Chronological summary of the 2008 Summer Olympics

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For the medal count, see 2008 Summer Olympics medal table.

This page contains a chronological summary of major events from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

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 OC  Opening ceremony  ●   Event competitions   Event finals  EG   Exhibition gala  CC  Closing ceremony
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Archery 1 1 1 1 4
Athletics 2 4 6 6 5 3 6 7 7 1 47
Badminton 1 2 2 5
Baseball 1 1
Basketball 1 1 2
Boxing 4 6 11
Canoeing 2 2 6 6 16
Cycling 1 1 2 1 3 1 2 3 2 2 18
Diving 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8
Equestrian 2 1 1 1 1 6
Fencing 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 10
Field hockey 1 1 2
Football 1 1 2
Gymnastics 1 1 1 1 4 4 4 EG 1 1 18
Handball 1 1 2
Judo 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 14
Modern pentathlon 1 1 2
Rowing 7 7 14
Sailing 3 2 2 2 2 11
Shooting 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 15
Softball 1 1
Swimming 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 1 1 34
Synchronized swimming 1 1 2
Table tennis 1 1 1 1 4
Taekwondo 2 2 2 2 8
Tennis 1 3 4
Triathlon 1 1 2
Volleyball 1 1 1 1 4
Water polo 1 1 2
Weightlifting 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 15
Wrestling 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 18
Total gold medals 7 14 13 19 17 15 18 27 37 18 20 11 21 21 32 12 302
Cumulative total 7 21 34 53 70 85 103 130 167 185 205 216 237 258 290 302
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August 6[edit]

Football

  • The first competitions of the Games started at 5:00pm CST (UTC+8). The first events were women's football (soccer) matches. The day was devoted to women's football.[1][2]

August 7[edit]

Football

  • The first football (soccer) matches for men began on this day. The day was devoted to men's football matches.[3][4]

August 8[edit]

Fireworks during the opening ceremony
Opening Ceremony
Starting at 8:00 pm CST (UTC+8),[5] the four-hour opening ceremony was attended by 91,000 spectators,[6] including more than 100 world leaders. The spectacle was directed by filmmaker Zhang Yimou, and the Olympic Cauldron was lit by former Chinese gymnast Li Ning.[7]

Equestrian

Day 1: August 9[edit]

Archery

Boxing

Fencing

Judo

Shooting

Swimming

Weightlifting

Gold medalists
Sport Event Competitor(s) NOC Rec Ref
Cycling Men's road race Samuel Sánchez Spain [16]
Fencing Women's sabre Mariel Zagunis United States [10]
Judo Men's 60 kg Choi Min-Ho South Korea [11]
Women's 48 kg Alina Alexandra Dumitru Romania [11]
Shooting Men's 10 m air pistol Pang Wei China [17]
Women's 10 m air rifle Kateřina Emmons Czech Republic OR [12]
Weightlifting Women's 48 kg Chen Xiexia China OR [15]

Day 2: August 10[edit]

Archery
  • South Korea set a world record for a 24-arrow team match, in their victory over Italy in the quarter finals of the women's team archery event. They went on to win the gold medal, stretching the country's winning streak to 20 years over 6 Olympic games.[18]
Basketball
  • The USA men's basketball team beat hosts China 101–70 in the first game in the basketball event.[19]
Shooting
Swimming
Weightlifting
Gold medalists
Sport Event Competitor(s) NOC Rec Ref
Archery Women's team Park Sung Hyun, Yun Ok-Hee, Joo Hyun-Jung South Korea [29]
Cycling Women's road race Nicole Cooke Great Britain [30]
Diving Women's synchronised 3 m springboard Guo Jingjing and Wu Minxia China [31]
Fencing Men's épée Matteo Tagliariol Italy [32]
Judo Men's 66 kg Masato Uchishiba Japan [33]
Women's 52 kg Xian Dongmei China [33]
Shooting Men's trap David Kostelecký Czech Republic OR [34]
Women's 10 m air pistol Guo Wenjun China OR [20]
Swimming Men's 400 m freestyle Park Tae-Hwan South Korea [23]
Men's 400 m individual medley Michael Phelps United States WR [22]
Women's 4 x 100 m freestyle relay Inge Dekker, Ranomi Kromowidjojo,
Femke Heemskerk, Marleen Veldhuis
Heats: Hinkelien Schreuder, Manon van Rooijen
Netherlands OR [26]
Women's 400 m individual medley Stephanie Rice Australia WR [25]
Weightlifting Men's 56 kg Long Qingquan China [35]
Women's 53 kg Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon Thailand OR [28]

Day 3: August 11[edit]

Swimming
Shooting
Judo
Gold medalists
Sport Event Competitor(s) NOC Rec Ref
Archery Men's team Im Dong-Hyun, Lee Chang-Hwan, Park Kyung-Mo South Korea OR [43]
Diving Men's synchronised 10 m platform Lin Yue and Huo Liang China [44]
Fencing Women's foil Valentina Vezzali Italy [45]
Judo Men's 73 kg Elnur Mammadli Azerbaijan [46]
Women's 57 kg Giulia Quintavalle Italy [46]
Shooting Men's 10 m air rifle Abhinav Bindra India [40]
Women's trap Satu Mäkelä-Nummela Finland [47]
Swimming Men's 100 m breaststroke Kosuke Kitajima Japan WR [37]
Men's 4 x 100 m freestyle relay Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale,
Cullen Jones, Jason Lezak
Heats: Nathan Adrian,
Ben Wildman-Tobriner, Matt Grevers
United States WR [48]
Women's 100 m butterfly Libby Trickett Australia [49]
Women's 400 m freestyle Rebecca Adlington Great Britain [50]
Weightlifting Men's 62 kg Zhang Xiangxiang China [51]
Women's 58 kg Chen Yanqing China OR [52]

Day 4: August 12[edit]

Swimming
Shooting
Canoeing
Gold medalists
Sport Event Competitor(s) NOC Rec Ref
Canoeing Men's slalom C-1 Michal Martikán Slovakia [54]
Men's slalom K-1 Alexander Grimm Germany [55]
Diving Women's synchronized 10 m platform Wang Xin and Chen Ruolin China [56]
Equestrian Individual eventing Hinrich Romeike Germany [57]
Team eventing Peter Thomsen, Frank Ostholt, Hinrich Romeike,
Ingrid Klimke, Andreas Dibowski
Germany [57]
Fencing Men's sabre Zhong Man China [58]
Gymnastics Men's artistic team all-around Huang Xu, Chen Yibing, Li Xiaopeng,
Xiao Qin, Yang Wei, Zou Kai
China [59]
Judo Men's 81 kg Ole Bischof Germany [60]
Women's 63kg Ayumi Tanimoto Japan [60]
Shooting Men's 50 m pistol Jin Jong-oh South Korea [61]
Men's double trap Walton Eller United States OR [62]
Swimming Men's 100 m backstroke Aaron Peirsol United States WR [63]
Men's 200 m freestyle Michael Phelps United States WR [64]
Women's 100 m backstroke Natalie Coughlin United States [65]
Women's 100 m breaststroke Leisel Jones Australia OR [66]
Weightlifting Men's 69 kg Liao Hui China [67]
Women's 63 kg Pak Hyon Suk North Korea [68]
Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman 55 kg Nazyr Mankiev Russia [69]
Men's Greco-Roman 60 kg Islam-Beka Albiev Russia [69]

Day 5: August 13[edit]

Wrestling
Swimming
Gymnastics
  • The Chinese women's gymnastic team won its first ever team gold medal.[71]
Weightlifting
Gold medalists
Sport Event Competitor(s) NOC Rec Ref
Cycling Men's road time trial Fabian Cancellara Switzerland [73]
Women's road time trial Kristin Armstrong United States [74]
Diving Men's synchronized 3 m springboard Wang Feng and Qin Kai China [75]
Fencing Men's foil Benjamin Kleibrink Germany [76]
Women's épée Britta Heidemann Germany [77]
Gymnastics Women's artistic team all-around Yang Yilin, Cheng Fei, Jiang Yuyan,
Deng Linlin, He Kexin, Li Shanshan
China [71]
Judo Men's 90 kg Irakli Tsirekidze Georgia [78]
Women's 70 kg Masae Ueno Japan [78]
Shooting Women's 25 m pistol Chen Ying China [79]
Swimming Men's 200 m butterfly Michael Phelps United States WR [80]
Men's 4 x 200 m freestyle relay Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte,
Ricky Berens, Peter Vanderkaay
Heats: Klete Keller, Erik Vendt,
David Walters
United States WR [81]
Women's 200 m freestyle Federica Pellegrini Italy WR [82]
Women's 200 m individual medley Stephanie Rice Australia WR [83]
Weightlifting Men's 77 kg Sa Jae-Hyouk South Korea [84]
Women's 69 kg Liu Chunhong China WR [85]
Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman 66 kg Steeve Guenot France [86]
Men's Greco-Roman 74 kg Manuchar Kvirkelia Georgia [87]

Day 6: August 14[edit]

Swimming
Archery
  • Zhang Juanjuan of China won the women's individual archery competition by beating the top three ranked archers in the event.[89]
Judo
Wrestling
  • Ara Abrahamian won a bronze medal in the 84-kilogram Greco-Roman wrestling, but during the medal ceremony stepped off of the podium and laid his medal down on the mat. Abrahamian had lost a 3-1 decision to Andrea Minguzzi in the semi-finals in a disputed decision and started shouting at referees and officials after the match.[91] The IOC later decided to officially strip him of his medal.[92]
Gold medalists
Sport Event Competitor(s) NOC Rec Ref
Archery Women's individual Zhang Juanjuan China [89]
Equestrian Team dressage Isabell Werth, Nadine Capellmann, Heike Kemmer Germany [93]
Fencing Women's team sabre Olga Kharlan, Olena Khomrova
Halyna Pundyk, Olha Zhovnir
Ukraine [94]
Gymnastics Men's artistic individual all-around Yang Wei China [95]
Judo Men's 100 kg Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar Mongolia [90]
Women's 78 kg Yang Xiuli China [90]
Shooting Women's 50 m rifle three positions Du Li China [96]
Women's skeet Chiara Cainero Italy OR [97]
Swimming Men's 100 m freestyle Alain Bernard France [98]
Men's 200 m breaststroke Kosuke Kitajima Japan OR [99]
Women's 200 m butterfly Liu Zige China WR [100]
Women's 4 x 200 m freestyle relay Stephanie Rice, Bronte Barratt,
Kylie Palmer, Linda Mackenzie
Heats: Felicity Galvez, Angie Bainbridge,
Melanie Schlanger, Lara Davenport
Australia WR [88]
Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman 84 kg Andrea Minguzzi Italy [101]
Men's Greco-Roman 96 kg Aslanbek Khushtov Russia [102]
Men's Greco-Roman 120 kg Mijail López Cuba [103]

Day 7: August 15[edit]

Athletics
Gymnastics
Table tennis
  • Singapore qualified for the final in the women's team event, thus ensuring that the country would win its first Olympic medal, in any event, since 1960.[105]
Judo
  • Down a yuko and with only 16 seconds left, world champion China's Tong Wen managed to throw defending Olympic champion Japan's Maki Tsukada for the gold in women's +78 kg.
Tennis
Gold medalists
Sport Event Competitor(s) NOC Rec Ref
Archery Men's individual Viktor Ruban Ukraine [106]
Athletics Men's shot put Tomasz Majewski Poland [107]
Women's 10000 m Tirunesh Dibaba Ethiopia OR [108]
Badminton Women's doubles Du Jing and Yu Yang China [109]
Canoeing Men's slalom C-2 Pavol Hochschorner and Peter Hochschorner Slovakia [110]
Women's slalom K-1 Elena Kaliská Slovakia [111]
Cycling Men's team sprint Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Jamie Staff Great Britain [112]
Fencing Men's team épée Jérôme Jeannet, Fabrice Jeannet, Ulrich Robeiri France [113]
Gymnastics Women's artistic individual all-around Nastia Liukin United States [114]
Judo Men's +100 kg Satoshi Ishii Japan [115]
Women's +78 kg Tong Wen China [115]
Shooting Men's 50 m rifle prone Artur Ayvazyan Ukraine [116]
Swimming Men's 200 m backstroke Ryan Lochte United States WR [117]
Men's 200 m individual medley Michael Phelps United States WR [118]
Women's 100 m freestyle Britta Steffen Germany OR [119]
Women's 200 m breaststroke Rebecca Soni United States WR [120]
Weightlifting Men's 85 kg Lu Yong China [121]
Women's 75 kg Cao Lei China OR [122]

Day 8: August 16[edit]

General
  • New Zealand experienced their most successful day at an Olympics (with two gold, one silver, and two bronze medals), beating their previous best of four bronze medals in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Athletics
Badminton
Rowing
Swimming
Tennis
Weightlifting
  • Jang Mi-Ran of South Korea won the unlimited (+75 kg) division of women's weightlifting by breaking world records five times: once in snatch, twice in clean-and-jerk, and twice in total.[132]
Wrestling
  • Carol Huynh of Canada won the first medal of the games for Canada and became the first gold medalist in women's wrestling for Canada.
Gold medalists
Sport Event Competitor(s) NOC Rec Ref
Athletics Men's 100 m Usain Bolt Jamaica WR [124]
Men's 20 km walk Valeriy Borchin Russia [123]
Women's heptathlon Natalya Dobrynska Ukraine [133]
Women's shot put Valerie Vili New Zealand [134]
Badminton Men's doubles Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan Indonesia [135]
Women's singles Zhang Ning China [125]
Cycling Men's individual pursuit Bradley Wiggins Great Britain [136]
Men's Keirin Chris Hoy Great Britain [137]
Men's points race Joan Llaneras Spain [138]
Fencing Women's team foil Svetlana Boiko, Aida Chanaeva,
Victoria Nikichina, Evgenia Lamonova
Russia [139]
Rowing Men's single sculls Olaf Tufte Norway [140]
Men's double sculls David Crawshay and Scott Brennan Australia [141]
Men's coxless pair Drew Ginn and Duncan Free Australia [142]
Men's coxless four Tom James, Steve Williams,
Peter Reed, Andrew Triggs-Hodge
Great Britain [126]
Women's single sculls Rumyana Neykova Bulgaria [143]
Women's double sculls Georgina Evers-Swindell and Caroline Evers-Swindell New Zealand [127]
Women's coxless pair Georgeta Andrunache and Viorica Susanu Romania [128]
Shooting Men's 25 m rapid fire pistol Oleksandr Petriv Ukraine OR [144]
Men's skeet Vincent Hancock United States OR [145]
Swimming Men's 50 m freestyle César Cielo Filho Brazil OR [130]
Men's 100 m butterfly Michael Phelps United States OR [129]
Women's 200 m backstroke Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe WR [146]
Women's 800 m freestyle Rebecca Adlington Great Britain WR [147]
Tennis Men's doubles Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka Switzerland [131]
Weightlifting Women's +75 kg Jang Mi-Ran South Korea WR [132]
Wrestling Women's freestyle 48 kg Carol Huynh Canada [148]
Women's freestyle 55 kg Saori Yoshida Japan [149]

Day 9: August 17[edit]

General
  • China won its 33rd gold medal of the Beijing games by beating Singapore in the table tennis women's team event, surpassing its 32 golds of the Athens games and making this the most successful Olympiad ever for China.[150]
Athletics
Cycling
  • Britain's Rebecca Romero won a cycling gold to become one of the few athletes with medals in two distinct disciplines, the 2008 medal being added to her 2004 rowing silver.[153]
Diving
Gymnastics
Rowing
Sailing
Shooting
  • Matthew Emmons finished fourth in the men's 50 m rifle three positions event having held the lead with one shot remaining: four years earlier he had fallen from first to eighth in the last shot of the event. China's Qiu Jian, who had entered the final in fourth position, shot the highest score in the final round to win the gold medal.[159]
Swimming
Table Tennis
  • China won the inaugural women's team event by winning all ten of its singles and all five of its doubles matches in the tournament.
Tennis
Wrestling
Gold medalists
Sport Event Competitor(s) NOC Rec Ref
Athletics Men's 10000 m Kenenisa Bekele Ethiopia OR [165]
Men's hammer throw Primož Kozmus Slovenia [166]
Women's 100 m Shelly-Ann Fraser Jamaica [151]
Women's 3000 m steeplechase Gulnara Galkina-Samitova Russia WR [152]
Women's marathon Constantina Diṭă-Tomescu Romania [167]
Women's triple jump Françoise Mbango Etone Cameroon OR [168]
Badminton Men's singles Lin Dan China [169]
Mixed doubles Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung South Korea [170]
Cycling Women's individual pursuit Rebecca Romero Great Britain [153]
Diving Women's 3 m springboard Guo Jingjing China [154]
Fencing Men's team sabre Nicolas Lopez, Julien Pillet, Boris Sanson France [171]
Gymnastics Men's floor Zou Kai China [172]
Men's pommel horse Xiao Qin China [173]
Women's floor Sandra Izbaşa Romania [174]
Women's vault Hong Un Jong North Korea [175]
Rowing Men's lightweight double sculls Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter Great Britain [176]
Men's lightweight coxless four Thomas Ebert, Morten Joergensen,
Mads Andersen, Eskild Ebbesen
Denmark [177]
Men's quadruple sculls Konrad Wasielewski, Marek Kolbowicz,
Michał Jeliński, Adam Korol
Poland [178]
Men's eight Kevin Light, Ben Rutledge, Andrew Byrnes,
Jake Wetzel, Malcolm Howard, Dominic Sieterle,
Adam Kreek, Kyle Hamilton, Brian Price
Canada [179]
Women's lightweight double sculls Kirsten van der Kolk and Marit van Eupen Netherlands [180]
Women's quadruple sculls Tang Bin, Xi Aihua,
Jin Ziwei, Zhang Yangyang
China [158]
Women's eight Erin Cafaro, Lindsay Shoop, Anna Goodale,
Elle Logan, Anna Cummins, Susan Francia,
Caroline Lind, Caryn Davies, Mary Whipple
United States [181]
Sailing Finn class Ben Ainslie Great Britain [182]
Yngling class Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb, Pippa Wilson Great Britain [183]
49er class Jonas Warrer and Martin Kirketerp Ibsen Denmark [184]
Shooting Men's 50 m rifle three positions Qiu Jian China [159]
Swimming Men's 1500 m freestyle Oussama Mellouli Tunisia [185]
Men's 4 x 100 m medley relay Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen
Michael Phelps, Jason Lezak
Heats: Matt Grevers, Mark Gangloff,
Ian Crocker, Garrett Weber-Gale
United States WR [160]
Women's 50 m freestyle Britta Steffen Germany OR [161]
Women's 4 x 100 m medley relay Emily Seebohm, Leisel Jones,
Jessicah Schipper, Lisbeth Trickett
Heats: Tarnee White, Felicity Galvez,
Shayne Reese
Australia WR [162]
Table tennis Women's team Guo Yue, Zhang Yining, Wang Nan China [186]
Tennis Men's singles Rafael Nadal Spain [163]
Women's singles Elena Dementieva Russia [187]
Women's doubles Venus Williams and Serena Williams United States [188]
Weightlifting Men's 94 kg Ilya Ilyin Kazakhstan [189]
Wrestling Women's freestyle 63 kg Kaori Icho Japan [164]
Women's freestyle 72 kg Wang Jiao China [190]

Day 10: August 18[edit]

Athletics
Table Tennis
  • Like the women, the Chinese men won the team competition without losing a match, winning all ten singles and all five doubles matches.
Weightlifting
Gold medalists
Sport Event Competitor(s) NOC Rec Ref
Athletics Men's 400 m hurdles Angelo Taylor United States [194]
Men's 3000 m steeplechase Brimin Kiprop Kipruto Kenya [197]
Men's long jump Irving Saladino Panama [193]
Women's 800 m Pamela Jelimo Kenya [198]
Women's discus throw Stephanie Brown Trafton United States [199]
Women's pole vault Yelena Isinbayeva Russia WR [195]
Cycling Men's team pursuit Ed Clancy, Paul Manning,
Geraint Thomas, Bradley Wiggins
Great Britain WR [200]
Women's points race Marianne Vos Netherlands [201]
Equestrian Team jumping Laura Kraut, Beezie Madden,
Will Simpson, McLain Ward
United States [202]
Gymnastics Men's rings Chen Yibing China [203]
Men's vault Leszek Blanik Poland [204]
Women's trampoline He Wenna China [205]
Women's uneven bars He Kexin China [206]
Sailing Men's 470 class Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page Australia [207]
Women's 470 class Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson Australia [208]
Table tennis Men's team Wang Hao, Ma Lin, Wang Liqin China [209]
Triathlon Women's triathlon Emma Snowsill Australia [210]
Weightlifting Men's 105 kg Andrei Aramnau Belarus WR [196]

Day 11: August 19[edit]

Athletics
Cycling
  • Chris Hoy won his third gold medal of the Beijing games in the men's sprint event, becoming the first British athlete in 100 years to win three gold medals in a single Olympiad.[214][215]
  • Victoria Pendelton added gold to the Great British track cycling medal total giving Great Britain victory in seven out of the ten track cycling titles. The team won 12 medals including 7 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze to dominate the track events.[216]
Football
  • Argentina defeated tournament favourite and longtime rival Brazil 3-0 in the semifinal of the men's football.[217]
Gold medalists
Sport Event Competitor(s) NOC Rec Ref
Athletics Men's 1500 m Rashid Ramzi Bahrain [213]
Men's discus throw Gerd Kanter Estonia [218]
Men's high jump Andrey Silnov Russia [219]
Women's 100 m hurdles Dawn Harper United States [212]
Women's 400 m Christine Ohuruogu Great Britain [211]
Cycling Men's Madison Juan Curuchet and Walter Pérez Argentina [220]
Men's sprint Chris Hoy Great Britain [214]
Women's sprint Victoria Pendleton Great Britain [221]
Diving Men's 3 m springboard He Chong China [222]
Equestrian Individual dressage Anky van Grunsven Netherlands [223]
Gymnastics Men's horizontal bar Zou Kai China [224]
Men's parallel bars Li Xiaopeng China [225]
Men's trampoline Lu Chunlong China [226]
Women's balance beam Shawn Johnson United States [227]
Sailing Men's Laser class Paul Goodison Great Britain [228]
Women's Laser Radial class Anna Tunnicliffe United States [229]
Triathlon Men's triathlon Jan Frodeno Germany [230]
Weightlifting Men's +105 kg Matthias Steiner Germany [231]
Wrestling Men's freestyle 55 kg Henry Cejudo United States [232]
Men's freestyle 60 kg Mavlet Batirov Russia [233]

Day 12: August 20[edit]

Athletics
  • Usain Bolt won the men's 200 m in a new world record time of 19.30 seconds to become the first sprinter since Carl Lewis in 1984 to win both the 100 m and 200 m events in a single Olympiad, and the first sprinter since Don Quarrie in 1976 to hold the world records for both events simultaneously.[234]
  • In the men's 200 m, United States' Wallace Spearmon, who finished third in 19.85s, was disqualified for stepping out of his lane. Later, Netherlands Antilles' Churandy Martina, who finished second in 19.82s, was also disqualified for stepping out of his lane.
Swimming
Sailing
Taekwondo
Gold medalists
Sport Event Competitor(s) NOC Rec Ref
Athletics Men's 200 m Usain Bolt Jamaica WR [234]
Women's 400 m hurdles Melaine Walker Jamaica OR [238]
Women's hammer throw Aksana Miankova Belarus OR [239]
Sailing Men's sailboard Tom Ashley New Zealand [240]
Women's sailboard Yin Jian China [236]
Swimming Women's marathon 10 km Larisa Ilchenko Russia [235]
Synchronized swimming Women's duet Anastasia Davydova and Anastasia Ermakova Russia [241]
Taekwondo Men's 58 kg Guillermo Pérez Mexico [242]
Women's 49 kg Wu Jingyu China [243]
Wrestling Men's freestyle 66 kg Ramazan Şahin Turkey [244]
Men's freestyle 74 kg Buvaysa Saytiev Russia [245]

Day 13: August 21[edit]

Athletics
Softball
Volleyball
Gold medalists
Sport Event Competitor(s) NOC Rec Ref
Athletics Men's 110 m hurdles Dayron Robles Cuba [248]
Men's 400 m LaShawn Merritt United States [254]
Men's triple jump Nelson Évora Portugal [255]
Women's 200 m Veronica Campbell-Brown Jamaica [249]
Women's 20 km walk Olga Kaniskina Russia OR [256]
Women's javelin throw Barbora Špotáková Czech Republic [257]
Diving Women's 10 m platform Chen Ruolin China [258]
Equestrian Individual jumping Eric Lamaze Canada [259]
Football Women's football Hope Solo, Nicole Barnhart, Heather Mitts,
Christie Rampone, Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox,
Kate Markgraf, Lori Chalupny, Lindsay Tarpley,
Shannon Boxx, Heather O'Reilly, Aly Wagner,
Carli Lloyd, Tobin Heath, Angela Hucles,
Natasha Kai, Amy Rodriguez, Lauren Cheney
United States [260]
Modern pentathlon Men's modern pentathlon Andrey Moiseev Russia [261]
Sailing Star class Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson Great Britain [262]
Tornado class Antón Paz and Fernando Echavarri Spain [263]
Softball Women's softball Naho Emoto, Motoko Fujimoto, Megu Hirose,
Emi Inui, Sachiko Ito, Ayumi Karino,
Satoko Mabuchi, Yukiyo Mine, Masumi Mishina,
Rei Nishiyama, Hiroko Sakai, Rie Sato
Mika Someya, Yukiko Ueno, Eri Yamada
Japan [250]
Swimming Men's marathon 10 km Maarten van der Weijden Netherlands [264]
Taekwondo Men's 68 kg Son Tae-Jin South Korea [265]
Women's 57 kg Lim Su-Jeong South Korea [266]
Volleyball Women's beach volleyball Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor United States [252]
Water polo Women's water polo Ilse van der Meijden, Yasemin Smit, Mieke Cabout,
Biurakn Hakhverdian, Marieke van den Ham, Daniëlle de Bruijn,
Iefke van Belkum, Noeki Klein, Gillian van den Berg,
Alette Sijbring, Rianne Guichelaar, Simone Koot,
Meike de Nooy
Netherlands [267]
Wrestling Men's freestyle 84 kg Revazi Mindorashvili Georgia [268]
Men's freestyle 96 kg Shirvani Muradov Russia [269]
Men's freestyle 120 kg Artur Taymazov Uzbekistan [270]

Day 14: August 22[edit]

Athletics
Cycling
Table tennis
  • China won all three medals in the women's singles, with Zhang Yining defending her Olympic gold medal, Wang Nan taking silver, and Guo Yue bronze, leaving a competitor from Singapore in fourth place for the third consecutive Olympics.[278]
Gold medalists
Sport Event Competitor(s) NOC Rec Ref
Athletics Men's 50 km walk Alex Schwazer Italy OR [279]
Men's 4 x 100 m relay Nesta Carter, Michael Frater,
Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell
Heats: Dwight Thomas
Jamaica WR [272]
Men's decathlon Bryan Clay United States [280]
Men's pole vault Steven Hooker Australia OR [281]
Women's 5000 m Tirunesh Dibaba Ethiopia [274]
Women's 4 x 100 m relay Evgeniya Polyakova, Aleksandra Fedoriva,
Yulia Gushchina, Yuliya Chermoshanskaya
Russia [271]
Women's long jump Maurren Higa Maggi Brazil [282]
Canoeing Men's C-1 1000 m Attila Vajda Hungary [283]
Men's K-1 1000 m Tim Brabants Great Britain [284]
Men's C-2 1000 m Andrei Bahdanovich and Aliaksandr Bahdanovich Belarus [285]
Men's K-2 1000 m Martin Hollstein and Andreas Ihle Germany [286]
Men's K-4 1000 m Raman Piatrushenka, Aliaksei Abalmasau,
Artur Litvinchuk, Vadzim Makhneu
Belarus [287]
Women's K-4 500 m Fanny Fischer, Nicole Reinhardt,
Katrin Wagner-Augustin, Conny Waßmuth
Germany [288]
Cycling Men's BMX Māris Štrombergs Latvia [289]
Women's BMX Anne-Caroline Chausson France [290]
Field hockey Women's field hockey Lisanne de Roever, Eefke Mulder, Fatima Moreira de Melo,
Miek van Geenhuizen, Wieke Dijkstra, Maartje Goderie,
Lidewij Welten, Minke Smabers, Minke Booij,
Janneke Schopman, Maartje Paumen, Naomi van As,
Ellen Hoog, Sophie Polkamp, Eva de Goede,
Marilyn Agliotti
Netherlands [291]
Modern pentathlon Women's modern pentathlon Lena Schöneborn Germany [292]
Table tennis Women's singles Zhang Yining China [278]
Taekwondo Men's 80 kg Hadi Saei Iran [293]
Women's 67 kg Hwang Kyung-Seon South Korea [294]
Volleyball Men's beach volleyball Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers United States [295]

Day 15: August 23[edit]

Athletics
Baseball
Boxing
Diving
  • Australia's Matthew Mitcham won the men's 10 m platform gold medal with his final dive, preventing the Chinese team from winning every the diving event,[304] and achieving the highest score for an individual dive in Olympic history.[305]
Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Almudena Cid of Spain retired after her fourth Olympic games finals, and was the only rhythmic gymnast to compete in more than two.
  • Evgenia Kanaeva of Russia finished first in every apparatus.
Table tennis
  • The Chinese men followed the achievement of the women by taking all three medals, with Ma Lin winning the gold, Wang Hao winning the silver for the second successive Olympics, and Wang Liqin taking the bronze medal in the men's singles. China became the first country to win all the medals for which they are eligible in table tennis: gold, silver and bronze in the men's and women's singles, and gold in the men's and women's team tournaments.[306]
Taekwondo
  • South Korea won the gold medal in the men's 80 kg, with all four Korean athletes sent to Beijing taking gold.
  • Ángel Matos of Cuba received a lifetime ban from taekwondo for assaulting the referee in the men's +80 kg event. Matos had been disqualified from his bronze medal bout for taking too long to return to the action after being injured.[307]
Gold medalists
Sport Event Competitor(s) NOC Rec Ref
Athletics Men's 800 m Wilfred Bungei Kenya [308]
Men's 5000 m Kenenisa Bekele Ethiopia OR [309]
Men's 4 x 400 m relay LaShawn Merritt, Angelo Taylor,
David Neville, Jeremy Wariner
Heats: Kerron Clement, Reggie Witherspoon
United States OR [310]
Men's javelin throw Andreas Thorkildsen Norway OR [311]
Women's 1500 m Nancy Jebet Lagat Kenya [312]
Women's 4 x 400 m relay Mary Wineberg, Allyson Felix,
Monique Henderson, Sanya Richards
Heats: Natasha Hastings
United States [313]
Women's high jump Tia Hellebaut Belgium [296]
Baseball Men's baseball Ryu Hyun-Jin, Han Ki-Joo, Park Jin-Man,
Kwon Hyuk, Lee Taek-Keun, Lee Dae-Ho,
Oh Seung-Hwan, Bong Jung-Keun, Ko Young-Min,
Lee Jong-Wook, Jeong Keun-Woo, Kim Min-Jae,
Jin Kab-Yong, Lee Jin-Young, Jang Won-Sam,
Song Seung-Jun, Kim Kwang-Hyun, Lee Yong-Kyu,
Kim Dong-Joo, Kang Min-Ho, Kim Hyun-Soo,
Lee Seung-Yeop, Chong Tae-Hyon, Yoon Suk-Min
South Korea [314]
Basketball Women's basketball Seimone Augustus, Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings,
Sylvia Fowles, Kara Lawson, Lisa Leslie,
DeLisha Milton-Jones, Candace Parker, Cappie Pondexter,
Katie Smith, Diana Taurasi, Tina Thompson
United States [315]
Boxing Flyweight Somjit Jongjohor Thailand [316]
Featherweight Vasyl Lomachenko Ukraine [299]
Light welterweight Manuel Félix Díaz Dominican Republic [317]
Middleweight James DeGale Great Britain [318]
Heavyweight Rakhim Chakhkiev Russia [319]
Canoeing Men's C-1 500 m Maxim Opalev Russia [320]
Men's K-1 500 m Ken Wallace Australia [321]
Men's C-2 500 m Meng Guanliang and Yang Wenjun China [322]
Men's K-2 500 m Saúl Craviotto and Carlos Pérez Spain [323]
Women's K-1 500 m Inna Osypenko-Radomska Ukraine [324]
Women's K-2 500 m Katalin Kovács and Natasa Janics Hungary [325]
Cycling Men's cross-country Julien Absalon France [326]
Women's cross-country Sabine Spitz Germany [327]
Diving Men's 10 m platform Matthew Mitcham Australia [304]
Field hockey Men's field hockey Philip Witte, Maximillian Mueller, Sebastian Biederlack,
Carlos Nevado, Moritz Fuerste, Tobias Hauke,
Tibor Weißenborn, Benjamin Weß, Niklas Meinert,
Timo Weß, Oliver Korn, Christopher Zeller,
Max Weinhold, Matthias Witthaus, Florian Keller,
Philipp Zeller, Jan-Marco Montag
Germany [328]
Football Men's football Óscar Ustari, Ezequiel Garay, Luciano Fabián Monzón,
Pablo Zabaleta, Fernando Gago, Federico Fazio,
José Ernesto Sosa, Éver Banega, Ezequiel Lavezzi,
Juan Román Riquelme, Ángel Di María, Nicolás Pareja,
Lautaro Acosta, Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi,
Sergio Agüero, Diego Buonanotte, Sergio Romero,
Nicolás Navarro
Argentina [329]
Gymnastics Women's rhythmic
individual all-around
Evgeniya Kanaeva Russia [330]
Handball Women's handball Kari Aalvik Grimsbø, Katja Nyberg, Ragnhild Aamodt,
Gøril Snorroeggen, Else Marthe Sørlie Lybekk, Tonje Nøstvold,
Karoline Dyhre Breivang, Kristine Lunde, Gro Hammerseng,
Kari Mette Johansen, Marit Malm Frafjord, Tonje Larsen,
Katrine Lunde Haraldsen, Linn Kristin Riegelhuth
Norway [331]
Synchronized swimming Women's team Anastasia Davydova, Anastasia Ermakova, Maria Gromova,
Natalia Ishchenko, Elvira Khasyanova, Olga Kuzhela,
Yelena Ovchinnikova, Svetlana Romashina
Russia [332]
Table tennis Men's singles Ma Lin China [306]
Taekwondo Men's +80 kg Cha Dong-Min South Korea [333]
Women's +67 kg Maria Espinoza Mexico [334]
Volleyball Women's volleyball Oliveira Walewska, Carolina Albuquerque, Marianne Steinbrecher,
Paula Pequeno, Thaisa Menezes, Hélia Souza,
Valeska Menezes, Fabiana Claudino, Welissa Gonzaga,
Jacqueline Carvalho, Sheilla Castro, Fabiana de Oliveira
Brazil [335]

Day 16: August 24[edit]

General
Water polo
  • Hungary won a third consecutive gold medal in men's water polo .
Basketball
Boxing
Handball
  • France won the 302nd and last gold medal of the Beijing Olympics, beating Iceland in the final of the men's handball.[341]
Closing Ceremony
The Closing Ceremony began at 8:00 pm China Standard Time (UTC+8). The number 8 is associated with prosperity and confidence in Chinese culture. The Closing Ceremony concluded at 9:55 pm CST.
Gold medalists
Sport Event Competitor(s) NOC Rec Ref
Athletics Men's marathon Samuel Kamau Wanjiru Kenya OR [342]
Basketball Men's basketball Carlos Boozer, Jason Kidd, LeBron James,
Deron Williams, Michael Redd, Dwyane Wade,
Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh,
Chris Paul, Tayshaun Prince, Carmelo Anthony
United States [337]
Boxing Light flyweight Zou Shiming China [338]
Bantamweight Enkhbatyn Badar-Uugan Mongolia [343]
Lightweight Alexey Tishchenko Russia [344]
Welterweight Bakhyt Sarsekbayev Kazakhstan [340]
Light heavyweight Zhang Xiaoping China [345]
Super heavyweight Roberto Cammarelle Italy [346]
Gymnastics Women's rhythmic team all-around Margarita Aliychuk, Anna Gavrilenko, Tatiana Gorbunova,
Elena Posevina, Daria Shkurikhina, Natalia Zueva
Russia [347]
Handball Men's handball Didier Dinart, Cédric Burdet, Guillaume Gille,
Bertrand Gille, Daniel Narcisse, Olivier Girault,
Daouda Karaboué, Nikola Karabatić, Christophe Kempe,
Thierry Omeyer, Joël Abati, Luc Abalo,
Michaël Guigou, Cédric Paty, Jérôme Fernandez
France [341]
Volleyball Men's volleyball Lloy Ball, Sean Rooney, David Lee,
Richard Lambourne, William Priddy, Ryan Millar,
Riley Salmon, Thomas Hoff, Clayton Stanley,
Kevin Hansen, Gabriel Gardner, Scott Touzinsky
United States [348]
Water polo Men's water polo Zoltán Szécsi, Tamás Varga, Norbert Madaras,
Dénes Varga, Tamás Kásás, Norbert Hosnyánszky,
Gergely Kiss, Tibor Benedek, Dániel Varga,
Péter Biros, Gábor Kis, Tamás Molnár, István Gergely
Hungary [349]

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