Russia's men's 3x3 basketball team consisting of Ilia Karpenkov, Alexander Zuev, Stanislav Sharov and Kirill Pisklov won the silver medal at Tokyo 2020 on the discipline's Olympic debut.

In a closely fought affair, Latvia eventually prevailed 21-18, although Russia competed hard and were in with a chance until the dying seconds.

Russia played 10 games in total and made a somewhat unexpected run to the final after initially winning three out of their seven pool matches.

However, knockout victories against the Netherlands and Serbia earned a gold medal game against Latvia.

Russia averaged 17.6 points per game throughout the tournament.

Karpenkov, Sharov and Pisklov were also on the team that won the gold medal at the 2019 European Games.

Karpenkov, born in Mineralnye Vody, has represented the Russian Federation in regular basketball and competed at the 2014 and 2015 European Under-18 Championships as well for Russian Super League 1 side Temp-SUMZ-UGMK Revda.

Ilia Karpenkov, right, was Russia's highest scorer in the gold medal match, with seven points ©Getty Images
Ilia Karpenkov, right, was Russia's highest scorer in the gold medal match, with seven points ©Getty Images

Alexander Zuev was a part of the team that won two consecutive 3x3 Under-23 World Cups in 2018, where he was named Most Valuable Player, and 2019.

He also plays in the Russian 3x3 Championship for Gagarin.

His partner, Ulyana Muller, plays ice hockey in the Russian Women's Hockey League.

Sharov played university basketball for six years before playing the sport at amateur level.

From there he was recruited into 3x3 basketball.

He has studied for a post-graduate degree at the Moscow State Academy of Physical Education and now plays for Gagarin alongside Zuev.

Pisklov has also played for the Russian Federation in five-on-five basketball, competing at the 2014 European Under-18 Championship.

The Chelyabinsk-born basketballer began playing 3x3 in 2017 and now turns out domestically for Uralmash in Yekaterinburg.

Russia have won both 3x3 tournaments at the European Games in 2015 and 2019 as well as a bronze medal at the 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Cup in Moscow.