The decisive victory marks the third-consecutive Olympic Gold medal for the American squad.
Another one in the books for Team USA women’s water polo squad.
The women delivered a drubbing of Spain’s Olympic team with a 14 to 5 win on Saturday at the Tatsumi Water Polo Center in Tokyo, Japan.
Majorly in part because of the efforts of trailblazing water polo goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson, who is competing in her second Olympics after winning gold in Rio in 2016.
Johnson is the first Black woman to make the U.S. Olympic team, which she remarks as a special opportunity to serve as a role model for young Black kids. A graduate from Princeton University with a number of accolades, Johnson, at only 26-years-old, is one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
“This is what we were building to,” Johnson, who made 11 saves during the game, said to Yahoo! Sports. “Our whole team came out to play and showed up at the right moments. It’s been an intense show of resiliency and teamwork and love and passion and I’m so proud of what my team showed today. It was palpable in the water today.”
Johnson’s defensive skills allowed her teammate to dominate on the offensive end, leaving the outcome of Saturday’s afternoon victory never in question. Team USA built an early 6-1 lead, led at halftime 7-4, and didn’t allow Spain to get back into the game in the second half until there were only two minutes remaining.
With the victory, Team USA became the first women’s team in the sport to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals.
The U.S. is also the only nation to win a medal at each Olympics since women’s water polo was added to the Games in 2000 in Sydney.