10 Facts About Australian Opals


From 1994 onwards, the Opals have been consistently competitive and successful having won nine medals at official FIBA international tournaments, highlighted by a gold medal winning performance at the 2006 World Championship in Brazil.

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Since then, the Australian Opals have helped increase the popularity of the sport in Australia.

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The Australian Opals were not expected to participate at the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles.

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The Australian Opals then headed into the 1988 Seoul Olympics with a medal hope, but they lost the first game to host nation Korea.

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The Australian Opals bounced back and defeated Bulgaria, meaning that only the powerful Soviet Union stood between them and a semi-finals berth.

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In 1998, the Australian Opals looked to build off the bronze medal at the World Championships in Germany.

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In 2002, the Australian Opals looked to continue their success in China at the World Championships.

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The Australian Opals set up a rematch of the 2000 Olympic gold medal match against the USA.

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Australian Opals headed to Brazil for the 2006 World Championships looking to win their sixth straight medal in international competitions.

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The 2000s was a golden era for the Australian Opals, winning at least a bronze medal at every official FIBA tournament.

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