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Australia win historic double at FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2019
CHANGSHA (FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2019) - Both Australian teams won gold at the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup in Changsha, China, on May 26.
The 4th edition of the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup featured a record 40 teams (18 in the women's and 22 in the men's category) over 5 days in an outdoor location in the heart of Changsha, China.
Australia's men went back to back after finishing undefeated in the competition. They defeated Asia Cup 2017 winners Mongolia (21-9) in a rematch of last year's final. Tim Coenraad scored 8 points in the final including the game-winner for the Australians.
After being defeated by eventual winners Australia in the semi-finals, hosts China redeemed themselves in the bronze-medal game and defeated Kazakhstan (14-11).
It was a green and gold day at the Asia Cup as Australia's women also struck gold, after a last 20-9 win against Kazakhstan in the final (20-9).
In the bronze-medal game, Japan defeated Mongolia in a 21-14 nail-biter.
In the shoot-out contest, Tamara Yagodkina earned a second medal at the Asia Cup for Kazakhstan. The 29-year-old won gold after scoring 13 points, including 2 of the 3 money balls from the logo. She edged out Vietnam rising star Khoa Dang Tran and Turkmenistan's Rayirov Sapaly with 7 points. The shoot-out contest is a mixed event at the Asia Cup. A woman has won in each one of the 3 editions.
Team of the Tournament:
Tom Wright (AUS) - MVP
Delgernyam Davaasambuu (MGL)
Yi Zheng (CHN)
Rebecca Cole (AUS) - MVP
Nadezhda Kondrakova (KAZ)
Minami Iju (JPN)
8. Chinese Taipei
9. New Zealand
11. South Korea
21. Sri Lanka
7. New Zealand
11. Sri Lanka
13. Chinese Taipei
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Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.
It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3x3 World Tour and national-team FIBA 3x3 World & Continental Cups. On June 9, 2017, 3x3 was added to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games.
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