Led by Kevin Durant, the country’s all-time top Olympic scorer and tournament MVP, the United States defeated France in the final to win gold for the fourth time in a row while world champion Spain in title, reached the quarter-finals.
Australia first stepped onto the podium at the Olympics by winning the bronze medal match against Slovenia, who nevertheless jumped 12 points to fourth in the world.
Led by superstar Luka Doncic, Slovenia built on their 2017 FIBA EuroBasket title by winning the OQT in Kaunas, Lithuania to clinch their first place at the Olympics.
Among the various factors to consider when considering Slovenia’s vault is the fact that they entered the OQT and the Olympics at No.16 and beat the top-ranked teams in both. events – and by large margins, which also gives more points. They won decisive OQT over Poland No.13 and Lithuania No.8, as well as decisive victories over Angola and Venezuela. Then in Tokyo, among Slovenia’s four wins was an 18-point triumph over No.4 Argentina and an eight-point victory over No.2 Spain.
As the scoring system awards points based on the difference in scoring of the teams, Slovenia received more scoring points when they won against the top ranked teams.
The same principle applied to both Germany and Italy – who won six and two places respectively – in the rankings. The winners of the OQT in Belgrade and the quarterfinals of the Olympic final in Italy, which were No. 10, went to No. 8 while the winners of the OQT in Split and the quarterfinals of the Olympic final in Germany , which were No. 17, are only one place away from the Top 10 at No. 11.
After reaching the podium at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China by winning the match for third place, France did better by winning the Olympic silver medal. The Blues beat the United States on Matchday 1 and won five straight games before falling to the Americans in the rematch which was the title game. It was France’s best performance at the Olympics since Sydney 2000, when they reached the gold medal game. France gained two points to move up to 5th place in the standings.
Argentina, whose legendary career Luis Scola ended at the Tokyo Games, qualified for the quarter-finals of the Olympics, but her overall performance was not as good as in previous appearances and she has lost three places to rank seventh.
By missing the Olympics, Lithuania lost a place in 9th place while Greece lost four in 10th.
Because the ranking has an eight-year competition window comprising two Olympic cycles (2020 not counted due to the pandemic), the results of the 2012 London Olympics fell while the weights of the Rio Olympics results. 2016 fell from 0.75 to 0.5. .
Japan took advantage of its participation in the Olympics and climbed seven places to 35th place. On the other hand, Croatia, a country propelled by the electric performances of Dario Saric and Bojan Bogdanovic during their triumphant OQT in Turin five years ago before reaching the quarter-finals in Rio de Janeiro, followed his absence from the Cup. of the world with another in Tokyo and therefore lost seven rungs on the ladder to No.21.
Further down the rankings, Syria climbed 10 places to rank first. 82, with their qualification for the FIBA Asian Cup a contributing factor. Tunisia moved up four places to rank 30, joining Nigeria (No 23) in the top 30 for Africa. Uganda made the continent’s highest ranking up to 90th place, gaining eight positions.
In the Americas, there have been big leaps for Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The first is mounted 22 places at n ° 84 while the latter progresses from 19 places to N° 97.
Andorra, meanwhile, have dropped 19 places to 99th place after not competing at continental or world level since 2018 outside of the European Small Countries Championship which is currently taking place.
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