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France coach Vincent Collet renews contract

September 23, 2013

PARIS (AP) — France basketball coach Vincent Collet has renewed his contract for three years after guiding the national team to its first international success at the European championship.

France beat Lithuania 80-66 on Sunday, two years after losing the final to Spain.

The 50-year-old Collet initially took charge on a four-year contract in 2009, and will now lead the team until at least the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the French Basketball Federation said in a statement Monday.

FFBB president Jean-Pierre Siutat says “I want us to carry on the magnificent work we’ve done.”

Collet has won 64 matches and lost 26 during his time as France coach.

Three-time NBA champion Tony Parker was France’s inspiration and was voted the tournament’s MVP.

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