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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], [Arvydas 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