The women’s wheelchair basketball competition at the 2024 IWBF Asia Oceania Championships has reached its pinnacle, with China and Japan emerging victorious in the semifinals.
China’s Dominance Continues
China showcased their championship credentials with a resounding 69-36 victory, effortlessly securing their spot in the final. The dynamic duo of Suiling Lin and Captain Tonglei Zhang stole the show, combining for 40 points in a display of exceptional teamwork and individual brilliance. The unbeaten run of the Chinese team has been a testament to their prowess on the court.
Japan Holds Off Australian Rally
In a nail-biting encounter, Japan faced a spirited Australian team that launched a second-half comeback. Despite the Australian surge, Japan maintained composure and secured their place in the final with a hard-fought victory, 46-33.
AOZ Team’s Remarkable Turnaround
In other women’s games, the AOZ team orchestrated a remarkable turnaround. Reversing an earlier group stage defeat, the team claimed the 5th spot with a 41-34 win over Cambodia. This victory underscored their resilience and determination, showcasing the team’s ability to learn and adapt throughout the tournament.
Laos Finishes on a High
Meanwhile, Laos capped off their campaign on a high note, securing the 7th place ahead of the Philippines with a comprehensive 51-20 victory. The win highlighted Laos’ progress and improvement throughout the tournament.
As the stage is set for the women’s final, anticipation and excitement are reaching a fever pitch. China and Japan will clash in a battle not only for supremacy but for direct qualification to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, and fans can expect a thrilling showcase.
The women’s final promises to be a fitting culmination of the intense competition at the 2024 AOZ Championships. Stay tuned for the crowning of the queens of Asia Oceania wheelchair basketball!
Day 9 Schedule – Saturday 20 January
- 10:30 – Women Bronze | AUSvs THA
- 12:30 – Men Bronze | JPN vs KSA
- 14:30 – Women Gold | CHN vs JPN
- 16:30 – Men Gold | AUS vs IRI
- 09:00 – Men 9-11 | UAE vs PHI
- 11:00 – Men 7-8 | AFG vs KSA
- 13:00 – Men 5-6 | CHN vs THA
Photo Credits – X-1 /IWBF