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Sunday, 1 July 2012

First Olympics Appearance For Croatian Women's Basketball Team

There will be a record 108 representatives (so far) from Croatia at the 2012 Summer Olympics this summer in London, and the Croatian Women's National Basketball Team will be among them.  After putting forward a great series of performances at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ankara recently, this will be the first time that a women's basketball team from Croatia will be on the court at the Olympics.  Unfortunately high jumper Blanka Vlasic looks very doubtful after an injury and then complications last month, so the victory of Sandra Perkovic in the discus yesterday at the European Athletics Championships are also good news. The Olympic Men's Basketball Qualifying Tournament is just around the corner too, more on that below..

Croatia Pens Glorious New Chapter


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ANKARA (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament Women) – Croatian women’s basketball penned a wonderful new and historical chapter in the Turkish capital when they booked a place at the Olympic Games for the first time in their history.

The 59-56 quarter-final success against Canada sparked scenes of unbridled celebration for Stipe Bralic and his triumphant players who just over a year ago, could barely have imagined such a day.

Prior to the game, Ana Lelas and Andja Jelavic had both spoken of their London dream, their determination to sample life in the Olympic village and exactly what it would mean for a smaller nation like Croatia to reach the Games.

Now, thanks to some gutsy defence when it really mattered in the closing stages and a vital nine second half points by playmaker Iva Ciglar when the offence was stuttering badly, their dreams have come true.

There had been little to choose between the teams during the opening quarter but Croatia extended their slender one point lead to 33-26 heading to the locker rooms at the interval.

Canada came storming back at the start of the second half with a 16-5 run and it set up a thrilling finale but Croatia held their nerve to advance.

Centre Marija Vrsaljko had an extra reason to smile when she was handed the Tissot Croatian Player Of The Tournament award.

Lelas and Jelavic want to bring the Croatian women to the Olympics...


Groups and schedule set

Photo: Ivana Jurica.

ANKARA, Turkey | LONDON, UK (Olympic Basketball Tournament for Women) – Following the conclusion of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women (OQTW), the groups and schedule of the London 2012 Olympic Basketball Tournament have been finalised.

Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, France and Turkey complete the line-up having secured qualification through the OQTW, held in Ankara, Turkey from 25 June to 1 July.

Immediately after the conclusion of the tournament, the five qualified teams were drawn into the two groups of six teams, previously determined at the Olympic Basketball Draw in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 30 April, as follows:

Group A: Czech Republic, Angola, USA, Croatia, Turkey, China
Group B: Russia, France, Australia, Great Britain, Brazil, Canada
(order of teams determined by way of draw)

Click here for the full schedule of the London 2012 Olympic Basketball Tournament for Women.

A Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men (OQT) in Caracas, Venezuela from 1 to 8 July.

The Olympic Basketball Tournament for Men and Women will take place from 28 July until 12 August at the Olympic Basketball Arena and the North Greenwich Arena.

With identical formats for the men and women’s tournaments, the 12 qualified teams are divided into two pools of six and will play the five other teams in their respective groups during the Preliminary Round. The top four classified teams from each group will then move on to the Quarter-Finals of a standard knock-out tournament.


What do Joao Joao Popsick  and "Prime Time" about the the girls qualifying for the Olympics? (I'm strictly putting this here to give these chaps more exposure. I like to help Canucks, it's what I do.

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