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3×3 basketball. Les Bleues crowned world champions for the first time in their history. Sport

After their victory against China (17-16) in the semi-finals, Les Bleues faced Canada, winner of Lithuania (16-14), this Sunday, June 26 in the final of the 3×3 world basketball championships.

A controlled game

The French get back into their match well (3-0, 8′ from term), while their opponents are overwhelmed by the speed of French execution. Canada recovered a bit (3-2, 7′), despite Myriam Djekoundade’s defensive efforts. “A little more diversity in attack”, asks Marie-Ève ​​Paget during the first time out. The latter offers a little air to the Bleues after a rebound on a free throw (4-2, 6 ‘), before a superb stop and go from Hortense Limousin (5-3, 5’), in good shape during this final.

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The French are concentrated and increase the opponent’s foul counter. With three two-point baskets in a row, they widened the gap (12-7, 4′). Hortense Limousin continues to do wonders (14-8, 3′), while in defense Myriam Djekoundade anticipates all the passes. The Plouffe sisters give hope to Canada (14-12, 2′). Fortunately for Les Bleues, their opponents miss a free throw which could have brought them down to -1. Les Bleues suffer, but Hortense Limousin relieves her team in the final seconds (15-13, 0’43). Marie-Eve Paget scored a final free throw to leave the Canadians behind (16-13).

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The French women’s team is crowned world champion for the first time in its history. “I don’t realize what we just did. After finishing fourth at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, losing in the semi-finals of Euro 2021 in France, it’s incredible to be world champions”savored Marie-Eve Paget after the meeting.

France therefore leaves with two medals from Antwerp. Gold for women, bronze for men.

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