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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Yoyogi National Gymnasium (Annex), Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 11, 1964
Date Finished: October 23, 1964
Format: Round-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination tournament.

Gold: USA United States
Silver: URS Soviet Union
Bronze: BRA Brazil


By 1964 the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia had become the dominant forces in European basketball, and Brazil was a South American rival to the United States. In 1963, Brazil won the World Championships with Yugoslavia second, the USSR third, and the United States fourth. At the 1963 European Championships, the Soviet Union won, with Poland second and Yugoslavia third.

But at Tokyo, the United States again produced the best team in the competition, winning all nine of their games. They were only pushed once, beating Yugoslavia 69-61, in a pool match. The US was led by future NBA stars [Bill Bradley], [Walt Hazzard], [Luke Jackson], and [Jeff Mullins]. Also playing for the United States was [Larry Brown], who would play professionally in the ABA, but earned more fame as a coach at the professional level.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Brazil BRA Bronze
4 Puerto Rico PUR
5 Italy ITA
6 Poland POL
7 Yugoslavia YUG
8 Uruguay URU
9 Australia AUS
10 Japan JPN
11 Finland FIN
12 Mexico MEX
13 Hungary HUN
14 Canada CAN
15 Peru PER
16 South Korea KOR