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03 sep 2012

Historical victories

In wheelchair basketball, Turkey and Germany achieved two sporting feats

The last day of the preliminary rounds of the wheelchair basketball tournament will be held today. Group A of the men's tournament is dominated by Australia, at the top of the current standings with full marks, followed by Spain. The United States, currently in third place, suffered a historical defeat against Turkey in the starting game. For Turkey, currently lying in fourth place, it was its first-ever victory against the Americans. In Group B, Canada, according to plan, is still unbeaten and leads the pack, followed by Germany, Great Britain and Poland. All went according to plan in Group A of the women's tournament as well, with Australia who, despite their defeat against Canada, is still at the top of the standings. Behind, with one less game under their belt, there is Holland, Canada and Great Britain. On the other hand, there was a surprise victory in Group B, with Germany's success against the favorites, the United States. The German players are leading the standings with full marks, ahead of the USA, China and Mexico.
Sunday also marked the start of the boccia tournament, with the Mixed Pairs and Mixed Team categories. In the Mixed Pairs BC3 category, South Korea, who won gold at Beijing 2008, lost their first game but then bounced back to claim a victory against the host country Great Britain. Excellent performances by Portugal, Belgium and Greece, winners of  their first two games. In the Mixed Team BC1-2 category, Thailand took center stage, undefeated after two matches, as did Great Britain and South Korea. In the Mixed Pairs BC4 category, great start for Czech Republic, Brazil and Canada, still unbeaten after two games.