TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. team of Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray, Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young won the first women’s gold medal in the new Olympic sport of 3-on-3 basketball.
Plum scored all five of her points early to help the Americans take the lead and they held on for an 18-15 win over the team representing the Russian Olympic Committee.
Plum led all scorers in this tournament. She finished with 55 points over the course of the five-day event in which the U.S. played nine games and only lost one.
China beat France 16-14 for the bronze medal and Serbia defeated Belgium 21-10 in the men’s third-place game.
Japanese teenager Daiki Hashimoto won a gold medal in men’s all-around.
The 19-year-old Hashimoto used a thrilling high bar routine during the final rotation to edge Xiao Ruoteng of China and reigning world champion Nikita Nagornyy.
Hashimoto’s all-around total of 88.465 points included a 14.933 on high bar. That was good enough for him to surge past Xiao and into the top spot. The gold is the third straight Olympic title for the Japanese gymnast. Kohei Uchimura won in 2012 and 2016.
The win was also a bit of redemption for Hashimoto. He thought his high bar set during the team final lifted Japan to gold but Nagornyy’s rock-solid floor exercise did just enough to give the team representing the Russian Olympic Committee the title.
Shi Zhiyong of China set a world record and won his second gold medal in weightlifting in the men’s 73-kilogram category.
Shi lifted 166 kilograms in the snatch and 198 in the clean and jerk for a total 364kg. That was one kilogram more than his previous record.
Julio Mayora of Venezuela took silver and Rahmat Erwin Abdullah of Indonesia took bronze.
Shi won gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games in what was then the 69kg category before the classes were reorganized.