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Beijing
2008

DateAugust 8 - August 24
CountryChina
Athletes10942
Teams204
Events302
Beijing 2008
Beijing 2008 Official Film | The Everlasting Flame
Originals01:40:53
"One of those moments you'll never forget": Remembering Bolt's Beijing 100m
Time Machine: Nastia Liukin wins gold at Beijing 2008
Originals34:48

About the Games

Records Tumble

Beijing was the Games of records and superlatives. The Opening Ceremony was unforgettable; the athletes’ achievements were astonishing, the organisation was excellent; the venues, breathtaking and the anti-doping tests were stricter. Several hundred million watched worldwide on TV as more than 40 world records and over 130 Olympic records were broken.

Modern and Ancient

The National Stadium, nick-named the “Bird’s Nest”, and the National Swimming Centre, known as the “Water Cube”, were both stunning symbols of the new Beijing. In cycling, the road race followed the Great Wall and passed in front of the “Forbidden City”—two symbols of the thousand-year-old history of the city.

First Medals

A record 204 National Olympic Committees took part in the Games. Some 87 of them celebrated their medal-winning athletes. Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Mauritius and Togo all experienced podium finishes for the first time. Tajikistan won its first medals thanks to Rasul Boqiev in judo and Yusup Abdusalomov in wrestling; Afghanistan stepped up on to the podium thanks to Rohullah Nikpai in taekwondo.

Beijing
2008

Featured Athletes

All AthletesVisit
Gold
Silver
Bronze
JamaicaJamaica
2
G
People's Republic of ChinaPeople's Republic of China
2
G
United States of AmericaUnited States of America
8
G
NetherlandsNetherlands
1
G

Replays from
Beijing 2008

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Athletics Men 100m Final Beijing 2008 World Record – Usain Bolt

Beijing 2008 | Olympic Games
Beijing
2008

Discover the Games

The Brand

A visual identity is developed for each edition of the Olympic Games.

The Medals

Beginning as an olive wreath, medal designs have evolved over the years.

The Mascot

An original image, it must give concrete form to the Olympic spirit.

The Torch

An iconic part of any Olympic Games, each host offers their unique version.