Japan Secures Spot in Third Consecutive Olympic Games

Japan has qualified for its third consecutive Olympics. (C)FIBA


On February 11, local time, the third and final game of the FIBA ​​Women’s Olympic World Final Qualifier (WOQT) was held in Sopron, Hungary, where Japan, ranked 9th in the world, defeated Canada, ranked 5th, 86-82. He has qualified for his third consecutive Olympic Games, following the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games and the 2021 Tokyo Games, where he won a silver medal.

The top three teams in a group of four teams will qualify for the Olympics. After the two games, all the teams were tied with one win and one loss, and on the final day, the winner got the ticket immediately, making it the biggest draw. After a joyous victory against highly ranked Spain, Japan suffered a heartbreaking defeat in a match against world No. 19 Hungary the next day, and the match against Canada was a setback.

However, in the first game on the final day against Canada, the team was able to win despite some hardships thanks to its speedy offense and spirited defense that made up for the height difference, making it so difficult that FIBA ​​officials called it the “Group of Death.” You broke through a group of enemies.

The remaining two chairs will be decided by Spain, who won the head-to-head match against Canada ahead of the second game on the final day. Even if Spain were to lose to Hungary and end up with the same record as Canada, 1 win, 2 losses, they would still have a better record.
In the second game, Spain won 73-72 after a heated battle that lasted until the final stages, leaving Japan, Spain, and Canada to advance from the “Group of Death.” Canada was tied with Hungary at 1 win and 2 losses, but won the head-to-head match 67-55. Hungary built up a 22-point lead against Spain in the third quarter, but they were unable to maintain this advantage and were forced into a comeback in the final stages.

The MVP of the Hungarian qualifying round was Mai Yamamoto of the Japanese national team, who scored 21 points in the match against Canada, including three 3-pointers, tied for the most on the team.

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