UTRECHT Dutch wheelchair basketball players made a surprise on the first day of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The Orange defeated the United States, the ruling Paralympic champion. She was 68-58.
Dutch wheelchair basketball players, with Utrecht pick Anouk Tagenbroek, made the difference in the final quarter. National coach Gertjan van der Linden’s side started that quarter with a 52-50 lead.
Five years ago, the Rio de Janeiro American basketball players dominated Germany in the final. Then the Netherlands won the bronze medal.
It’s still so special for the 27-year-old that she was able to take action last night. Her dream seemed to be falling apart due to her broken thumb, but with a splint, the Utrecht girl could still take action.
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