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VIDEO: First dunk by female player in Olympics history

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

The female dunk barrier was broken years ago, but there's still a few accomplishments left to be completed in the genre: the alley-oop; the two-handed put-back slam; the reverse.

On Friday, the Olympics had its first dunk by a female player in history. And somewhat surprisingly, it didn't come from a U.S. player. Australia's Liz Cambage, all 6 feet, 8 inches of her, had an open lane and casually went for a stroll down Broadway before depositing it in for two quick points.

Not a magnificent slam, but a slam nonetheless, and few things are more exciting in women's basketball than a genuine dunk because of how rare it is. Australia wound up beating Russia 70-66.

Cambage's coach, Carrie Graf, called it "a historic, iconic moment in women's sport."


(HT, Fourth Place Medal)

 
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