There's a new star of Olympic basketball - and it's the robotic kind

SAITAMA, JAPAN - JULY 25: A robot celebrates making a basket during halftime of the Men's Preliminary Round Group B game between the United States and France on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 25, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
SAITAMA, JAPAN - JULY 25: A robot celebrates making a basket during halftime of the Men's Preliminary Round Group B game between the United States and France on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 25, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

France caused a big upset in the evening's basketball action as they beat Team USA 83-76, but many can't stop thinking about the human-sized robot that spent half-time shooting hoops on the court. 

France beating Team USA in Olympic basketball wasn’t the only major talking point to emerge from the game.

While unexpected in its result, nothing could have prepared spectators for what happened at the half way point: a free throwing robot.

Terrifyingly life-like in height, the robot rolled out at half-time to treat onlookers to some free throws.

The robot might have to work on its slow release if it wants to kick it with the stars of the Games, though.

But on the plus side, its aim seems to be impressive as it sinks one from the logo.

After suffering a shock defeat, don't be surprised if Team USA are calling up Tokyo's basketball robot if they find themselves in need of points again...