Basketball at the 1984 Summer Olympics

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11th Olympic Basketball Tournament
Los Angeles 1984
Tournament details
Olympics 1984 Summer Olympics
Host nation  United States of America
City Los Angeles
Duration July 29 – August 10
Men's tournament
Teams 12
Medals
Gold medal.svg Gold medalists  United States
Silver medal.svg Silver medalists  Spain
Bronze medal.svg Bronze medalists  Yugoslavia
Women's tournament
Teams 6
Medals
Gold medal.svg Gold medalists  United States
Silver medal.svg Silver medalists  South Korea
Bronze medal.svg Bronze medalists  China
Tournaments
← Moscow 1980  Seoul 1988 →

Basketball contests at the 1984 Summer Olympics took place at The Forum in Inglewood, United States from July 29 to August 10. The United States won the gold medal in both events, the first in the women's team history. Due to the boycott, the Soviet Union and Hungary withdrew from the tournament. The former, having already qualified for both events was replaced by West Germany in the men's competition, while both nations' women's teams were replaced by Australia and South Korea.

Medal summary[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's  United States (USA)
Steve Alford
Leon Wood
Patrick Ewing
Vernon Fleming
Alvin Robertson
Michael Jordan
Joe Kleine
Jon Koncak
Wayman Tisdale
Chris Mullin
Sam Perkins
Jeff Turner
 Spain (ESP)
José Manuel Beirán
José Luis Llorente
Fernando Arcega
Josep Maria Margall
Andrés Jiménez
Fernando Romay
Fernando Martín
Juan Antonio Corbalán
Ignacio Solozábal
Juan Domingo de la Cruz
Juan Manuel López Iturriaga
Juan Antonio San Epifanio, "Epi"
 Yugoslavia (YUG)
Dražen Petrović
Aleksandar Petrović
Rajko Žižić
Andro Knego
Nebojša Zorkić
Ivan Sunara
Sabit Hadžić
Dražen Dalipagić
Emir Mutapčić
Ratko Radovanović
Mihovil Nakić
Branko Vukičević
Women's  United States (USA)
Teresa Edwards
Lea Henry
Lynette Woodard
Anne Donovan
Cathy Boswell
Cheryl Miller
Janice Lawrence
Cindy Noble
Kim Mulkey
Denise Curry
Pam McGee
Carol Jean Menken-Schaudt
 South Korea (KOR)
Choi Ae-Yeong
Kim Eun-sook
Lee Hyeong-Suk
Choi Gyeong-Hui
Lee Mi-ja
Moon Gyeong-Ja
Kim Hwa-Sun
Jeong Myeong-Hui
Kim Yeong-Hui
Seong Jeong-A
Park Chan-Suk
Park Yang-Gae
 China (CHN)
Chen Yuefang
Li Xiaoqin
Ba Yan
Song Xiaobo
Qui Chen
Wang Jun
Xiu Lijuan
Zheng Haixia
Cong Xuedi
Zhang Hui
Liu Qing
Zhang Yueqin

Qualification[edit]

An NOC may enter up to one men's team with 12 players and up to one women's team with 12 players. Automatic qualifications were granted to the host country for both events plus the gold and silver medal winners from the previous Olympic Games in the men's tournament, and the champion at the 1983 FIBA World Championship in the women's tournament. Additional spots for the men's tournament were decided via the continental championships held by FIBA, while the remaining slots for the women's competition were assigned to the top six teams in a tournament held in Havana, Cuba months before the Olympic Games.

Men[edit]

Africa Americas Asia Europe Oceania Automatic qualifiers
 Egypt  Brazil
 Uruguay
 Canada
 China  Soviet Union[a]
 Spain
 France
 West Germany[b]
 Australia  SFR YugoslaviaGold medal in 1980
 ItalySilver medal in 1980
 United States – Olympic hosts

Women[edit]

Americas Asia Europe Oceania Automatic qualifiers
 Canada  China
 South Korea[c]
 SFR Yugoslavia
 Hungary[a]
 Australia[c]  Soviet Union[a]World Champions
 United States – Olympic hosts
  • a Withdrew from the tournament.
  • b Replaced the Soviet Union.
  • c Replaced the Soviet Union and Hungary.

Format[edit]

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 matchups 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.
  • The winning teams from the semifinals contest the gold medal. The losing teams contest the bronze.

Women's tournament:

  • One round-robin group is formed containing all six teams, where the top two compete for the gold medal, while the third and fourth places compete for the bronze medal in an additional match.
  • The remaining two teams finish with their group rank in the final standings.

Tie-breaking criteria:

  1. Head to head results

Men's Tournament[edit]

Preliminary Round[edit]

The top four places in each of the preliminary round groups advanced to the eight team, single-elimination knockout stage, where Group A teams would meet Group B teams. Both the host nation's team United States and then Olympic Champions Yugoslavia advanced undefeated to the second stage. The only teams representing Asia and Africa, China and Egypt respectively couldn't advance and ended up competing for eighth place with Brazil and France.

Group A[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts
 SFR Yugoslavia 5 0 457 366 +91 10
 Italy 4 1 437 363 +74 9
 Australia 3 2 383 403 −20 8
 West Germany 2 3 384 376 +8 7
 Brazil 1 4 401 423 −22 6
 Egypt 0 5 349 480 −131 5
July 29
Italy  110–62  Egypt
Scoring by half: 56–31, 54–31
July 29
SFR Yugoslavia  96–83  West Germany
Scoring by half: 49–41, 47–42
July 29
Australia  76–72  Brazil
Scoring by half: 34–38, 42–34
July 30
Italy  80–72  West Germany
Scoring by half: 33–39, 47–33
July 30
Brazil  91–82  Egypt
Scoring by half: 45–43, 46–39
July 30
SFR Yugoslavia  94–64  Australia
Scoring by half: 39–28, 55–36
August 1
Australia  67–66  West Germany
Scoring by half: 31–36, 36–30
August 1
SFR Yugoslavia  100–69  Egypt
Scoring by half: 56–31, 55–36
August 1
Italy  89–78  Brazil
Scoring by half: 43–44, 46–34
August 2
West Germany  85–58  Egypt
Scoring by half: 40–24, 45–34
August 2
SFR Yugoslavia  98–85  Brazil
Scoring by half: 55–50, 43–35
August 2
Italy  93–82  Australia
Scoring by half: 48–48, 45–34
August 4
Australia  94–78  Egypt
Scoring by half: 38–37, 56–41
August 4
West Germany  78–75  Brazil
Scoring by half: 41–37, 37–38
August 4
SFR Yugoslavia  69–65  Italy
Scoring by half: 34–28, 35–37

Group B[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts
 United States 5 0 511 315 +196 10
 Spain 4 1 457 438 +19 9
 Canada 3 2 462 401 +61 8
 Uruguay 2 3 403 460 −57 7
 China 1 4 364 477 −113 6
 France 0 5 383 489 −106 5
July 29
Uruguay  91–87 OT  France
Scoring by half: 35–41, 38–32 OT: 18–14
July 29
United States  97–49  China
Scoring by half: 50–29, 47–20
July 29
Spain  83–82  Canada
Scoring by half: 45–40, 38–42
July 31
China  85–83  France
Scoring by half: 39–48, 46–35
July 31
United States  89–68  Canada
Scoring by half: 43–28, 46–40
July 31
Uruguay  90–107  Spain
Scoring by half: 43–58, 47–49
August 1
China  80–121  Canada
Scoring by half: 32–59, 48–62
August 1
United States  104–68  Uruguay
Scoring by half: 58–37, 46–31
August 1
France  82–97  Spain
Scoring by half: 47–58, 35–39
August 3
China  83–102  Spain
Scoring by half: 38–50, 45–52
August 3
United States  120–62  France
Scoring by half: 57–25, 63–37
August 3
Canada  95–80  Uruguay
Scoring by half: 46–47, 49–33
August 4
United States  101–68  Spain
Scoring by half: 46–41, 55–27
August 4
Canada  96–69  France
Scoring by half: 40–31, 56–38
August 4
China  67–74  Uruguay
Scoring by half: 24–37, 43–37

Knockout Stage[edit]

Championship bracket[edit]

  Quarterfinals (August 6) Semifinals (August 8) Gold medal (August 10)
                           
  A1   SFR Yugoslavia 110  
B4   Uruguay 82  
  A1   SFR Yugoslavia 61  
  B2   Spain 74  
B2   Spain 101
  A3   Australia 93  
    B2   Spain 65
  B1   United States 96
  B1   United States 78  
A4   West Germany 67  
  B1   United States 78 Bronze medal (August 9)
  B3   Canada 59  
A2   Italy 72 A1   SFR Yugoslavia 88
  B3   Canada 78   B3   Canada 82

Classification brackets[edit]

5th–8th Place

  August 8     5th place (August 10)
                 
  A3   Australia 95  
  B4   Uruguay 101    
      B4   Uruguay 102
      A2   Italy 111
  A2   Italy 98    
  A4   West Germany 71   7th place (August 10)
 
A3   Australia 83
  A4   West Germany 78

9th–12th Place

  August 5     9th place (August 10)
                 
  A5   Brazil 100  
  B6   France 86    
      A5   Brazil 86
      B5   China 76
  B5   China 76    
  A6   Egypt 73   11th place (August 9)
 
B6   France 102
  A6   Egypt 78

Women's Tournament[edit]

Preliminary Round[edit]

The first two places in the preliminary group compete for the gold medal, while the third and fourth places compete for the bronze. The remaining teams' group ranking determines their positions in the final standings. With the withdrawal of the Soviet Union's women's team, a new Olympic champion was to be crowned in Los Angeles. The host nation's team went through the first round undefeated and won their first gold medal in women's basketball history against South Korea, one of the teams invited to replace the Soviet Union and Hungary. China, the other Asian representative, earned a bronze medal by defeating Canada. Yugoslavia's team couldn't repeat their bronze medal performance from the previous tournament and finished at the bottom of the rankings.

Competed for the gold medal
Competed for the bronze medal
Team W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
 United States 5 0 431 265 +166 10
 South Korea 4 1 292 302 −10 9
 Canada 2 3 313 335 −22 7 1W–0L
 China 2 3 318 348 −30 7 0W–1L
 Australia 1 4 267 317 −50 6 1W–0L
 SFR Yugoslavia 1 4 293 347 −54 6 0W–1L
July 30
SFR Yugoslavia  55–83  United States
Scoring by half: 29–43, 26–40
July 30
Australia  64–67  China
Scoring by half: 22–28, 42–39
July 30
South Korea  67–62  Canada
Scoring by half: 34–32, 33–30
July 31
Australia  41–81  United States
Scoring by half: 28–51, 19–30
July 31
SFR Yugoslavia  52–55  South Korea
Scoring by half: 24–27, 28–28
July 31
China  61–66  Canada
Scoring by half: 33–35, 28–31
August 2
Australia  45–56  Canada
Scoring by half: 18–30, 28–26
August 2
United States  84–47  South Korea
Scoring by half: 40–20, 44–27
August 2
China  79–58  SFR Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 34–28, 45–30
August 3
Australia  48–54  South Korea
Scoring by half: 19–26, 29–28
August 3
Canada  68–69  SFR Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 33–34, 35–35
August 3
China  55–91  United States
Scoring by half: 26–38, 29–53
August 5
South Korea  69–56  China
Scoring by half: 34–25, 35–31
August 5
Canada  61–92  United States
Scoring by half: 31–41, 30–51
August 5
Australia  62–59  SFR Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 25–31, 37–28

Medal matches[edit]

Gold Medal

August 7
United States  85–55  South Korea
Scoring by half: 42–27, 43–28

Bronze Medal

August 7
China  63–57  Canada
Scoring by half: 37–29, 26–28

Final Standings[edit]

Rank Men Women
Team Pld W L Team Pld W L
1  United States 8 8 0  United States 6 6 0
2  Spain 8 6 2  South Korea 6 4 2
3  SFR Yugoslavia 8 7 1  China 6 3 3
4th  Canada 8 4 4  Canada 6 2 5
Eliminated at the quarterfinals
5th  Italy 8 6 2  Australia 5 1 4
6th  Uruguay 8 3 5  SFR Yugoslavia 5 1 4
7th  Australia 8 4 4
8th  West Germany 8 2 6
Preliminary round 5th placers
9th  Brazil 7 3 4
10th  China 7 2 5
Preliminary round 6th placers
11th  France 7 1 6
12th  Egypt 7 0 7

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