Basketball 3×3 – TQO n°3 in Debrecen: After a crazy day, the French obtain a historic Olympic quota

Basketball 3×3 – TQO n°3 in Debrecen: After a crazy day, the French obtain a historic Olympic quota
Basketball 3×3 – TQO n°3 in Debrecen: After a crazy day, the French obtain a historic Olympic quota

For the first time in its history, France will be represented at the Olympic Games in 3×3 basketball men.

THE Blues obtained a historic quota this Sunday, May 19 during the last day of the TQO n°3 in Debrecen. In Hungary, they had to finish in the top 3 to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics. This mission was accomplished in the semi-finals thanks to an epic victory over Mongolia (21-20). Like their day, Franck Seguela, Raphael Wilson & co had a crazy match.

They showed incredible resilience to never give up and join the women’s team which had already obtained its quota. The runners-up in Group C needed to win two knockout matches to finish in the top 3. In the quarter-finals against Germany (19-17), then in the semi-finals against Mongolia (21-20), they achieved this with an identical scenario: by leading only when scoring the winning shot.

Jules Rambaut first saved his team against the Germans, when the regulation ten minutes had passed. He scored a two-pointer on the first possession of overtime. In the next round, it’s Timothé Vergiat who donned the hero’s costume. While Mongolia was only one point away from the match despite its numerical inferiority, the Frenchman scored a decisive two-point shot to reach the 21-point mark.

As if the suspense wasn’t already high enough, the referees needed to review the video to make sure it was a winning shot. Once confirmation was given, the French let their joy explode.

With this victory, the French team obtained its quota for the Place de la Concorde without needing to go through the small finale. A true miracle as the Blues’ journey was strewn with pitfalls.

The emotion of the French was enormous and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games only begin in 67 days!

As the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are the only authorities empowered to determine who will represent their country at the Olympic Games, the participation of each athlete depends on the selection process of their NOC which will select their national delegation to Paris 2024. In team sports and team events, athletes must be selected in the same way to participate in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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