2008 in sports

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2008 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.


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American football[edit]

Archery[edit]

  • 2008 Meteksan Archery World Cup takes place at Santo Domingo, Domican Republic. Leading medal winners are USA, Italy and Russia.

Association football[edit]

Australian rules football[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Main article: 2008 in baseball

Basketball[edit]

Main article: 2008 in basketball

Bowls[edit]

  • April – World Indoor Singles and Mixed Pairs Championship held at Bowls Stadium, Swansea

Boxing[edit]

Canadian football[edit]

Cycling[edit]

Road Cycling[edit]

Grand Tours:

Track Cycling[edit]

Main article: 2008 in track cycling

2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships[edit]

Men's Events Winner
Sprint  Chris Hoy (GBR)
Keirin  Chris Hoy (GBR)
1 km time trial  Teun Mulder (NED)
Points race  Vasili Kiryienka (BLR)
Individual pursuit  Bradley Wiggins (GBR)
Scratch  Aliaksandr Lisouski (BLR)
Team sprint  France
Grégory Baugé
Kévin Sireau
Arnaud Tournant
Team pursuit  United Kingdom
Edward Clancy
Geraint Thomas
Paul Manning
Bradley Wiggins
Madison  United Kingdom
Mark Cavendish
Bradley Wiggins
Omnium  Hayden Godfrey (NZL)
Women's Events Winner
Sprint  Victoria Pendleton (GBR)
Keirin  Jennie Reed (USA)
500 m time trial  Lisandra Guerra (CUB)
Points race  Marianne Vos (NED)
Individual pursuit  Rebecca Romero (GBR)
Scratch  Ellen van Dijk (NED)
Team sprint  United Kingdom
Victoria Pendleton
Shanaze Reade

Competition aerobatics[edit]

Cricket[edit]

Curling[edit]

Diving[edit]

Figure skating[edit]

Floorball[edit]

Gliding[edit]

Golf[edit]

Main article: 2008 in golf

Handball[edit]

Horse racing[edit]

Steeplechases

Flat races

Ice hockey[edit]

Lacrosse[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events by month.

January

1/19 – UFC 80: Rapid Fire

1/23 – UFC Fight Night: Swick vs Burkman

1/25 – ShoXC 4

February

2/1 – Strikeforce: Young Guns II

2/2 – UFC 81: Breaking Point

2/13 – WEC 32: Condit vs. Prater

2/16 – EliteXC: Street Certified

2/23 – Strikeforce: At The Dome

2/29 – IFL: Las Vegas (Start of 2008 IFL season)

March

3/1 – UFC 82: Pride of a Champion

3/5 – World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 1 (Sengoku Raiden Championship's first event)

3/15 – DREAM.1 (DREAM's first event)

3/21 – ShoXC 5

3/26 – WEC 33: Marshall vs. Stann

3/29 – Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le

April

4/2 – UFC Fight Night: Florian vs Lauzon

4/4 – IFL: New Blood, New Battles 2

4/5 – ShoXC 6

4/11 YAMMA Pit Fighting 1 (YAMMA Pit Fighting's first and only event)

4/19 – UFC 83: Serra vs. St-Pierre 2

4/29 – DREAM.2

May

5/11 – DREAM.3

5/16 – IFL: Connecticut (Last IFL event; 2008 Season never completely finished)

5/18 – World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 2

5/24 – UFC 84: Ill Will

5/31 – EliteXC: Primetime

June

6/1 – WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver

6/7 – UFC 85: Bedlam

6/8 – World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 3

6/14 – EliteXC: Return of the King

6/15 – DREAM.4

6/21 – The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs Team Forrest Finale

6/27 – Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson

July

7/5 – UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin

7/19 – UFC: Silva vs. Irvin

7/19 – Affliction: Banned (Affliction's first event)

7/21 – DREAM.5

7/26 – EliteXC: Unfinished Business

August

8/3 – WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura

8/9 – UFC 87: Seek And Destroy

8/15 – ShoXC 7

8/24 – World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 4

September

9/6 – UFC 88: Breakthrough

9/13 – Strikeforce: Young Guns III

9/17 – UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs Neer

9/20 – Strikeforce: At The Mansion II

9/23 – DREAM.6

9/26 – ShoXC 8

9/28 – World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 5

October

10/3 – Strikeforce: Payback

10/4 – EliteXC: Heat

10/10 – ShoXC 9 (Last EliteXC event)

10/18 – UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben

10/25 – UFC 90: Silva vs. Côté

November

11/1 – World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6

11/5 – WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown

11/15 – UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar

11/21 – Strikeforce: Destruction

December

12/3 – WEC 37: Torres vs. Tapia

12/10 – UFC: Fight for the Troops

12/13 – The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs Team Mir Finale

12/27 – UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008

12/31 – Dynamite!! 2008 (Event featured ten DREAM MMA bouts and eight K-1 kickboxing bouts)

Motor racing[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Paragliding[edit]

  • Greg Blondeau won the 10th FAI European Paragliding Championship in Niš, Serbia. Ewa Wisnierska won the gold medal in the female category.[8]

Polo[edit]

Radiosport[edit]

Rotorcraft[edit]

  • Viktor Korotaev (pilot) and Nikolay Burov (co-pilot) won the 13th World Helicopter Championship in Eisenach.[9]

Rowing[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

Main article: 2008 in rugby league

Rugby union[edit]

Main article: 2008 in rugby union

Ski mountaineering[edit]

Tennis[edit]

Rafael Nadal claimed the World No. 1 ranking for the first time, on August 18, replacing Roger Federer

Water polo[edit]

Weightlifting[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FAI Sporting Calendar: Aerobatic Competitions – accessed February 17, 2008
  2. ^ EAC2008 results – accessed 2008-07-21 Archived July 19, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ FAI: Euroepan Glider Aerobatic Championships 2008 – accessed 2008-08-21[dead link]
  4. ^ 30th World Gliding Championships 2008 in Lüsse – accessed August 21, 2008
  5. ^ FAI Sporting Calendar: Gliding Competitions – accessed 2008-02-17[dead link]
  6. ^ SoaringSpot: results of the 30th FAI World Gliding Championships in Rieti, Italy – accessed July 21, 2008
  7. ^ Logue, Brian (August 13, 2008). "ILF, IFWLA Merge to Form FIL". Lacrosse Magazine. Retrieved November 15, 2008. 
  8. ^ EUPGSerbia2008: results – accessed 2008-07-21 Archived July 10, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Final results of the 13th World Helicopter Championship – accessed 2008-08-22 Archived July 18, 2011 at the Wayback Machine