Japanese and Russian players celebrate their victories at the FIBA 3x3 Under-23 World Cup in Lanzhou in China ©FIBA

Russia successfully defended their International Basketball Federation 3x3 Under-23 World Cup title with a 21-11 victory against Ukraine in Lanzhou. 

The Russians had defeated Latvia in the 2018 final and retained their title in the World Cup's second edition by winning all seven of their matches in the Chinese city.

The world's number one under-23 player Alexander Zuev was crowned as most valuable player for a second year running as Russia dominated the competition.

Their only scare in the five-day tournament came against Italy when they needed overtime to reach the last four.

Serbia defeated The Netherlands 21-13  to win the bronze medal.

Vladimir Trajkovic netted a game-high 13 points for Serbia as Dutchman Dylan Van Eyck top scored in the tournament with 53 points.

In the women's event, Japan made amends for last year's final defeat to Russia by clinching the World Cup gold medal against the same rival.

Russia secured victory in the inaugural tournament 12 months ago on a 21-12 scoreline but were outplayed as Japan sought revenge.

The Japanese flew out of the traps, racing into a five-point lead before their European rivals fought back.

Russia's 42-game winning streak came to an end though as Moe Nagata made a tough layup with 40 seconds to go and Risa Nishioka sealed victory at 19-14.

Mai Yamamoto was judged most valuable player for Japan as Ekaterina Polyashova of Russia and France's Victoria Majekodunmi top scored for the tournament with 51 points each.

The bronze medal was awarded to France after they defeated Belarus 20-14.

Lithuania's Justinas Jogminas won gold in the dunk contest, edging China's Li Weihao into silver.

Aladjii Bobo Magassa from Qatar won bronze.

Yamamoto claimed a second gold medal in the shootout contest with Latvian Rendijs Feikners and Peng Yan of China collecting silver and bronze respectively.

The skills contest gold went to Wang Haimei of China as Nadia Constantin of Switzerland took the silver medal.

Majekodunmi won bronze.