XXVIII Olympic Games


BEIJING 2008

Games of the XXIX Olympiad

The 2008 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, was a major international multi-sport event that took place in Beijing , People's Republic of China , from August 8 (except football , which started on August 6) to August 24, 2008.

Beijing has successfully delivered an Olympic Games to the world. The 2008 summer Games were marked with distinct Chinese elements, while the rules specified in the Olympic Charter and the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) written agreement with the host city were strictly followed.

Seven years ago, when granting the hosting rights of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad to Beijing, the IOC was confident in the city, and believed that holding the Games in China would facilitate the dissemination of the Olympic spirit among its 1.3 billion people, leaving an unrivalled legacy in Olympic history.

Data about the 2008 Games suggest that the IOC made the right decision in choosing Beijing as the host.

According to the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, 38 world records and 85 Olympic records were broken in the 2008 Games. More world records and Olympic records were broken in the Beijing Games than in the Athens or Sydney .

Numerous Olympic miracles and glorious moments were born in the 12 new Olympic venues, including the Water Cube and the Bird's Nest. In addition, 11 renovated venues and eight temporary venues in Beijing , as well as six sports arenas in the co-hosting cities, were also used for the Games.

A total of 11,468 athletes from 204 countries and regions competed in the Beijing Games. Beijing saw the largest number of female athletes competing in the history of the Games, to the relief of the IOC, which is committed to popularizing Olympic ideals and gender equality.

About 100,000 Olympic volunteers, 400,000 city volunteers, and 1 million social volunteers formed the largest volunteer team in Olympic history. Their smiles and dedication made the Olympics more beautiful.

The Beijing Olympics were one of the most watched Games in the history. More than 220 television agencies and over 25,000 journalists covered the event. The IOC site logged 5 million clicks during the entire process of the Beijing Games, whereas it logged 2.8 million clicks during the Athens Olympics.

More than 80 heads of states and governments participated in the opening ceremony of the Beijing Games. About 80 percent of the people in China and about half of the people in the United States and Europe watched the opening ceremony on television. This was a record number. Few other events have received so much attention.

Medals were awarded to 87 Olympic delegations, the largest number since the Olympics began. Afghanistan , Mauritius , Tajikistan and Togo won their first Olympic medals in history, and Bahrain , Mongolia and the Panama won their first Olympic gold, while India won its first gold in an individual event. Many delegations and athletes fulfilled their Olympic goals.

Team China had a remarkable performance. When the Games concluded on August 24, they had pocketed 51 golds, 21 silvers and 28 bronzes, making exactly 100 medals in total.

The Olympic Games have also popularized sports in China 's schools, and helped to promote friendship and understanding between nations.

A total of 556 model schools of Olympic education have been selected from schools across China . More than 200 middle or primary schools have established friendly ties with the Olympic committees of other countries or regions. The Olympic spirits of solidarity, friendship, peace, and fair competition have been spread to innumerous students. The scale of Olympic education is unprecedented.


Participating Nations

204

Participants

11,468 athletes

Events

301

The top three winners were: China, USA and Russian Fed.


Medal Tally of 29th Olympic Games

Rank.
Nation
Medals
Gold
  Silver
Bronze
Total
1
CHN - China
51
21
28
100
2
USA - United States
36
38
36
110
3
RUS - Russian Fed.
23
21
28
72
4
GBR - Great Britain
19
13
15
47
5
GER - Germany
16
10
15
41
6
AUS - Australia
14
15
17
46
7
KOR - Korea
13
10
8
31
8
JPN - Japan
9
6
10
25
9
ITA - Italy
8
10
10
28
10
FRA - France
7
16
17
40
11
UKR - Ukraine
7
5
15
27
12
NED - Netherlands
7
5
4
16
13
JAM - Jamaica
6
3
2
11
14
ESP - Spain
5
10
3
18
15
KEN - Kenya
5
5
4
14
16
BLR - Belarus
4
5
10
19
17
ROU - Romania
4
1
3
8
18
ETH - Ethiopia
4
1
2
7
19
CAN - Canada
3
9
6
18
20
POL - Poland
3
6
1
10
21
HUN - Hungary
3
5
2
10
21
NOR - Norway
3
5
2
10
23
BRA - Brazil
3
4
8
15
24
CZE - Czech Republic
3
3
-
6
25
SVK - Slovakia
3
2
1
6
26
NZL - New Zealand
3
1
5
9
27
GEO - Georgia
3
-
3
6
28
CUB - Cuba
2
11
11
24
29
KAZ - Kazakhstan
2
4
7
13
30
DEN - Denmark
2
2
3
7
31
MGL - Mongolia
2
2
4
31
THA - Thailand
2
2
4
33
PRK - DPR Korea
2
1
3
6
34
ARG - Argentina
2
-
4
6
34
SUI - Switzerland
2
-
4
6
36
MEX - Mexico
2
-
1
3
37
TUR - Turkey
1
4
3
8
38
ZIM - Zimbabwe
1
3
4
39
AZE - Azerbaijan
1
2
4
7
40
UZB - Uzbekistan
1
2
3
6
41
SLO - Slovenia
1
2
2
5
42
BUL - Bulgaria
1
1
3
5
42
INA - Indonesia
1
1
3
5
44
FIN - Finland
1
1
2
4
45
LAT - Latvia
1
1
1
3
46
BEL - Belgium
1
1
-
2
46
DOM - Dominican Rep.
1
1
-
2
46
EST - Estonia
1
1
-
2
46
POR - Portugal
1
1
-
2
50
IND - India
1
-
2
3
51
IRI - Iran
1
-
1
2
52
BRN - Bahrain
1
-
-
1
52
CMR - Cameroon
1
-
-
1
52
PAN - Panama
1
-
-
1
52
TUN - Tunisia
1
-
-
1
56
SWE - Sweden
-
4
1
5
57
CRO - Croatia
-
2
3
5
57
LTU - Lithuania
-
2
3
5
59
GRE - Greece
-
2
2
4
60
TRI - Trinidad/Tobago
-
2
2
61
NGR - Nigeria
-
1
3
4
62
AUT - Austria
-
1
2
3
62
IRL - Ireland
-
1
2
3
62
SRB - Serbia
-
1
2
3
65
ALG - Algeria
-
1
1
2
65
BAH - Bahamas
-
1
1
2
65
COL - Colombia
-
1
1
2
65
KGZ - Kyrgyzstan
-
1
1
2
65
MAR - Morocco
-
1
1
2
65
TJK - Tajikistan
-
1
1
2
71
CHI - Chile
-
1
-
1
71
ECU - Ecuador
-
1
-
1
71
ISL - Iceland
-
1
-
1
71
MAS - Malaysia
-
1
-
1
71
RSA - South Africa
-
1
-
1
71
SIN - Singapore
-
1
-
1
71
SUD - Sudan
-
1
-
1
71
VIE - Vietnam
-
1
-
1
79
ARM - Armenia
-
-
6
6
80
TPE - Chinese Taipei
-
-
4
4
81
AFG - Afghanistan
-
-
1
1
81
EGY - Egypt
-
-
1
1
81
ISR - Israel
-
-
1
1
81
MDA - Rep. of Moldova
-
-
1
1
81
MRI - Mauritius
-
-
1
1
81
TOG - Togo
-
-
1
1
81
VEN - Venezuela
-
-
1
1
Total:
302
303
353
958