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CANADA AND PUERTO RICO SECURE PARIS 2024 QUALIFICATION IN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

With third-place finishes in their respective Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, the women’s basketball teams of Canada and Puerto Rico have booked their tickets to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Two more teams from the Americas secured Olympic qualification in women’s basketball this weekend at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments held in four different cities: Belem, Brazil, Xian, China, Antwerp, Belgium and Sopron, Hungary.

Both Canada and Puerto Rico now join the United States as teams from the Americas that have qualified to the Paris 2024 Olympics. Although Team USA had already qualified to the Games as the 2022 World Champions, they still competed at the tournament and went undefeated with a thrilling last-second win over Belgium followed by blowouts of Nigeria and Senegal.

A total of 10 teams qualified from the four tournaments, with the top three teams in each competition securing their tickets to France. Canada and Puerto Rico each finished third in their respective four-team tournaments, earning qualification despite each only winning one of their three games.

Canada edged out the host country of Hungary for the final qualification spot, with each team finishing 1-2 but Canada sporting the better point differential of +3.

Like Canada, Puerto Rico earned four points with a 1-2 record, but was able to outlast New Zealand in their head-to-head competition which gave Puerto Rico the third-place finish over their oceanic opponents.

Brazil was the only country of the Americas that was unable to earn qualification to the Olympics despite competing in their own country, finishing 0-3 in their group that featured strong teams from Australia, Germany and Serbia.

A total of 12 teams will compete for the gold medal in women’s basketball at the Paris 2024 Olympics. The Americas will be represented by the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. The strong French team has an automatic qualification as the Host Country of the Games, with China, Belgium, Nigeria, Australia, Germany, Serbia, Japan and Spain rounding out the tournament.

Panam Sports congratulates the teams that qualified for the Olympics and can’t wait to watch the action unfold at Paris 2024 this July and August.