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Torrens hails historic moment in Spain’s basketball
RIO DE JANEIRO (Rio 2016 Olympic Games) - Having tried but fallen shorten time and again, it's understandable why Alba Torrens called it "a historic moment" when Spain earned a first-ever Olympic medal in Rio on Saturday.
After failing to make it to the Quarter-Finals on two occasions (2004 and 2008), Torrens and Co arrived in Brazil determined to change the course of history.
The dream came true following their 101-72 defeat to the USA in the Gold Medal Game.
Torrens led all scorers with a game-high 18 points and is heading back home with a silver medal around her neck.
The 26-year-old has a feeling of accomplishment.
Spain won their first-ever Olympics medal
"It's something historical for our country," the 1.91m small forward said. "You dream to be in the Olympic Games, it's, I don't know, something amazing. Right now, to have this medal, I don't find the words to explain that."
The gold medal, Torrens admitted, could make a difference in Spain's women's basketball and the local press is taking note.
Alba Torrens: "Esta medalla tiene que servir para seguir soñando" pic.twitter.com/a9pYAHUVwP— Liga Endesa (@ACBCOM) August 21, 2016
"I think that this medal pays off for so much work. Not just this tournament, not just this year, not just this last year. So it's a long time that Spanish basketball is working so hard. We are getting good results and I think this one is a pay-off for the hard work."