The FIBA Diamond Ball was an official international basketball tournament organised by FIBA, held every Olympic year prior to the Olympics. The first tournament was held in 2000 for men's teams only. In 2004 and 2008, tournaments were held for both men and women.

FIBA Diamond Ball
SportBasketball
Founded2000
FounderFIBA
Inaugural season2000
Ceased2008
No. of teams6
CountryFIBA member nations
ContinentFIBA (International)
Last
champion(s)
M:  Argentina (1st title)
W:  United States (1st title)
Related
competitions
Olympic Games
Official websiteFIBA

The competing teams are the host country of that year's Olympics, defending Diamond Ball champions, the reigning world, Olympic and continental champions, minus the United States men's team. The United States women's team did not participate in the 2004 event although they were the then-reigning world champions. However, they did compete in the 2008 event as the Americas champions.

Not held in 2012, the tournament is not in FIBA's schedule for the next Olympic-year calendar, 2016 in Brazil.[1]

Contents

Men's resultsEdit

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
2000
Details
 
Hong Kong
 
Australia
78–71  
Yugoslavia
 
Italy
82–74  
Canada
2004
Details
 
Belgrade
 
Serbia and Montenegro
93–80  
Lithuania
 
Argentina
84–74  
China
2008
Details
 
Nanjing
 
Argentina
95–91  
Australia
 
China
75–46  
Iran

2000 teamsEdit

  •   Angola – African champions
  •   Australia – Olympics hosts (New Zealand was Oceania champions)
  •   Canada – Americas runners-up (USA was Olympic & Americas champions)
  •   China – Asian champions
  •   Italy – European champions
  •   Yugoslavia – World champions

2004 teamsEdit

  •   Angola – African champions
  •   Argentina – Americas runners-up (USA was Olympic & Americas champions)
  •   Australia – Oceania champions & 2000 FIBA Diamond Ball winners
  •   China – Asian champions
  •   Lithuania – European champions (Greece was Olympics hosts)
  •   Serbia and Montenegro – World champions

2008 teamsEdit

  •   Angola – African champions
  •   Argentina – Olympic champions & Americas runners-up (USA was Americas champions)
  •   Australia – Oceania champions
  •   China – Olympics hosts
  •   Iran – Asian champions
  •   Serbia – 2004 FIBA Diamond Ball winners (Spain was World champions; Russia was European champions)

Participation DetailsEdit

Team  
2000
 
2004
 
2008
Total
  Angola 6th 6th 6th 3
  Argentina 3rd 1st 2
  Australia 1st 5th 2nd 3
  Canada 4th 1
  China 5th 4th 3rd 3
  Iran 4th 1
  Italy 3rd 1
  Lithuania 2nd 1
  Serbia 2nd 1st 5th 3

Women's resultsEdit

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
2004
Details
 
Heraklion
 
Australia
74–70  
China
 
Brazil
73–70  
Greece
2008
Details
 
Haining
 
United States
71–67  
Australia
 
China
63–51  
Latvia

Participation DetailsEdit

Team  
2004
 
2008
Total
  Australia 1st 2nd 2
  Brazil 3rd 1
  China 2nd 3rd 2
  Greece 4th 1
  South Korea 5th 1
  Latvia 4th 1
  Mali 6th 1
  Nigeria 6th 1
  Russia 5th 1
  United States 1st 1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ FIBA http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/even/cale/p/fibaCaleAll.html. Retrieved 4 October 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)

External linksEdit