Opals go down to France in overtime

One of the most extraordinary basketball shots in memory wasn't enough to save the Opals from a stunning defeat by France which dents their Olympic Games medal hopes.

World No.8 France stunned Australia - the reigning Olympic silver medallists - with a 74-70 victory in overtime.

Opals guard Belinda Snell launched an astonishing three-pointer from well inside her half in the final second to take the match to overtime after the Australians looked destined to lose.

But despite Snell's amazing basket - guaranteed to be on basketball highlight reels for years to come - the Opals struggled to overcome the loss of skipper Lauren Jackson and Liz Cambage, who both fouled out in regulation time.

French skipper Celine Dumerc made the match safe with a pair of late free throws after Australia made a mess of one final attempt to tie things up while trailing by two points.

The Opals can still make the medal rounds, with the top four qualifiers in each six-team group going through to the quarter-finals.

But it does shake their hopes of finishing top of their pool and getting the lowest-ranked qualifier from the pool in their quarter-final.