Lithuania, Greece Join Macedonia, Russia In 2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament

The four bids Europe has for the 2012 Olympic qualifying tournament next July have been set, as Lithuania and Greece won the rights to join EuroBasket 2011 semifinalists Macedonia and Russia in that last-chance bracket, where the final three bids to the London Games will be set.

By virtue of semifinal wins at EuroBasket in Lithuania, Spain and France won direct bids to the 2012 Olympics. Eight of the 12 teams for the London Games are set. Here's the rundown.

 

  • Great Britain (host nation)
  • United States (2010 FIBA World Champion)
  • Tunisia (African champion)
  • Australia (Oceanic champion)
  • Brazil (FIBA Americas finalist)
  • Argentina (FIBA Americas champion)
  • Spain (European finalist)
  • France (European finalist)

Asia will advance its champion to the Olympics later in September, and the remaining three bids will be decided in July 2012 via a 12-team tournament. Here are the teams that have qualified for that bracket:

 

  • Angola (African runner-up)
  • Nigeria (African 3rd place)
  • New Zealand (Oceanic runner-up)
  • Dominican Republic (FIBA Americas 3rd place)
  • Puerto Rico (FIBA Americas 4th place)
  • Venezuela (FIBA Americas 5th place)
  • Macedonia (European semifinalist)
  • Russia (European semifinalist)
  • Lithuania (European qualifier)
  • Greece (European qualifier)
The second- and third-place teams in the Asian Championship will take the final two bids in the qualifying tournament.

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