Third Gold for Spain at EuroBasket Women

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Third Gold for Spain at EuroBasket Women

The Spanish Women’s Basketball Team celebrating their victory against France in the EuroBasket final in Prague. Photo: EFE/Martin Divisek. (EFE)
The Spanish Women’s Basketball Team celebrating their victory against France in the EuroBasket final in Prague. Photo: EFE/Martin Divisek. (EFE)

The Spanish National Women’s Basketball Team are reigning queens in Europe. They beat France by 71 to 55 at the FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017 final in Prague.

This is their third trophy at the European basketball competition, after winning in Perugia, Italy, in 1993 and in France in 2013. Curiously enough, the French team were their rival in all three finals.

The tournament showed that the team coached by Lucas Mondelo are in great shape. They have stepped onto the podium in the past five international competitions. In 54 years, the Spanish National Women’s Basketball Team have won 12 medals.

Ten of those 12 medals were grabbed in the past 14 years, demonstrating that our female players have a well-deserved place in the top echelon of world basketball.

Women’s basketball: a booming sport in Spain

The new millennium has brought good things to Spanish women’s basketball. We have missed the podium only once so far. The setback (in Poland in 2011), which came after a lucky streak of five European medals (Bronze in 2001, 2003 and 2005; Silver in 2007; Bronze again in 2009) and a Bronze medal in the World Championship (Czech Republic, 2010), only wounded our girls’ pride. After that, they only did better: Gold, Bronze and Gold again in Europe (2013, 2015 and 2017, respectively), Silver in the World Championship in Turkey in 2014, and Olympic Silver in Rio 2016.

The achievements of our basketball team added up to those of other Spanish sportswomen in a period that could be described as the Golden Age of Women’s Sports in Spain.

The team’s victory in Prague adds to the popularity of basketball among young ladies. It is the sport with the largest number of female licences in our country: as many as 112,266. Moreover, Spain is playing host to the Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 – a good opportunity to grab a medal at home.