August 23, 2008 is the 14th major day of the 2008 Olympic games, the below article lists some of the highlights.

Contents

  • 1 Events
    • 1.1 Men’s javelin throw final
    • 1.2 Men’s 5000m final
    • 1.3 Women’s Volleyball
    • 1.4 Women’s 1500m final
    • 1.5 Men’s baseball
    • 1.6 Men’s 10m diving final
  • 2 Medal Table
  • 3 Sources

Events

Men’s javelin throw final

Norway‘s Andreas Thorkildsen took home the gold on Saturday, with a final score of 90.57, a new olympic record. Silver went to Ainars Kovals, who represents Latvia, with a final score of 86.64, a new personal best for him. Tero Pitkamaki of Finland received bronze.

Men’s 5000m final

With a final time of 12.57.82, a new olympic record, Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia took home gold in the 5000m dash. Following with silver and bronze was Kenya‘s Eliud Kipchoge and Edwin Cheruiyot Soi.

Women’s Volleyball

Brazil took gold by defeating the United States (silver) 3-1 in the gold medal match of Women’s Indoor Volleyball. China defeated Cuba 3-1 to take bronze.

Women’s 1500m final

Kenya’s Nancy Jebet Langat in the women’s 1500m dash final won gold, had a time of 4.00.23, a personal best for her. She was followed by Ukraine‘s Iryna Lishchynska and Nataliya Tobias, with silver and bronze respectively.

Men’s baseball

For baseball, in the men’s gold game between Cuba and South Korea, South Korea prevailed with a score 2-3, over nine innings, with Cuba taking silver. For the bronze game, the United States came up against Japan and won with a final score 8-4, also over nine innings.

Men’s 10m diving final

Australian Matthew Mitcham took home gold with a final score of 537.95 in men’s 10m diving. He was followed by Luxin Zhou of China with silver, and Russian Gleb Galperin with bronze.

[edit] Medal Table


Olympics Total 290 291 347 928 N/A
Source: Beijing 2008 Official Site
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Women’s 20km walk

Olga Kaniskina, who represents Russia, has set a new Olympic record in the women’s 20km walk with her time of 1 hour and 36 minutes. After the race Kaniskina said that the weather did not effect the record.

“I think my regular training is the most important factor contributing to my victory,” she said, explaining the factors that she believes led her to victory.

Star class sailing

Britons Iain Percy and Andy Simptson won the gold medal in the star class sailing event after a successful performance in the final round, which took place today. The pair started today in silver medal position, and gained one place in the final round to win the gold medal.

Tornado class sailing

Spanish Fernando Echavarri and Anton Paz won an Olympic gold medal in Sailing’s fast Tornado catamaran class. Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby from Australia finished in second place and the Argentinean pair of Santiago Lange and Carlos Espinola won the bronze medal.

Men’s marathon 10 km swimming

Maarten van der Weijden, a long distance swimmer from the Netherlands, beat the favorites in the men’s marathon 10 km swimming event to secure the gold medal with a time of 1:51:51.6. David Davies, who was one of the favourites to win the gold medal, was overtaken by Weijden in the final 500 metres of the race.

Davies finished 1.5 seconds behind Weijden.

Women’s beach volleyball

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won the Olympic gold medal for the United States in the women’s beach volleyball competition by winning every set in the final against the Chinese Tian Jia and Wang Jie.

Both sets were won 21-18.

Men’s 400 meters sprint

American LaShawn Merritt won the final of the Men’s 400 meters in an event which saw all three of the medals going to the American team.

Women’s 200m sprint

Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown won the gold medal in the final of the women’s 200m sprint with a time of 21.74 seconds.

Allyson Felix, the defending Olympic champion, who was representing United States, won the silver medal, with her time being approximately 0.2 seconds behind the time of the winner.

Medal Table


Source : wikinews

US swimmer Michael Phelps claims his seventh gold medal Mark Spitz has no qualms about handing over his 36-year title of king of the Olympic pool to Michael Phelps, calling him the best ever.

Phelps, 23, on Saturday matched Spitz’s record of winning seven gold medals at one Olympics with a fingertip victory in the men’s 100 metre butterfly final.

This not only puts him on a par with Spitz’s record but also gives him a shot at topping that by bagging an eighth gold when he competes in his final event on Sunday, the 4×100 medley relay.

“I think that he can be called, Michael, the best Olympian of all time, more so not because he has more gold medals than anybody but in the way he’s handled himself and in the way he’s actually won under a tremendous amount of pressure,” Spitz told United States television network NBC.

Spitz, 58, said he always knew someone would eventually match the benchmark he set at 1972 Munich Games.

He called Phelps’s performance “epic” and said the Baltimore native represents “an inspiration to youngsters around the world”.

As Phelps has bagged gold after gold at Beijing, the world’s media had been hunting for Spitz to get his reaction to the swimmer attacking his record after 36 years.

There were rumours that he was in Beijing, then that he was in Hong Kong, and then that he was at home in California.

However it turned out he was in Detroit, watching one of his two sons play in a basketball tournament.

After Saturday’s race Phelps told NBC that he thought he had lost the race that earned him a extra $US1 million from sponsor Speedo, which promised him a bonus if he matched Spitz’s record.

“As soon as I took the last half stroke, to be honest, I thought I had lost the race,” he told the US network that bought exclusive broadcasting rights to the August 8-24 Games.

“And that was the difference, ’cause if I would have glided then I would have come up short. I’ve been lucky enough over the last four years to have two pretty good finishes in Olympic finals. I guess I’m blessed.”

Whether he wins an eighth gold medal or not, Phelps will leave Beijing as the most successful Olympian of all time.

By Saturday he had lifted his gold medal tally to 13, which tops the previous record of nine held jointly by Spitz, U.S. sprinter Carl Lewis, Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi and Soviet gymnast Larysa Latynina.

Source : abc.net.au /Reuters

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The two dominant parties of Pakistan‘s National Assembly have united in a coalition to impeach President Pervez Musharraf. The decision was announced by party leaders Asif Ali Zardari, widower of former premier Benazir Bhutto, and Nawaz Sharif, with the parties aiming for a successful no-confidence vote against President Musharraf. The impeachment process is planned to start within the following week.

There have been concerns that an attempt at impeachment would result in a detrimental political battle in a country already facing political instability. A senior member of a party allied with Musharraf stated that the impeachment would “open a Pandora’s box” regarding Pakistan’s future.

Once the impeachment process begins, the coalition will need to muster a required two-thirds majority in order to successfully impeach Musharraf. Musharraf has little support in the National Assembly, as most of his political allies were defeated in the February elections. If the coalition is successful, Musharraf will be the first president in Pakistan’s sixty-one year history to have been impeached.

Musharraf has canceled his trip to the Beijing Olympics so that he can focus on planning a response to the coalition. Successfully defeating the impeachment will depend largely on the support of the military, for which he acted as chief until international pressure forced him to step down a year ago. Other options Musharraf may explore include declaring a state of emergency, which could aid him in getting the support of the military, or dissolving parliament, though this would likely lead to political chaos.

Source : wikinews

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has lifted a ban on Iraqi athletes participating in the Beijing Olympics. The IOC placed a ban on the country’s participation on July 24 claiming a political influence within Iraq’s national Olympic committee. This came after the Iraqi government’s suspension of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Iraq in May 2008.

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The decision to remove the ban is a result of the Iraqi government’s agreement to allow free elections for their National Olympic Committee while under international scrutiny. “The National Olympic Committee will have fair elections before the end of November,” said Pere Miro, Director of the IOC’s relation with NOC’s. In the meantime, Iraq’s NOC will be run by a interim Committee approved by the IOC.

Even though the ban has been lifted, five of the seven athletes are still unable to participate due to the final date of selections having passed. Two athletes participating in sprinting and rowing are expected to compete.

There has been some who believed that Iraq has been treated wrongly in the matter of their NOC. Ahmed Tabour, head of the Cultural and Sports Committee stated that “Iraq was never suspended during the days of Saddam [Hussein], who personally appointed the national Olympic committee. The Iraqi people need hope, and sport gives them a lot of hope.”