France and Serbia win the 2022 Crelan FIBA 3×3 World Championship
The men’s and women’s champions of the Crelan FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2022 were Serbia and France, respectively. The tournament was held in Antwerp, Belgium from June 21-26 at a sold-out outdoor stadium on the renowned Groenplaats.
After defeating Lithuania (21-16) in the final, Serbia became world champions for the fifth time (in seven tournaments)! Strahinja Stojacic, the number one 3×3 player in the world, scored a game-high nine points. Dejan Majstorovic led the team in scoring in Antwerp and was awarded the tournament’s most valuable player. With four titles, the guy also known as “Maestro” became the (equal) most successful player in 3×3 World Cup history. On the Team of the Tournament, he was accompanied by Ignas Vaitkus (Lithuania) and Thibaut Vervoort (Belgium).
In the bronze medal game for men, France stunned the home crowd with a thrilling overtime victory over Belgium. As a result of Antoine Eito’s ankle injury in the semifinals, Léo Cavaliere scored a game-high eight points and led a French team that was playing with just three players.
France was the first team to win both the Women’s World Cup and Women’s Series
In the women’s division, France won their first-ever World Cup after defeating Canada 16-13. Laetitia Guapo and Hortense Limouzin combined for 10 points for les Bleues. Michelle Plouffe led all scorers with 7 points. As the team’s best scorer, Guapo was awarded the Most Valuable Player title. Michelle Plouffe (Canada) and Lili Wang (China) were also members of the Tournament’s All-Star Team.
China defeated Lithuania 21-11 to win the women’s bronze medal game at the 2019 World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Ji Yuan Wan led the team in scoring with seven points, while Lili Wang and ZhiTing Zhang each contributed six.
The Crelan FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2022 represented the beginning of the journey to the Paris 2024 Olympics, as the champions qualified automatically for the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2023, where the top three medalists will qualify for a FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in 2024.
Piotr “Grabo” Grabowski of Poland won the Crelan FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2022 dunk competition. The 6-foot (1.83-meter) dunker defeated Remco Frankin (Netherlands) and Kristaps Dargais (Latvia), who won silver and bronze, respectively.
The exhilarating, urban, and forward-thinking sport known as 3×3 is based on numerous variations of streetball that are played all over the world and is regarded as the most popular urban team sport in the world. The games are overseen by FIBA and include two teams of three players each competing against one another on a basketball half court.
At the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, which were held in Singapore, it was used for the very first time in an international competition, and it was also the very first time that it was successful. Since that time, it has been able to thrive thanks to the introduction of a yearly professional circuit for both men and women (respectively known as the World Tour and Women’s Series), in addition to competitions between national teams.
At the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the 3×3 competition had its first appearance.
Enlio courts are used for FIBA 3×3 competitions, together with Wilson basketballs, Schelde backboards, Bodet shot timers, and the Magic Sky canopy system.
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