(Tokyo Olympics) Chinese women's three-person basketball wins bronze medal

  China News Service, Tokyo, July 28 (Reporter Xing Chong) On the 28th local time, in the women's three-person basketball bronze medal match at the Tokyo Olympics, the Chinese team defeated the French team 16:14 and won the bronze medal.

This is the first Olympic medal for Chinese three-person basketball and the second best result in the history of Chinese basketball in the Olympic Games.

On the evening of July 28, in the bronze medal match of the women's three-person basketball in the Tokyo Olympics, the Chinese women's three-person basketball team defeated the French team 16:14 and won the Chinese delegation's first medal in the event.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Du Yang

  Three-person basketball is a new event in the Olympic Games. There are 8 teams participating in the men’s and women’s competitions. The single round-robin matches will be played first. The top two teams will go directly to the semi-finals, and then they will go to the knockout rounds to decide the final. Champion.

  The Chinese women's team won the 2019 World Cup championship, which is also the first world championship in Chinese basketball history.

However, due to injuries and other reasons, only Zhang Zhiting was selected for the Olympic roster in the World Cup winning lineup, and the remaining three contestants were relatively inexperienced in the competition.

  In the group stage of this Olympic Games, the Chinese women's team qualified with 5 wins and 2 losses. In the semi-finals held earlier on the 28th, they lost to the Russian Olympic Committee 14:21 and missed the final, and thus competed with the French team in the bronze medal battle. Meet.

  After the start of the game, the Chinese team took the lead and quickly achieved a 6-2 lead. Then the French team counterattacked and chased the score to 7:9. Fortunately, the Chinese team resisted the opponent's offensive and was more than two minutes away from the game. Leading by 14:9; at the end of the game, the French team stepped up their offensive and once reduced the score difference to 2 points; the Chinese team resisted the pressure and finally defeated the opponent 16:14 and won the bronze medal of the Olympic Games.

  Three women's basketball players said after the game that the team quickly made adjustments after losing in the semifinals.

"Everyone was fighting one after another in the competition, and they were very firm in their beliefs because they believed that they were the best." Zhang Zhiting said.

  "It's not easy for the kids!" Xu Jiamin, the head coach of the Chinese women's three-person basketball team, had tears in his eyes after the game.

She said that she hopes that with the encouragement of this bronze medal, China's three-person basketball will develop better and better in the future.