Gliders knocked out of medal race

THE Australian Gliders will return home empty-handed after being knocked out of medal contention at the world wheelchair basketball championships.

The squad that includes Harcourt-raised veteran Shelley Chaplin went down to host nation Canada 47-63 in their quarter-final clash on Friday morning.

A poor third quarter in which they were outscored 20-8 proved costly for the Australians, who must now regroup to face China in a consolation match on Saturday.

The Gliders have never won a world championship or Paralympic gold medal, though they have claimed silver and bronze several times.

Shelley Chaplin. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

Shelley Chaplin. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

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