China Sports Weekly (10.9-10.15)-Xinhua

BEIJING, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) — Here are the latest Chinese sports headlines from last week:

1. Chinese Women Climb to No. 2 in FIBA ​​World Rankings

A runner-up finish at the recent FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 in Australia helped China rise to second place in the FIBA ​​Women’s World Rankings, world basketball governing body announced on Tuesday. October 10.

China, which ranked seventh before the tournament, collected 676.5 points to move into second place.

China only lost to the United States in the tournament to finish in the top three at a World Cup for the first time since 1994.

2. China qualify for the U17 Asian Cup 2023

Wang Licheng (L), Sun Yajie (C) and Huo Yuexin of China pose for photo before the official photocall of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Mumbai, India, Oct. 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Stringer )

China have qualified for the 2023 Asian Under-17 Cup final as one of the top six runners-up, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced on Oct. 10.

China ended their qualifying campaign on October 9 with two straight wins and one loss, scoring six points and taking second place in qualifying Group G.

The finals are scheduled for May 2023, with a host country yet to be confirmed after Bahrain withdrew from hosting the competition.

3. China suffer a quarter-final loss to Italy at the Women’s World Volleyball Championship

China’s Diao Linyu (C) passes the ball during the quarterfinal match between China and Italy at the 2022 Women’s Volleyball World Championship in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, Oct. 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Meng Dingbo )

China lost 25-16, 25-22, 13-25, 25-17 to Italy in the quarterfinals of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship here on October 11.

It was the second time the two teams had faced each other at the tournament, as they only met three days before in the group stage, where Italy took a straight-sets victory.

4. China beat Mexico in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

China’s Huang Jiaxin (L) competes in the first round of the Group C match against Mexico at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Navi Mumbai, India, Oct. 12, 2022. (Str/Xinhua)

China beat Mexico 2-1 in their Group C opener at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup here on October 12.

China broke the deadlock in the opening minutes of the second half with a penalty, while substitute Yu Xingyue doubled the lead for the youngsters “Steel Roses” in the 90th minute.

In the second round of Group C, China will meet Colombia, while Mexico will face Spain on Saturday.

5. China move up the FIFA Women’s Rankings

China’s Wang Shanshan (R) and Japan’s Takarada Saori battle for a header during a 2022 EAFF (East Asian Football Federation) Women’s Championship match at Kashima Football Stadium in Kashima City in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, on July 26, 2022 (Xinhua/Zhang Xiaoyu)

China moved up one place to 15th in the latest FIFA Women’s Rankings, despite having played no matches in the past two months.

The rankings will be used to determine the seeds for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 draw, which will be held on October 22 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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