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Basketball: Boomers out to make World Cup history

The Boomers will embark on their FIBA World Cup journey with one clear goal, return with a medal for the first time in their history.

The World Cup will take place in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia from 25th August to 10th September and the Australians are among the contenders to take gold.

USA remain the hot fancies at 1.90 to win the gold, but France and Australia are seen as the main threats, priced at 8.50 and 10.00 respectively.

If the Boomers can finish in the top three they will make history and that has to be the goal.

Boomers making progress

The Boomers are certainly a team on the up after finishing in the top four in their last three major tournaments.

They came fourth at the Olympic Games in Rio and followed that up with another fourth-placed finish at the 2019 World Cup.

However their biggest achievement came when they finished third and picked up the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

Now the next step is to go even further at the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

World Cup history

The FIBA World Cup began in 1950 but Australia did not participate in the first five editions of the tournament.

They took part in the World Cup for the first time in 1970, but their debut did not go well as they managed to pick up just one win from eight to finish 12th overall.

1974 was similar as they finished 12th, picking up two wins, but there was a marked improvement in the next five World Cups.

They managed to make the quarter-finals in four out of the five tournaments, finishing fifth in the 1994 edition.

Another barren spell followed from 1998 to 2010 as they crashed out in the early stages. 2002 was the low point for the Boomers as they did not even qualify for the World Cup which was hosted by the USA.

There was a big improvement in 2014 when Australia made it the Round of 16, but their most successful tournament came in 2019.

Boomers at the 2019 World Cup

The Boomers really stepped up to the plate in the 2019 World Cup which was hosted by China.

Australia made it through to the quarter-finals, with a two-point win over France the highlight.

The Boomers then saw off the Czech Republic 82-70 in the quarter-finals, to set up a semi-final showdown against Spain.

Australia pushed Spain all the way, taking the match to overtime after four quarters failed to separate the two teams.

However it was Spain who triumphed 95-88, courtesy of winning overtime 24-17.

The Boomers still had a chance to win the bronze medal as they faced France in the match for third place.

However France gained revenge for their defeat earlier in the tournament, winning 67-59 to leave the Boomers empty handed.

Current Boomers side

The Boomers head into the FIBA World Cup claiming they have just one goal, to win the gold medal, and they will be going all out to do it.

Coach Brian Goorijan will be without some familiar names as a changing of the guard takes place, but still has a squad packed with quality.

NBA stars Josh Giddey, Josh Green, Matisse Thybulle, Xavier Cooks and Dante Exum are included and hopes are high they can challenge for the gold medal.

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