Brittney Griner. Japan defeated France 87-71.
If the Americans win on Sunday, they would be level with seven consecutive US men’s Olympic titles from 1936-68.
And for Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, it would be five gold medals in their careers, most of them ever from an Olympic basketball player.
“I think everyone here wants to win gold for themselves, for us, for everyone who started this series that brought us here,” said Griner.
The American Nelly Korda finished her overall lead in the pursuit of the gold medal in women’s golf at Kasumigaseki Country Club with 12 straight pars for a 2 under 69. She was three shots ahead of India’s Aditi Ashok, who had a 68.
And for now there will be one final round. Olympic golf officials plan to start the game as early as possible on Saturday, taking advantage of a window they hope is large enough to squeeze 72 holes before a predicted tropical storm.
The American Gable Steveson defeated Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili 10-8 and won wrestling gold in the men’s 125-kilogram freestyle class. Georgia challenged the final points to no avail. As usual after his greatest victories, Steveson celebrated with a backflip.