The Spanish basketball players have conquered the world title for the second time in history on Sunday. The triple European champion was clearly too strong for Argentina in the final in Beijing: 95-75.
Spain won gold earlier in 2006 at the World Cup basketball. Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez were already there from the current selection.
For Gasol, his second world title is the final piece of a particularly successful season. In June, he became champion for the first time in the North American top competition NBA with the Toronto Raptors.
The Spaniards hit a nice gap (23-14) in the final against Argentina in the Wukesong Sports Center in the first quarter (23-14) and only continued in the remainder of the game.
The team of national coach Sergio Scariolo was very successful in stopping Luis Scola. The 39-year-old Argentinian was on average good for more than nineteen points per game, but missed nine of his ten shots from the field in the final battle and only scored eight points.
Ricky Rubio was the top scorer in Spain with twenty points. In total, six Spaniards scored ten points or more. Scariolo had four NBA players in China with Rubio, Gasol, Willy Hernangómez and Juan Hernangómez.
The Argentinian Luis Scola (left) had a tough time against Marc Gasol and Spain. (Photo: Pro Shots)
France wins bronze again
In the previous two World Cups, in 2010 and 2014, the gold went to the United States. The superpower in basketball lost surprisingly to France earlier this week in the quarterfinals (79-89), putting an end to a series of 58 American victories in a row in competitive duels.
The French lost in the semifinals of Argentina (66-80) and secured the bronze medal earlier on Sunday - just like five years ago - in the battle to win Australia's third place 67-59.
The French basketball players celebrate their third place. (Photo: Pro Shots)