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1984  Los Angeles Summer Olympics

1984 Summer Olympics - The Results (Basketball - Women)

Basketball at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games

 

Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Date Started: July 29, 1984
Date Finished: August 10, 1984
Events: 2

Participants: 213 (142 men and 71 women) from 13 countries
Youngest Participant: CHN Zheng Haixia (17 years, 143 days)
Oldest Participant: ITA Dino Meneghin (34 years, 193 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 71 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (2 medals)

  

Overview

The 1984 Olympic basketball tournaments were held at the Los Angeles Forum, famous as the long-time home of the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. The Forum, as it was later called (it has had various names), was built in 1967 and is still in use, now primarily as an entertainment and concert venue.

There were again 12 teams in the men’s tournament. The absence of the Soviet Union weakened the field, but Yugoslavia was still present in Los Angeles. Except for the Soviets, the Eastern Bloc boycott had little effect on the tournament. Defending champion Yugoslavia, 1980 runner-up Italy, and host United States were automatically eligible. The other qualifying tournaments were as follows – European Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Spain, France, West Germany); Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Brazil, Uruguay, Canada); and the 1983 Oceanian, Asian, and African Champions (Australia, China, Egypt, respectively).

The 12 teams were separated into two six-team groups, which played a round-robin tournament. New in 1984 was that the knock-out phase now included quarter-finals, as the top four teams in each group qualified for the quarters. The United States had won of the strongest amateur teams ever assembled, which included [Michael Jordan] and [Patrick Ewing], and they won the tournament easily, defeating Spain in the final game by 31 points. It is highly unlikely the Soviet Union would have changed the outcome, given the strength of the US team.

The women’s format was the same as in 1980 with six teams playing a round-robin and the top two teams in the field playing a final match for the gold medal, while the 3rd- and 4th-place teams played for the bronze medal. The United States was eligible as the host nation, as were the Soviet Union as the 1983 World Champion, but they did not compete. The other spots came from the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, and were awarded to China, Yugoslavia, Canada, Korea, and Australia. Australia was the replacement team for the Soviets.

The United States women also won the gold medal, going undefeated, and crushing Korea, 85-55, in the final match. China won the bronze medal with a 63-57 victory over Canada.

Basketball contests at the 1984 Summer Olympics was the eleventh appearance of the sport of basketball as an official Olympic medal event. It took place at The Forum in Inglewood, United States from July 29 to August 10. The United States won the gold medal in both events, the first in the women's team history. Due to the boycott, the Soviet Union and Hungary withdrew from the tournament. The former, having already qualified for both events was replaced by West Germany in the men's competition, while both nations' women's teams were replaced by Australia and South Korea.

 

Qualification

An NOC may enter up to one men's team with 12 players and up to one women's team with 12 players. Automatic qualifications were granted to the host country for both events plus the gold and silver medal winners from the previous Olympic Games in the men's tournament, and the champion at the 1983 FIBA World Championship in the women's tournament. Additional spots for the men's tournament were decided via the continental championships held by FIBA, while the remaining slots for the women's competition were assigned to the top six teams in a tournament held in Havana, Cuba months before the Olympic Games.
  

Women

Americas Asia Europe Oceania Automatic qualifiers
 Canada  China
 South Korea[c]
 Yugoslavia
 Hungary[a]
 Australia[c]  Soviet Union[a] – World Champions
 United States – Olympic hosts
 
  • a Withdrew from the tournament.
  • c Replaced the Soviet Union and Hungary.
 

Format

Women's tournament:

  • One round-robin group is formed containing all six teams, where the top two compete for the gold medal, while the third and fourth places compete for the bronze medal in an additional match.
  • The remaining two teams finish with their group rank in the final standings.

Tie-breaking criteria:

  1. Head to head results
 

Women's Basketball

Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): The Forum, Inglewood, California
Date Started: July 30, 1984
Date Finished: August 7, 1984
Format: Round-robin pools and finals.

Summary

In 1983, the Soviet Union defeated the United States in the final of the World Championships, 84-82. Much of the USA team in 1983 would stay together to compete at the 1984 Olympics. They were led by the greatest ever women’s basketball coach, Pat Head (later Summitt), who had played on the USA team at the 1976 Olympics. With the Olympics in Los Angeles, it appeared that the United States might finally bring down the Soviet women’s team.

But the Soviet-led boycott, announced in early 1984, meant the two teams would not compete again for a second consecutive Olympiad. With the boycott, the field was again restricted to six teams – the USA, Korea, China, Canada, Australia, and Yugoslavia. The United States was led by Cheryl Miller, considered the greatest woman player to that time, and the sister of future NBA star, Reggie Miller. Nobody pressed the American team, which won the final over Korea, 85-55, its closest game in the tournament.

Medal matches

Gold Medal

August 7
 
United States  85–55  South Korea
Scoring by half: 42–27, 43–28
The Forum, Inglewood

 

Bronze Medal

August 7
 
China  63–57  Canada
Scoring by half: 37–29, 26–28
The Forum, Inglewood

Preliminary round

The first two places in the preliminary group compete for the gold medal, while the third and fourth places compete for the bronze. The remaining teams' group ranking determines their positions in the final standings. With the withdrawal of the Soviet Union's women's team, a new Olympic champion was to be crowned in Los Angeles. The host nation's team went through the first round undefeated and won their first gold medal in women's basketball history against South Korea, one of the teams invited to replace the Soviet Union and Hungary. China, the other Asian representative, earned a bronze medal by defeating Canada. Yugoslavia's team couldn't repeat their bronze medal performance from the previous tournament and finished at the bottom of the rankings.

  Competed for the gold medal
  Competed for the bronze medal
Team W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
 United States 5 0 431 265 +166 10  
 South Korea 4 1 292 302 −10 9  
 Canada 2 3 313 335 −22 7 1W–0L
 China 2 3 318 348 −30 7 0W–1L
 Australia 1 4 267 317 −50 6 1W–0L
 Yugoslavia 1 4 293 347 −54 6 0W–1L

Results

1st day

Los Angeles
30 July 1984, 9:00 am
Yugoslavia Jugoslavia 55 - 83
(29-43)
Stati Uniti United States The Forum

Los Angeles
30 July 1984, 2.30 pm
Australia Australia 64 - 67
(22-28)
Cina China The Forum

Los Angeles
30 July 1984, 8:00 pm
South Korea Corea del Sud 67 - 62
(34-32)
Canada Canada The Forum

2nd day

Los Angeles
31 July 1984
Australia Australia 47 - 81
(28-51)
Stati Uniti United States The Forum

Los Angeles
31 July 1984, 2.30 pm
Yugoslavia Jugoslavia 52 - 55
(24-27)
Corea del Sud South Korea The Forum

Los Angeles
31 July 1984, 8:00 pm
China Cina 61 - 66
(33-35)
Canada Canada The Forum

3rd day

Los Angeles
2 August 1984, 9:00 am
Australia Australia 46 - 56
(18-30)
Canada Canada The Forum

Los Angeles
2 August 1984, 2.30 pm
United States Stati Uniti 84 - 47
(40-20)
Corea del Sud South Korea The Forum

Los Angeles
2 August 1984, 8:00 pm
China Cina 79 - 58
(34-28)
Jugoslavia Yugoslavia The Forum

4th day

Los Angeles
3 August 1984, 9:00 am
Australia Australia 48 - 54
(19-26)
Corea del Sud South Korea The Forum

Los Angeles
3 August 1984, 2.30 pm
Canada Canada 68 - 69
(33-34)
Jugoslavia Yugoslavia The Forum

Los Angeles
3 August 1984, 8:00 pm
China Cina 55 - 91
(8:00 pm)
Stati Uniti United States The Forum

5th day

Los Angeles
5 August 1984, 9:00 am
South Korea Corea del Sud 69 - 56
(34-25)
Cina China The Forum

Los Angeles
5 August 1984, 11:00 am
Canada Canada 61 - 92
(31-41)
Stati Uniti United States The Forum

Los Angeles
5 August 1984, 6:30 pm
Australia Australia 62 - 59
(25-31)
Jugoslavia Yugoslavia The Forum
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