Wheelchair Basketball World Championship

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Wheelchair Basketball World Championship
Sport Wheelchair basketball
Founded 1973
Country IWBF members
Continent IWBF (International)

The IWBF World Wheelchair Basketball Championship is an international wheelchair basketball competition contested by the men's and the women's national teams of the members of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF), the sport's global governing body.

The first unofficial Wheelchair Basketball World Championships for men was held in 1973,[1] with Bruges, Belgium being the first host city. The unofficial world championship for men was won by Great Britain, with a team that included Philip Craven,[2] who would later become the President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Bruges, Belgium also hosted the first official World Championships, known as the Gold Cup tournament, in 1975.

The men's world championships has been won 6 times by the United States, and once each by Great Britain (unofficial Championship 1973), Israel, France Canada, and Australia. Wheelchair basketball world championships for women have been held since 1990. In the first 6 women's world championships, Canada has won four world titles, and the United States two world titles.

Winners[edit]

Year Host Men Women
1973* Bruges (Belgium)  Great Britain
1975 Bruges (Belgium)  Israel
1979 Tampa (United States)  United States
1983 Halifax (Canada)  United States
1986 Melbourne (Australia)  United States
1990 Bruges (Belgium)  France
Saint-Étienne (France)  United States
1994[3] Edmonton (Canada)  United States
Stoke Mandeville (Great Britain)  Canada
1998[3] Sydney (Australia)  United States  Canada
2002[3] Kitakyushu (Japan)  United States  Canada
2006[3] Amsterdam (Netherlands)  Canada  Canada
2010[3] Birmingham (United Kingdom)  Australia  United States
2014 [4][5] Incheon (South Korea)  Australia
Toronto (Canada)  Canada

* Unofficial Championship

Results[edit]

Summaries[edit]

Men[edit]

Year Host (final location) Gold medal game Bronze medal game
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth place
1973*
Details
 Belgium (Bruges)
Great Britain
50–37
France

Netherlands
1975
Details
 Belgium (Bruges)
Israel
50–47
United States

Great Britain
1979
Details
 United States (Tampa)
United States
60–49
Netherlands

France
1983
Details
 Canada (Halifax)
United States
86–67
France

Sweden
1986
Details
 Australia (Melbourne)
United States
61–40
Canada

Netherlands
1990[6]
Details
 Belgium (Bruges)
France
62–61
United States

Canada

Netherlands
1994[3]
Details
 Canada (Edmonton)
United States
67–53
Great Britain

Canada
72–62
France
1998[3]
Details
 Australia (Sydney)
United States
61–59
Netherlands

Canada
63–56
Australia
2002[3]
Details
 Japan (Kitakyushu)
United States

Great Britain

Canada

Australia
2006[3]
Details
 Netherlands (Amsterdam)
Canada
59–41
United States

Australia
80–53
Netherlands
2010[3]
Details
 Great Britain (Birmingham)
Australia
79–69
France

United States
71–42
Italy
2014
Details
 South Korea (Incheon)
Australia
63–57
United States

Turkey
68–63
Spain

* Unofficial Championship

Women[edit]

Year Host (final location) Gold medal game Bronze medal game
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth place
1990[6]
Details
 France (Saint-Étienne)
United States
58–55
Germany

Canada
1994[3]
Details
 Great Britain (Stoke Mandeville)
Canada
45–34
United States

Australia
38–36
Netherlands
1998[3]
Details
 Australia (Sydney)
Canada
54–38
United States

Australia
40–35
Japan
2002[3]
Details
 Japan (Kitakyushu)
Canada

United States

Australia

Japan
2006[3]
Details
 Netherlands (Amsterdam)
Canada
58–50
United States

Germany
52–48
Australia
2010[3]
Details
 Great Britain (Birmingham)
United States
55–53
Germany

Canada
59–49
Australia
2014[7]
Details
 Canada (Toronto)
Canada
54–50
Germany

Netherlands
74–58
United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ History of the Game, International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF)
  2. ^ Sir Philip CRAVEN, MBE, Official website of the Olympic Movement
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "World Championships - Results". International Wheelchair Basketball Federation. 
  4. ^ "2014 Incheon World Wheelchair Basketball Championship > Schedule & Result". 2014 Incheon World Wheelchair Basketball Championship Organizing Committee. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championship - Schedule & Results". Wheelchair Basketball Canada. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Armand Thiboutot, Philip Craven (1996). The 50th Anniversary of Wheelchair Basketball: A History. Waxmann Verlag. p. 80. ISBN 3830954417. 
  7. ^ "Schedule & Results - 2014 WWWBC". Wheelchair Basketball Canada. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 

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