DEBRECEN (Hungary) – Great feat for the 3-3 Women’s National Basketball Team, which in Debrecen overtakes Hungary (13-12), host of the pre-Olympic tournament and thus detaches the pass for the Tokyo Games scheduled from 24 to 28 July and – in waiting for the men’s pre-Olympic which will take place at the end of the month in Belgrade – brings the blue colors back to an Olympics 17 years after the Athens edition, which saw the Azzurri win the silver medal (the fast in the ‘pink’ sector lasted instead from Atlanta 1996).
The pride of President Petrucci
“The joy is such that I can only say that the basketball movement and the women’s sector in particular deserve this extraordinary result – comments the federal president Giovanni Petrucci -. A great team and a great coach, a difficult victory on a difficult field and against the hosts. We really think we deserved it. Thanks to all the girls who have followed one another and to the technician Andrea Capobianco. But I also want to remember Angela Adamoli for the work she has done over the years “. Coach Andrea Capobianco is also proud: “It is the dream that is achieved – says the technician – and I thank everyone, from the president to all the staff who have followed and supported us in recent months, to the doctor and physiotherapist who have put Rae back on her feet in recent days, after the small physical problem reported in Graz. We have chosen not to say nothing to focus only on the field. We just wanted to win, without thinking about anything else. It is a dream that comes true: believe in dreams “.
The path to the final
After overcoming China Taipei, Iran and then the Netherlands in the semifinals, the blue crowns a long and satisfying journey, started in Manila in 2018 when Italy returned with the gold medal around his neck. In a final, played in the presence of an extraordinary audience, Italy had to chase for several minutes but never let their guard down. Hungary tried to escape on several occasions by relying on the tentacles of Goree, the player with the double passport who made the difference throughout the tournament. Rae D’Alie’s jump shot then came on the score of 12 all, which is worth a ticket to Tokyo.
The blue and the staff
The blue: Giulia Ciavarella (1997, 1.82, Fila San Martino Lupari); Chiara Consolini (1988, 1.82, Passalacqua Ragusa); Rae Lin D’Alie (1987, 1.60, Segafredo Zanetti Bologna); Marcella Filippi (1985, 1.86, Panthers Roseto); Sara Madera (2000, 1.88, PF Broni 93); Giulia Rulli (1991, 1.85, PF Broni 93). The staff: Andrea Capobianco (coach); Irene Munari (physiotherapist).
The 8 participants in the Tokyo Games
The teams participating in the Olympics: Russia, China, Mongolia and Romania (from FIBA3x3 ranking); United States, France and Japan (Graz pre-Olympic); Italy (pre-Olympic of Debrecen)