European Wheelchair Basketball Championship Knockout stages set

The Netherlands and Germany will both play in the semi-finals (Photo: IWBF)

The pools have been set for the knock-out rounds of the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships at Tenerife, Spain following the end of the group stages on Tuesday.

The women’s draw was all in one group with the top four teams all advancing through to the semi-finals, which take place on Wednesday.

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European Wheelchair Basketball Championship Heats up

Poland v France (Photo: European Wheelchair Basketball Championships)

The European Wheelchair Basketball Championship started hitting the business end of the tournament with the men’s penultimate group stage matches at Tenerife on Sunday.

In the opening game of the day Turkey made light work of Sweden as they cruised to a huge victory, 71-58. It was a tight start to the match but eventually Turkey pushed away to 1 21-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. From there they cruised, with Sweden’s 17-13 win of the final quarter not enough to come back as they were well beaten.

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Hong Kong Compete at Chinese Wheelchair Basketball Championships

Photo: Hong Kong Paralympic Committee

Hong Kong’s Wheelchair Basketball team has headed over to the mainland to take part in the National Disabled Wheelchair Basketball Tournament winning a match and losing one in the event which started on Thursday.

It was a rough start for Hong Kong as they took on the runners up in the last national championship as they were forced to take on Guangdong. The team from Guangzhou tore Hong Kong apart and showed why they are one of the best teams in the tournament. Guangdong cruised to the win claiming it 71-24 in a win that put them on top of the table.

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Open de France gets Under way

Angelica Bernal (Photo: ITF)

There were some thrilling matches with several top seeds battling with each other at the Open de France with the three singles events all getting underway on Tuesday.

The biggest upset of the day was in the women’s singles as Colombian Angelica Bernal managed to take out the world number 10, German Katharina Kruger. She won fairly easily, claiming the match 6-0, 6-4 to move on to facing the world number one, Yui Kamiji in the next round.

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Vanessa Low Switches from Germany to Australia

Australia has gained a Paralympic Athletics champion as Vanessa Low announced on Tuesday that she will be switching her international affiliation from Germany to Australia.

Low will be competing as an Australian for the first time on June 23rd at the Integrative Sports Festival hosted by her German club, TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Leverkusen. That is Low’s home town but she has since moved to Australia, following time in the United States.

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Throwing Events Dominate Action at Berlin Grand Prix

Andre Rocha competing in Berlin (Photo: IPC)

With athletes leading up to the World Para Athletics Championships world records have continued to fall as the action moved to Berlin for the Berlin Grand Prix this weekend.

Most notably there were two world records for the Brazilian F52 thrower Andre Rocha, who has been returning since April, from surgery. He broke the world record for shot put record with his first throw in the competition and in the discus a day later, again with his first throw, breaking his own record in both events.

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Ukraine has strong day at Poznan Regatta

Norwegian Brigit Skarstein

The World Rowing Cup, Poznan got underway on Saturday afternoon in cool conditions in the Polish city with para rowers competing as part of the main event.

The first medal event of the regatta saw para athletes take center stage as the women’s PR1 Single Sculls opened things up. Norwegian Brigit Skarstein started from the very front, continuing her stellar season as she won the race with a world best time of 10:49.94. German Sylvia Pille-Steppart and Italian Anila Hoxha completed the podium.

The men’s event followed up next, and again it was one rower that was taking the lead from the very start in Ukrainian Roman Polinskyi. Russian Alexey Chuvashev and Polish rower Jaroslaw Kailing rounded out the podium, with all three rowing at a fast rate through the race.

The Netherlands claimed the PR2 mixed double sculls, upsetting the Paralympic Champions, Great Britain, as they set a new world best of 8:06.21. Great Britain finished in second, just unable to keep up the pace, with Ukraine rounding out the podium.

Russia had a costly error in the PR3 mixed double sculls as one of the pair was unable to get the oar out of the water, essentially putting a break on a boat that was in the lead, known in the sport as catching a crab. The Russians started well, but after catching a crab were relegated to the bottom of the field allowing Germany to break their own world best time with 7:48.15 with Austria behind them in second.

There was a thrilling battle in the final para event of the day as Ukraine and France fought out for the win in the PR3 Mixed Coxed Fours. In the end Ukraine shot out ahead of France and managed to hold on to the line with Israel finishing in third.