Australian referee chosen for basketball menís Gold Medal game
Australian referee Michael Aylen will officiate the Gold Medal men's game in London.
Australian basketball referee Michael Aylen has been afforded the ultimate honour for any official and has been selected to preside over the menís Gold Medal Game at the London Olympic Games between the US ĎDream Teamí and Spain.
The Victorian will have the unenviable task of keeping NBA stars Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and the rest of the NBA stars on the US and Spanish teams in check when they go head-to-head for the Gold Medal at midnight on Sunday night.
Only 30 of the best referees from around the world are invited to officiate at the Olympic Games, and only the best performed three at the tournament get the honour of refereeing the menís Olympic Final.
Aylen is one of Australiaís most respected basketball officials and has been named the National Basketball Leagueís Referee of the Year for the past three straight seasons.
He has been named the NBLís best official five times in his career (2004, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012).
London is Aylenís third Olympic Games after he also officiated in 2004 and 2008. Aylen has also previously refereed the menís World Championships in 2006 and 2010.