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.

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Olympics Total 290 291 347 928 N/A
Source: Beijing 2008 Official Site

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

August 20, 2008 is the 11th major day of the 2008 Olympic games, the below article lists some of the highlights.

Men’s 200 meter sprint

Jamaican Usain Bolt, who recently set the world record for the one hundred meter sprint, has set a new world record in the 200 metre sprint with his time of 19.30 seconds, 0.02 seconds quicker than the previous world record, which was set by Michael Johnson in the 1996 Summer Olympics.

“This is a dream come true. You come out every day to be a champion and I’m just happy,” said Bolt, after the race. “I’ve proved I’m a true champion and that with hard work anything is possible.”

The silver and bronze went to Americans Shawn Crawford and Walter Dix, respectively.

Women’s swimming 10km

Russian Larisa Ilchenko took home gold in the women’s marathon swim. Her final time 1:59:27.7. She beat the United Kingdom‘s Keri-Anne Payne by 1.5 seconds, and Cassandra Patten, also of Great Britain by 3.3 seconds.

Women’s hammer throw

Belarusian Aksana Miankova set a new Olympic Record and won the gold medal in the final of the women’s hammer throw with a score of 76.34.

Yipsi Moreno, who was representing Cuba, won the silver medal, while Wenxiu Zhang, from China finished in third place with a score of 74.32.

Zhang also set her new season’s best.

Women’s 400m hurdles

Jamaican Melaine Walker set a new Olympic record, national record and won the gold medal in the final of the women’s 400m hurdles with a final score of 52.64 seconds.

Sheena Tosta, who was representing United States, won the silver medal, while Tash Danvars, from Great Britain, finished in third place with a final score of 53.84, a new personal best.

Men’s Baseball

Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, and the Netherlands were eliminated in the matches leading up to the Baseball semi finals which will take place on August 21. Chinese Taipei defeated Canada in a closely matched 12 inning 6-5 game, but both failed to advance. China was defeated by Cuba 17-1, and the Netherlands was defeated by South Korea 10-0. The United States and Japan also played, with the US defeating Japan 4-2, but both were already guaranteed entry into the medal round. Japan will play South Korea in the bronze medal round, while Cuba and the United States will compete for the gold medal.

Other news

Liudmyla Blonska fails drugs test

Eckhard Pecher.

Liudmyla Blonska may be stripped of her silver medal
Image: Eckhard Pecher.

Liudmyla Blonska, who won silver in the heptathlon is suspected of using illegal substances. As a result, she faces a lifetime ban and she may be stripped of her silver medal.

Kelly Sotherton, who competed against Bloska, criticised the athlete. “I’ve been saying all along that she got caught doping when she was scoring 6300, so how can she not be doping and scoring 6800?” she said.

“I’ve not seen any of her results since early June and then she comes out here and is producing good performances, which was suspicious,” she continued. “The thing I hope is that the Russian and the American who will be upgraded get their medals in a proper presentation, otherwise they will have lost that moment forever.”

Nick Davies, a representative of the International Association of Athletics Federations also criticised Blonska. “It is fair in life to give people a second chance but now (if it is proved) she has committed an offence again, it is a life ban and good riddance quite frankly.”

Medal Table


19 August 2008

In the age of the iPod, the digital phone and the satellite beam, how could a two-hour interview with President Rogge fit with 17 days of sports-filled television? From this reflection the “A Quote a Day” project was born, an educational programme run on www.olympic.org and made available also to all TV rights-holding broadcasters for the duration of the Beijing Olympic Games.
Twenty educational vignettes
Twenty educational vignettes lasting around 45 seconds have been produced, each dealing with a specific topic. So far www.olympic.org has aired the ones of President Rogge “on Rogge”, on Olympic history, the Olympic flag and the role of the IOC President. All the clips are truly educational, and should help the younger audience to better understand the Olympic Games and the values linked to them.
Analecta
The “A quote a day” project has been produced for the IOC by the Australia-based Carnegie Enterprises, which is preparing an overall educational programme entitled “The Heart and How of the Olympic Movement”. This is the sporting component of the Analecta, their encompassing body of material about the “how” of achievement – from global leaders from diverse sectors, namely presidents and prime ministers, CEOs, creators and artists, architects and engineers and, of course, inspiring sports men and women
“Passionate about oceans”

President Rogge is used to interviews with questions linked to day-to-day topics. His interview with Georgina Carnegie was different, however, as the focus was put on the educational aspects of the Olympic Movement. “President Rogge is passionate about the ocean and our environment. He is deeply appalled by the increasing amounts of rubbish that are invading the clear blue seas he sailed on as a boy.  My other great moment was listening to the President describe the best and worst moments of his Olympic life – of the sailor unused to spectators in his sport entering the Olympic Stadium to the roar of a Mexican crowd, and his profound sadness when he received the news of the attack during the Munich Games”, Georgina Carnegie comments on the interview

Source : OLYMPIC NEWS

Usain Bolt ... nuggets and rest key to 100m gold The world’s fastest man has revealed his secrets after breaking the world record in the Olympic 100 metres final in Beijing last night.

Twenty-one-year-old Jamaican Usain Bolt produced a stunning performance to win the blue riband event in a new world record time of 9.69 seconds, beating his own mark by 0.03 of a second.

Bolt says he made no special preparations for the Olympic final.

“Sat around, watched some TV, then I had lunch, some nuggets,” he said.

“Then I went back to my room, slept again for three more hours. Then I went back, got some more nuggets, then I came to the track.”

Source : abc.net.au

Highlights

Men’s 200-meter individual medley

Michael Phelps won his sixth gold medal of the Beijing Olympics with a world-record time of 1:54.23 in the final of the men’s 200m individual medley. The gold puts him one gold medal away from Mark Spitz‘s individual record of seven gold medals at a single Olympiad, set at the Munich Olympics in 1972. It was also his sixth world record, also one short of a single-Olympiad record set by Spitz as well.

Hungarian László Cseh won the silver medal with a time of 1:56.52, an European record. Cseh out-touched American Ryan Lochte, the bronze medal winner, by 0.01 seconds (1:56.53).

The previous world record time was 1:54.80, set by Phelps at the 2008 United States Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebrasha.

Men’s 50m freestyle

In the first semifinal of the men’s 50m freestyle, Cesar Cielo Filho set a new Olympic record with a time of 21.34 seconds, 0.12 seconds ahead of the previous Olympic record and 0.06 seconds behind the current world record.

“It was a great race. The 50m is so fast and it was my best-ever race,” said Filho after the race. ‘I’m in lane four [in the final]. I’ll just do my best and focus on my own race and will touch the wall with my best performance.”

Women’s 200m breaststroke

American Rebecca Soni net a new world record and won the gold medal in the final of the women’s 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:20.22.

Leisel Jones, who was representing Australia, took the silver medal, while Sara Nordenstam finished in third place with a time of 2:23.02, less than one second behind Jones’ time of 2:22.05.

Women’s 75kg weightlifting

The Chinese Cao Lei set a new world record and won the gold medal women’s 75kg weightlifting. Her score of 282 beat the competitor who took the silver medal by sixteen points.

“I was excited and overjoyed because I won the seventh gold medal for Chinese weightlifting,” she said, after the event.

Men’s individual pursuit

British Bradley Wiggins set a new Olympic record in qualifying round of the men’s individual pursuit with a time of 4:15.031 and an average speed of 56.463 km/h.

Hayden Roulston, who was representing New Zealand, finished in second place, while Alexei Markov finished in third place with a time of 4:21.498.

Women’s artistic gymnastics individual all-around

American Nastia Liukin won the gold medal in the women’s individual all-around in artistic gymnastics. She is the daughter of former Soviet Union gymnast Valeri Liukin, who won a gold medal at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. Her total score was 63.325: 15.025 in vault, 16.650 in uneven bars, 16.125 in balance beam and 15.525 in floor exercise. Her scores at balance beam and floor exercise were the top scores for the individual all-around competition.

Her American teammate, Shawn Johnson, won the silver medal with a total score of 62.725. Johnson had the top score in the vault, with a score of 15.875. Chinese gymnast Yang Yilin won the bronze medal with a total score of 61.925. Yang had the top score in the uneven bars, with a score of 16.725.

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Ara Abrahamian, an Armenian-born wrestler from Sweden, received a bronze medal in the 84kg class of Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian throws away medal in Olympic hissy fit  Greco-Roman wrestling. During the award ceremony on Thursday, Abrahamian stepped down from the podium, took off his medal and dropped it onto the wrestling mat. He then angrily left and was later quoted as saying “I don’t care about this medal. I wanted gold.”

Abrahamian was upset about a decision in his semi-final loss to eventual gold medal winner Andrea Minguzzi from Italy. His coach, Leo Myllari, seemed to agree that he had been unfairly treated by the judges. “It’s all politics,” Myllari said, though he did not indicate if he was going to file an official protest.

Abrahamian participated in the bronze-medal bout, but only after friends pleaded with him. “I decided that I had come this far and didn’t want to let them down, so I wrestled,” said Abrahamian. “This will be my last match. I wanted to take gold, so I consider this Olympics a failure,” the 33-year-old Swede said. Abrahamian won a silver medal back in the 2004 summer olympics in Athens.

“Certainly one can always question decisions made in the course of refereeing, but in sports it is appropriate to show sportsmanship and accept the results,” said gold-winner Minguzzi, who was unhappy that his celebration was spoiled.

The International Olympic Committee said there will be a disciplinary hearing