Wednesday 22 September 2021

Basketball team reach Paralympic final with 52-42 win against Germany

The Dutch team celebrate after beating Germany to reach the final. Photo: AP/Kiichiro Sato

The women’s basketball team are assured of at least a silver medal in the Paralympics after beating Germany 52-42 in the semi-final.

The Dutch will hope to add to their European and world championship titles when they take on either the United States or China in Saturday’s final.

There was also a silver medal in table tennis for Kelly van Zon and Frederique van Hoof, with the 33-year-old Van Zon winning her fifth Paralympic medal.

In the swimming pool, Lisa Kruger picked up her third medal of this year’s Games with a bronze in the 100 metres backstroke in the S10 category. The 20-year-old from Harderwijk earlier won silver in the 100 metres breaststroke and bronze in the 100 metres freestyle.

Diede de Groot reached the final of the wheelchair tennis with a 6-4 6-2 win over Great Britain’s Jordanne Whiley, but compatriot Aniek van Koot lost in straight sets to Yui Kamiji from Japan. The Dutch pair will also contest the doubles final.

On Wednesday wheelchair tennis duo Sam Schröder and Niels Vink pulled off a shock when they defeated Australian favourites Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson in the men’s quad category.

The Netherlands has now exceeded its medal total in Rio five years ago and stands fifth in the overall table with 19 gold medals, 10 silvers and 10 bronzes.

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