Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Tuesday, January 20, 2004

China defends Asian women's basketball crown

China outscored Japan 92-80 to take the Asian women's basketball championship in Sendai, Japan on Monday, as both sides qualifying for the 2004 Olympic Games. In a third-place playoff earlier, South Korea beat Chinese Taipei to secure the last slot in Asia for the Athens Olympic Games.


China wins Asian women's basektball championship
China successfully defended its Asian title, beating finalist Japan 92-80 at the Asian women's basketball championship in Sendai on Monday, while third-placed South Korea also booked its berth for the Athens Olympics Games.

The Chinese women, also winners at the Asian Games, chalked up a commanding lead in the first three quarters before quashing a late challenge to beat Japan 92-80 in the final.

It was China's eighth Asian title, denying Japan its first victory in 34 years since 1970.

South Korea bounced back from its surprise semi-final defeat to Japan to beat Chinese Taipei 88-59 in the third-place competition.

The Koreans, silver medallists at the Busan Asian Games two years ago, finished fourth at both the Sydney Olympics and the 2002 world championships.

By People's Daily Online

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