Basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics

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12th Olympic Basketball Tournament
Seoul 1988
Tournament details
Olympics 1988 Summer Olympics
Host nation South Korea
City Seoul
Duration September 17 – September 30
Men's tournament
Teams 12
Medals
1 Gold medalists  Soviet Union
2 Silver medalists  Yugoslavia
3 Bronze medalists  United States
Women's tournament
Teams 8
Medals
1 Gold medalists  United States
2 Silver medalists  Yugoslavia
3 Bronze medalists  Soviet Union
Tournaments
← Los Angeles 1984  Barcelona 1992 →

Basketball in the 1988 Summer Olympics took place at the Jamsil Gymnasium in Seoul, South Korea. 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. But 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 Games. The United States was a major favorite to win it all with odds at -850.

Medalists[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's  Soviet Union (URS)
Aleksandr Volkov
Tiit Sokk
Sergei Tarakanov
Šarūnas Marčiulionis
Igors Miglinieks
Valeri Tikhonenko
Rimas Kurtinaitis
Arvydas Sabonis
Viktor Pankrashkin
Valdemaras Chomičius
Aleksandr Belostennyi
Valeri Goborov
 Yugoslavia (YUG)
Dražen Petrović
Zdravko Radulović
Zoran Čutura
Toni Kukoč
Žarko Paspalj
Željko Obradović
Jure Zdovc
Stojko Vranković
Vlade Divac
Franjo Arapović
Dino Rađa
Danko Cvjetičanin
 United States (USA)
Mitch Richmond
Charles Smith IV
Bimbo Coles
Hersey Hawkins
Jeff Grayer
Charles D. Smith
Willie Anderson
Stacey Augmon
Dan Majerle
Danny Manning
J. R. Reid
David Robinson
Women's  United States (USA)
Teresa Edwards
Kamie Ethridge
Cynthia Brown
Anne Donovan
Teresa Weatherspoon
Bridgette Gordon
Victoria Bullett
Andrea Lloyd
Katrina McClain
Jennifer Gillom
Cynthia Cooper
Suzanne McConnell
 Yugoslavia (YUG)
Stojna Vangelovska
Mara Lakić
Zana Lelas
Eleonora Wild
Kornelija Kvesić
Danira Nakić
Slađana Golić
Polona Dornik
Razija Mujanović
Vesna Bajkuša
Anđelija Arbutina
Bojana Milošević
 Soviet Union (URS)
Olga Yevkova
Irina Gerlits
Olesya Barel
Irina Sumnikova
Olga Buryakina
Olga Yakovleva
Irina Minkh
Aleksandra Leonova
Yelena Khudashova
Vitalija Tuomaitė
Natalya Zasulskaya
Galina Savitskaya

Qualification[edit]

A NOC could enter one men's team with 12 players and one women's team with 12 players. For both tournaments, automatic qualifications were granted to the host country and the winners from the previous edition. For the men's tournament, the remaining teams were decided by the corresponding continental championships, plus the second and third places from Europe and the Americas, and the runner-up from Africa. For the women's tournament, qualification was decided by a tournament held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where the top six teams earned a spot.

Men[edit]

Africa Americas Asia Europe Oceania Automatic qualifiers
 Central African Republic
 Egypt
 Puerto Rico
 Brazil
 Canada
 China  Soviet Union
 Yugoslavia
 Spain
 Australia  United StatesOlympic Champions
 South Korea – Olympic hosts

Women[edit]

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

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 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 matchups 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 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. Hosts Korea couldn't advance, finishing at the bottom of their group. The other Asia representative, China, met the same fate, together with the two African teams, Egypt and Central African Republic.

Group A[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
 Yugoslavia 4 1 468 384 +84 9 1W–0L
 Soviet Union 4 1 460 393 +67 9 0W–1L
 Australia 3 2 429 408 +21 8 1W–0L
 Puerto Rico 3 2 382 387 −5 8 0W–1L
 Central African Republic 1 4 346 436 −90 6
 South Korea 0 5 384 461 −77 5
September 18
Australia  81–77  Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 50–36, 31–41
September 18
Central African Republic  73–70  South Korea
Scoring by half: 47–30, 26–40
September 18
Soviet Union  79–92  Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 33–39, 46–53
September 20
South Korea  74–79  Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 30–38, 44–41
September 20
Central African Republic  79–92  Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 33–39, 46–53
September 20
Australia  69–91  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 35–53, 34–38
September 21
South Korea  92–104  Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 46–48, 46–56
September 21
Puerto Rico  81–93 OT  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 39–37, 37–39 OT: 5–17
September 21
Australia  106–67  Central African Republic
Scoring by half: 57–35, 49–32
September 23
Central African Republic  67–71  Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 41–27, 26–34
September 23
South Korea  73–110  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 38–59, 35–51
September 23
Australia  78–98  Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 43–52, 35–46
September 24
Australia  95–75  South Korea
Scoring by half: 51–39, 44–36
September 24
Central African Republic  78–87  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 31–40, 47–47
September 24
Puerto Rico  74–72  Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 36–37, 38–35

Group B[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts
 United States 5 0 485 302 +183 10
 Spain 4 1 484 435 +49 9
 Brazil 3 2 590 522 +68 8
 Canada 2 3 479 455 +24 7
 China 1 4 433 527 −94 6
 Egypt 0 5 338 568 −230 5
September 17
China  98–84  Egypt
Scoring by half: 47–43, 51–41
September 17
Brazil  125–109  Canada
Scoring by half: 56–45, 69–64
September 18
Spain  53–97  United States
Scoring by half: 32–48, 21–49
September 20
Brazil  130–108  China
Scoring by half: 72–61, 58–47
September 20
Canada  70–76  United States
Scoring by half: 42–40, 28–36
September 20
Egypt  70–113  Spain
Scoring by half: 44–57, 26–56
September 21
Brazil  87–102  United States
Scoring by half: 55–63, 32–39
September 21
Canada  117–64  Egypt
Scoring by half: 61–32, 56–32
September 21
China  74–106  Spain
Scoring by half: 43–59, 31–57
September 23
Canada  84–94  Spain
Scoring by half: 51–45, 33–49
September 23
Brazil  138–85  Egypt
Scoring by half: 66–38, 72–47
September 23
China  57–108  United States
Scoring by half: 26–59, 31–49
September 23
Canada  99–96  China
Scoring by half: 56–52, 43–44
September 24
Egypt  35–102  United States
Scoring by half: 21–62, 14–40
September 24
Brazil  110–118  Spain
Scoring by half: 57–61, 53–57

Knockout Stage[edit]

Championship bracket[edit]

  Quarterfinals (September 26) Semifinals (September 28) Gold medal (September 30)
                           
  A1   Yugoslavia 95  
B4   Canada 73  
  A1   Yugoslavia 91  
  A3   Australia 70  
B2   Spain 74
  A3   Australia 77  
    A1   Yugoslavia 63
  A2   Soviet Union 76
  B1   United States 94  
A4   Puerto Rico 57  
  B1   United States 76 Bronze medal (September 29)
  A2   Soviet Union 82  
A2   Soviet Union 110 A3   Australia 49
  B3   Brazil 105   B1   United States 78

Classification brackets[edit]

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

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

Women's Tournament[edit]

Preliminary Round[edit]

The first two places in each of the preliminary round groups advanced to the semifinals, where Group A teams would meet Group B teams. Like their male counterparts, the Korea women's team didn't manage to advance to the knockout stage and ended up battling for 5th place against the other Asian representative, China and two of the European teams, Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia.

Group A[edit]

Qualified for the semifinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
 Australia 2 1 178 196 −18 5 1W
 Soviet Union 2 1 208 188 +20 5 0W
 Bulgaria 1 2 217 241 −24 4 1W
 South Korea 1 2 244 222 +22 4 0W
September 19
Bulgaria  62–91  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 26–50, 36–41
September 19
Australia  55–91  South Korea
Scoring by half: 20–41, 35–50
September 22
South Korea  66–69  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 35–33, 31–36
September 22
Australia  63–57  Bulgaria
Scoring by half: 31–30, 32–27
September 25
Bulgaria  98–87  South Korea
Scoring by half: 48–51, 50–36
September 25
Australia  60–48  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 30–30, 30–18

Group B[edit]

Qualified for the semifinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts
 United States 3 0 282 234 +48 6
 Yugoslavia 2 1 199 211 −12 5
 China 1 2 200 214 −14 4
 Czechoslovakia 0 3 202 224 −22 3
September 19
Czechoslovakia  81–87  United States
Scoring by half: 39–37, 42–50
September 19
China  53–56  Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 32–35, 21–21
September 22
United States  101–74  Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 55–40, 46–34
September 22
China  68–64  Czechoslovakia
Scoring by half: 36–36, 32–28
September 25
Czechoslovakia  57–69  Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 15–41, 42–28
September 25
China  79–94  United States
Scoring by half: 37–46, 42–48

Knockout Stage[edit]

Championship bracket[edit]

  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

Classification bracket[edit]

  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

Final Standings[edit]

Rank Men Women
Team Pld W L Team Pld W L
1st  Soviet Union 8 7 1  United States 5 5 0
2nd  Yugoslavia 8 6 2  Yugoslavia 5 3 2
3rd  United States 8 7 1  Soviet Union 5 3 2
4th  Australia 8 4 4  Australia 5 2 3
Eliminated in the quarterfinals Eliminated in the semifinals
5th  Brazil 8 5 3  Bulgaria 5 3 2
6th  Canada 8 3 5  China 5 2 3
7th  Puerto Rico 8 4 4  South Korea 5 2 3
8th  Spain 8 4 4  Czechoslovakia 5 0 5
Preliminary round 5th placers
9th  South Korea 7 2 5
10th  Central African Republic 7 2 5
Preliminary round 6th placers
11th  China 7 2 5
12th  Egypt 7 0 7

References[edit]