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Liz Cambage becomes first woman to dunk at Olympics

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A combination photo shows Liz Cambage's historic slam

You don't need official confirmation to know Australia's Liz Cambage did something never seen before in Olympic women's basketball — throw down a dunk.

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The 6-foot-8 Cambage said she had an "out of body experience" as she drove right down Broadway for the one-handed jam.

Cambage said she never has dunked before in a game and rarely tries to in practice. Still, she was happy to provide what's sure to be a highlight of the tournament.

"It's good to finally do it and get everyone off my back about it," she said. "I was wide open and I felt it and just did it. It was an out of body experience. I wasn't thinking about it."

Australian coach Carrie Graf has encouraged her young star to dunk in warmups to gain more confidence. She was proud to see her do it in the flow of the game.

"To have someone dunk at the Olympics, and a rising star of the women's world game is huge," Graf said. "It's one of the many things that will continue to put women's basketball on the map as a global game. That's what it does.

"It's a historic, iconic moment in women's sport." (Associated Press)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

 

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