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10 Aug 2012

A clear round

Two unbeaten teams will play the final of the women's basketball tournament

The final of the women's basketball tournament will be between the USA and France. The American players defeated Australia by 86-73 in the first of two semi-finals, winning their fortieth consecutive victory at the Olympics. After a suffering first half, the USA dominated the second half, turning the result and earning their fifth consecutive Olympic final, the seventh since women's basketball was introduced into the Olympic program in 1976. Competing against the United States for the gold medal will be France, who played a great semi-final against Russia, winning 81-64. The final is scheduled for Saturday, August 11 at 21.00 (GMT) at the North Greenwich Arena. Today is the turn of the men's semifinals. The match between Spain and Russia will start at 17.00. The Russians triumphed over the Spanish in the qualification round, but the Spanish, reigning European champions and silver medal holders in Beijing 2008, are still the predicted favorites. The other semifinal at 21.00, sees the USA against Argentina for the second time in this tournament, the only team that has managed to break their dominance since the Americans began fielding a national team made up of NBA players in 1992. This took place in 2004, when Argentina won the gold after beating the United States in the semifinals. Eight years later, the South Americans are hoping that history will repeat itself.