Official Basketball results from the Berlin 1936 Olympics. Full list of gold, silver and bronze medallists as well as photos and videos of medal-winning moments.
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Basketball at the 1936 Summer Olympics was the first appearance of the sport of basketball as an official Olympic medal event. The tournament was played between 7 August and 14 August 1936 in Berlin, Nazi Germany. 23 nations entered the competition, making basketball the largest tournament of the team sports, but Hungary and Spain withdrew, meaning 21 competed. The IOC and International Basketball Federation, which is the governing body of international basketball, used the 1936 tournament to ex
Staged on an outdoor clay court in Berlin in 1936, the first-ever Olympic basketball final took place in heavy rain, with the USA defying the muddy conditions to beat Canada 19-8. Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith, a PE teacher at Springfield College, Massachusetts (USA).
Host: Berlin, Germany. Start Date: Aug 7, 1936. End Date: Aug 14, 1936. Format: Double-elimination in first two rounds, single-elimination from eighth-finals on, classification single-elimination matches for 5th-8th. Gold: United States Silver: Canada Bronze: Mexico. More league info
Basketball, an Olympic event for the first time in 1936, was won by the U.S. team. Canoeing also debuted as an Olympic sport. The 1940 and 1944 Games, scheduled for Helsinki (originally slated for Tokyo) and London, respectively, were canceled because of World War II.
Basketball saw its official Olympic entry in 1936, which took place in Berlin. Given that there were no Olympic games for 12 years following that one, due to World War II, the next basketball entry was in 1948 in London. The game had a brief showing at the 1904 Olympics, but other than that, basketball took a back seat to other sports until 1936. With that in mind, men’s basketball was established as an official sport in 1936 and it saw a couple of countries take the medals. US Basketball Run
Thanks in part to the effort of Phog Allen —a Kansas Jayhawks collegiate coach—the first Olympic basketball tournament was organized in the 1936 Berlin Olympics on outdoor tennis courts. Dr. Naismith presented the medals to the top three teams. According to the Olympic rules of that time, all of the competitors were amateurs.
The center from Texas led the Americans to a 19-8 win over Canada for the gold medal as men’s basketball made its Olympic debut at the 1936 Berlin Games. Fortenberry led the way with eight points -- in a driving rain storm, no less, with the game played outside. It was the first of 15 Olympic titles for the American men’s team. TORCH RELAY
1936 Berlin Olympics Gold Medal Game Used Basketball.