Rio Olympics 2016: USA beat Spain for sixth straight women's basketball gold

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USA women win sixth straight basketball gold

USA won their sixth successive Olympic women's basketball title, beating Spain 101-72 at Carioca Arena.

Diana Taurasi and Lindsay Whalen scored 17 points apiece for USA, gold medallists for the eighth time in 10 appearances.

Victory extended USA's Olympic winning streak to 49, dating back to the bronze-medal match at Barcelona 1992.

Spain's silver was their first Olympic medal of any colour in women's basketball.

The world's third-ranked team had lost 103-63 to the United States in the group stage.

Spain's Alba Torrens scored a game-high 18 points, but USA were comfortable winners, leaving coach Geno Auriemma in tears.

Victory brought a fourth consecutive Olympic gold for Taurasi, captain Sue Bird, and Tamika Catchings.

Earlier, Serbia won bronze by beating France 70-63.

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Two-time gold medallists Kobe Bryant and LeBron James tweeted their congratulations to Sue Bird and her team
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