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1988  Seoul Summer Olympics

1988 Summer Olympics - The Results (Basketball - Men)

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 '€œDream 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.

  

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
 

Men's Basketball

 Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 17, 1988
Date Finished: September 30, 1988
Format: Round-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

Summary

And finally US Olympic basketball dominance came to a non-controversial end. The US and the Soviet Union had not met at the Olympics since the [1972 final game]. But at Seoul, they played in the semi-finals, the USSR winning 82-76. On paper, the US had a formidable line-up, led by future NBA stars [David Robinson], [Danny Manning], [Dan Majerle], and [Mitch Richmond]. But they shot poorly in Seoul and their offense sputtered throughout the tournament.

In the final game, the Soviets defeated Yugoslavia fairly comfortable, 76-63. The Soviet team was led by a trio of Lithuanians who would also later play in the NBA '€“ [Sarounas Marčiulionis], [Arvydas Sabonis], and [Rimas Kurtinaitis].

Brazil was led by their prolific scorer, [Oscar Schmidt], called simply Oscar. He led all scorers in Seoul, averaging over 42 points per game, and had 55 in one loss to Spain.

The men's tournament in basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, began on 17 September and ended on 30 September. It was the last Olympic basketball tournament in which 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. This was also the last Olympic men's basketball tournament in which the Soviets fielded a team, as the USSR dissolved prior to the 1992 Summer Olympic Games.

The Soviet Union won their second gold medal, after defeating Yugoslavia, 76–63, in the gold medal match.

Qualification

A NOC could enter one men'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 the continental championships in Asia, Oceania, Africa and Americas and European qualifying tournament. Champions of Asia and Oceania, top two teams from Africa and top three from Americas earned direct qualification. Last three berths are allocated from European qualifying tournament, held in Netherlands.

Means of qualification Date Venue Berths Qualified
1984 Summer Olympics 29 July – 10 August 1984 United States Los Angeles 1  United States
Host nation 1  South Korea
1987 FIBA Oceania Championship 31 August – 4 September 1987 New Zealand Timaru
New Zealand Christchurch
1  Australia
FIBA Africa Championship 1987 17–27 December 1987 Tunisia Tunis 2  Central African Republic
 Egypt
1988 Tournament of the Americas 22–31 May 1988 Uruguay Montevideo 3  Brazil
 Puerto Rico
 Canada
European qualifying tournament July 1988 Netherlands Netherlands 3  Soviet Union
 Yugoslavia
 Spain
1987 ABC Championship 14–27 November 1987 Thailand Bangkok 1  China
Total   12  

Competition schedule

G Group stage ¼ Quarter-finals ½ Semi-finals C Classification matches B Bronze medal match F Final
Sat 17 Sun 18 Mon 19 Tue 20 Wed 21 Thu 22 Fri 23 Sat 24 Sun 25 Mon 26 Tue 27 Wed 28 Thu 29 Fri 30
G G   G G   G G   C ¼   C ½ C B C F

Knockout stage

Championship bracket

 
Quarter-finals   Semi-finals   Gold medal match
 
                   
 
September 26          
 
 
(A1)  Yugoslavia 95
 
September 28
 
(B4)  Canada 73  
 
(A1)  Yugoslavia 91
 
September 26
 
  (A3)  Australia 70  
 
(B2)  Spain 74
 
  September 30
 
(A3)  Australia 77  
 
(A1)  Yugoslavia 63
 
September 26
 
  (A2)  Soviet Union 76
 
(B1)  United States 94
 
September 28  
 
(A4)  Puerto Rico 57  
 
(B1)  United States 76
 
September 26
 
  (A2)  Soviet Union 82   Bronze medal match
 
(A2)  Soviet Union 110
 
  September 29
 
(B3)  Brazil 105  
 
(A3)  Australia 49
 
 
 
(B1)  United States 78
 
1st-2nd place
Seoul
September 30, 1988, 12:00
Soviet Union Unione Sovietica 76 - 63
(31-28)
report
Jugoslavia Yugoslavia Jamsil Students' Gymnasium (10,000 spect.)
Referees: Stati Uniti Joe Forte
Brasile Antônio Carlos Affini
   

Finals

3rd-4th place

Seoul
September 29, 1988, 9:30 pm
United States Stati Uniti 78 - 49
(52-29)
report
Australia Australia Jamsil Students' Gymnasium (7,000 spect.)
Referees: Francia Yvan Mainini
Grecia Stavros Douvis

Semifinals

Seoul
28 September 1988, 12:00
United States Stati Uniti 76 - 82
(37-47)
report
Unione Sovietica Soviet Union Jamsil Students' Gymnasium
Referees: Spagna Vicente Sanchís
Brasile Antônio Carlos Affini

Seoul
September 29, 1988, 4.30pm
Australia Australia 70 - 91
(31-44)
report
Jugoslavia Yugoslavia Jamsil Students' Gymnasium
Referees: Polonia Wiesław Zych
Argentina Jorge Rubinstein

 


Quarterfinals

Seoul
September 26, 1988, 11:45 am
United States Stati Uniti 94 - 57
(48-28)
report
Porto Rico Puerto Rico Jamsil Students' Gymnasium
Referees: Grecia Kōstas Rīgas
Francia Yvan Mainini

Seoul
26 September 1988, 4.30 pm
Spain Spagna 74 - 77
(40-41)
report
Australia Australia Jamsil Students' Gymnasium
Referees: Porto Rico Aníbal García Arroyo
Brasile Antônio Carlos Affini

Seoul
26 September 1988, 7.30 pm
Soviet Union Unione Sovietica 110 - 105
(53-58)
report
Brasile Brazil Jamsil Students' Gymnasium
Referees: Canada John Weiland
Cecoslovacchia Ľubomír Kotleba

Seoul
September 26, 1988, 9:30 pm
Yugoslavia Jugoslavia 95 - 73
(40-26)
report
Canada Canada Jamsil Students' Gymnasium
Referees: Stati Uniti Joe Forte
Grecia Stavros Douvis

Classification round

5th–8th Place

  September 28     5th place (September 30)
                 
  B3  Brazil 104      
  A4  Puerto Rico 86    
      B3  Brazil 106
      B4  Canada 90
  B4  Canada 96    
  B2  Spain 91     7th place (September 29)
 
  A4  Puerto Rico 93
    B2  Spain 92
Seoul
September 28, 1988, 9:45 am
Puerto Rico Porto Rico 86 - 104
(39-51)
report
Brasile Brazil Jamsil Students' Gymnasium

Seoul
28 September 1988, 2.30 pm
Spain Spagna 91 - 96
(42-41)
report
Canada Canada Jamsil Students' Gymnasium

Seoul
September 29, 1988, 7.30 pm
Puerto Rico Porto Rico 93 - 92
(47-45)
report
Spagna Spain Jamsil Students' Gymnasium

Seoul
September 30, 1988, 9:45 am
Brazil Brasile 106 - 90
(43-39)
report
Canada Canada Jamsil Students' Gymnasium

9th–12th Place

  September 26     9th place (September 29)
                 
  A5  Central Afr. Rep. 63      
  B6  Egypt 57    
      A5  Central Afr. Rep. 81
      A6  South Korea 89
  B5  China 90    
  A6  South Korea 93     11th place (September 29)
 
  B6  Egypt 75
    B5  China 97
Seoul
September 26, 1988, 9:45 am
Central African Republic Rep. Centrafricana 63 - 57
(33-31)
report
Egitto Egypt Jamsil Students' Gymnasium
Referees: Unione Sovietica Mikhail Grigorev
Cina Fāng Lìjiān

Seoul
26 September 1988, 2.30 pm
South Korea Corea del Sud 93 - 90
(47-48)
report
Cina China Jamsil Students' Gymnasium
Referees: Spagna Vicente Sanchís
Italia Bruno Duranti

Seoul
September 29, 1988, 2.30 pm
Egypt Egitto 75 - 97
(42-56)
report
Cina China Jamsil Students' Gymnasium
Referees: Porto Rico Aníbal García Arroyo
Tunisia Noureddine Taboubi

Seoul
September 29, 1988, 4.30pm
Central African Republic Rep. Centrafricana 81 - 89
(41-43)
report
Corea del Sud South Korea Jamsil Students' Gymnasium
Referees: Grecia Kōstas Rīgas
Egitto Yehia Abou el-Seoud

Group stage

Group A

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Yugoslavia 5 4 1 468 384 +84 9 Quarter-finals
2  Soviet Union 5 4 1 460 393 +67 9
3  Australia 5 3 2 429 408 +21 8
4  Puerto Rico 5 3 2 382 387 −5 8
5  Central African Republic 5 1 4 346 436 −90 6  
6  South Korea 5 0 5 384 461 −77 5

Group A

 
  Results (dom. \ Ext.) Drapeau : République fédérative socialiste de Yougoslavie Drapeau : URSS Drapeau : Australie Drapeau : Porto Rico Drapeau : Centrafrique Drapeau : Corée du Sud
  Drapeau : République fédérative socialiste de Yougoslavie Yugoslavia   92-79 98-78 72-74 102-61 104-92
  Drapeau : URSS USSR 79-92   91-69 93-81 87-78 110-73
  Drapeau : Australie Australia 78-98 69-91   81-77 106-67 95-75
  Drapeau : Porto Rico Porto Rico 74-72 81-93 77-81   71-67 79-74
  Drapeau : Centrafrique Central 61-102 78-87 67-106 67-71   73-70
  Drapeau : Corée du Sud South Korea 92-104 73-110 75-95 74-79 70-73  

Seoul
18 September 1988
Central African Republic Rep. Centrafricana 73 - 70
(47-30)
Corea del Sud South Korea Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
18 September 1988
Soviet Union Unione Sovietica 79 - 92
(33-39)
Jugoslavia Yugoslavia Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
20 September 1988
South Korea Corea del Sud 74 - 79
(30-38)
Porto Rico Puerto Rico Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
20 September 1988
Central African Republic Rep. Centrafricana 79 - 92
(33-39)
Jugoslavia Yugoslavia Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
20 September 1988
Australia Australia 69 - 91
(33-39)
Unione Sovietica Soviet Union Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
21 September 1988
South Korea Corea del Sud 92 - 104
(46-48)
Jugoslavia Yugoslavia Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
21 September 1988
Puerto Rico Porto Rico 81 - 93
( dts )
(39-37, 76-76)
Unione Sovietica Soviet Union Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
21 September 1988
Australia Australia 106 - 67
(57-35)
Rep. Centrafricana Central African Republic Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
23 September 1988
Central African Republic Rep. Centrafricana 67 - 71
(41-27)
Porto Rico Puerto Rico Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
23 September 1988
South Korea Corea del Sud 73 - 110
(38-59)
Unione Sovietica Soviet Union Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
23 September 1988
Australia Australia 78 - 98
(43-52)
Jugoslavia Yugoslavia Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
24 September 1988
Australia Australia 95 - 75
(51-39)
Corea del Sud South Korea Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
24 September 1988
Central African Republic Rep. Centrafricana 78 - 87
(31-40)
Unione Sovietica Soviet Union Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
24 September 1988
Puerto Rico Porto Rico 74 - 72
(36-37)
Jugoslavia Yugoslavia Jamsil Gymnasium
Seoul
18 September 1988
Australia Australia 81 - 77
(50-36)
Porto Rico Puerto Rico Jamsil Gymnasium

Group B

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  United States 5 5 0 485 302 +183 10 Quarter-finals
2  Spain 5 4 1 484 435 +49 9
3  Brazil 5 3 2 590 522 +68 8
4  Canada 5 2 3 479 455 +24 7
5  China 5 1 4 433 527 −94 6  
6  Egypt 5 0 5 338 568 −230 5

Group B

 
  Results (dom. \ Ext.) Drapeau : États-Unis Drapeau : Espagne Drapeau : Brésil Drapeau : Canada Drapeau : République populaire de Chine Drapeau : Égypte
  Drapeau : États-Unis United States   97-53 102-87 76-70 108-57 102-35
  Drapeau : Espagne Spain 53-97   118-110 94-84 106-74 113-70
  Drapeau : Brésil Brazil 87-102 110-118   125-109 130-108 138-85
  Drapeau : Canada Canada 70-76 84-94 109-125   99-96 117-64
  Drapeau : République populaire de Chine China 57-108 74-106 108-130 96-99   98-84
  Drapeau : Égypte Egypt 35-102 70-113 85-138 64-117 84-98  

Seoul
17 September 1988
Brazil Brasile 125 - 109
(56-45)
Canada Canada Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
17 September 1988
Spain Spagna 53 - 97
(32-48)
Stati Uniti United States Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
20 September 1988
Brazil Brasile 130 - 108
(72-61)
Cina China Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
20 September 1988
Canada Canada 70 - 76
(42-40)
Stati Uniti United States Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
20 September 1988
Egypt Egitto 70 - 113
(44-57)
Spagna Spain Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
21 September 1988
Brazil Brasile 87 - 102
(55-63)
Stati Uniti United States Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
21 September 1988
Canada Canada 117 - 64
(61-32)
Egitto Egypt Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
21 September 1988
China Cina 74 - 106
(43-59)
Spagna Spain Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
23 September 1988
Canada Canada 84 - 94
(51-45)
Spagna Spain Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
23 September 1988
Brazil Brasile 138 - 85
(66-38)
Egitto Egypt Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
23 September 1988
China Cina 57 - 108
(26-59)
Stati Uniti United States Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
24 September 1988
Canada Canada 99 - 86
(56-52)
Cina China Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
24 September 1988
Egypt Egitto 35 - 102
(21-62)
Stati Uniti United States Jamsil Gymnasium

Seoul
24 September 1988
Brazil Brasile 110 - 118
(57-61)
Spagna Spain Jamsil Gymnasium
Seoul
17 September 1988
China Cina 98 - 84
(47-43)
Egitto Egypt Jamsil Gymnasium

Final ranking

Rankings are determined by classification games:

Rank Team Pld W L PF PA PD
Gold medal game participants
1st, gold medalist(s)  Soviet Union 8 7 1      
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Yugoslavia 8 6 2      
Bronze medal game participants
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  United States 8 7 1      
4th  Australia 8 4 4      
Eliminated at the quarterfinals
5th  Brazil 8 5 3      
6th  Canada 8 3 5      
7th  Puerto Rico 8 4 4      
8th  Spain 8 4 4      
Eliminated at the preliminary round
9th  South Korea 7 2 5      
10th  Central African Republic 7 2 5      
11th  China 7 2 5      
12th  Egypt 7 0 7      

 

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