The Chinese women’s basketball team earned the respect and encouragement of Chinese netizens for their sportsmanship displayed in the gold medal match against Team USA at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup on Saturday , after finishing in second place.
The Chinese team lost 61-83 to the American team in Sydney on Saturday. However, finishing as runner-up matched the Chinese team’s previous best finish in the 1994 World Cup. The Chinese women’s basketball team finished sixth in the 2014 and 2018 games, respectively.
In Friday’s semifinal, China defeated host Australia 61-59 to reach the World Cup final for the second time in nearly three decades. This is a significant achievement for a team with an average age of less than 26 years.
The Chinese team won six times at this year’s World Cup before Saturday’s final. The only loss was a 63-77 loss to the USA during the group stage.
With top scorer Li Meng absent, China showed a strong desire to fight until the very last minute in the final against the top-ranked US women’s national basketball team in the world. Team China shooting guard Wu Tongtong, for example, had to be carried off the court and left the game in the fourth quarter after her knee was severely injured while driving to the basket. Wu helped the team score 13 points in the game.
After the final, 22-year-old Chinese player Han Xu was selected for the All Star Five tournament team. Han appeared, on average, for 21.9 minutes on the floor in each game and averaged 12.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. Zheng Wei, the head coach of Team China, was named the best coach of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022.
The gold medal game between China and the US, which coincided with China’s National Day, was hotly discussed on Chinese social media. The hashtag #China women’s basketball team vs. US women’s basketball team topped China’s Twitter-like social media platform Sina Weibo during the game, with more than 500 million views and more than 70,000 posts on the subject at press time.
Over the past nearly three decades, China and the US have met seven times at the World Cup and Olympic Games. The largest margin of victory is 47 points in the 2006 world championships and the smallest margin of victory is 10 points in 1983, reported the news portal Paper.cn.
However, in this final, the Chinese women’s basketball team did not give up easily, which touched the hearts of Chinese netizens.
Although they lost the game, the team received praise and encouragement from Chinese netizens, as people moved away from a “medal-oriented” mentality and began to embrace sportsmanship and the spirit of “doing their best” more. .
Many Chinese netizens said that they were proud of the players for giving their best and fighting until the last minutes, which showed true sportsmanship.
The mental strength and quality of China’s women’s basketball team are even more valuable than being runner-up in the World Cup, they said.
The Chinese women’s basketball team is already the champion in our hearts, commented an Internet user, Chen Haoran.
It is the best gift for the National Day holiday and I am very proud of you, commented another netizen known as KLZD.
“We should admit the gap in strength between the two teams. However, the female basketball players have put up an exciting game, playing well on defense and never hesitating to attack. I am so proud of them,” said a Weibo user known as aidududeROYwang. .
After the game, the Chinese Basketball Association congratulated the Chinese women’s national basketball team for being runner-up again after 28 years on Sina Weibo. He also expressed his gratitude to each athlete, coach and staff member on the team for their dedication.
The official Twitter account for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup also praised the Chinese team for “playing with all their heart and did so amazingly.”