When did basketball become an Olympic sport? Basketball joined other exotic sport at the Olympic Games at the 1904 demonstration event at St Louis. In 1936 Olympic Games, basketball debut as a competitive medal event. The Women’s basketball contest was official in 1976 in Montreal Games. It was until 2020, at the Tokyo Olympic Games that the 3×3 basketball was officially included to the list.

Basketball was invented in 1891 in the United States, after its advent the sport became wide accepted and today it ranks as one of the most watched sport. It can be traced to a gym class in Springfield, in Massachusetts. From whence it made its way into high schools and colleges before it evolved into a professional sport, as to the grandest of events the Olympics.   

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The Olympics is the prestigious and biggest international sporting event in the world. The Olympic Games features the top and best athletes from different countries with aim to showcase their skill by participating in various athletic events. The goal of the Olympics is to contribute immensely to the promotion of peace and unity in the world through healthy and eventful sport, mutual understanding and promote solidarity among all of humankind.

The Olympics Games is held once in every four years and features different types of event such as summer and winter hosting about 200 nations.

Men’s basketball at the Olympics

The men’s basketball at the Olympics is more common than the women’s basketball. This is because the men’s basketball has been around longer than the women’s. More so, the men’s basketball is always fierce as it features the best teams of various countries with aim to claiming the gold medal.  

The below are the top three in  men’s category since the inception of basketball into the Olympics.

  1. USA

The USA has 763.4 point making them the top. They are the most successful teams, winning  16 gold medals, 1 silver and 2 bronze in the Olympics game. 

  1. Spain

The Spanish team is second with 724.0 point. Winning in 3 Gold, 6 silver, and 4 bronze in their 32rd appearance at the Olympics.

3  Australia

The Australian team is the third team on the ranking with 691.9 point. Winning 19 gold and 2 silver

Women’s basketball at the Olympics

The women’s basketball at the Olympics is no less competitive as the men’s. This is because just as the men’s basketball the contest consists of best teams of various countries with aim to claiming the gold medal.  

The below are the top three in  women’s category since the inception of basketball into the Olympics.

  1. USA

The USA is top team in the women’s basketball and most successful teams. The winning streak and success has been parallel. They have won the Championship countlessly and  in a roll 

2. Serbia

The Serbia team is a powerful team following the USA, the team a powerful team and full of momentum. They are a very successful teams defeating Spain, France and Belgium. Defeating these teams have elevated their stat.

Australia

The Australian team is a strong team and according to the Olympics ranking they are third. The Australian basketball team is has on its squad a list of skillful players with accurate shooting guards.

Conclusion

Basketball is a popular sport that is played in high school, colleges and professionally, it feature in the Olympics has further increased the prestige accrued to the game. The Olympics games always provides series of dunks to the win as all countries aims to claiming the gold.

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