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25 Jun 2015

Belarus reaches EuroBasket Women 2015 semifinal

MINSK, 25 June (BelTA) – Belarus reached the EuroBasket Women 2015 semifinal to secure a spot in the Olympic qualification, BelTA has learned.

In the quarterfinal Anatoly Buyalsky’s team fought off Lithuania 68-66 (16-10, 17-9, 18-24, 17-23).

In the semifinal on 26 June Belarus will face Serbia that beat Turkey 75-63.

The winners of the semifinals will meet in Budapest on 28 June for a gold medal game.

The current EuroBasket Women 2015 is one of the qualification stages ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The European champion takes a direct berth in the forthcoming Olympics. Teams ranking 2nd to 5th will compete in the pre-Olympic qualification tournament on 13-19 June 2016. Partaking in the tournament will be 12 teams.

The Belarusian national team claimed bronze in 2007 and finished fourth in 2009. In 2011 Belarus failed to reach the playoff. In 2013 Belarus finished its participation in the championship in the quarterfinal.

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