Saturday, September 06, 2008

Iran defeats Kazakhstan to qualify World Cup

Iran's junior basketball team has clinched the title at the FIBA Asian Junior Championship which was held in the capital Tehran.

Iran lifted the trophy after defeating Kazakhstan 95-76 (25-19, 34-18, 22-21, 14-18) in the final on Friday evening. Syria managed to take the third place by gaining a 93-86 victory over Japan on the same day.

Iran, Kazakhstan and Syria now place in the world basketball competitions.

The three top-ranked teams - Iran, Kazakhstan and Syria - will attend the 2009 FIBA World Junior Men's Championships in New Zealand.

Sixteen teams took part in the 20th Edition of the FIBA Asia Junior Championship, which ran from August 28 through September 5.

The Iranian squad won the FIBA 2002 silver medal and 2004 gold medal.

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