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Updated on July 16, 2012


The 2008 Beijing Olympics are the latest Olympics Games and were the first Olympics Games to be held in China.

Taking place from August 8 to August 24, 2008, the 2008 Summer Olympics had a total of 11,028 athletes from 204 nations who competed in 28 sports and 302 events.

Besides being the first Olympics Games to be held in China, this was the third time that the Summer Olympic Games were held in Asia. The other two Olympics held in Asia were the games of the XVII Olympiads held in Tokyo, Japan in 1964 and the games of the XXIV Olympiad held in Seoul, South Korea in 1988.


The 2008 Olympics were officially opened by Chairman Hu Jintao on the 8th of August 2008 and Zhang Yining swore the Athletes oath in one of the most colorful Olympics Games opening ceremony.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony was held at the newly built Beijing National Stadium; also known as the Bird's Nest stadium was the official 2008 Olympics Stadium.

With over 15,000 performers, the 2008 Olympics opening ceremony directed by Zhang Yimou; a Chinese Filmmaker and Zhang Jigang another Chinese choreographer, costing US$100 million.

The 2008 Olympics Games opening ceremony lasted over four hours starting at 8:00 pm on the 8th of August, 2008 and was a masterpiece of assembly of ancient Chinese art and culture starting with beating of Fou drums to countdown with the 2008 Beijing Olympics official song of You and Me supplementing the games motto of One World, One Dream


The 2008 Beijing Olympics made China invested heavily in new facilities and transportation systems with 37 venues hosting the 302 sporting events while making the 2008 Olympics break a record of the largest television audience in Olympic Games history with 4.7 billion viewers worldwide.

It was in the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games that the entire games were broadcasted entirely in high definition (HD).


It was in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games that women compete in the 3000m steeplechase for the first time; previously this was a men only event while the open water swimming events for men and women for over the distance of 10 kilometres were was first included in the Olympics Games.

Other sporting events introduced in the 2008 Beijing Olympics included, Team events for men and women in table tennis replaced the doubles events.

In the 2008 Beijing Olympics there were baseball and boxing were only for men participants, while softball and synchronized swimming were for women participants only.

Key Athletes who stood out in the 2008 Olympics Beijing Games American swimmer Michael Phelps; who broke Mark Spitz’s record for most gold medals won in a single Olympics Michael Phelps took home a gold medal in each of the eight events which he competed.

Jamaican Usain Bolt became“the fastest man alive” taking gold medal in both the 100-metre and 200-metre sprints as well as taking a third gold medal in 2008 Olympics Jamaican 4 × 100-metre relay team. Usain Bolt broke the world record time for each event. In was the 2008 Beijing Olympics that the late Samuel Wanjiru won a marathon gold medal for Kenya, something that has been elusive for the Kenyans for quite a while. Kenya also won its first swimming gold medal in the Olympics history.

It was in the 2008 Beijing Olympics that saw India’s Abhinav Bindra win the men’s 10-metre air rifle event to capture the first individual gold medal for Indian Olympics Team. The 2008 Beijing Olympics Mongolia team won its first gold medal in any Olympics games from Tuvshinbayar Naidan in the men’s 100-kg judo event.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics games saw 43 new world records plus 132 new Olympic records set.


86 countries won at least one medal during the 2008 Beijing Olympics games with the host China topping the 2008 Olympics medal table with 51 gold medals and a total of 100 beating United States which had been leading in the Olympics games medal table besides Team USA having 110 medals overall.


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