China beat the Philippines to move a step closer to Tokyo 2020 ©FIBA

China and South Korea moved a step closer to booking a place at Tokyo 2020 after they qualified for the International Basketball Federation Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.

The two sides secured a spot in the events, due to be held in February, at the Asia/Oceania pre-qualifier in Auckland.

China, runners-up at this year's Asia Cup, thrashed the Philippines 127-49 in Group A at the Trusts Arena to progress.

South Korea went through to the next stage of Olympic qualification despite a 69-65 reverse at the hands of New Zealand.

The hosts of the pre-qualifier missed out by a slim margin as they finished level on points with China and South Korea.

China's progression also ensures Foshan will host one of the four Women's Olympic Qualification Tournaments next year.

Australia sealed their place in the qualifier by winning Group B at the MABA Stadium in Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

They ended their campaign with an 82-69 defeat to Japan in a repeat of the 2017 Asia Cup final.

Nigeria and hosts Mozambique will join the teams from Asia and Oceania in the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments after their semi-final wins at the African pre-qualifier in Maputo.

Nigeria overcame Mali 74-59, while Mozambique sprang a surprise by ousting Senegal 56-49.

The two sides will not play a final having achieved the principle aim of the competition, a spot in the Olympic qualifiers next year.

Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico and the United States progressed from the Americas pre-qualifiers, held in Edmonton and Bahia Blanca in Argentina.

Puerto Rico overcame Cuba 83-81 to punch their ticket, while Brazil defeated Argentina 77-55.

The US thrashed Colombia 104-48 to earn their spot in the next phase.

Canada had already qualified before the final day of the event and completed their campaign with a 110-60 win over the Dominican Republic.