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Basketball at the 1976 Summer Olympics


Basketball at the 1976 Summer Olympics

Basketball contests at the 1976 Summer Olympics took place from July 18 to July 27 at the Centre Étienne Desmarteau and the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Canada. Women's basketball was introduced to the Olympic program for the first time at this Games. The United States won the gold against Yugoslavia in the men's tournament, while the Soviet Union won the gold medal against the United States in the women's competition.


  • Medal summary 1
  • Qualification 2
    • Men 2.1
    • Women 2.2
  • Format 3
  • Men's Tournament 4
    • Preliminary Round 4.1
      • Group A 4.1.1
      • Group B 4.1.2
    • Knockout stage 4.2
      • Championship bracket 4.2.1
      • Classification brackets 4.2.2
  • Women's Tournament 5
  • Final Standings 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8

Medal summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Phil Ford
Steve Sheppard
Adrian Dantley
Walter Davis
Quinn Buckner
Ernie Grunfeld
Kenneth Carr
Scott May
Tate Armstrong
Tom LaGarde
Philip Hubbard
Mitch Kupchak

Blagoja Georgievski
Dragan Kićanović
Vinko Jelovac
Rajko Žižić
Željko Jerkov
Andro Knego
Zoran Slavnić
Krešimir Ćosić
Damir Šolman
Žarko Varajić
Dražen Dalipagić
Mirza Delibašić
 Soviet Union (URS)
Vladimir Arzamaskov
Aleksandr Salnikov
Valery Miloserdov
Alzhan Zharmukhamedov
Andrei Makeev
Ivan Edeshko
Sergei Belov
Vladimir Tkachenko
Anatoly Myshkin
Mikhail Korkiya
Aleksandr Belov
Vladimir Zhigily
Women's  Soviet Union (URS)
Olga Barysheva
Tamāra Dauniene
Natalya Klimova
Tatyana Ovechkina
Angelė Rupšienė
Nadezhda Shuvayeva
Nadezhda Zakharova
Uljana Semjonova
Raisa Kurvyakova
Nelli Feryabnikova
Olga Sukharnova
Tetiana Zakharova
 United States (USA)
Cindy Brogdon
Susan Rojcewicz
Ann Meyers
Lusia Harris
Nancy Dunkle
Charlotte Lewis
Nancy Lieberman
Gail Marquis
Patricia Roberts
Mary Anne O'Connor
Patricia Head
Juliene Simpson

Krasimira Bogdanova
Diana Dilova
Krasimira Gyurova
Penka Metodieva
Snezhana Mikhaylova
Girgina Skerlatova
Mariya Stoyanova
Margarita Shtarkelova
Petkana Makaveeva
Nadka Golcheva
Penka Stoyanova
Todorka Yordanova


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 three medal winners from the previous Olympic Games for the men's tournament, and the three first places at the 1975 FIBA World Championship for the women's tournament. Additional spots for the men's tournament were decided via the continental qualification tournaments held by FIBA and an extra qualifying tournament held in Hamilton, Canada months prior to the contest. The remaining slots for the women's competition were also assigned via another tournament held in the same city.


Africa Americas Asia Europe Oceania Automatic qualifiers

Gold medal in 1972
Silver medal in 1972
Bronze medal in 1972
– Olympic hosts


Americas Europe Automatic qualifiers
 Soviet UnionWorld Champions
 Japan – 2nd place at the 1975 World Championship
– 3rd place at the 1975 World Championship
– Olympic hosts
  • a Egypt and China withdrew from the Olympic Games after one match, following the boycott of several African countries against New Zealand. Japan replaced China, while all matches involving Egypt where forfeited.
  • b Puerto Rico qualified after winning the silver medal at the 1975 Pan American Games, since the gold medal went to the United States, who had already qualified.
  • c Replaced China.


Men's tournament:

  • Two groups of six teams are formed, where the top two from each group advance to the semifinals.
  • Third and fourth places from each group form an additional bracket to decide 5th–8th places in the final ranking.
  • Fifth and sixth places from each group form an additional bracket to decide 9th–12th places in the final ranking.

Women's tournament:

  • One round-robin group is formed containing all six teams, where the final standings are decided.

Tie-breaking criteria:

  1. Head to head results
  2. Goal average (not the goal difference) between the tied teams
  3. Goal average of the tied teams for all teams in its group

Men's Tournament

Preliminary Round

The first two places in each of the preliminary round groups advanced to the semifinals, where Group A teams would meet Group B teams. The Soviet Union and the United States, two of the powerhouses at this tournament, finished the preliminary round undefeated. The host nation's team also qualified for the semifinals together with Yugoslavia. Egypt's team played only one match against Czechoslovakia and then left the tournament supporting the boycott of several African countries, and thus forfeiting their remaining matches.

Group A

Qualified for the semifinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts
5 0 548 374 +174 10
4 1 446 416 +30 9
3 2 448 402 +46 8
2 3 472 481 −9 7
1 4 461 511 −50 6
0 5 364 555 −191 5

July 21
117–120 OT

Group B

Qualified for the semifinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts
5 0 394 349 +45 10
4 1 364 343 +21 9
3 2 349 344 +5 8
2 3 418 406 +12 7
1 4 321 363 −42 6
0 1 64 105 −41 1
July 20
July 21
July 22
July 24

Knockout stage

Championship bracket

Classification brackets

5th–8th Place

9th–12th Place

  Semifinals (July 25)     9th place (July 27)
  A5   2  
  B6   0[d]    
      A5   84
      B5   89
  B5   111    
  A6   91   11th place (July 27)
B6   0[d]
  A6   2

d Forfeited match.

Women's Tournament

The first Olympic Basketball Tournament for Women consisted of a single round-robin group, where final standings where determined by the group rankings. The Soviet team finished undefeated and won the gold medal, while the American team won the silver medal through a victory over Bulgarian team that broke the tie between the two teams in favor of the American team.

Team W L PF PA PD Pts 1st Tie
5 0 504 346 +158 10
3 2 415 417 −2 8 1W–0L
3 2 365 377 −12 8 0W–1L
2 3 351 359 −8 7 1W–0L
2 3 405 400 +5 7 0W–1L
0 5 336 477 −141 5

July 25
July 26
July 26

Final Standings

Rank Men Women
Team Pld W L Team Pld W L
7 7 0 5 5 0
7 5 2 5 3 2
7 6 1 5 3 2
4th 7 4 3 5 2 3
5th 7 5 2 5 2 3
6th 7 3 4 5 0 5
7th 7 4 3
8th 7 2 5
9th 7 3 4
10th 7 2 5
11th 7 1 6
12th 1 0 1

See also


  • Official Olympic Report
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