Basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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17th Olympic Basketball Tournament
Beijing 2008
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Tournament details
Olympics 2008 Summer Olympics
Host nation China
City Beijing
Duration August 9 – August 24
Men's tournament
Teams 12
Medals
Gold medal.svg Gold medalists  United States
Silver medal.svg Silver medalists  Spain
Bronze medal.svg Bronze medalists  Argentina
Women's tournament
Teams 12
Medals
Gold medal.svg Gold medalists  United States
Silver medal.svg Silver medalists  Australia
Bronze medal.svg Bronze medalists  Russia
Official website
www.olympicbasketball.fiba.com
Tournaments
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Basketball at the
2008 Summer Olympics

Basketball pictogram.svg
Tournament
men  women
Rosters
men  women

Basketball contests at the 2008 Olympic Games were held from August 9, 2008 to August 24, 2008. Competitions were held at the Wukesong Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China. The United States claimed the gold medals in both the Men's[1] and Women's competitions.

Medalists[edit]

Beijing Wukesong Arena, basketball venue for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men
details
 United States (USA)

Carlos Boozer
Chris Bosh
Kobe Bryant
Dwight Howard
LeBron James
Jason Kidd
Deron Williams
Tayshaun Prince
Michael Redd
Dwyane Wade
Chris Paul
Carmelo Anthony

 Spain (ESP)

José Calderón
Rudy Fernández
Jorge Garbajosa
Marc Gasol
Pau Gasol
Carlos Jiménez
Raúl López
Álex Mumbrú
Juan Carlos Navarro
Felipe Reyes
Berni Rodríguez
Ricky Rubio

 Argentina (ARG)

Carlos Delfino
Manu Ginóbili
Román González
Juan Pedro Gutiérrez
Leonardo Gutiérrez
Federico Kammerichs
Andrés Nocioni
Fabricio Oberto
Pablo Prigioni
Antonio Porta
Paolo Quinteros
Luis Scola

Women
details
 United States (USA)

Seimone Augustus
Sue Bird
Tamika Catchings
Sylvia Fowles
Kara Lawson
Lisa Leslie
DeLisha Milton-Jones
Candace Parker
Cappie Pondexter
Katie Smith
Diana Taurasi
Tina Thompson

 Australia (AUS)

Suzy Batkovic
Tully Bevilaqua
Rohanee Cox
Hollie Grima
Kristi Harrower
Lauren Jackson
Erin Phillips
Emma Randall
Jenni Screen
Belinda Snell
Laura Summerton
Penny Taylor

 Russia (RUS)

Svetlana Abrosimova
Becky Hammon
Marina Karpunina
Ilona Korstin
Marina Kuzina
Ekaterina Lisina
Irina Osipova
Oxana Rakhmatulina
Tatiana Shchegoleva
Irina Sokolovskaya
Maria Stepanova
Natalia Vodopyanova

Medal count[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 2 0 0 2
2  Spain (ESP) 0 1 0 1
 Australia (AUS) 0 1 0 1
3  Russia (RUS) 0 0 1 1
 Argentina (ARG) 0 0 1 1

Flag bearers[edit]

Basketball players that carried their flags at the opening ceremony were Yao Ming (for the People's Republic of China), Šarūnas Jasikevičius (for Lithuania), Dirk Nowitzki (for Germany), Andrei Kirilenko (for the Russian Federation), and Manu Ginóbili (for Argentina).

Events[edit]

Two sets of medals were awarded in the following events:

  • Basketball – Men
  • Basketball – Women

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. The reigning world champions and the host country qualify automatically, as do the winners of the five continental championships (plus the men's runners-up from Europe and the Americas).

The best teams from the continental championships that did not automatically qualify participated in the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament or FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women to determine the final spots in Beijing.

Italicized teams qualified via the wildcard tournaments.

Basketball – Men[edit]

Africa Americas Asia Europe Oceania Automatic qualifiers
 Angola  United States
 Argentina
 Iran  Russia
 Lithuania
 Croatia
 Greece
 Germany
 Australia  SpainWorld champions
 China – Olympic hosts

Basketball – Women[edit]

Africa Americas Asia Europe Oceania Automatic qualifiers
 Mali  United States
 Brazil
 South Korea  Russia
 Spain
 Czech Rep.
 Latvia
 Belarus
 New Zealand  AustraliaWorld champions
 China – Olympic hosts

Format[edit]

  • Twelve teams are split into two preliminary round groups of six teams each.
  • The top four teams from both groups qualify for the knockout stage.
  • Fifth-placed teams from both groups are ranked 9th–10th by basis of their records.
  • Sixth-placed teams from both groups are ranked 11th–12th by basis of their records.
  • In the quarterfinals, the matchups are as follows: A1 vs. B4, A2 vs. B3, A3 vs. B2 and A4 vs. B1.
    • The eliminated teams at the quarterfinals are ranked 5th–8th by basis of their preliminary round records
  • 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.

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

Calendar[edit]

    Preliminary round     Quarterfinals     Semifinals  M  Event finals
August 9th
S
10th
S
11th
M
12th
T
13th
W
14th
T
15th
F
16th
S
17th
S
18th
M
19th
T
20th
W
21st
T
22nd
F
23rd
S
24th
S
Gold
medals
Men M 1
Women M 1

Rosters[edit]

Each team is limited to twelve players on its roster.

Men[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals

The four best teams from each group advanced to the quarterfinal round.

Group A[edit]

Team W L PF PA PD Pts
 Lithuania 4 1 425 400 +25 9
 Argentina 4 1 425 361 +64 9
 Croatia 3 2 399 380 +19 8
 Australia 3 2 457 405 +52 8
 Russia 1 4 387 406 −19 6
 Iran 0 5 323 464 −141 5
August 10, 2008
Russia  71 – 49  Iran
Lithuania  79 – 75  Argentina
Australia  82 – 97  Croatia
August 12, 2008
Iran  67 – 99  Lithuania
Croatia  85 – 78  Russia
Argentina  85 – 68  Australia
August 14, 2008
Australia  106 – 68  Iran
Lithuania  86 – 79  Russia
Argentina  77 – 53  Croatia
August 16, 2008
Russia  80 – 95  Australia
Croatia  73 – 86  Lithuania
Iran  82 – 97  Argentina
August 18, 2018
Iran  57 – 91  Croatia
Australia  106 – 75  Lithuania
Argentina  91 – 79  Russia

Group B[edit]

Team W L PF PA PD Pts
 United States 5 0 515 354 +161 10
 Spain 4 1 418 369 +49 9
 Greece 3 2 415 375 +40 8
 China 2 3 366 400 −34 7
 Germany 1 4 330 390 −60 6
 Angola 0 5 321 477 −156 5
2008-08-10
Germany  95 – 66  Angola
Spain  81 – 66  Greece
United States  101 – 70  China
2008-08-12
Greece  87 – 64  Germany
China  75 – 85 (OT)  Spain
Angola  76 – 97  United States
2008-08-14
Germany  59 – 72  Spain
Angola  68 – 85  China
United States  92 – 69  Greece
2008-08-16
Greece  102 – 61  Angola
China  59 – 55  Germany
Spain  82 – 119  United States
2008-08-18
Greece  91 – 77  China
Angola  50 – 98  Spain
United States  106 – 57  Germany

Tournament bracket[edit]

  Quarterfinals
(2008-08-20)
Semifinals
(2008-08-22)
Gold medal game
(2008-08-24)
                           
  A2   Argentina 80  
B3   Greece 78  
  A2   Argentina 81  
  B1   United States 101  
B1   United States 116
  A4   Australia 85  
    B1   United States 118
  B2   Spain 107
  B2   Spain 72  
A3   Croatia 59  
  B2   Spain 91 Bronze medal game
  A1   Lithuania 86  
A1   Lithuania 94 A2   Argentina 87
  B4   China 68   A1   Lithuania 75

Women[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals

The four best teams from each group advanced to the quarterfinal round.

Group A[edit]

Team W L PF PA PD Pts
 Australia 5 0 349 264 +85 10
 Russia 4 1 278 258 +20 9
 Belarus 2 3 320 332 −12 7
 South Korea 2 3 352 360 −8 7
 Latvia 1 4 266 315 −49 6
 Brazil 1 4 337 354 −17 6
2008-08-09
Belarus  64 – 83  Australia
South Korea  68 – 62 (OT)  Brazil
Latvia  57 – 62  Russia
2008-08-11
South Korea  72 – 77  Russia
Latvia  57 – 79  Belarus
Australia  80 – 65  Brazil
2008-08-13
Belarus  65 – 71  Russia
Brazil  78 – 79  Latvia
South Korea  62 – 90  Australia
2008-08-15
Latvia  73 – 96  Australia
Russia  74 – 64  Brazil
South Korea  53 – 63  Belarus
2008-08-17
Australia  75 – 55  Russia
South Korea  72 – 68  Latvia
Brazil  68 – 53  Belarus

Group B[edit]

Team W L PF PA PD Pts
 United States 5 0 491 276 +215 10
 China 4 1 358 346 +12 9
 Spain 3 2 357 324 +33 8
 Czech Republic 2 3 346 356 −10 7
 New Zealand 1 4 320 423 −103 6
 Mali 0 5 255 402 −147 5
2008-08-09
Mali  72 – 76  New Zealand
China  67 – 64  Spain
Czech Republic  57 – 97  United States
2008-08-11
New Zealand  62 – 85  Spain
Czech Republic  81 – 47  Mali
China  63 – 108  United States
2008-08-13
Spain  74 – 55  Czech Republic
China  80 – 63  New Zealand
Mali  41 – 97  United States
2008-08-15
Czech Republic  90 – 59  New Zealand
China  69 –48  Mali
United States  93–55  Spain
2008-08-17
Mali  47 – 79  Spain
China  79 – 63  Czech Republic
New Zealand  60 – 96  United States

Tournament bracket[edit]

  Quarterfinals
(2008-08-19)
Semifinals
(2008-08-21)
Gold medal game
(2008-08-23)
                           
  A2   Russia 84  
B3   Spain 65  
  A2   Russia 52  
  B1   United States 67  
B1   United States 104
  A4   South Korea 60  
    B1   United States 92
  A1   Australia 65
  B2   China 77  
A3   Belarus 62  
  B2   China 56 Bronze medal game
  A1   Australia 90  
A1   Australia 79 A2   Russia 94
  B4   Czech Republic 46   B2   China 81

Final standings[edit]

Rank Men Women
Team Pld W L Team Pld W L
1  United States 8 8 0  United States 8 8 0
2  Spain 8 6 2  Australia 8 7 1
3  Argentina 8 6 2  Russia 8 6 2
4th  Lithuania 8 5 3  China 8 5 3
Eliminated at the quarterfinals
5th  Greece 6 3 3  Spain 6 3 3
6th  Croatia 6 3 3  Belarus 6 2 4
7th  Australia 6 3 3  Czech Republic 6 2 4
8th  China 6 2 4  South Korea 6 2 4
Preliminary round 5th placers
9th  Russia 5 1 4  Latvia 5 1 4
10th  Germany 5 1 4  New Zealand 5 1 4
Preliminary round 6th placers
11th  Iran 5 0 5  Brazil 5 1 4
12th  Angola 5 0 5  Mali 5 0 5

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