World and Olympic records set at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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A number of new Olympic records were set in various events at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Archery[edit]

Event Date Record Round Name Nationality Score Record
Women's team 9 August 216 arrow ranking round Ranking Round Park Sung-Hyun
Yun Ok-Hee
Joo Hyun-Jung
South Korea 2004 OR
10 August 24 arrow match First Round Natalia Valeeva
Pia Carmen Maria Lionetti
Elena Tonetta
Italy 215 OR
10 August 24 arrow match Quarterfinals Bérengère Schuh
Sophie Dodemont
Virginie Arnold
France 218 OR
10 August 24 arrow match Quarterfinals Park Sung-Hyun
Yun Ok-Hee
Joo Hyun-Jung
South Korea 231 WR, OR
Women's individual 14 August 12 arrow match Round of 16 Park Sung-Hyun South Korea 115 OR
Men's team 11 August 24 arrow match First Round Rafał Dobrowolski
Piotr Piątek
Jacek Proć
Poland 223 OR
11 August 24 arrow match Quarterfinal Im Dong-Hyun
Lee Chang-Hwan
Park Kyung-Mo
South Korea 224 OR
11 August 24 arrow match Final Im Dong-Hyun
Lee Chang-Hwan
Park Kyung-Mo
South Korea 227 OR
13 August 12 arrow match Round of 64 Jacek Proc Poland 116 OR
Men's individual 13 August 12 arrow match Round of 32 Lee Chang-hwan South Korea 117 OR

Athletics[edit]

Men's records[edit]

Event Record Name Nation Date Record
Men's 100 metres 9.69 s Usain Bolt Jamaica 16 August 2008 WR, OR
Men's 200 metres 19.30 s Usain Bolt Jamaica 20 August 2008 WR, OR
Men's 5000 metres 12:57.82 min Kenenisa Bekele Ethiopia 23 August 2008 OR
Men's 10000 metres 27:01.17 min Kenenisa Bekele Ethiopia 17 August 2008 OR
Men's 4x100 metre relay 37.10 s Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Usain Bolt
Asafa Powell
Jamaica 22 August 2008 WR, OR
Men's 4x400 metre relay 2:55.39 min LaShawn Merritt
Angelo Taylor
David Neville
Jeremy Wariner
United States 23 August 2008 OR
Men's marathon 2:06:32 hr Samuel Kamau Wanjiru Kenya 24 August 2008 OR
Men's 50 kilometre walk 3:37:09 Alex Schwazer Italy 22 August 2008 OR
Men's pole vault 5.96 m Steven Hooker Australia 22 August 2008 OR
Men's javelin throw 90.57 m Andreas Thorkildsen Norway 23 August 2008 OR

Women's records[edit]

Event Record Name Nation Date Record
Women's 400 metre hurdles 52.64 s Melaine Walker Jamaica 20 August 2008 OR
Women's 3,000 metre steeplechase 8:58.81 min Gulnara Galkina-Samitova Russia 17 August 2008 WR, OR
Women's 10,000 metres 29:54.66 Tirunesh Dibaba Ethiopia 20 August 2008 OR
Women's 20km walk 1:26:31 hr Olga Kaniskina Russia 20 August 2008 OR
Women's triple jump 15.39 m Françoise Mbango Etone Cameroon 17 August 2008 OR
Women's pole vault 5.05 m Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 18 August 2008 WR, OR
Women's hammer throw 76.34 m Aksana Miankova Belarus 20 August 2008 OR

Cycling[edit]

Event Time Name Nation Date Record
Men's Sprint 9.815  Chris Hoy  Great Britain (GBR) 2008-08-17 OR
Men's Individual pursuit  4:15.031  Bradley Wiggins  Great Britain (GBR) 2008-08-15 OR
Men's Team pursuit 3:53.312  Bradley Wiggins
Paul Manning
Geraint Thomas
Ed Clancy
 Great Britain (GBR) 2008-08-18 OR
Women's Sprint 10.963  Victoria Pendleton  Great Britain (GBR) 2008-08-17 OR

Shooting[edit]

Men's records[edit]

Event Score Name Nation Date Record
25 m rapid fire pistol Qual. 583 Keith Sanderson  United States (USA) 2008-08-16 OR
Final 780.2 Oleksandr Petriv  Ukraine (UKR) 2008-08-16 OR
Trap Final 146 David Kostelecký Czech Republic 2008-08-10 OR
Double trap Qual. 145 Walton Eller  United States (USA) 2008-08-12 OR
Final 190 Walton Eller  United States (USA) 2008-08-12 OR
Skeet Qual. 121 Vincent Hancock  United States (USA) 2008-08-16 OR
Final 145 Vincent Hancock
Tore Brovold
 United States (USA)
 Norway (NOR)
2008-08-16 OR

Women's records[edit]

Event Score Name Nation Date Record
50 m rifle three positions Qual. 589[b] Du Li  China (CHN) 2008-08-14 OR
Final 690.3 Du Li  China (CHN) 2008-08-14 OR
10 m air rifle Qual. 400 Kateřina Emmons  Czech Republic (CZE) 2008-08-09 WR, OR
Final 503.5 Kateřina Emmons  Czech Republic (CZE) 2008-08-09 OR
25 m pistol Qual. 590[c] Otryadyn Gündegmaa  Mongolia (MGL) 2008-08-13 OR
Final 793.4 Chen Ying  China (CHN) 2008-08-13 OR
10 m air pistol Qual. 391 Natalia Paderina  Russia (RUS) 2008-08-10 OR
Final 492.3 Guo Wenjun  China (CHN) 2008-08-10 OR
Trap Final 91 Satu Mäkelä-Nummela  Finland (FIN) 2008-08-11 OR
Skeet Qual. 72 Chiara Cainero  Italy (ITA) 2008-08-14 OR
Final 93 Chiara Cainero
Kim Rhode
Christine Brinker
 Italy (ITA)
 United States (USA)
 Germany (GER)
2008-08-14 OR

Swimming[edit]

Due to the use of the LZR Racer, a specialised swimming suit developed by NASA and the Australian Institute of Sport, many records were broken. New world records were set 25 times (affecting 21 distinct world records) and new Olympic records were set 65 times and one other was equalled (affecting 30 distinct Olympic records).[1] Only Ian Thorpe's 3:40.59 in the 400 metres freestyle and Inge de Bruijn's 56.61 in the 100 metres butterfly, both set in Sydney, remained Olympic records. Michael Phelps of the United States also broke the record for the most gold medals ever won by an Olympian with a total of 14; 8 of which were won during the 2008 Summer Olympics - this was also a world record.

Men[edit]

Event Date Round Name Nationality Time Record Day
Men's 100 m breaststroke August 9 Heat 7 Alexander Dale Oen Norway 59.41 OR 1
Men's 400 m individual medley August 9 Heat 4 Michael Phelps United States 4:07.82 OR 1
Men's 100 m backstroke August 10 Heat 4 Matt Grevers United States 53.41 OR 2
Men's 100 m breaststroke August 10 Semifinal 2 Alexander Dale Oen Norway 59.16 OR 2
Men's 400 m individual medley August 10 Final Michael Phelps United States 4:03.84 WR 2
Men's 4×100 m freestyle relay August 10 Heat 1 Nathan Adrian (48.82)
Cullen Jones (47.61)
Ben Wildman-Tobriner (48.03)
Matt Grevers (47.77)
United States 3:12.23 WR 2
Men's 100 m freestyle August 10 Heat 1 leadoff* Amaury Leveaux France 47.76 OR 2
Men's 100 m backstroke August 11 Semifinal 1 Arkady Vyatchanin Russia 53.06 OR 3
Men's 100 m backstroke August 11 Semifinal 2 Hayden Stoeckel Australia 52.97 OR 3
Men's 100 m breaststroke August 11 Final Kosuke Kitajima Japan 58.91 WR 3
Men's 200 m butterfly August 11 Heat 6 Michael Phelps United States 1:53.70 OR 3
Men's 4×100 m freestyle relay August 11 Final Michael Phelps (47.51)
Garrett Weber-Gale (47.02)
Cullen Jones (47.65)
Jason Lezak (46.06)
United States 3:08.24 WR 3
Men's 100 m freestyle August 11 Final leadoff* Eamon Sullivan Australia 47.24 WR 3
Men's 200 m freestyle August 12 Final Michael Phelps United States 1:42.96 WR 4
Men's 100 m backstroke August 12 Final Aaron Peirsol United States 52.54 WR 4
Men's 200 m breaststroke August 12 Heat 5 Paolo Bossini Italy 2:08.98 OR 4
Men's 200 m breaststroke August 12 Heat 7 Dániel Gyurta Hungary 2:08.68 OR 4
Men's 200 m butterfly August 12 Semifinal 2 Michael Phelps United States 1:53.70 OR 4
Men's 4×200 m freestyle relay August 12 Heat 2 David Walters (1:46.57)
Ricky Berens (1:45.47)
Erik Vendt (1:47.11)
Klete Keller (1:45.51)
United States 7:04.66 OR 4
Men's 100 m freestyle August 13 Semifinal 1 Alain Bernard France 47.20 WR 5
Men's 100 m freestyle August 13 Semifinal 2 Eamon Sullivan Australia 47.05 WR 5
Men's 200 m breaststroke August 13 Semifinal 1 Kosuke Kitajima Japan 2:08.61 OR 5
Men's 200 m butterfly August 13 Final Michael Phelps United States 1:52.03 WR 5
Men's 4×200 m freestyle relay August 13 Final Michael Phelps (1:43.31)
Ryan Lochte (1:44.28)
Ricky Berens (1:46.29)
Peter Vanderkaay (1:44.68)
United States 6:58.56 WR 5
Men's 50 m freestyle August 14 Heat 11 César Cielo Brazil 21.47 OR 6
Men's 50 m freestyle August 14 Heat 12 Amaury Leveaux France 21.46 OR 6
Men's 100 m butterfly August 14 Heat 7 Jason Dunford Kenya 51.14 OR 6
Men's 100 m butterfly August 14 Heat 9 Milorad Čavić Serbia 50.76 OR 6
Men's 50 m freestyle August 15 Semifinal 1 César Cielo Brazil 21.34 OR 7
Men's 1500 m freestyle August 15 Heat 3 Ryan Cochrane Canada 14:40.84 OR 7
Men's 1500 m freestyle August 15 Heat 5 Grant Hackett Australia 14:38.92 OR 7
Men's 200 m backstroke August 15 Final Ryan Lochte United States 1:53.94 WR 7
Men's 200 m individual medley August 15 Final Michael Phelps United States 1:54.23 WR 7
Men's 50 m freestyle August 16 Final César Cielo Brazil 21.30 OR 8
Men's 100 m butterfly August 16 Final Michael Phelps United States 50.58 OR 8
Men's 4×100 m medley relay August 17 Final Aaron Peirsol (53.16)
Brendan Hansen (59.27)
Michael Phelps (50.15)
Jason Lezak (46.76)
United States 3:29.34 WR 9

* World record split from the 4×100 m freestyle relay

Note: At the 4×100 m freestyle relay final, anchor Jason Lezak swam the fastest 100 m split (46.06); however, this is not considered an official FINA record, as he did not swim the first leg.

Women[edit]

Event Date Round Name Nationality Time Record Day
Women's 400 m freestyle August 10 Heat 5 Katie Hoff United States 4:03.71 OR 2
Women's 400 m freestyle August 10 Heat 6 Federica Pellegrini Italy 4:02.19 OR 2
Women's 100 m backstroke August 10 Heat 5 Anastasia Zuyeva Russia 59.61 OR 2
Women's 100 m backstroke August 10 Heat 6 Reiko Nakamura Japan 59.36 OR 2
Women's 100 m backstroke August 10 Heat 7 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 59.00 OR 2
Women's 100 m breaststroke August 10 Heat 7 Leisel Jones Australia 1:05.64 OR 2
Women's 400 m individual medley August 10 Final Stephanie Rice Australia 4:29.45 WR 2
Women's 4×100 m freestyle relay August 10 Final Inge Dekker (54.37)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (53.39)
Femke Heemskerk (53.42)
Marleen Veldhuis (52.58)
Netherlands 3:33.76 OR 2
Women's 100 m freestyle August 10 Final leadoff* Britta Steffen Germany 53.38 OR 2
Women's 200 m freestyle August 11 Heat 4 Pang Jiaying China 1:57.37 OR 3
Women's 200 m freestyle August 11 Heat 5 Sara Isaković Slovenia 1:55.86 OR 3
Women's 200 m freestyle August 11 Heat 6 Federica Pellegrini Italy 1:55.45 WR 3
Women's 100 m backstroke August 11 Semifinal 2 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 58.77 WR 3
Women's 100 m breaststroke August 12 Final Leisel Jones Australia 1:05.17 OR 4
Women's 200 m individual medley August 12 Semifinal 1 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 2:09.53 OR 4
Women's 200 m freestyle August 13 Final Federica Pellegrini Italy 1:54.82 WR 5
Women's 200 m breaststroke August 13 Heat 5 Rebecca Soni United States 2:22.17 OR 5
Women's 200 m individual medley August 13 Final Stephanie Rice Australia 2:08.45 OR 5
Women's 4×200 m freestyle relay August 13 Heat 1 Alena Popchanka (1:58.27)
Céline Couderc (1:58.92)
Camille Muffat (1:57.32)
Coralie Balmy (1:55.86)
France 7:50.37 OR 5
Women's 800 m freestyle August 14 Heat 4 Rebecca Adlington Great Britain 8:18.06 OR 6
Women's 200 m backstroke August 14 Heat 4 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 2:06.76 OR 6
Women's 200 m butterfly August 14 Final Liu Zige China 2:04.18 WR 6
Women's 4×200 m freestyle relay August 14 Final Stephanie Rice (1:56.60)
Bronte Barratt (1:56.58)
Kylie Palmer (1:55.22)
Linda Mackenzie (1:55.91)
Australia 7:44.31 WR 6
Women's 100 m freestyle August 15 Final Britta Steffen Germany 53.12 OR 7
Women's 200 m breaststroke August 15 Final Rebecca Soni United States 2:20.22 WR 7
Women's 800 m freestyle August 16 Final Rebecca Adlington Great Britain 8:14.10 OR 8
Women's 200 m backstroke August 16 Final Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 2:05.24 WR 8
Women's 50 m freestyle August 17 Final Britta Steffen Germany 24.06 OR 9
Women's 4×100 m medley relay August 17 Final Emily Seebohm (59.33)
Leisel Jones (1:04.58)
Jessicah Schipper (56.25)
Lisbeth Trickett (52.53)
Australia 3:52.69 WR 9

Weightlifting[edit]

Men's records[edit]

Event Weight Name Nation Date Record
85 kg Snatch 185.0 kg  Andrei Rybakou  Belarus (BLR) 2008-08-15 OR
Total 394.0 kg  Andrei Rybakou  Belarus (BLR) 2008-08-15 WR, OR
105 kg Snatch 200.0 kg  Andrei Aramnau  Belarus (BLR) 2008-08-18 OR
Clean and Jerk 236.0 kg  Andrei Aramnau  Belarus (BLR) 2008-08-18 OR
Total 436.0 kg  Andrei Aramnau  Belarus (BLR) 2008-08-18 OR

Women's records[edit]

Event Weight Name Nation Date Record
48 kg Clean and Jerk 117.0 kg  Chen Xiexia  China (CHN) 2008-08-09 OR
Total 212.0 kg  Chen Xiexia  China (CHN) 2008-08-09 OR
53 kg Clean and Jerk 126.0 kg  Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon  Thailand (THA) 2008-08-10 OR
58 kg Clean and Jerk 138.0 kg  Chen Yanqing  China (CHN) 2008-08-11 OR
Total 244.0 kg  Chen Yanqing  China (CHN) 2008-08-11 OR
69 kg Snatch 128.0 kg  Liu Chunhong  China (CHN) 2008-08-13 OR
Clean and Jerk 158.0 kg  Liu Chunhong  China (CHN) 2008-08-13 OR
Total 286.0 kg  Liu Chunhong  China (CHN) 2008-08-13 WR, OR
75 kg Snatch 128.0 kg  Cao Lei  China (CHN) 2008-08-15 OR
Clean and Jerk 154.0 kg  Cao Lei  China (CHN) 2008-08-15 OR
Total 282.0 kg  Cao Lei  China (CHN) 2008-08-15 OR
+75 kg Snatch 140.0 kg  Jang Mi-Ran  South Korea (KOR) 2008-08-16 WR, OR
Clean and Jerk 186.0 kg  Jang Mi-Ran  South Korea (KOR) 2008-08-16 WR, OR
Total  326.0 kg  Jang Mi-Ran  South Korea (KOR) 2008-08-16 WR, OR

Reflist[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming records broken by record type". Beijing 2008 Official Site. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2008.