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31 Jul 2012

First surprises at the Basketball Arena

France secures a historical victory against Australia

The second day of London 2012 women's basketball tournament was characterized by a surprising turn of events: France beat Australia, which had only lost against the USA in all games played from 1996 until yesterday. The French managed to pull off this feat after an extra time, securing a 74-70 victory and securing full points in Group B after two games. The other surprise of the tournament is in Group A, where, together with the USA and Turkey,  we find also China in first position, after its clear 83-50 victory against Croatia. In the same group, the USA had an easy victory in the match against Angola, 90-38, while Turkey, at the end of a balanced game, managed to beat the Czech Republic 61-57, with the latter surprisingly still at zero points after two games. Apart from France, Group B is topped by Russia as well, which won against Brazil after securing a victory against Canada. Team GB are still waiting for their first Olympic victory as they were defeated by the Canadian team 73-65. The home team are last to bottom in their group at the moment, with only one point difference with bottom-of-the-pile Brazil.