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07 Sep 2012

An unprecedented final

Battle of the last two Paralympic edition silver medalists in the women's wheelchair basketball tournament

The battle is on between Australia and Germany in the women's wheelchair basketball final. The Australians beat the United States, defending Paralympic champions, 40-39, at the end of a hard-fought battle, where the Australians got ahead in the third period of the game and the American players attempted a sensational comeback, which failed by one point only. Battling it out against Australia for the gold will be Germany, silver medalists at Beijing 2008, who defeated Holland, following a very tight game, 49-46. The final is scheduled today at the North Greenwich Arena. In boccia, surprise victory from Norway's Roger Aandalen, who defeated the defending champion in the BC1 category, Portugal's Joao Fernandes and will now take on Britain's David Smith in the semifinal. The Thai derby went to Pattaya Tadtong, who beat Witsanu Huadpradit 7-0 and will compete against Brazil's Jose Chagas de Oliveira in the semifinal. In the BC4 category, Dirceu Jose Pinto sealed a tie-break victory against Britain's Peter McGuire, and will play against Eliseu dos Santos in an all-Brazilian semifinal. Stephen McGuire won against Czech Republic's Radek Prochazka, and will now take on China's Yuansen Zheng. Brazil also played a starring role in the BC2 category, thanks to Maciel Sousa Santos, who will challenge China's Kai Zhong in the semifinal. The other semifinal will be between Korea's Jeong So-Yeong and China's Zhiqiang Yan. In the BC3 category, it's a Korean domination with three players going into the semifinals.