Six new teams qualify for Tokyo 2020 at FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament
GRAZ (Austria) - USA, France, Japan (women) and Poland, Netherlands and Latvia (men) have earned their ticket to 3x3's Olympic debut following the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament on May 30, 2021.
In the women's category, France was the first team to qualify after a nail-biting 15-14 win against Japan thanks to a Marie-Eve Paget drive with 8 seconds to go in the game.
USA followed after an unbeaten 6-0 run in Graz and a last 21-13 against Spain.
Japan got the last ticket to Tokyo available at the event in a thrilling overtime versus Spain. The tournament MVP Stephanie Mawuli drove to the basket for the Tissot Buzzer Beater, which sent the Asian team to the Olympics.
France, USA and Japan join China, the Russian Olympic Committee, Romania and Mongolia, who had already qualified for the Olympics based on the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking on November 1, 2019.
In the men's category, Poland were first to get their Olympic ticket after giving Latvia their first loss in Graz in the semi-finals (20-18).
The Netherlands joined them shortly after following their success against France.
Latvia clinched the last Olympic spot available at the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament after defeating France in the last game of the tournament (21-15). The number one 3x3 player in the world Nauris Miezis was named MVP and was joined on the Team of the Tournament by Poland's Michael Hicks and Dutch star Arvin Slagter.
Poland, the Netherlands and Latvia join Serbia, the Russian Olympic Committee, China and Japan , who had already secured their spot based on the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking on November 1, 2019.
The last spot in both categories will be decided at the FIBA 3x3 Universality Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Debrecen, Hungary, on June 4-6.
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13. Dominican Republic
15. Czech Republic
17. Chinese Taipei
20. Sri Lanka