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Olympic women’s basketball field set; U.S. eyes record-tying seventh straight title

2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup Gold Medal Game - USA v Austrailia

TENERIFE, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 30: Brittney Griner #15 of the USA National Team drives to the basket while guard by Liz Cambage #8 of Team Australia during the Gold Medal Game of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup at Pabellon de Deportes de Tenerife Santiago Martin on September 30, 2018 in San Cristobal de La Laguna, Spain. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The U.S. is joined by every other world power in the Olympic women’s basketball field that was finalized over the weekend.

Before last week, the only qualified nations were the U.S. (by winning the 2018 World title) and Japan (as host nation). Four tournaments in Europe determined the last 10 teams to make up the Tokyo tournament.

Qualifiers include the U.S.’ longtime rival Australia, 2016 Olympic silver medalist Spain and the rest of the semifinalists from Rio and every quarterfinalist from the 2018 Worlds. The lone nation ranked in the top 10 in the world not to qualify was No. 6 Turkey, which was eliminated by placing 14th at 2019 EuroBasket.

The 12 Olympic qualifiers (world ranking):

U.S. (1)
Australia (2)
Spain (3)
Canada (4)
France (5)
Serbia (7)
China (8)
Belgium (9, first Olympics)
Japan (10)
Nigeria (17)
South Korea (19)
Puerto Rico (23, first Olympics)

The U.S. seeks a seventh straight Olympic title to match the basketball record held by U.S. men’s teams from the first seven Olympic tournaments from 1936-68. The U.S. women have won 46 straight games between the Olympics and FIBA World Cup dating to 2006.

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