Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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Athletics
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Athletics 2008.png
Pictogram for athletics at the 2008 Games
Venue Beijing National Stadium
Dates August 15–24
Competitors 2,057 from 200 nations
2004 2012
Athletics at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Athletics pictogram.svg
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men women
10,000 m men women
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men women
3000 m
steeplechase
men women
4 × 100 m relay men women
4 × 400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men women
20 km walk men women
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men women
High jump men women
Pole vault men women
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men women
Combined events
Heptathlon women
Decathlon men

Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics were held during the last ten days of the games, from August 15 to August 24, 2008, at the Beijing National Stadium. The Olympic sport of athletics is split into four distinct sets of events: track and field events, road running events, and racewalking events.

Both men and women had very similar schedules of events. Men competed in 24 events and women in 23, as their schedule lacked the 50 km race walk. In addition, both the men's 110 m hurdles and decathlon are reflected in the women's schedule by the 100 m hurdles and heptathlon, respectively.

The Olympic record was broken in 17 returning events. In five events, including the inaugural women's 3000 m steeplechase, the world record was broken.

The athletics was, alongside the Olympic cycling events, one of the few large sports programmes in which the host nation fared comparatively poorly in terms of medals won. Despite a haul of 100 medals at the games as a whole, Chinese athletes took home two bronze medals from the athletics events. The country's foremost athlete Liu Xiang, the 2004 Olympic champion in the 110 metres hurdles, had to withdraw after a false start due to injury.

Medal summary[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
details
Usain Bolt
 Jamaica
9.69
(WR)
Richard Thompson
 Trinidad and Tobago
9.89 Walter Dix
 United States
9.91
200 metres
details
Usain Bolt
 Jamaica
19.30
(WR)
Shawn Crawford
 United States
19.96 Walter Dix
 United States
19.98
400 metres
details
LaShawn Merritt
 United States
43.75
Jeremy Wariner
 United States
44.74 David Neville
 United States
44.80
800 metres
details
Wilfred Bungei
 Kenya
1:44.65 Ismail Ahmed Ismail
 Sudan
1:44.70 Alfred Kirwa Yego
 Kenya
1:44.82
1500 metres
details
Asbel Kipruto Kiprop
 Kenya
3:33.11 Nicholas Willis
 New Zealand
3:34.16 Mehdi Baala
 France
3:34.21
5000 metres
details
Kenenisa Bekele
 Ethiopia
12:57.82
(OR)
Eliud Kipchoge
 Kenya
13:02.80 Edwin Cheruiyot Soi
 Kenya
13:06.22
10,000 metres
details
Kenenisa Bekele
 Ethiopia
27:01.17
(OR)
Sileshi Sihine
 Ethiopia
27:02.77 Micah Kogo
 Kenya
27:04.11
110 metres hurdles
details
Dayron Robles
 Cuba
12.93 David Payne
 United States
13.17 David Oliver
 United States
13.18
400 metres hurdles
details
Angelo Taylor
 United States
47.25 Kerron Clement
 United States
47.98 Bershawn Jackson
 United States
48.06
3000 metres steeplechase
details
Brimin Kiprop Kipruto
 Kenya
8:10.34 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad
 France
8:10.49 Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong
 Kenya
8:11.01
4×100 metres relay
details
 Jamaica (JAM)
Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Usain Bolt
Asafa Powell
Dwight Thomas*
37.10
(WR)
 Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)
Keston Bledman
Marc Burns
Emmanuel Callender
Richard Thompson
Aaron Armstrong*
38.06  Japan (JPN)
Naoki Tsukahara
Shingo Suetsugu
Shinji Takahira
Nobuharu Asahara
38.15
4×400 metres relay
details[a]
 United States (USA)
LaShawn Merritt
Angelo Taylor
David Neville
Jeremy Wariner
Kerron Clement*
Reggie Witherspoon*
2:55.39
(OR)
 Bahamas (BAH)
Andretti Bain
Michael Mathieu
Andrae Williams
Chris Brown
Avard Moncur*
Ramon Miller*
2:58.03 vacant
Marathon
details
Samuel Wanjiru
 Kenya
2:06:32
(OR)
Jaouad Gharib
 Morocco
2:07:16 Tsegay Kebede
 Ethiopia
2:10:00
20 kilometres walk
details
Valeriy Borchin
 Russia
1:19:01 Jefferson Pérez
 Ecuador
1:19:15 Jared Tallent
 Australia
1:19:42
50 kilometres walk
details
Alex Schwazer
 Italy
3:37:09
(OR)
Jared Tallent
 Australia
3:39:27 Denis Nizhegorodov
 Russia
3:40:14
High jump
details
Andrey Silnov
 Russia
2.36 m Germaine Mason
 Great Britain
2.34 m Yaroslav Rybakov
 Russia
2.34 m
Pole vault
details
Steven Hooker
 Australia
5.96 m
(OR)
Evgeny Lukyanenko
 Russia
5.85 m Denys Yurchenko
 Ukraine
5.70 m
Long jump
details
Irving Saladino
 Panama
8.34 m Khotso Mokoena
 South Africa
8.24 m Ibrahim Camejo
 Cuba
8.20 m
Triple jump
details
Nelson Évora
 Portugal
17.67 m Phillips Idowu
 Great Britain
17.62 m Leevan Sands
 Bahamas
17.59 m
Shot put
details[b]
Tomasz Majewski
 Poland
21.51 m Christian Cantwell
 United States
21.09 m Dylan Armstrong
 Canada
21.04 m
Discus throw
details
Gerd Kanter
 Estonia
68.82 m Piotr Małachowski
 Poland
67.82 m Virgilijus Alekna
 Lithuania
67.79 m
Hammer throw
details[c]
Primož Kozmus
 Slovenia
82.02 m Vadim Devyatovskiy
 Belarus
81.61 m Ivan Tsikhan
 Belarus
81.51 m
Javelin throw
details
Andreas Thorkildsen
 Norway
90.57 m
(OR)
Ainārs Kovals
 Latvia
86.64 m Tero Pitkämäki
 Finland
86.16 m
Decathlon
details
Bryan Clay
 United States
8791 Andrei Krauchanka
 Belarus
8551 Leonel Suárez
 Cuba
8527
  • a Russian team originally won bronze medals but was disqualified due to anti-doping rules violation by Denis Alexeev.[1] Although the medals have been officially stripped as of 14 September 2016, they have yet to be reallocated. Following reallocation, Great Britain's Robert Tobin, Andrew Steele, Michael Bingham and Martyn Rooney will be awarded bronze.
  • b The original bronze medalist, Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus, was stripped of his bronze medal after being given a lifetime ban in 2013 for doping offences. The rest of the competitors were elevated by one position accordingly.
  • c Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan were originally disqualified for doping, but had their medals reinstated in June 2010 after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that there was errors at the Chinese medical lab.[2]

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
details
Shelly-Ann Fraser
 Jamaica
10.78 Sherone Simpson
 Jamaica
Kerron Stewart
 Jamaica
10.98 Not awarded
as there was a tie for silver.
200 metres
details
Veronica Campbell-Brown
 Jamaica
21.74 Allyson Felix
 United States
21.93 Kerron Stewart
 Jamaica
22.00
400 metres
details
Christine Ohuruogu
 Great Britain
49.62 Shericka Williams
 Jamaica
49.69 Sanya Richards
 United States
49.93
800 metres
details
Pamela Jelimo
 Kenya
1:54.87 Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei
 Kenya
1:56.07 Hasna Benhassi
 Morocco
1:56.73
1500 metres
details
Nancy Jebet Lagat
 Kenya
4:00.23 Iryna Lishchynska
 Ukraine
4:01.63 Nataliya Tobias
 Ukraine
4:01.78
5000 metres
details
Tirunesh Dibaba
 Ethiopia
15:41.40 Elvan Abeylegesse
 Turkey
15:42.74 Meseret Defar
 Ethiopia
15:44.12
10,000 metres
details
Tirunesh Dibaba
 Ethiopia
29:54.66
(OR)
Elvan Abeylegesse
 Turkey
29:56.34 Shalane Flanagan
 United States
30:22.22
100 metres hurdles
details
Dawn Harper
 United States
12.54 Sally Pearson
 Australia
12.64 Priscilla Lopes-Schliep
 Canada
12.64
400 metres hurdles
details
Melaine Walker
 Jamaica
52.64
(OR)
Sheena Tosta
 United States
53.70 Tasha Danvers
 Great Britain
53.84
3000 metres steeplechase
details
Gulnara Galkina-Samitova
 Russia
8:58.81
(WR)
Eunice Jepkorir
 Kenya
9:07.41 Yekaterina Volkova
 Russia
9:07.64
4×100 metres relay
details[d]
vacant  Belgium (BEL)
Olivia Borlée
Hanna Mariën
Élodie Ouédraogo
Kim Gevaert
42.54
(NR)
 Nigeria (NGR)
Franca Idoko
Gloria Kemasuode
Halimat Ismaila
Oludamola Osayomi
Agnes Osazuwa*
43.04
4×400 metres relay
details[e]
 United States (USA)
Mary Wineberg
Allyson Felix
Monique Henderson
Sanya Richards
Natasha Hastings*
3:18.54 vacant  Jamaica (JAM)
Shericka Williams
Shereefa Lloyd
Rosemarie Whyte
Novelene Williams
Bobby-Gaye Wilkins*
3:20.40
Marathon
details
Constantina Diṭă-Tomescu
 Romania
2:26:44 Catherine Ndereba
 Kenya
2:27:06 Zhou Chunxiu
 China
2:27:07
20 kilometres walk
details
Olga Kaniskina
 Russia
1:26:31
(OR)
Kjersti Tysse Plätzer
 Norway
1:27:07 Elisa Rigaudo
 Italy
1:27:12
High jump
details
Tia Hellebaut
 Belgium
2.05 m Blanka Vlašić
 Croatia
2.05 m Anna Chicherova
 Russia
2.03 m
Pole vault
details
Yelena Isinbayeva
 Russia
5.05 m
(WR)
Jennifer Stuczynski
 United States
4.80 m Svetlana Feofanova
 Russia
4.75 m
Long jump
details
Maurren Maggi
 Brazil
7.04 m Tatyana Lebedeva
 Russia
7.03 m Blessing Okagbare
 Nigeria
6.91 m
Triple jump
details
Françoise Mbango Etone
 Cameroon
15.39 m
(OR)
Tatyana Lebedeva
 Russia
15.32 m Hrysopiyi Devetzi
 Greece
15.23 m
Shot put
details
Valerie Vili
 New Zealand
20.56 m Natallia Mikhnevich
 Belarus
20.28 m Nadzeya Astapchuk
 Belarus
19.86 m
Discus throw
details[f]
Stephanie Brown Trafton
 United States
64.74 m vacant Olena Antonova
 Ukraine
62.59 m
Hammer throw
details
Aksana Miankova
 Belarus
76.31 m
(OR)
Yipsi Moreno
 Cuba
75.20 m Zhang Wenxiu
 China
74.32 m
Javelin throw
details[g]
Barbora Špotáková
 Czech Republic
71.42 m vacant Christina Obergföll
 Germany
66.13 m
Heptathlon
details[h]
Natalya Dobrynska
 Ukraine
6733 Hyleas Fountain
 United States
6619 Tatyana Chernova
 Russia
6591

* Athletes who participated in the heats only and received medals.

  • d Originally won by Russian team but gold medals were stripped due to anti-doping rules violation by Yulia Chermoshanskaya.[3] Medals are not reallocated yet. After reallocation Belgium will get gold, Nigeria – silver and Brazil – bronze.
  • e Russian team originally won silver medals but was disqualified due to anti-doping rules violation by Anastasiya Kapachinskaya and Tatyana Firova.[4] Medals are not reallocated yet. After reallocation Jamaica will get silver and Belarus - bronze.
  • f Retests of samples from the 2008 Summer Olympics detected a positive sample from original silver medalist Yarelys Barrios of Cuba for performance enhancing drugs, and she was stripped of her medal on 1 September 2016. Reallocation of medals, or determination of the effect on the medal won by Barrios in the 2012 Summer Olympics are yet to be determined.[5]
  • g Maria Abakumova of Russia originally won the silver medal in the women's heptathlon, but was disqualified after she tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.[1]
  • h Lyudmila Blonska of Ukraine originally won the silver medal in the women's heptathlon, but was disqualified after she tested positive for methyltestosterone.[6]

Medal table[edit]

Retrieved from Beijing Olympics 2008 Official Website.[7]

  Host nation (China)

The Beijing National Stadium on August 16, 2008, during the Olympics.
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 7 9 7 23
2  Kenya (KEN) 6 4 4 14
3  Jamaica (JAM) 6 3 2 11
4  Russia (RUS) 5 4 7 16
5  Ethiopia (ETH) 4 1 2 7
6  Belarus (BLR) 1 3 2 6
7  Australia (AUS) 1 2 1 4
7  Great Britain (GBR) 1 2 1 4
9  Cuba (CUB) 1 1 2 4
10  Ukraine (UKR) 1 1 3 5
11  Belgium (BEL) 1 1 0 2
11  Norway (NOR) 1 1 0 2
11  New Zealand (NZL) 1 1 0 2
11  Poland (POL) 1 1 0 2
15  Italy (ITA) 1 0 1 2
16  Brazil (BRA) 1 0 0 1
16  Cameroon (CMR) 1 0 0 1
16  Czech Republic (CZE) 1 0 0 1
16  Estonia (EST) 1 0 0 1
16  Panama (PAN) 1 0 0 1
16  Portugal (POR) 1 0 0 1
16  Romania (ROU) 1 0 0 1
16  Slovenia (SLO) 1 0 0 1
24  Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) 0 2 0 2
24  Turkey (TUR) 0 2 0 2
26  Bahamas (BAH) 0 1 1 2
26  France (FRA) 0 1 1 2
26  Morocco (MAR) 0 1 1 2
29  Croatia (CRO) 0 1 0 1
29  Ecuador (ECU) 0 1 0 1
29  Latvia (LAT) 0 1 0 1
29  South Africa (RSA) 0 1 0 1
29  Sudan (SUD) 0 1 0 1
34  China (CHN) 0 0 2 2
34  Nigeria (NGR) 0 0 2 2
34  Canada (CAN) 0 0 2 2
36  Finland (FIN) 0 0 1 1
36  Germany (GER) 0 0 1 1
36  Greece (GRE) 0 0 1 1
36  Japan (JPN) 0 0 1 1
36  Lithuania (LTU) 0 0 1 1
Total 46 46 46 138

Records broken[edit]

During these 2008 Summer Olympic Games, 17 new Olympic records and 5 new world records were set in the athletics events.

Men's Olympic and world records[edit]

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

Women's Olympic and world records[edit]

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result OR WR
400 metre hurdles August 20 Final Melaine Walker Jamaica 52.64 OR
3,000 metre steeplechase August 17 Final Gulnara Galkina-Samitova Russia 8:58.81 OR* WR
10,000 metres August 20 Final Tirunesh Dibaba Ethiopia 29:54.66 OR
20km walk August 20 Final Olga Kaniskina Russia 1:26:31 OR
Triple jump August 17 Final Françoise Mbango Etone Cameroon 15.39 m OR
Pole vault August 18 Final Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 5.05 m OR WR
Hammer throw August 20 Final Aksana Miankova Belarus 76.34 m OR

* Inaugural event.

Participating nations of men's events[edit]

Participating nations of women's events[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]