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  • Spain recapture FIBA Basketball World Cup title in China


    BEIJING (China) - Spain completed their undefeated run at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China with a 95-75 victory against Argentina in the Final to capture the Naismith Trophy at the Wukesong Sport Arena in Beijing.

    Ricky Rubio paced the winners with 20 points while Marc Gasol added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the Spaniards to their second World Cup title, repeating as champions after a 13-year break. Their first title also came on Asian soil in Japan.

    It was also the second World Cup triumph for Gasol and Rudy Fernandez, who both were part of the title-winning team at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2006.

    Their second Asian triumph makes Spain one of a few countries to have won multiple World Cups, alongside Brazil, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Soviet Union, United States and Yugoslavia.

    For Argentina, their second-place finish in China is their best performance since 2002, when they also ended up runners-up. They won the inaugural edition of the competition in 1950.

    On hand to witness the Final and present the awards were FIBA President Horacio Muratore, FIBA Vice-President and FIBA President-elect Hamane Niang, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis, Minister of the General Administration of Sport of China Gou Zhongwen, Mayor of Beijing Chen Jining, members of the FIBA Central Board and Executive Committee, representatives of the eight host cities, and a plethora of stars, including FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Global Ambassadors Yao Ming and Kobe Bryant.

    There was double joy for Ricky Rubio, who crowned an incredible tournament with another fine all-around display in the Final to claim the TISSOT Most Valuable Player award.

    The 28-year-old point guard headlined the All-Star Five, which also included his teammate Marc Gasol, Argentina big man Luis Scola, France swingman Evan Fournier and Serbia shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic.

    In an exciting Third-Place Game, France came from behind in the second half to defeat Australia 67-59 for their second consecutive top three finish at the World Cup, having also finished third in 2014.

    Final Standings of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019:
    1. Spain
    2. Argentina
    3. France
    4. Australia
    5. Serbia
    6. Czech Republic
    7. USA
    8. Poland
    9. Lithuania
    10. Italy
    11. Greece
    12. Russia
    13. Brazil
    14. Venezuela
    15. Puerto Rico
    16. Dominican Republic
    17. Nigeria
    18. Germany
    19. New Zealand
    20. Tunisia
    21. Canada
    22. Turkey
    23. Iran
    24. China
    25. Montenegro
    26. Korea
    27. Angola
    28. Jordan
    29. Cote d'Ivoire
    30. Senegal
    31. Japan
    32. Philippines

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