FIBA Diamond Ball

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FIBA Diamond Ball
Current season, competition or edition:
2008 FIBA Diamond Ball
Sport Basketball
Founded 2000
Inaugural season 2000
No. of teams 6
Country FIBA member nations
Continent FIBA (International)
Ceased 2008
Last champion(s) M:  Argentina (1st title)
W:  United States (1st title)
Most titles M:  Argentina
 Australia
 Serbia (1 title each)
W:  Australia
 United States (1 title each)
Related competitions Olympic Games
Founder FIBA
Official website FIBA

The FIBA Diamond Ball is an official international basketball tournament organised by FIBA, held every Olympic year prior to the Olympics. The first tournament was held in 2000 for men's teams only. Starting in 2004, tournaments have been held for both men and women.

The competing teams are the host country of that year's Olympics, defending Diamond Ball champions, the reigning world, Olympic and continental champions, minus the United States men's team. The United States women's team did not participate in the 2004 event even though it was the then-reigning world champions. However, they did compete in the 2008 event as the Americas champions.

Not held in 2012, the tournament is not in FIBA's schedule for the next Olympic-year calendar, 2016 in Brazil.[1]

Men's results[edit]

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
2000
Details
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Australia
78–71
Yugoslavia

Italy
82–74
Canada
2004
Details
Serbia and Montenegro
Belgrade

Serbia and Montenegro
93–80
Lithuania

Argentina
84–74
China
2008
Details
China
Nanjing

Argentina
95–91
Australia

China
75–46
Iran

2000 teams[edit]

  •  Angola – African champions
  •  Australia – Olympics hosts (New Zealand was Oceania champions)
  •  Canada – Americas runners-up (USA was Olympic & Americas champions)
  •  China – Asian champions
  •  Italy – European champions
  •  Yugoslavia – World champions

2004 teams[edit]

  •  Angola – African champions
  •  Argentina – Americas runners-up (USA was Olympic & Americas champions)
  •  Australia – Oceania champions & 2000 FIBA Diamond Ball winners
  •  China – Asian champions
  •  Lithuania – European champions (Greece was Olympics hosts)
  •  Serbia and Montenegro – World champions

2008 teams[edit]

  •  Angola – African champions
  •  Argentina – Olympic champions & Americas runners-up (USA was Americas champions)
  •  Australia – Oceania champions
  •  China – Olympics hosts
  •  Iran – Asian champions
  •  Serbia – 2004 FIBA Diamond Ball winners (Spain was World champions; Russia was European champions)

Participation Details[edit]

Team Hong Kong
2000
Serbia and Montenegro
2004
China
2008
Total
 Angola 6th 6th 6th 3
 Argentina 3rd 1st 2
 Australia 1st 5th 2nd 3
 Canada 4th 1
 China 5th 4th 3rd 3
 Iran 4th 1
 Italy 3rd 1
 Lithuania 2nd 1
 Serbia 2nd 1st 5th 3

Women's results[edit]

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
2004
Details
Greece
Heraklion

Australia
74–70
China

Brazil
73–70
Greece
2008
Details
China
Haining

United States
71–67
Australia

China
63–51
Latvia

Participation Details[edit]

Team Greece
2004
China
2008
Total
 Australia 1st 2nd 2
 Brazil 3rd 1
 China 2nd 3rd 2
 Greece 4th 1
 South Korea 5th 1
 Latvia 4th 1
 Mali 6th 1
 Nigeria 6th 1
 Russia 5th 1
 United States 1st 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIBA http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/even/cale/p/fibaCaleAll.html |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 4 October 2014. 

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