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1988  Seoul Summer Olympics

1988 Summer Olympics - The Results (Basketball - Women)

Basketball at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games

 

Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Date Started: September 17, 1988
Date Finished: September 30, 1988
Events: 2

Participants: 236 (143 men and 93 women) from 14 countries
Youngest Participant: YUG Zana Lelas (18 years, 115 days)
Oldest Participant: KOR Kim Mar-Yeon (35 years, 84 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 72 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): 3 countries with 2 medals

Overview

After the boycotts of 1980 and 1984 all the best basketball teams in the world competed for the first time at the Olympics in 12 years. The tournament was held at the Jam-sil Che-yuk-gwan, or Jamsil Gymnasium, in the Seoul Sports Complex. The arena was built in the late 1970s and later became a popular venue for concerts and entertainment events.

The format for the men’s tournament was the same as in 1984 with two six-team groups, played in a round-robin format, with the top four teams in each group advancing to the knock-out phase, starting with quarter-finals. The 12 teams in the men’s tournament qualified as follows – defending champion United States; host nation Korea; European Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Spain); Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Brazil, Puerto Rico, Canada); 1987 African Championships (Central African Republic, Egypt); 1987 Asian Championships (China); and 1987 Oceanian Championships (Australia).

In a major upset, the United States did not win the gold medal, losing in the semi-finals to the Soviet Union, with the Soviets then defeating Yugoslavia in the final game. Some major changes would be in story for the 1992 Olympic tournament. The Soviet Union would break up into its constituent republics and Russia would never be the dominant force that the Soviets were, although Lithuania would become a basketball power. Yugoslavia would also split up into Serbia and Croatia, but they would be unable to compete as a team at Barcelona in 1992 because of United Nations’ sanctions against the nation. Finally, the United States, upset with losing the 1988 gold medal, and fearing that they were losing their dominance, would play with an NBA All-Star team in Barcelona, dubbed the “Dream Team,” and usually considered the greatest basketball team ever assembled. This was possible because by 1992, there would be no limitations against professionals competing in Olympic basketball.

The women’s tournament was expanded to eight teams, with four-team groups playing round-robins to determine the top two teams in each group to advance to the semi-finals. The Soviet Union had been the dominant team in women’s basketball since the late 1950s but that status had now been usurped by the United States, which repeated as gold medalists, defeating Yugoslavia in the final game.

The eight women’s teams were chosen as follows – defending champion United States, host nation Korea, and the top six teams from the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, China, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Australia).

Basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics was the twelfth appearance of the sport of basketball as an official Olympic medal event. It took place at the Jamsil Gymnasium in Seoul, South Korea from 17 September to 30 September 1988. The United States won the gold medal in the women's competition, thus repeating their performance from the 1984 tournament. In the men's tournament, the Soviet Union took home their second gold medal in the team's history for this event. This was the last Olympic basketball tournament where NBA players were not allowed to participate, although professionals from other leagues were allowed to compete, since players from other leagues were still considered amateurs. These were also the last Olympic basketball tournaments where the Soviets fielded a team, as the Soviet Union broke up prior to the 1992 Summer Olympic Games.

The women's tournament in basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul began on 19 September and ended on 29 September.

The United States won their second gold medal (and second consecutive gold medal) after defeating Yugoslavia, 77–70, in the gold medal match.

  

Format

Men's tournament:

  • Two groups of six teams are formed, where the top four from each group advance to the knockout stage.
  • Fifth and sixth places from each group form an additional bracket to decide 9th–12th places in the final ranking.
  • In the quarterfinals, the match ups are as follows: A1 vs. B4, A2 vs. B3, A3 vs. B2 and A4 vs. B1.
    • The four teams eliminated from the quarterfinals form an additional bracket to decide 5th–8th places in the final ranking.
  • The winning teams from the quarterfinals meet in the semifinals as follows: A1/B4 vs. A3/B2 and A2/B3 vs. A4/B1.
  • The winning teams from the semifinals contest the gold medal. The losing teams contest the bronze.

Women's tournament:

  • Two groups of four teams are formed, where the top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stage.
  • Third and fourth places from each group form an additional bracket to decide 5th–8th places in the final ranking.
  • In the semifinals, the match ups are as follows: A1 vs. B2, A2 vs. B1.
  • The winning teams from the semifinals contest the gold medal. The losing teams contest the bronze.

Tie-breaking criteria:

  1. Head to head results
  2. Goal average (not the goal difference) between the tied teams
  3. Goal average of the tied teams for all teams in its group
  

Qualification

A NOC could enter one women's team with 12 players. Automatic qualifications were granted to the host country and the winners from the previous edition. The remaining teams were decided by a tournament held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where the top six teams earned a spot.

Asia Europe Oceania Automatic qualifiers
 China  Soviet Union
 Yugoslavia
 Czechoslovakia
 Bulgaria
 Australia  United States – Olympic Champions
 South Korea – Olympic hosts

Competition schedule

G Group stage ¼ Quarter-finals ½ Semi-finals C Classification matches B Bronze medal match F Final
Mon 19 Tue 20 Wed 21 Thu 22 Fri 23 Sat 24 Sun 25 Mon 26 Tue 27 Wed 28 Thu 29
G     G     G   C ½ C B C F

Knockout stage

Championship bracket

  Semifinals (September 27)     Gold medal (September 29)
                 
  A1  Australia 56      
  B2  Yugoslavia 57    
      B2  Yugoslavia 70
      B1  United States 77
  B1  United States 102    
  A2  Soviet Union 88     Bronze medal (September 28)
 
  A1  Australia 53
    A2  Soviet Union 68

Gold medal game

29 September 1998
12:00
 
Yugoslavia  70–77  United States
Scoring by half: 36–42, 34–35
Pts: Nakić 23
Rebs: Golić 10
Asts: Nakić 3
  Pts: Edwards 18
Rebs: Brown 8
Asts: Edwards, McConnell 3

Bronze medal game

28 September 1998
21:30
 
Australia  53–68  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 21–32, 32–36
Pts: Maher 22
Rebs: Maher, Timms 3
Asts: Maher 4
  Pts: Savitskaya 16
Rebs: Yakovleva 7
Asts: Buryakina 2
Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul

Semifinals

27 September 1998
9:45
 
Australia  56–57  Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 30–32, 26–25
Pts: Timms 19
Rebs: Dalton 8
Asts: Dalton, Maher 2
  Pts: Mujanović 20
Rebs: Dornik, Mujanović, Nakić 4
Asts: Vangelovska 2
Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul
27 September 1998
11:45
 
United States  102–88  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 50–39, 52–49
Pts: Cooper 27
Rebs: McClain 15
Asts: Edwards 6
  Pts: Zasulskaya 16
Rebs: Tuomaitė 6
Asts: Yakovleva 2
Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul

 

Classification round

5th–8th Place

  September 27     5th place (September 29)
                 
  A3  Bulgaria 81      
  B4  Czechoslovakia 78    
      A3  Bulgaria 102
      B3  China 74
  B3  China 97    
  A4  South Korea 95     7th place (September 28)
 
  A4  South Korea 77
    B4  Czechoslovakia 59
Classification 5–6
29 September 1988
9:45
 
Bulgaria  102–74  China
Scoring by half: 53–19, 49–55
Pts: Slavcheva 22
Rebs: Staneva 8
Asts: Radkova 2
  Pts: Zheng 23
Rebs: Cong, Peng 5
Asts: Cong, Liu, Xue 1
Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul
Classification 7–8
28 September 1988
19:30
 
South Korea  77–59  Czechoslovakia
Scoring by half: 41–26, 36–33
Pts: Choi 18
Rebs: Sung 6
Asts: Kim HS 3
  Pts: Janoštinová 14
Rebs: Janoštinová 10
Asts: Janoštinová, Nováková 3
Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul
Classification 5–8 semifinals
27 September 1988
19:30
 
Bulgaria  81–78  Czechoslovakia
Scoring by half: 49–42, 32–36
Pts: Radkova 25
Rebs: Radkova 6
Asts: Khadzhiyankova, Slavcheva 3
  Pts: Janoštinová 27
Rebs: Dobrovičová 9
Asts: Kysilková, Nováková 3
Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul
 
27 September 1988
21:30
China  97–95 (OT)  South Korea
Scoring by half: 43–38, 42–47 Overtime: 12–10
Pts: Liu 24
Rebs: Liu 6
Asts: Xue 5
  Pts: Choi 21
Rebs: Sung 7
Asts: Jeong, Park CM, Sung 2
Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul
 

Group stage

Group A

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 3 2 1 178 196 −18 5 Semifinals
2  Soviet Union 3 2 1 208 188 +20 5
3  Bulgaria 3 1 2 217 241 −24 4  
4  South Korea 3 1 2 244 222 +22 4

Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points average among tied; 4) Points average.
19 September 1988
11:45
 
Bulgaria  62–91  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 26–50, 36–41
Pts: Dermendzhieva, Staneva 17
Rebs: Staneva 6
Asts: Slavcheva 3
  Pts: Zasulskaya 23
Rebs: Yakovleva, Zasulskaya 10
Asts: Minkh 4
Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul
19 September 1988
19:30
 
Australia  55–91  South Korea
Scoring by half: 20–41, 35–50
Pts: Gorman 11
Rebs: Gorman 8
Asts: Maher, Timms 3
  Pts: Lee KJ 19
Rebs: Choi, Kim HS 4
Asts: Lee HS, Sung 2
Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul
22 September 1988
11:45
 
South Korea  66–69  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 35–33, 31–36
Pts: Choi 20
Rebs: Sung 14
  Pts: Savitskaya 18
Rebs: Savitskaya 6
Asts: Sumnikova 2
Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul
22 September 1988
19:30
 
Australia  63–57  Bulgaria
Scoring by half: 31–30, 32–27
Pts: Maher 20
Rebs: Maher 9
Asts: Timms 3
  Pts: Slavcheva 15
Rebs: Slavcheva 6
Asts: Slavcheva 2
Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul
25 September 1988
19:30
 
Bulgaria  98–87  South Korea
Scoring by half: 48–51, 50–36
Pts: Slavcheva 39
Rebs: Slavcheva 8
Asts: Kostourkova 3
  Pts: Choi 26
Rebs: Choi, Sung 7
Asts: 5 players 1
Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul
25 September 1998
21:30
 
Australia  60–48  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 30–30, 30–18
Pts: Maher 20
Rebs: Maher 8
Asts: Maher 6
  Pts: Yakovleva 13
Rebs: 4 players 4
Asts: Minkh 2
Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul

Group B

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  United States 3 3 0 282 234 +48 6 Semifinals
2  Yugoslavia 3 2 1 199 211 −12 5
3  China 3 1 2 200 214 −14 4  
4  Czechoslovakia 3 0 3 202 224 −22 3

Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points average among tied; 4) Points average.
19 September 1998
9:45
 
Czechoslovakia  81–87  United States
Scoring by half: 39–37, 42–50
Pts: Nováková 21
Rebs: Nováková 8
Asts: Kalužáková, Nováková 2
  Pts: Edwards 24
Rebs: McClain 8
Asts: Edwards 2
Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul
19 September 1988
21:30
 
China  53–56  Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 32–35, 21–21
Pts: Zheng 13
Rebs: Zheng 7
Asts: Xue 3
  Pts: Nakić 13
Rebs: Golić 9
Asts: Vangelovska 4
Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul
22 September 1988
9:45
 
United States  101–74  Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 55–40, 46–34
Pts: Edwards 23
Rebs: McClain 9
Asts: Weatherspoon 2
  Pts: Golić 16
Rebs: Dornik 4
Asts: Bajkuša, Vangelovska 2
Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul
22 September 1998
21:30
 
China  68–64  Czechoslovakia
Scoring by half: 36–36, 32–28
Pts: Zheng 12
Rebs: Han 7
Asts: Xue 3
  Pts: Dobrovičová 21
Rebs: Dobrovičová 5
Asts: Kalužáková 4
Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul
25 September 1988
9:45
 
Czechoslovakia  57–69  Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 15–41, 42–28
Pts: Dobrovičová 17
Rebs: Dobrovičová 9
Asts: Kalužáková 3
  Pts: Nakić 24
Rebs: Dornik 8
Asts: Vangelovska 7
Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul
25 September 1998
11:45
 
China  79–94  United States
Scoring by half: 37–46, 42–48
Pts: Zheng 32
Rebs: Zheng 8
Asts: Cong 5
  Pts: McClain 27
Rebs: McClain 13
Asts: Edwards 5
Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul

Final ranking

Rankings are determined by classification games:

Rank Women
Team Pld W L
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States 5 5 0
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Yugoslavia 5 3 2
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Soviet Union 5 3 2
4th  Australia 5 2 3
Eliminated in the group round
5th  Bulgaria 5 3 2
6th  China 5 2 3
7th  South Korea 5 2 3
8th  Czechoslovakia 5 0 5
 
 

 

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