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Basketball, Men

Date17 September – 1 October 2000
StatusOlympic
LocationSydney SuperDome, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales / The Dome and Exhibition Complex, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Participants144 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

In 1998, Yugoslavia won the World Championship, with the United States finishing third. Although it would appear that the rest of the world had caught up to the USA in men’s basketball, the USA team at the Athens Worlds consisted of lesser-known pros. The US again chose an NBA All-Star team to represent them in Sydney and it was expected that they would again win easily. Among European teams, there was no consensus favorite to overtake the Americans. At the 1998 Worlds, Russia had won the silver medal, while the podiums had been mounted at the 1997 Europeans by Yugoslavia, Italy and Russia, but in 1999, Italy won the European Championship, with Spain second, and Yugoslavia third. Lithuania had finished no better than fifth at those preliminary international contests.

The US opened the Sydney tournament with two easy wins over China and Italy. But then they faced Lithuania and won by only 85-76. However, the US was undefeated in Group A and went to the quarter-finals, where they handily defeated Russia, 85-70. The semi-finals saw a re-match against Lithuania, and the myth of American basketball dominance would finally end – probably forever.

Lithuania did not win. But with 1:36 left in the game, former University of Maryland player Šarūnas Jasikevičius sank two free throws to give Lithuania an 80-79 lead. The USA responded and pulled ahead 84-81. But Jasikevičius sank a short jump shot with a bit over 9 seconds left, to cut the lead to one point. Lithuania fouled Jason Kidd, who hit one free throw but missed the second. Jasikevičius then came downcourt and launched a 22-foot 3-point attempt, going for the win. It missed, and the USA won, 85-83.

In the final, the US took an early lead against France. But midway thru the second half, France also laughed in the face of American hoops dominance, and cut the lead to four points with just over four minutes. The American team responded, however, and won 85-75, finishing the tournament undefeated and winning another gold medal. But things were no longer the same in international basketball.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1United StatesUSAGold
Allan HoustonAlonzo MourningAntonio McDyessGary PaytonJason KiddKevin GarnettRay AllenShareef Abdur-RahimSteve SmithTim HardawayVin BakerVince Carter
2FranceFRASilver
Antoine RigaudeauCyril JulianFrédéric WeisCrawford PalmerJim BilbaLaurent FoirestLaurent SciarraMakan DioumassiMoustapha SonkoStéphane RisacherThierry GadouYann Bonato
3LithuaniaLTUBronze
Andrius GiedraitisDainius AdomaitisDarius MaskoliūnasEurelijus ŽukauskasGintaras EinikisKęstutis MarčiulionisMindaugas TiminskasDarius SongailaRamūnas ŠiškauskasŠarūnas JasikevičiusSaulius ŠtombergasTomas Masiulis
4AustraliaAUS
Chris AnsteyMark BradtkeMartin CattaliniAndrew GazeRicky GraceShane HealLuc LongleySam MacKinnonBrett MaherPaul RogersJason SmithAndrew Vlahov
5ItalyITA
Alessandro AbbioGianluca BasileRoberto ChiacigMarcelo DamiaoGregor FuckaJack GalandaDenis MarconatoAndrea MeneghinMichele MianCarlton MyersGerman ScaroneAgostino Li Vecchi
6YugoslaviaSCG
Dejan BodirogaPredrag DanilovićPeja DrobnjakNikola JestratijevićDragan LukovskiIgor RakočevićZelly RebračaVlado ŠćepanovićPeja StojakovićDragan TarlaćDejan TomaševićSaša Obradović
7CanadaCAN
Rowan BarrettDavid DanielsGreg FrancisPete GuarasciSherman HamiltonEric HinrichsenTodd MacCullochAndrew MavisMichael MeeksSteve NashGreg NewtonShawn Swords
8Russian FederationRUS
Ruslan AvleyevAleksandr BashminovSergey BazarevichAndrey FetisovAndrey KirilenkoYevgeny KisurinValentin KubrakovNikita MorgunovYevgeny PashutinZakhar PashutinSergey PanovSergey Chikalkin
9SpainESP
Alberto AnguloRodrigo de la FuenteIgnacio de MiguelRoberto DueñasJorge GarbajosaAlberto HerrerosCarlos JiménezRaúl LópezJuan Carlos NavarroAlfonso ReyesIgnacio RodríguezJohnny Rogers
10People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Guo ShiqiangHu WeidongLi NanLi QunLi XiaoyongLiu YudongMeng Kebate'erSun JunWang ZhizhiYao MingZhang JingsongZheng Wu
11New ZealandNZL
Brad RileyKirk PenneyMark DickelNenad VucinicPaul HenarePero CameronPeter PokaiPhil JonesRalph LattimoreRob HickeySean MarksTony Rampton
12AngolaANG
Victor MuzadiAníbal MoreiraÂngelo VictorianoGarcia DomingosEdmar VictorianoVictor de CarvalhoHerlander CoimbraBelarmino ChipongueDavid DiasCarlos AlmeidaMiguel LutondaBuila Katiavala

Preliminary Round (17 – 25 September 2000)

Group A (17 – 25 September 2000)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsPoints ForPA
1United StatesUSA50010505359
2ItalyITA3026332349
3LithuaniaLTU3026372339
4FranceFRA2034372374
5People's Republic of ChinaCHN2034368419
6New ZealandNZL0050307416

Match #1 ITA 50 – 48LTU
Match #2 FRA 76 – 50NZL
Match #3 USA 119 – 72CHN
Match #4 CHN 75 – 60NZL
Match #5 USA 93 – 61ITA
Match #6 LTU 81 – 63FRA
Match #7 ITA 78 – 66NZL
Match #8 FRA 82 – 70CHN
Match #9 USA 85 – 76LTU
Match #10 LTU 82 – 66CHN
Match #11 USA 102 – 56NZL
Match #12 ITA 67 – 57FRA
Match #13 LTU 85 – 75NZL
Match #14 CHN 85 – 76ITA
Match #15 USA 106 – 94FRA

Group B (17 – 25 September 2000)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsPoints ForPA
1CanadaCAN4018433373
2YugoslaviaSCG4018372338
3AustraliaAUS3026408407
4Russian FederationRUS3026367328
5SpainESP1042349376
6AngolaANG0050303410

Match #1 SCG 66 – 60RUS
Match #2 CAN 101 – 90AUS
Match #3 ESP 64 – 45ANG
Match #4 CAN 99 – 54ANG
Match #5 RUS 71 – 63ESP
Match #6 SCG 80 – 66AUS
Match #7 CAN 91 – 77ESP
Match #8 SCG 73 – 64ANG
Match #9 AUS 75 – 71RUS
Match #10 SCG 78 – 65ESP
Match #11 RUS 77 – 59CAN
Match #12 AUS 86 – 75ANG
Match #13 RUS 88 – 65ANG
Match #14 CAN 83 – 75SCG
Match #15 AUS 91 – 80ESP

Quarter-Finals (28 September 2000)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 AUS 65 – 62ITA
Match #2 FRA 68 – 63CAN
Match #3 LTU 76 – 63SCG
Match #4 USA 85 – 70RUS

Semi-Finals (29 September 2000)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 FRA 76 – 52AUS
Match #2 USA 85 – 83LTU

Final Round (26 September – 1 October 2000)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 USA 85 – 75FRA
Match 3/4 LTU 89 – 71AUS
Match 5/6 ITA 69 – 59SCG
Match 7/8 CAN 86 – 83RUS
Match 9/10 ESP 84 – 64CHN
Match 11/12 NZL 70 – 60ANG