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GAMES OF THE 29 OLYMPIAD

Games of the 29 Olympiad, 2008
Start:
08 Aug 2008
End:
24 Aug 2008
Countries:
204
Athletes:
11196
Women:
4746
Events:
302
City:
Beijing, China

BEIJING 2008 - Bid History

  • 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.

Games of the 29 Olympiad, 2008 - 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.

Summer Olympics 2008 - Medal Table

Gold Medals
Silver Medals
Bronze Medals
Total
1
51
21
28
100
2
USA
36
38
36
110
3
23
21
28
72
4
19
13
15
47
5
16
10
15
41
6
14
15
17
46
7
13
10
8
31
8
9
6
10
25
9
8
10
10
28
10
7
6
17
30
11
7
5
15
27
12
7
5
4
16
13
6
3
2
11
14
5
10
3
18
15
5
5
4
14
16
4
5
10
19
17
4
1
3
8
18
4
1
2
7
19
3
9
6
18
20
3
6
1
10
21
3
5
2
10
21
3
5
2
10
23
3
4
8
15
24
3
4
7
14
25
3
3
0
6
26
3
2
1
6
27
3
1
5
9
28
3
0
3
6
29
2
11
11
24
30
2
2
3
7
31
2
2
0
4
31
2
2
0
4
33
2
1
3
6
34
2
0
4
6
34
2
0
4
6
36
2
0
1
3
37
1
4
3
8
38
1
3
0
4
39
1
2
4
7
40
1
2
3
6
41
1
2
2
5
42
1
1
3
5
42
1
1
3
5
44
1
1
2
4
45
1
1
1
3
46
1
1
0
2
46
1
1
0
2
46
1
1
0
2
46
1
1
0
2
50
1
0
2
3
51
1
0
1
2
52
1
0
0
1
52
1
0
0
1
52
1
0
0
1
55
0
4
1
5
56
0
2
3
5
56
0
2
3
5
58
0
2
2
4
59
0
2
0
2
60
0
1
3
4
61
0
1
2
3
61
0
1
2
3
61
0
1
2
3
64
0
1
1
2
64
0
1
1
2
64
0
1
1
2
64
0
1
1
2
64
0
1
1
2
64
0
1
1
2
70
0
1
0
1
70
0
1
0
1
70
0
1
0
1
70
0
1
0
1
70
0
1
0
1
70
0
1
0
1
70
0
1
0
1
70
0
1
0
1
78
0
0
6
6
79
0
0
4
4
80
0
0
1
1
80
0
0
1
1
80
0
0
1
1
80
0
0
1
1
80
0
0
1
1
80
0
0
1
1
80
0
0
1
1