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Basketball at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 17, 1988
Date Finished: September 30, 1988
Format: Round-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

Gold: URS Soviet Union
Silver: YUG Yugoslavia
Bronze: USA United States


And finally US Olympic basketball dominance came to a non-controversial end. The US and the Soviet Union had not met at the Olympics since the 1972 final game. But at Seoul, they played in the semi-finals, the USSR winning 82-76. On paper, the US had a formidable line-up, led by future NBA stars David Robinson, Danny Manning, Dan Majerle, and Mitch Richmond. But they shot poorly in Seoul and their offense sputtered throughout the tournament.

In the final game, the Soviets defeated Yugoslavia fairly comfortable, 76-63. The Soviet team was led by a trio of Lithuanians who would also later play in the NBA – Šarūnas Marčiulionis, Arvidas Sabonis, and Rimas Kurtinaitis.

Brazil was led by their prolific scorer, Oscar Schmidt, called simply Oscar. He led all scorers in Seoul, averaging over 42 points per game, and had 55 in one loss to Spain.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Yugoslavia YUG Silver
3 United States USA Bronze
4 Australia AUS
5 Brazil BRA
6 Canada CAN
7 Puerto Rico PUR
8 Spain ESP
9 South Korea KOR
10 Central African Republic CAF
11 China CHN
12 Egypt EGY