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 →

Basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics included the sport of basketball's men's and women's competitions of the 1992 Summer Olympics. The games 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 Summer Olympics basketball, following a decision of FIBA in April 1989. Until 1992, only amateurs and players from professional leagues other than the NBA were allowed to play.[1]

The United States men's team, nicknamed the Dream Team, won the gold medal by beating Croatia in the men's 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's team won the bronze medal after losing to the CIS in the semifinal, suffering their third and last defeat to date in the Olympic basketball history.

Medal summary[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's
details
 United States (USA)
Christian Laettner
David Robinson
Patrick Ewing
Larry Bird
Scottie Pippen
Michael Jordan
Clyde Drexler
Karl Malone
John Stockton
Chris Mullin
Charles Barkley
Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr.
 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.[2] 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[a]
 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

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

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

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

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

Knockout stage[edit]

  Semifinals Final
                     
B1   United States  73   
A2   CIS  79   
  A2   CIS  76   
  B2   China  66   
A1   Cuba  70 
B2   China  109      Third Place Game
  B1   United States  88 
  A1   Cuba  74 


Final standings[edit]

Rank Men Women
Team W L Team W L
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States 8 0  CIS 4 1
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Croatia 6 2  China 3 2
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  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. ^ Jan Hubbard. "Why Can Pros Compete in International Events?". USA Basketball. Retrieved December 10, 2017. 
  2. ^ 1992 European Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men, FIBA Archive. Accessed March 31, 2012.

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