Basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics

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13th Olympic Basketball Tournament
Barcelona 1992
Tournament details
Olympics 1992 Summer Olympics
Host nation Spain
City Barcelona
Duration July 26 – August 8
Men's tournament
Teams 12
Medals
1 Gold medalists  United States
2 Silver medalists  Croatia
3 Bronze medalists  Lithuania
Women's tournament
Teams 8
Medals
1 Gold medalists  CIS
2 Silver medalists  China
3 Bronze medalists  United States
Tournaments
← Seoul 1988  Atlanta 1996 →

The Basketball games of the 1992 Summer Olympics were played at the Pavelló Olímpic de Badalona. 12 men's teams and 8 women's teams participated in the tournament.

This was the first time that NBA players were eligible to play in Olympic basketball, following a decision of FIBA in 1989. Until 1988, only amateurs and players from professionals leagues except the NBA were allowed to play.[citation needed]

The United States men's team, nicknamed the Dream Team, won the Gold Medal beating Croatia in the final, with Lithuania winning the bronze medal. The Unified Team, representing the Commonwealth of Independent States of the recently defunct Soviet Union, won the women's tournament, with China as runner-up. The United States women won the bronze medal, after losing to CIS in the semifinal, suffering their third and last defeat to date in Olympic basketball history.

Medal summary[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's
details
 United States (USA)
David Robinson
Patrick Ewing
Larry Bird
Scottie Pippen
Michael Jordan
Clyde Drexler
Karl Malone
John Stockton
Chris Mullin
Charles Barkley
Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr.
Christian Laettner
 Croatia (CRO)
Dražen Petrović
Velimir Perasović
Danko Cvjetičanin
Toni Kukoč
Vladan Alanović
Franjo Arapović
Žan Tabak
Stojko Vranković
Alan Gregov
Arijan Komazec
Dino Rađa
Aramis Naglić
 Lithuania (LTU)
Valdemaras Chomičius
Alvydas Pazdrazdis
Arūnas Visockas
Darius Dimavičius
Romanas Brazdauskis
Gintaras Krapikas
Rimas Kurtinaitis
Arvydas Sabonis
Artūras Karnišovas
Šarūnas Marčiulionis
Gintaras Einikis
Sergėjus Jovaiša
Women's
details
 Unified Team (EUN)
Yelena Zhirko
Yelena Baranova
Irina Guerlits
Yelena Tornikidu
Yelena Shvaybovich
Marina Tkachenko
Irina Minkh
Yelena Khudashova
Irina Soumnikova
Elen Bounatiants
Natalia Zasulskaya
Svetlana Zaboluyeva
 China (CHN)
Cong Xuedi
He Jun
Li Dongmei
Li Xin
Liu Jun
Liu Qing
Peng Ping
Wang Fang
Zhan Shuping
Zheng Dongmei
Zheng Haixia
 United States (USA)
Teresa Edwards
Daedra Charles
Clarissa Davis
Teresa Weatherspoon
Tammy Jackson
Vickie Orr
Victoria Bullett
Carolyn Jones
Katrina Felicia McClain
Medina Dixon
Cynthia Cooper
Suzanne McConnell

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. For the men's tournament, the host country qualified automatically, as did the winners of the continental championships held for Asia, Oceania, Africa and the Americas, plus the runner-up, third and fourth place from the Americas competitions. A special qualifying tournament was held for European teams to allocate four extra berths.[1] For the women's tournament, the top four teams from the 1990 FIBA World Championship and the top four teams from a qualifying tournament held months prior to the competition were given a place in the Olympics.

Men[edit]

Africa Americas Asia Europe Oceania Automatic qualifiers
 Angola  United States
 Venezuela
 Brazil
 Puerto Rico
 China  Lithuania
 Croatia
 CIS
 Germany
 Australia  Spain – Olympic hosts

Women[edit]

Americas Asia Europe Automatic qualifiers
 United States
 Cuba
 Brazil
 China  Italy[b]
 CIS
 Czechoslovakia
 Spain – Olympic hosts
  • a Replaced Yugoslavia.

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 through 12th places in the final ranking.
  • In the quarterfinals, the pairings 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 through 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:

  • Two groups of four teams are formed, where the top two 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.
  • The winning teams from the semifinals contest the gold medal. The losing teams contest the bronze.

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. The United States' Dream Team asserted their dominance by advancing to the next round undefeated and winning their five preliminary games by an average margin of almost 46 points. The only teams representing Asia and Africa, China and Angola respectively couldn't advance and ended up competing for ninth place with Venezuela and host nation Spain.

Group A[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
 United States 5 0 579 350 +229 10
 Croatia 4 1 423 400 +23 9
 Brazil 2 3 420 463 −43 7 1–0
 Germany 2 3 369 432 −63 7 0–1
 Angola 1 4 324 392 −68 6 1–0
 Spain 1 4 398 476 −78 6 0–1
July 26
16:30
Angola  48–116  United States
Scoring by half: 16–64, 32–52
July 26
20:30
Germany  83–74  Spain
Scoring by half: 46–39, 37–35
July 26
22:30
Croatia  93–76  Brazil
Scoring by half: 55–40, 38–36
July 27
14:30
Angola  63–64  Germany
Scoring by half: 42–36, 21–28
July 27
20:30
Croatia  70–103  United States
Scoring by half: 37–54, 33–49
July 27
22:30
Brazil  100–101  Spain
Scoring by half: 43–57, 57–48
July 29
11:30
Brazil  76–66  Angola
Scoring by half: 42–26, 34–40
July 29
20:30
United States  111–68  Germany
Scoring by half: 58–23, 53–45
July 29
22:30
Croatia  88–79  Spain
Scoring by half: 45–42, 43–37
July 31
11:30
Spain  63–83  Angola
Scoring by half: 36–37, 27–46
July 31
20:30
Croatia  99–78  Germany
Scoring by half: 46–41, 53–37
July 31
22:30
United States  127–83  Brazil
Scoring by half: 60–41, 67–42
August 2
9:30
Germany  76–85  Brazil
Scoring by half: 40–39, 36–46
August 2
11:30
Croatia  73–64  Angola
Scoring by half: 27–38, 46–26
August 2
22:30
Spain  81–122  United States
Scoring by half: 35–65, 46–57

Group B[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
 CIS 4 1 425 373 +52 9 1–0
 Lithuania 4 1 481 424 +57 9 0–1
 Australia 3 2 432 396 +36 8 1–0
 Puerto Rico 3 2 445 440 +15 8 0–1
 Venezuela 1 4 392 427 −35 6
 China 0 5 381 496 −115 5
July 26
9:30
Venezuela  64–78  CIS
Scoring by half: 16–34, 48–44
July 26
11:30
China  75–112  Lithuania
Scoring by half: 26–55, 49–57
July 26
14:30
Puerto Rico  76–116  Australia
Scoring by half: 31–57, 45–59
July 27
11:30
Venezuela  79–87  Lithuania
Scoring by half: 46–38, 33–49
July 27
16:30
CIS  85–63  Australia
Scoring by half: 35–51, 50–12
July 27
20:30
China  68–100  Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 35–51, 33–49
July 29
9:30
Venezuela  71–78  Australia
Scoring by half: 27–43, 44–35
July 29
14:30
CIS  100–84  China
Scoring by half: 55–39, 45–45
July 29
16:30
Lithuania  104–91  Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 50–43, 54–48
July 31
9:30
Venezuela  82–96  Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 42–52, 40–44
July 31
14:30
Australia  88–66  China
Scoring by half: 39–28, 49–38
July 31
16:30
Lithuania  80–92  CIS
Scoring by half: 38–26, 42–66
August 2
14:30
Venezuela  96–88  China
Scoring by half: 52–52, 44–36
August 2
16:30
Australia  87–98  Lithuania
Scoring by half: 46–45, 41–53
August 2
20:30
Puerto Rico  82–70  CIS
Scoring by half: 36–39, 46–31

Classification round[edit]

9th to 12th place 9th Place game
           
1  Angola 79
4  China 69
 Angola 75
 Spain 78
3  Venezuela 81
2  Spain 95

Semifinals[edit]

August 4
9:30
Angola  79–69  China
Scoring by half: 40–35, 39–34
August 4
11:30
Venezuela  81–95  Spain
Scoring by half: 40–46, 41–49

11th place game[edit]

August 6
9:00
China  97–100  Venezuela
Scoring by half: 51–51, 46–49

9th place game[edit]

August 6
11:00
Angola  75–78  Spain
Scoring by half: 39–41, 36–37

Knockout stage[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal game
                           
  A1   United States 115  
B4   Puerto Rico 77  
  A1   United States 127  
  B2   Lithuania 76  
B2   Lithuania 114
  A3   Brazil 96  
    A1   United States 117
  A2   Croatia 85
  B1   CIS 83  
A4   Germany 76  
  B1   CIS 74 Bronze medal game
  A2   Croatia 75  
A2   Croatia 98 B1   CIS 78
  B3   Australia 65   B2   Lithuania 82
5th to 8th place 5th Place game
           
1  Brazil 86
4  Puerto Rico 84
 Brazil 90
 Australia 80
3  Australia 109
2  Germany 79

Quarterfinals[edit]

August 4
14:30
Croatia  98–65  Australia
Scoring by half: 41–31, 57–34
August 4
16:30
CIS  83–76  Germany
Scoring by half: 35–36, 48–40
August 4
20:30
Lithuania  114–96  Brazil
Scoring by half: 48–52, 66–44
August 4
22:30
United States  115–77  Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 67–40, 48–37

Semifinals 5th−8th[edit]

August 6
14:30
Brazil  86–84  Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 43–49, 43–35
August 6
20:30
Australia  109–79  Germany
Scoring by half: 52–44, 57–35

Semifinals[edit]

August 6
16:30
Croatia  75–74  CIS
Scoring by half: 30–40, 45–34
August 6
22:30
Lithuania  76–127  United States
Scoring by half: 30–49, 46–78

7th place game[edit]

August 8
20:00
Puerto Rico  86–96  Germany
Scoring by half: 46–45, 40–51

5th place game[edit]

August 8
11:00
Brazil  90–80  Australia
Scoring by half: 44–38, 46–42

Bronze medal game[edit]

August 8
13:00
CIS  78–82  Lithuania 3rd
Scoring by half: 33–39, 45–43

Gold medal game[edit]

August 8
22:00
2nd Croatia  85–117  United States 1st
Scoring by half: 42–56, 43–61

Women's Tournament[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

The best two teams from each group advanced to the semifinals. The United States and Cuba advanced undefeated through the group phase but couldn't reach the finals and ended up facing each other for the bronze medal instead.

Group A[edit]

Qualified for the semifinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts
 Cuba 3 0 246 230 +16 6
 CIS 2 1 244 222 +22 5
 Brazil 1 2 237 241 −4 4
 Italy 0 3 190 224 −34 3
July 30
13:00
CIS  89–91  Cuba
Scoring by half: 44–44, 45–47
July 30
22:00
Brazil  85–70  Italy
Scoring by half: 41–35, 44–35
August 1
13:00
Cuba  95–88 OT  Brazil
Scoring by half: 34–42, 46–38 OT: 15–8
August 1
22:00
CIS  79–67  Italy
Scoring by half: 49–37, 30–30
August 3
11:00
CIS  76–64  Brazil
Scoring by half: 48–33, 28–31
August 3
13:00
Italy  53–60  Cuba
Scoring by half: 26–36, 27–24

Group B[edit]

Qualified for the semifinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts
 United States 3 0 318 181 +137 6
 China 2 1 205 226 −21 5
 Spain 1 2 181 238 −57 4
 Czechoslovakia 0 3 183 242 −59 3
July 30
11:00
Czechoslovakia  55–111  United States
Scoring by half: 33–53, 22–58
July 30
20:00
China  66–63  Spain
Scoring by half: 27–31, 39–32
August 1
11:00
United States  93–67  China
Scoring by half: 47–33, 46–34
August 1
20:00
Czechoslovakia  58–59  Spain
Scoring by half: 30–27, 28–32
August 3
20:00
Czechoslovakia  70–72  China
Scoring by half: 31–38, 39–34
August 3
20:00
Spain  59–114  United States
Scoring by half: 32–51, 27–63

Classification games[edit]

Semifinals 5th Place game
           
1  Spain 92
4  Italy 80
 Spain 59
 Czechoslovakia 58
3  Brazil 62
2  Czechoslovakia 74

Semifinals[edit]

August 5
11:00
Brazil  62–74  Czechoslovakia
Scoring by half: 34–24, 28–50
August 5
20:00
Spain  92–80 OT  Italy
Scoring by half: 37–33, 28–32 OT: 13–13, 14–2

7th place game[edit]

August 7
22:00
Brazil  86–83 OT  Italy
Scoring by half: 41–41, 37–37 OT: 8–5

5th place game[edit]

August 7
11:00
Czechoslovakia  58–59  Spain
Scoring by half: 29–25, 29–34

Knockout stage[edit]

Semifinals Gold medal game
           
B1  United States 73
A2  CIS 79
A2  CIS 76
B2  China 66
A1  Cuba 70
B2  China 109

Semifinals[edit]

August 5
13:00
United States  73–79  CIS
Scoring by half: 41–47, 32–32
August 5
22:00
Cuba  70–109  China
Scoring by half: 30–57, 40–52

Bronze medal game[edit]

August 7
13:00
3rd United States  88–74  Cuba
Scoring by half: 44–44, 44–30

Gold medal game[edit]

August 7
22:00
1st CIS  76–66  China 2nd
Scoring by half: 43–35, 33–31

Final standings[edit]

Rank Men Women
Team W L Team W L
1st  United States 8 0  CIS 4 1
2nd  Croatia 6 2  China 3 2
3rd  Lithuania 6 2  United States 4 1
4th  CIS 5 3  Cuba 3 2
Eliminated at the quarterfinals Eliminated at the preliminary round
5th  Brazil 4 4  Spain 3 2
6th  Australia 4 4  Czechoslovakia 1 4
7th  Germany 3 5  Brazil 2 3
8th  Puerto Rico 3 5  Italy 0 5
Eliminated at the preliminary round
9th  Spain 3 4
10th  Angola 2 5
11th  Venezuela 2 5
12th  China 0 7

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1992 European Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men, FIBA Archive. Accessed March 31, 2012.

External links[edit]