For a 3rd straight Olympics, america girls’s water polo group totally dominated.
It’s a three-peat for the US after the group dismantled Spain, 14-5, so as to add extra gold in Japan after profitable in Rio and London.
There was by no means a doubt for a group that crushed the Russian Olympic Committee 18-5 within the semifinals and constructed a 6-1 lead within the ultimate earlier than stretching it to 12-4 by the top of the third quarter.
“That is what we had been constructing to,” goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson instructed reporters. “Our entire group got here out to play and confirmed up in the appropriate second. We supported one another, and it’s so superb to come back again with a lot power, love and fervour. It was palpable within the water right this moment.”
Johnson, who in 2016 grew to become the primary African-American lady to make the group, blocked 11 of 15 photographs on purpose in main a protection that each set the tone and stored Spain from scoring within the second half till the ultimate minutes of the fourth.
Maggie Steffens, the all-time Olympic scoring chief, added one purpose to her ledger, however 9 completely different People scored, together with a number of targets from Alys Williams, Kaleigh Gilchrist, Aria Fischer and Maddie Musselman.
Within the six Olympics which have featured water polo, the People have by no means didn’t medal. Spain gained silver for a second time.