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Who can complete historic double at FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2019?
AMSTERDAM (Netherlands) – No team has ever won the FIBA 3x3 World Cup with both the men and the women, let alone during the same edition. What if history was made in the Dutch capital on June 18-23?
A total of 9 countries will be represented both in the men’s and in the women’s category at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2019. We ranked them by their combined federation ranking, which rewards federations that are active and successful with both genders (and calculated by the geometric average of the ranking points of men and women for all you Will Huntings).
Russia (#1 in combined ranking)
No team approached that dream double more than Russia back in 2014. Playing in front of their local fans, Russia’s women finished 2nd and their men ended 3rd. Russia is the only country here to have actually won the 3x3 World Cup in Nantes, France in 2017. Also, Russia already completed an incredible double… last year at the FIBA 3x3 U23 World Cup.
China have been a contender in the women’s category for several years, including a 4th place finish in 2018 in the Philippines. And the men are now catching up as well: the team won bronze at the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup last month.
Unlike China, it is the men’s national team that has brought the most silverware. Mongolia are the only team who have reached the final of the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup the last 3 years. They also reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup last year in the Philippines. The women’s team has not had the same success but showed great improvement last month at the Asia Cup, finishing 4th overall.
Ever since it was announced 3x3 would make its Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020, the Japanese national teams have been on a meteoric rise. The men won bronze at the Asia Cup in 2018 but it’s especially the women’s national team that’s expected to make the most noise in Amsterdam. The team won bronze at the Asia Cup last month and will feature rising stars Stephanie Mawuli and Miwa Kuribayashi, who struck silver at the FIBA 3x3 U23 World Cup last year.
The hosts of the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2017 have been on the rise in the women's category with 8 players in the 10 first positions of the ranking. Migna Touré led the French squad last year to gold at the Europe Cup and they also won the bronze medal in the World Cup 2018 in The Philippines. The men's squad is reinforced after finishing 4th last year at the Europe Cup with two U23 Nations League winners: Charly Pontens and Lucas Dussoulier.
Can the hosts make history at home? The men's team have won silver in the last two editions of the World Cup - losing to Serbia in both 2017 and 2018 -. while the women have won silver last year at the Europe Cup and bronze in 2017 also in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam brings back good memories for Ukraine's men as they won a bronze medal at the Europe Cup back in 2017 defeating World Cup winners Serbia in the bronze-medal game. Also, the women's team have won bronze last year at the Europe Cup.
Lasmanis and Miezis are back where everything started for them. Back in 2017 they led Latvia to their first-ever medal in 3x3 coming as underdogs, After that, a 5th place last year at the World Cup and silver at the Europe Cup. With the boys as one of the favorites to win the World Cup, could the women complete the fairy-tale?
The only country from the list that knows what it feels to win a double this year. Both Australian squads finished the Asia Cup 2019 crowned as winners and undefeated. Can they continue their winning streak in Amsterdam?
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