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History of basketball at the Olympics
14:23 AEST Mon Jun 25 2012

History of basketball at the Olympics:

Men's basketball became part of the Olympics in 1936.

Women's basketball became an Olympic sport in 1976.

The United States have dominated the sport, winning 13 of the 17 men's gold medals and six of the past seven women's gold medals.

Professional basketballers from the world's premier competition, the NBA, were allowed to take part in the 1992 Games for the first time.

That year, the United States "Dream Team" won gold with a star-studded line-up including Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.

Australia has never won a medal in men's basketball. The Boomers have finished fourth three times, in 1988, 1996 and 2000.

Australia's women's team - the Opals - have been silver medallists in the past three Olympic tournaments.

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