In the recently completed FIBA Americas men’s tournament, the Argentinians faced off against their bitter South American rivals Brazil and came away with the title. Both qualified for London.
It was deja vu in the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship for Women as it was once again a championship game showdown between Argentina and Brazil with the title and a single Olympic berth on the line.
Both teams came into this game as the unbeaten winners of their respective groups and victors in their semifinal games. Brazil knocked off the Cubans 66-53 while Argentina escaped with a 61-59 win over a determined Canadian squad. .
The script was flipped in the final as the Brazilians blew out Argentina 74-33 to win their fifth FIBA Americas women’s title and grab the automatic qualifying spot to London.
In the Third Place game Canada shook off their disappointing semifinal loss to Argentina and claimed the bronze medal by knocking off Cuba 59-46.
Silver medalist Argentina, bronze medalist Canada and Cuba will represent the FIBA Americas Zone and have one last chance to quality for the London Games women’s basketball tournament by playing in the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament that takes place at a site to be determined from June 25-July 1.
Five sports will be up for grabs, and the FIBA Americas teams will contest them against teams from Croatia, France, Czech Republic, Turkey, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and two from the FIBA Africa Zone that will conclude their women’s tournament today.
Senegal is going for their tenth FIBA African women’s title when they play in today’s championship game against Angola, while host Mali plays Nigeria in the Third Place game.
Champion gets their ticket punched to London as the FIBA Africa rep, the silver and bronze medalists head to the Olympic Qualifying tournament.
But congrats to Brazil. They will get to exhale, savor their fifth title and prepare to play in London next summer.