Basketball at the 2012 Summer Olympics

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Basketball Tournament
London 2012
Basketball, London 2012.png
Tournament details
Games 2012 Summer Olympics
Host nation United Kingdom
City London
Duration28 July – 12 August
Men's tournament
Teams12
Medals
Gold medal icon.svg Gold medalists Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Silver medal icon.svg Silver medalistsFlag of Spain.svg  Spain
Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze medalistsFlag of Russia.svg  Russia
Women's tournament
Teams12
Medals
Gold medal icon.svg Gold medalists Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Silver medal icon.svg Silver medalistsFlag of France.svg  France
Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze medalistsFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Official website
www.london2012.com/games/olympic-sports/basketball.php
Tournaments
  Beijing 2008   Rio 2016  

Basketball at the 2012 Summer Olympics was the eighteenth appearance of the sport of basketball as an official Olympic medal event. It was held from 28 July to 12 August 2012. The preliminary matches and the women's quarterfinal matches were played in the new Basketball Arena in Olympic Park, which seated up to 12,000 spectators. The men's knockout games and the women's games, from semifinals onward were played in the North Greenwich Arena.

Contents

The US men's and US women's teams both successfully defended their Olympic basketball championships of 2008.

Settings

Two settings in London were used for the basketball tournaments: The O2 Arena (referred to as the "North Greenwich Arena" during the Olympics) and the Basketball Arena in Olympic Park at Stratford. The North Greenwich Arena was the setting for the knockout stages for the men, and also from the semifinal games onward for the women, whereas the Basketball Arena was the setting for the preliminary rounds and the women's quarterfinals.

Greenwich, London
Basketball at the 2012 Summer Olympics (London Borough of Newham)
Stratford, London
North Greenwich Arena Basketball Arena
Capacity: 20,000Capacity: 12,000
Basket Ball at the O2 Arena.jpg London Olympics 2012 Basketball Arena.jpg

Qualification

Competing countries in the Olympic basketball championship: green for both men's and women's tournaments, blue for the men's tournament and pink for the women's tournament. 2012 Summer Olympics basketball competing countries.png
Competing countries in the Olympic basketball championship: green for both men's and women's tournaments, blue for the men's tournament and pink for the women's tournament.

The National Olympic Committees may enter up to one 12-player men's team and up to one 12-player women's team.

Host

Initially, basketball was the only team sport in which the host country was not automatically awarded a team in the tournament. This was because the British basketball teams did not exist until 2006, and hence FIBA, the world's regulatory body of basketball, was concerned about the future of the British national basketball teams after 2012, as well as the probable lack of competitiveness of the British teams. However, in a meeting held in Lyon, France, on 13 March 2011, the FIBA's executive board agreed to allow the two British teams to enter automatically after all. [1] [2]

Men's qualification

Means of qualification [3] DateVenueBerthsQualified
Host nation6 July 20051Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
2010 FIBA World Championship 28 August – 12 September 2010Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 1Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2011 FIBA Africa Championship 17–28 August 2011Flag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar 1Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia
2011 FIBA Americas Championship 30 August – 11 September 2011Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 2Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
2011 FIBA Oceania Championship 7–11 September 2011Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
2011 FIBA Europe Championship 31 August – 18 September 2011Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 2Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Flag of France.svg  France
2011 FIBA Asia Championship 15–25 September 2011Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2–8 July 2012Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela 3Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria

Women's qualification

Means of qualification [3] DateVenueBerthsQualified
Host nation6 July 20051Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
2010 FIBA World Championship 23 September – 3 October 2010Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 1Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2011 FIBA Europe Championship 18 June – 3 July 2011Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 1Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
2011 FIBA Asia Championship 21–28 August 2011Flag of Japan.svg  Japan [4] 1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
2011 FIBA Oceania Championship 7–11 September 2011Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
2011 FIBA Americas Championship 24 September – 1 October 2011Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia [5] 1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
2011 FIBA Africa Championship 23 September – 2 October 2011Flag of Mali.svg  Mali 1Flag of Angola.svg  Angola
2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament 25 June – 1 July 2012Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 5Flag of France.svg  France
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Total12

Competition format

Twelve qualified nations were drawn into two groups, each consisting of six teams. Each game result merits a corresponding point:

ResultPoints
Win2
Loss, or loss by default1
Loss via forfeiture**0

*The team has less than two players available to play on the court.
**A team cannot present five players at the start of the game, or its actions prevent play from being resumed.

In case teams are tied on points, the tiebreaking criteria are, in order of first application:

  1. Results of the games involving the tied teams (head-to-head records)
  2. Goal average of the games involving the tied teams
  3. Goal average of all of the games played
  4. Points scored
  5. Drawing of lots

The teams with the four best records qualified for the knockout stage, which was a single-elimination tournament. The semifinal winners contested for the gold medal, while the losers played for the bronze medal.

Calendar

PPreliminaries¼Quarterfinals½SemifinalsFFinal
Event↓/Date →Sat 28Sun 29Mon 30Tue 31Wed 1Thu 2Fri 3Sat 4Sun 5Mon 6Tue 7Wed 8Thu 9Fri 10Sat 11Sun 12
Men PPPPP¼½F
Women PPPPP¼½F

Men's competition

The draw for the groups of the men's tournament was made on 30 April 2012. [6] Included are the teams' FIBA World Rankings prior to the tournament.

Group AGroup B
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina (3)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (9)
Flag of France.svg  France (12)Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil (13)
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania (5)Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China (10)
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria (21)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain (43)
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia (32)Flag of Russia.svg  Russia (11)
Flag of the United States.svg United States (1)Flag of Spain.svg  Spain (2)

Women's competition

The draw for the groups of the women's tournament was made on 30 April 2012. [6] Included are the teams' FIBA World Rankings before the tournament.

Group AGroup B
Flag of Angola.svg  Angola (27)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (2)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China (7)Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil (6)
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia (31)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada (11)
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic (4)Flag of France.svg  France (8)
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey (21)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain (49)
Flag of the United States.svg  United States (1)Flag of Russia.svg  Russia (3)

Referees

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) named the following 30 referees to officiate the basketball games at the 2012 Olympics. [7]

Medal summary

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2002
2Flag of France.svg  France 0101
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 0101
4Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 0011
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 0011
Totals (5 nations)2226

Events

EventGoldSilverBronze
Men
details
Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)

Tyson Chandler
Kevin Durant
LeBron James
Russell Westbrook
Deron Williams
Andre Iguodala
Kobe Bryant
Kevin Love
James Harden
Chris Paul
Anthony Davis
Carmelo Anthony

Flag of Spain.svg  Spain  (ESP)

Pau Gasol
Rudy Fernández
Sergio Rodríguez
Juan Carlos Navarro
José Calderón
Felipe Reyes
Víctor Claver
Fernando San Emeterio
Sergio Llull
Marc Gasol
Serge Ibaka
Víctor Sada

Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS)

Alexey Shved
Timofey Mozgov
Sergey Karasev
Vitaly Fridzon
Alexander Kaun
Evgeny Voronov
Victor Khryapa
Semyon Antonov
Sergey Monya
Dmitry Khvostov
Anton Ponkrashov
Andrei Kirilenko

Women
details
Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)

Lindsay Whalen
Seimone Augustus
Sue Bird
Maya Moore
Angel McCoughtry
Asjha Jones
Tamika Catchings
Swin Cash
Diana Taurasi
Sylvia Fowles
Tina Charles
Candace Parker

Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)

Isabelle Yacoubou
Endéné Miyem
Clémence Beikes
Sandrine Gruda
Edwige Lawson-Wade
Céline Dumerc
Florence Lepron
Émilie Gomis
Marion Laborde
Élodie Godin
Emmeline Ndongue
Jennifer Digbeu

Flag of Australia.svg  Australia  (AUS)

Jenna O'Hea
Samantha Richards
Jennifer Screen
Abby Bishop
Suzy Batkovic
Kathleen MacLeod
Kristi Harrower
Laura Summerton
Belinda Snell
Rachel Jarry
Liz Cambage
Lauren Jackson

Final standings

RankMenWomen
TeamPldWLTeamPldWL
Gold medal icon.svgFlag of the United States.svg United States 880Flag of the United States.svg  United States 880
Silver medal icon.svgFlag of Spain.svg  Spain 853Flag of France.svg  France 871
Bronze medal icon.svgFlag of Russia.svg  Russia 862Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 862
4thFlag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 844Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 853
Eliminated at the quarterfinals
5thFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 642Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 642
6thFlag of France.svg  France 642Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 633
7thFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 633Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 624
8thFlag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 624Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 624
Preliminary round 5th placers
9thFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 514Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 514
10thFlag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 514Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 514
Preliminary round 6th placers
11thFlag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 505Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 505
12thFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 505Flag of Angola.svg  Angola 505

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