Britain’s women produced a major shock on the second day of the Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Hamburg as they beat defending champions Canada in their opening group match.
Since the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation's women’s Championships began in 1990, Canada have won the title on five of the seven occasions.
But they had no answer to a British side that has never figured in either gold or bronze medal matches down the years, losing 56-64 at the Inselpark Arena.
Arinn Young, who was in the gold medal-winning side of 2014, played her part for Canada with 23 goals in this Pool A match.
An incredible and dramatic win for GB Women open their 2018 World Championships with a win against current world champions Canada 64-56. #TogeherWeAreGB #ThisGirlCan #ZaDonk @_IWBF @ParalympicsGB @BBCSport pic.twitter.com/sVBt8wXhFD— BritishWheelchairBball (@BritWheelBBall) August 17, 2018
But Britain, with Laurie Williams and Amy Conroy jointly top-scoring with 14, were not to be denied.
Later, Britain's men made a strong start to their own campaign as they beat South Korea 77-58.
In the earlier Pool A game today, Australia beat Brazil 61-44.
China’s women made it two wins from two with a second victory, defeating France 58-27.
Paralympic gold medallists the United States were also in commanding form, thrashing Algeria 81 in Pool B.
Defending men’s champions Australia got off to a good start with a 74-55 win over Argentina in their opening Pool D match.
In other men’s matches today, Japan beat Italy 58-50 in Pool C, and Canada beat Morocco 77-47 in Pool A.
The tournament in the German city is due to continue tomorrow.