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Basketball – 2024 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament Finals Live: Eight teams battle for Paris 2024

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FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament Latvia: Latvia 69 – 94 Brazil

Brazil return to Olympic competition in emphatic fashion after missing the Games in Tokyo three years ago.

Despite the presence of a passionate home crowd in Riga, Brazil jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, and finished the first quarter in dominant form, pushing the lead to 34-11. Latvia, who were seeking their first ever apperance at the Olympic Games, pulled within 14 late in the second quarter.

But they would get no closer as Brazil extended their advantage to 26 by the end of the third quarter, with the final score resulting in a 94-69 win for Brazil and a ticket to the Olympic Games. Leo Meindl led all players with 20 points and 9 rebounds.

Brazil will join Japan, 2023 World Cup winners Germany, and Tokyo 2020 silver medallists and hosts France in Group B at Paris 2024.

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