Games of the 29 Olympiad, 2008
Begin2008-08-08
End2008-08-24
Nations204
Participants11196
Women4746
Events302
CityBeijing, China
  • Five candidate cities were bidding to host the Olympic games 2008 - Beijing, China, Istanbul, Turkey, Osaka, Japan, Toronto, Canada and Paris, France.
  • In July 2001, at the 112th IOC Session in Moscow, Beijing, China, was selected as host city of the Games of the 29 Olympiad.
  • It was the first election that used the two-phase bidding procedure and the final ballot results were: Beijing - 56 votes, Toronto - 22.
Beijing 2008 - Medal Table
1. China
51
21
28
2. USA
36
38
36
3. Russia
23
21
28
19
13
15
5. Germany
16
10
15
14
15
17
7. Korea
13
10
8
8. Japan
9
6
10
9. Italy
8
10
10
10. France
7
6
17
11. Ukraine
7
5
15
7
5
4
13. Jamaica
6
3
2
14. Spain
5
10
3
15. Kenya
5
5
4
16. Belarus
4
5
10
17. Romania
4
1
3
18. Ethiopia
4
1
2
19. Canada
3
9
6
20. Poland
3
6
1
21. Hungary
3
5
2
21. Norway
3
5
2
23. Brazil
3
4
8
3
3
0
25. Slovakia
3
2
1
3
1
5
27. Georgia
3
0
3
28. Cuba
2
11
11
2
4
7
30. Denmark
2
2
3
31. Mongolia
2
2
0
31. Thailand
2
2
0
33. DPRK
2
1
3
34. Argentina
2
0
4
2
0
4
36. Mexico
2
0
1
37. Turkey
1
4
3
38. Zimbabwe
1
3
0
1
2
4
1
2
3
41. Slovenia
1
2
2
42. Bulgaria
1
1
3
42. Indonesia
1
1
3
44. Finland
1
1
2
45. Latvia
1
1
1
46. Belgium
1
1
0
1
1
0
46. Estonia
1
1
0
46. Portugal
1
1
0
50. India
1
0
2
51. Iran
1
0
1
52. Cameroon
1
0
0
52. Panama
1
0
0
52. Tunisia
1
0
0
55. Sweden
0
4
1
56. Croatia
0
2
3
56. Lithuania
0
2
3
58. Greece
0
2
2
60. Nigeria
0
1
3
61. Austria
0
1
2
61. Ireland
0
1
2
61. Serbia
0
1
2
64. Algeria
0
1
1
64. Bahamas
0
1
1
64. Colombia
0
1
1
0
1
1
64. Morocco
0
1
1
0
1
1
70. Chile
0
1
0
70. Ecuador
0
1
0
70. Iceland
0
1
0
70. Malaysia
0
1
0
0
1
0
70. Singapore
0
1
0
70. Sudan
0
1
0
70. Vietnam
0
1
0
78. Armenia
0
0
6
0
0
4
0
0
1
80. Egypt
0
0
1
80. Israel
0
0
1
80. Moldova
0
0
1
80. Mauritius
0
0
1
80. Togo
0
0
1
80. Venezuela
0
0
1
Games of the 29 Olympiad, 2008 - Some interesting facts
  • The Openig ceremony of the Games of the 29 Olympiad began at 08:08:08 local time on 08-08-2008 at the new 91,000-seat National stadium, also named as Bird's Nest and Chinese President Hu Jintao officially opened the Olympic games 2008.
  • Despite the calls for boycott the Beijing 2008 after Tibet crackdown, all National Olympic Committees, except Brunei, participated in the Olympic games.
  • Swimmer from USA Michael Phelps won 8 gold medals, beating Mark Spitz's record of seven in a single Olympics and become the most famous athlete in history of the Olympic games with 14 gold medals.
  • Athlete from Jamaica Usain Bolt won all sprint events in track and field - 100, 200m and 4x100m relay - all in world record time.
2008 Olympics: Beijing 2008 Highlights
Poster and Medals