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Men's Basketball has been played consistently at the Summer Olympic Games since 1936, with demonstration events in 1904 and 1924. The United States men's basketball team won all of the gold medals in the men's competition from 1936 to 1968. The Olympics included women starting in 1976.

Winning the Olympics is considered to be the highest honor in international basketball, followed by the World Championships of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) for men and women and the respective intercontinental championships.

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Zone Men Women
World Champion 1 1
FIBA Africa 1 1
FIBA Americas 2 1
FIBA Asia 1 1
FIBA Europe 2 1
FIBA Oceania 1 1
Wildcards 3 5
Host Nation 1 1
Total 12 12

Year Host Gold medal game Bronze medal game
Gold medalist Score Silver medalist Bronze medalist Score Fourth place
1936
details
Berlin   19 8     26 12  
1948
details
London   65 21     52 47  
1952
details
Helsinki   36 25     68 59  
1956
details
Melbourne   89 55     71 62  
1960
details
Rome   No playoffs     No playoffs  
1964
details
Tokyo   73 59     76 60  
1968
details
Mexico City   65 50     70 53  
1972
details
Munich   51 50     66 65  
1976
details
Montreal   95 74     100 72  
1980
details
Moscow   86 77
Italy
  117 94
Spain
1984
details
Los Angeles   96 65     88 82  
1988
details
Seoul   76 63     78 49  
1992
details
Barcelona   117 85     82 78
Unified Team
1996
details
Atlanta   95 69     80 74  
2000
details
Sydney   85 75     89 71  
2004
details
Athens   84 69     104 96  
2008
details
Beijing   118 107     87 75  
2012
details
London

Confederation
FIBA Africa 15th 18th 19th 9th 16th -- -- -- 15th 15th 12th 11th 12th 10th 10th 11th 12th 12th 12th
FIBA Americas 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 5th 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
FIBA Asia 5th 8th 9th 16th 7th 11th 10th 13th 13th 11th 12th 10th 9th 12th 8th 10th 8th 8th
FIBA Europe 4th 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
FIBA Oceania -- -- -- 12th -- 9th -- 9th 8th 8th 7th 4th 6th 4th 4th 9th 7th

Participating nations :
Nation 36
Nazi Germany
48
United Kingdom
52
Finland
56
Australia
60
Italy
64
Japan
68
Mexico
72
West Germany
76
Canada
80
Soviet Union
84
United States
88
South Korea
92
Spain
96
United States
00
Australia
04
Greece
08
China
12
United Kingdom
Years
  A 10th 11th 12th 12th 12th 5
  15th 4th 9th 1st 3rd Q 6
  12th 9th 9th 8th 8th 7th 4th 6th 4th 4th 9th 7th Q 13
  19th 11th 17th 3
  9th 3rd 6th 6th 3rd 3rd 4th 7th 5th 9th 5th 5th 6th Q 14
  7th 5th 16th 10th 4
  2nd 9th 9th 9th 14th 4th 4th 6th 7th 9
  A 10th 1
  9th 6th 5th 8th 4
  A A 10th 11th 12th 8th 10th 8th 8th 7
 B 15th 18th 11th 3
  C 2nd 7th 6th 3
Nation 36
Nazi Germany
48
United Kingdom
52
Finland
56
Australia
60
Italy
64
Japan
68
Mexico
72
West Germany
76
Canada
80
Soviet Union
84
United States
88
South Korea
92
Spain
96
United States
00
Australia
04
Greece
08
China
12
United Kingdom
Years
  13th 9th 11th 3rd 7th 6th 6
  9th 7th 9th 5th 8th 6th 9th A 7
  15th 19th 9th 16th 12th 12th 12th 7
  9th D 1
  9th 11th 2
  19th 2nd 8th 4th 10th 11th 2nd Q 8
 E 15th 12th 8th 7th 10th 5
  20th Q 2
  17th 5th 5th 5th 4
  16th 9th 9th 13th 4
  12th 1
  14th 11th 2
Nation 36
Nazi Germany
48
United Kingdom
52
Finland
56
Australia
60
Italy
64
Japan
68
Mexico
72
West Germany
76
Canada
80
Soviet Union
84
United States
88
South Korea
92
Spain
96
United States
00
Australia
04
Greece
08
China
12
United Kingdom
Years
  22nd 1
  23rd 1
  A 17th 1
  7th 17th 17th 4th 5th 8th 4th 5th 2nd 5th 5th 2nd 12
  9th 10th 15th 10th 14th 11th 6
  A 8th 14th 16th 14th 9th 12th 6
  15th D 1
  D 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th 4th 5
  3rd 4th 9th 12th 12th 5th 10th 7
  A 16th 1
  11th 10th 2
  12th 1
Nation 36
Nazi Germany
48
United Kingdom
52
Finland
56
Australia
60
Italy
64
Japan
68
Mexico
72
West Germany
76
Canada
80
Soviet Union
84
United States
88
South Korea
92
Spain
96
United States
00
Australia
04
Greece
08
China
12
United Kingdom
Years
  8th 10th 15th 3
  5th 12th 9th 7th 11th 13th 13th 7
  4th 7th 6th 6th 10th 7th 6
  A 13th 4th 9th 6th 9th 7th 8th 10th 6th 9
  17th 1
  A D F 8th 9th 2
  A 15th 15th 11th 3
 H G 2nd 6th 11th 3
  A 13th I 1
  A 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd 1st F A 9
  14th 7th 11th 4th 2nd 8th 9th 9th 7th 2nd Q 11
  10th 1
Nation 36
Nazi Germany
48
United Kingdom
52
Finland
56
Australia
60
Italy
64
Japan
68
Mexico
72
West Germany
76
Canada
80
Soviet Union
84
United States
88
South Korea
92
Spain
96
United States
00
Australia
04
Greece
08
China
12
United Kingdom
Years
  9th 21st 17th 3
  A 15th 1
  Q 1
  19th 17th 2
EUN A 4th A 1
  1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd* 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st Q 17
  6th 5th 3rd 3rd 8th 8th 6th 7
  11th 1
  6th 7th 2nd 5th 2nd 1st 3rd 2nd A 8
Nations 21 23 23 15 16 16 16 16 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12

Unofficial or demonstration tournament winners : Notes
Year Host Gold medal game Bronze medal game
Gold medalist Score Silver medalist Bronze medalist Score Fourth place
1976
details
Montreal   No playoffs     No playoffs  
1980
details
Moscow   104 73     68 65  
1984
details
Los Angeles   85 55     63 57  
1988
details
Seoul   77 70     68 53  
1992
details
Barcelona
Unified Team
76 66     88 74  
1996
details
Atlanta   111 87     66 56  
2000
details
Sydney   76 54     84 73  
2004
details
Athens   74 63     71 62  
2008
details
Beijing   92 65     94 81  
2012
details
London

Unofficial or demonstration tournament winners : Notes
Confederation
FIBA Africa -- -- -- -- -- 12th 12th 11th 12th
FIBA Americas 2nd 5th 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st
FIBA Asia 5th -- 2nd 6th 2nd 7th 4th 9th 4th
FIBA Europe 1st 1st 6th 2nd 1st 4th 5th 3rd 3rd
FIBA Oceania -- -- 5th 4th -- 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd

Participating nations :
Nation 76
Canada
80
Soviet Union
84
United States
88
South Korea
92
Spain
96
United States
00
Australia
04
Greece
08
China
12
United Kingdom
Years
  5th 4th 6th 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd Q 8
  7th 2nd 3rd 4th 11th 5
  B C 6th 1
  3rd 2nd 5th 3
  6th 4th 11th 10th 4
  A 3rd 6th 2nd 9th 9th 4th Q 7
  5th 4th 6th 9th 4
  D 5th 7th 2
  5th 1
  Q 1
  7th 1
  4th 1
Nation 76
Canada
80
Soviet Union
84
United States
88
South Korea
92
Spain
96
United States
00
Australia
04
Greece
08
China
12
United Kingdom
Years
  6th 8th 8th 3
  5th 7th 10th 3
  2nd 7th 10th 4th 12th 8th 6
  B 9th 1
  12th 1
  11th 8th 10th 3
  11th 1
  4th 8th 1
  B C 5th 6th 3rd 3rd Q 5
  12th 1
  D 7th 4
  1st 1st 3rd C A 3
Nation 76
Canada
80
Soviet Union
84
United States
88
South Korea
92
Spain
96
United States
00
Australia
04
Greece
08
China
12
United Kingdom
Years
  5th 6th 5th 3
  B C 4th 4
EUN A 1st A 1
  2nd 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st Q 9
  3rd 6th 2nd A 3
 E 12th 1
Nations 6 6 6 8 8 12 12 12 12 12

Total :
1   19 2 3 24
2   4 4 4 12
3   1 5 2 8
4   1 0 1 2
5 EUN 1 0 0 1
6 AU 0 3 1 4
7   0 2 0 2
  0 2 0 2
  0 2 0 2
10   0 1 4 5
11 BG 0 1 1 2
CN 0 1 1 2
13   0 1 0 1
  0 1 0 1
KR 0 1 0 1
16   0 0 3 3
17   0 0 2 2
RU 0 0 2 2
19   0 0 1 1
  0 0 1 1

Medal table, men :
1   13 1 2 16
2   2 4 3 9
3   1 4 1 6
4   1 0 1 2
5   0 2 0 2
  0 2 0 2
  0 2 0 2
8   0 1 0 1
  0 1 0 1
10   0 0 3 3
  0 0 3 3
12   0 0 2 2
13   0 0 1 1
  0 0 1 1

Medal table, women :
1 US 6 1 1 8
2 URS 2 0 1 3
3 EUN 1 0 0 1
4 AU 0 3 1 4
5 BR 0 1 1 2
BG 0 1 1 2
CN 0 1 1 2
YUG 0 1 1 2
9 KR 0 1 0 1
10 RU 0 0 2 2

International Basketball

Africa|FIBA Africa - Africa ChampionshipFIBA Africa - Africa Championship
Americas|FIBA Americas - Americas ChampionshipFIBA Americas - Americas Championship
Asia|FIBA Asia - Asian ChampionshipFIBA Asia - Asian Championship
Europe|FIBA Europe - EuroBasketFIBA Europe - EuroBasket
Oceania|FIBA Oceania - Oceania ChampionshipFIBA Oceania - Oceania Championship

Basketball at the Summer Olympics

1904 (demonstration) * 1908 1932 * 1936 * 1948 * 1952 * 1956 * 1960 * 1964 * 1968 * 1972 * 1976 * 1980 * 1984 * 1988 * 1992 * 1996 * 2000 * 2004 * 2008 * 2012

Sports competitions at the Olympic Games

Summer sportsArchery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Canoeing, Cycling, Diving, Equestrian, Field hockey, Fencing, Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Judo, Modern pentathlon, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Synchronized swimming, Table tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water polo, Weightlifting, Wrestling
Winter sportsAlpine skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross-country skiing, Curling, Figure skating, Freestyle skiing, Ice hockey, Luge, Nordic combined, Short track speed skating, Skeleton, Ski jumping, Snowboarding, Speed skating
Past sportsBaseball, Basque pelota, Cricket, Croquet, Jeu de paume, Lacrosse, Polo, Rackets, Roque, Softball, Tug of war, Water motorsports
Future sportsGolf, Rugby union



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