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Famous Basketball Olympic Players

Basketball Olympic Players: Basketball was officially introduced in the Olympics in the year 1936. It made a come back in the year 1948 as the Games were not held in 1940 and 1944 due to the Second World War. United States is a nation which cultivates the game and the legendary basketball players belong to the USA. Till date the skill displayed by the players of the United States has remained superior to any other nation and hence their team is the strongest one winning the basketball event in the Olympics.

The legendary players of basketball, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson have contributed greatly towards the achievement of the USA basketball team. They have been the match winners and have glorified their country while contributing in the games as well. The discipline and professionalism of the players have earned them a lot of name and fame. Basketball has added a lot of glamour and style to the Summer Games.

Magic Johnson, whose real name is Earvin Johnson, is a player from United States of America. He has created a history in the field of basketball by winning a number of gold medals and getting selected by the NBA team consecutively for 12 years. He was the most expensive player of the 1990 and 1992 season. Magic Johnson is a part of the Hall of Fame.

Michael Jordan, known for his tremendous height, is another precious player of the USA basketball team. He had been the player of the year in 1984 and had won 2 gold medals at the Olympics.

The contribution of these stalwarts has made the game of basketball in the Olympics look stylish and fascinating.

The Greatest Basketball Players at the Olympic Games
RankPlayers NameRepresenting CountryGenderGold MedalSilver MedalBronze MedalTotal Medals
1Teresa Edwards United States (USA)F4015
2Lisa Leslie United States (USA)F4004
3Gennadi Volnov Soviet Union (URS)M1214
4Sergei Belov Soviet Union (URS)M1034
5Kristi Harrower Australia (AUS)F0314
5Lauren Jackson Australia (AUS)F0314
7Sheryl Swoopes United States (USA)F3003
7Dawn Staley United States (USA)F3003
7Katie Smith United States (USA)F3003
7Sue Bird United States (USA)F3003
7Tamika Catchings United States (USA)F3003
7Diana Taurasi United States (USA)F3003
13Katrina McClain United States (USA)F2013
13David Robinson United States (USA)M2013
13Carmelo Anthony United States (USA)M2013
13LeBron James United States (USA)M2013
17Krešimir Ćosić Yugoslavia (YUG)M1203
18Dražen Dalipagić Yugoslavia (YUG)M1113
18Rajko Žižić Yugoslavia (YUG)M1113
20Šarūnas Marčiulionis Soviet Union (URS) Lithuania (LTU)M1023
20Arvydas Sabonis Soviet Union (URS) Lithuania (LTU)M1023
22Maigonis Valdmanis Soviet Union (URS)M0303
22Jānis Krūmiņš Soviet Union (URS)M0303
22Valdis Muižnieks Soviet Union (URS)M0303
25Dražen Petrović Yugoslavia (YUG) Croatia (CRO)M0213
25Suzy Batkovic Australia (AUS)F0213
25Trisha Fallon Australia (AUS)F0213
25Rachael Sporn Australia (AUS)F0213
25Belinda Snell Australia (AUS)F0213
25Laura Summerton Australia (AUS)F0213
32Gintaras Einikis Lithuania (LTU)M0033















Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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