Basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics

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12th Olympic Basketball Tournament
Seoul 1988
Tournament details
Olympics1988 Summer Olympics
Host nationSouth Korea
CitySeoul
DurationSeptember 17 – September 30
Men's tournament
Teams12
Medals
1 Gold medalists  Soviet Union
2 Silver medalists Yugoslavia
3 Bronze medalists  United States
Women's tournament
Teams8
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, since 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 Cvjetićanin
 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
Žana 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 continental championships in Asia, Oceania, Africa and Americas and European qualifying tournament. Champions of Asia and Oceania, top two teams from Africa and top three from Americas earned direct qualification. Last three berths are allocated from European qualifying tournament, held in Netherlands, two months before Olympics tournament. 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]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Yugoslavia 5 4 1 468 384 +84 9 Quarter-finals
2  Soviet Union 5 4 1 460 393 +67 9
3  Australia 5 3 2 429 408 +21 8
4  Puerto Rico 5 3 2 382 387 −5 8
5  Central African Republic 5 1 4 346 436 −90 6
6  South Korea 5 0 5 384 461 −77 5
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points average among tied; 4) Points average.

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  United States 5 5 0 485 302 +183 10 Quarter-finals
2  Spain 5 4 1 484 435 +49 9
3  Brazil 5 3 2 590 522 +68 8
4  Canada 5 2 3 479 455 +24 7
5  China 5 1 4 433 527 −94 6
6  Egypt 5 0 5 338 568 −230 5
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points average among tied; 4) Points average.

Knockout stage[edit]

Championship bracket[edit]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsGold medal match
 
          
 
September 26
 
 
(A1)  Yugoslavia95
 
September 28
 
(B4)  Canada73
 
(A1)  Yugoslavia91
 
September 26
 
(A3)  Australia70
 
(B2)  Spain74
 
September 30
 
(A3)  Australia77
 
(A1)  Yugoslavia63
 
September 26
 
(A2)  Soviet Union76
 
(B1)  United States94
 
September 28
 
(A4)  Puerto Rico57
 
(B1)  United States76
 
September 26
 
(A2)  Soviet Union82 Bronze medal match
 
(A2)  Soviet Union110
 
September 29
 
(B3)  Brazil105
 
(A3)  Australia49
 
 
(B1)  United States78
 

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]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 3 2 1 178 196 −18 5 Semifinals
2  Soviet Union 3 2 1 208 188 +20 5
3  Bulgaria 3 1 2 217 241 −24 4
4  South Korea 3 1 2 244 222 +22 4
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points average among tied; 4) Points average.

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  United States 3 3 0 282 234 +48 6 Semifinals
2  Yugoslavia 3 2 1 199 211 −12 5
3  China 3 1 2 200 214 −14 4
4  Czechoslovakia 3 0 3 202 224 −22 3
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points average among tied; 4) Points average.

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

Final standings[edit]

Rank Men Women
Team Pld W L Team Pld W L
1st, gold medalist(s)  Soviet Union 8 7 1  United States 5 5 0
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Yugoslavia 8 6 2  Yugoslavia 5 3 2
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  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 group round
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
Eliminated in the group round
9th  South Korea 7 2 5
10th  Central African Republic 7 2 5
11th  China 7 2 5
12th  Egypt 7 0 7

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