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Basketball, Women

Date26 July – 8 August 2021
StatusOlympic
LocationSaitama Super Arena, Chūō-ku, Saitama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Participants142 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

All the games took place at Saitama Super Arena. The United States women had been the dominant team in international basketball for decades and came into Tokyo having won the previous six Olympic titles. The USA team was older now, however, and pre-Olympic games saw them lose to a college all-star team and to Australia in a friendly, and their dominance seemed at risk.

It was not to be. The USA won Group B by winning all three games to advance to the knockout round. The other groups were won by China and Spain while Australia finished only third in Group C, but still advanced.

Australia met the United States in the first round and was beaten soundly, 79-55, with the pre-Olympic match only a memory. Serbia, Japan, and France also made it to the semi-finals. The USA handled Serbia comfortably, winning by 20 points, while Japan defeated France easily to make it to the finals. In the final, Japan was no match for the USA team, which won its seventh consecutive gold medal, 90-75, but it was Japan’s first-ever basketball medal, either gender. France defeated Serbia for the bronze medal, reversing the result of the recent EuroBasket final.

The United States was led by its long-time guard duo of Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, who won their fifth consecutive gold medals, bettering the record of four that they shared with Lisa Leslie and Teresa Edwards. They also equalled Edwards’ Olympic basketball record by winning their fifth medals.

PosNumberTeamNOC
1United StatesUSAGold
2JapanJPNSilver
3FranceFRABronze
4SerbiaSRB
5People's Republic of ChinaCHN
6SpainESP
7BelgiumBEL
8AustraliaAUS
9CanadaCAN
10Republic of KoreaKOR
11NigeriaNGR
12Puerto RicoPUR

Preliminary Round

Date26 July – 2 August 2021
FormatRound-robin pools.

Group A

Date26 July – 1 August 2021
FormatRound-robin pools.
PosTeamNOCWinsLossesPointsPoints
1SpainESP306234-205
2SerbiaSRB214207-214
3CanadaCAN122208-201
4Republic of KoreaKOR030183-212
MatchDate/TimeTeamNOCResultTeamNOC
Match #126 Jul 10:00SpainESP73 – 69Republic of KoreaKOR
Match #226 Jul 17:20SerbiaSRB72 – 68CanadaCAN
Match #329 Jul 10:00CanadaCAN74 – 53Republic of KoreaKOR
Match #429 Jul 17:20SerbiaSRB70 – 85SpainESP
Match #501 Aug 10:00SpainESP76 – 66CanadaCAN
Match #601 Aug 21:00SerbiaSRB65 – 61Republic of KoreaKOR

Group B

Date27 July – 2 August 2021
FormatRound-robin pools.
PosTeamNOCWinsLossesPointsPoints
1United StatesUSA306260-223
2JapanJPN214245-239
3FranceFRA122239-229
4NigeriaNGR030217-270
MatchDate/TimeTeamNOCResultTeamNOC
Match #127 Jul 10:00JapanJPN74 – 70FranceFRA
Match #227 Jul 13:40United StatesUSA81 – 72NigeriaNGR
Match #330 Jul 13:40United StatesUSA86 – 69JapanJPN
Match #430 Jul 17:20FranceFRA87 – 62NigeriaNGR
Match #502 Aug 10:00JapanJPN102 – 83NigeriaNGR
Match #602 Aug 13:40United StatesUSA93 – 82FranceFRA

Group C

Date27 July – 2 August 2021
FormatRound-robin pools.
PosTeamNOCWinsLossesPointsPoints
1People's Republic of ChinaCHN306247-191
2BelgiumBEL214234-196
3AustraliaAUS122240-230
4Puerto RicoPUR030176-280
MatchDate/TimeTeamNOCResultTeamNOC
Match #127 Jul 17:20BelgiumBEL85 – 70AustraliaAUS
Match #227 Jul 21:00People's Republic of ChinaCHN97 – 55Puerto RicoPUR
Match #330 Jul 10:00BelgiumBEL87 – 52Puerto RicoPUR
Match #430 Jul 21:00People's Republic of ChinaCHN76 – 74AustraliaAUS
Match #502 Aug 17:20People's Republic of ChinaCHN74 – 62BelgiumBEL
Match #602 Aug 21:00AustraliaAUS96 – 69Puerto RicoPUR

Quarter-Finals

Date4 August 2021 — 10:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match #104 Aug 10:00SerbiaSRB77 – 70People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Match #204 Aug 13:40United StatesUSA79 – 55AustraliaAUS
Match #304 Aug 17:20JapanJPN86 – 85BelgiumBEL
Match #404 Aug 21:00FranceFRA67 – 64SpainESP

Semi-Finals

Date6 August 2021 — 13:40
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final round.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match #106 Aug 13:40United StatesUSA79 – 59SerbiaSRB
Match #206 Aug 20:00JapanJPN87 – 71FranceFRA

Final Round

Date7 – 8 August 2021
FormatMedal round.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match 1/208 Aug 11:30United StatesUSA90 – 75JapanJPN
Match 3/407 Aug 16:00FranceFRA91 – 76SerbiaSRB