FIBA World Championship
Australia, France, Korea and Russia are out

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In the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women Belarus come out on top against Russia while USA easily Korea in the first two quarter-final matches of the day.

Australia were beaten by the hosts, the Czech Republic while France lost in overtime to Spain.

However it was an early start for the Greece and Japan in the first of the classifications games, 9 AM.

Both teams gave their all in an up and down game that was only decided in the last minute with Japan edging the match (63-59).

At the start of the third quarter Greece went on a 15-2 run with Evanthia Maltsi doing most of the damage to lead (41-30) but Japan came storming back with Yoshie Sakurada doing most of the scoring for Japan to go into the final quarter leading (47-46).

Maltsi finished the game with 27 points but it was not enough to beat Japan, who was lead by 19 points by Yuko Oga.

By the time the second classification game started, the arena was full of Children from the local schools and the atmosphere was electric as they gave their full support to the team.

 Brazil against Canada at the FIBA  World Championship Women   ©  The game was exciting as both teams played like it was a championship final game.

The game went right down to the wire with Iziane Castro Marques delivering the knock-out blow with 40 seconds left to play and put Brazil in front for good.

Canada had a chance from the free-throw line to make it a one-point game but failed allowing Brazil and 3000 screaming Children to celebrate (64-58).

Kimberly Smith led the Canadian team with 17 points while Castro Marques.

You can read our stories from all the quarter final matches by clicking on the links below:

Belarus 70-53 Russia

USA 106-44 Korea

Australia 68-79

France 71-74 Spain

The classification results:

Greece 59-63 Japan
Canada 58-64 Brazil

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Date created: 1 October 2010

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