One last look as the circus pulls out

Peter Berlin IHT 26.08.2008
Venue operations team members posing for souvenir picture in front of the Bird's Nest on Monday. (Greg Baker/AP)

BEIJING: There is one expression in English that every Beijinger seems to know. You heard it from bus drivers as they opened the door, from volunteers as they ushered the last journalists out of the work room at a venue at 3 a.m. and from taxi dri...

Proud China brings curtain down on epic Games

Crispian Balmer Reuters 25.08.2008
Fireworks explode during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium August 24, 2008.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Beijing Olympics ended with a blaze of deafening fireworks on Sunday, bringing down the curtain on a Games that dazzled the world with sporting brilliance and showcased the might of modern day China.

Olympic closing show, Beijing is a big party

David Crary IBTimes 25.08.2008
Olympic closing show, Beijing is a big party

BEIJING - A Spanish tenor, a British soccer star and a throng of kung-fu fighters are among the scheduled closing-ceremony attractions Sunday night as China concludes its first Olympics and hands over the role of Summer Games to London.

Kenya's Wanjiru triumphs in final day marathon

Simon Denyer Reuters 24.08.2008
Kenya's Wanjiru triumphs in final day marathon

BEIJING (Reuters) - Kenya's Sammy Wanjiru led an African sweep of the marathon medals on the final day of the Olympics on Sunday, lifting his arms in triumph as he accelerated around the Bird's Nest stadium for the last lap.

Hong Kong fail to win any Olympic medals

Hong Kong will leave the Olympic Games in Beijing without winning a single medal.

International Olympic Committee launches probe into He Kexin's age

Tim Reid, Jeremy Griffin and Jane Macartney Times Online 22.08.2008
He Kexin after winning gold: the US team has cried foul over her age (Hans Deryk )

The International Olympic Committee has ordered an investigation into mounting allegations that Chinese authorities covered up the true age of their gold-medal winning gymnastics star because she was too young to compete.

Show stopper

Carol Chung in Beijing The Standard 22.08.2008
Show stopper

China looks set to give lip-synching Lin Miaoke and the little girl who gave her a voice equal star billing at Sunday's glittering closing ceremony in Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium.

Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the 100m in a world record time of 9.69sec. (Marc Aspland/The Times)

Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has accused Usain Bolt of showing a lack of respect to fellow competitors following his record-breaking gold medal performances in Beijing.

Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor win second consecutive gold

K.C. Johnson, Los Angeles Times 21.08.2008
Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor win second consecutive gold

They beat China's Tian Jia and Wang Jie in a soggy final, 21-18, 21-18.

HK table tennis players advance

Two of Hong Kong's table tennis players have moved into the fourth round of the women's singles competition.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt crossing the finish line to win the gold in the men's 200-meter final on Wednesday. (Anja Niedringhaus/AP)

A sprint double was all too predictable. To make the Olympics absolutely special, Usain Bolt added a world record double Wednesday by winning the gold medal in the 200 meters.

Marathon swim and BMX put new events on map

Sean Maguire Reuters 20.08.2008
Competitors jump during the men's quarterfinals run for the BMX cycling competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 20, 2008.  REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

BEIJING (Reuters) - Russia's Larisa Ilchenko took gold on Wednesday by just over a second in the grueling 10km women's openwater swim, a new Olympic event that lived up to its reputation for toughness.

Yin Jian wins China 1st ever Olympic sailing gold

BEIJING, Aug 20 -- China's Yin Jian won gold today in the women's RS:X at the Olympic Sailing Regatta. It's China's first ever Olympic sailing gold. Italy's Alessandra Sensini won silver and the Great Britain's Bryony Shaw claimed bronze.

China's Olympic ceremony features sacrifices

Gillian Wong IBTimes 20.08.2008
(AP photo)

BEIJING Martial arts student Cheng Jianghua only saw the army barracks he stayed in and the stadium where he performed at the spectacular Olympics opening ceremony. But his sacrifices were minor other performers were injured, fainted from heatstro...

Britain's Christine Ohuruogu (1819) crossing the finish line to win gold in the women's 400-meter final on Tuesday. David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip/AP)

BEIJING: A painful year behind them and the finish line in front of them, Sanya Richards of the United States and Christine Ohuruogu of Britain pushed forward Tuesday night with the Olympic gold medal in the 400 meters in the balance.

Gold medallist Yelena Isinbayeva broke her own world record with a vault of 5.05m. Photograph: A Niedringhaus/AP

In a manner every bit as emphatic as Usain Bolt's 100 metres victory on Saturday Yelena Isinbayeva last night proved herself the greatest female athlete of her generation. Isinbayeva won a second consecutive gold in the pole vault and broke her wo...

Liu Xiang grimaces during warm-up. Photo: Reuters.

An injury has forced China's defending Olympic champion, Liu Xiang, to pull out of the 110 metres hurdles just ahead of the first heat in Beijing.

35 and counting as Athens barrier smashed

China yesterday ensured its home Olympics will go down as its greatest ever after the hosts' eclipsed their previous best tally of 32 gold medals at Athens in 2004, winning eight to end the day with 35.

Bolt back in Bird's Nest, Chinese hopeful runs

Simon Denyer Reuters 18.08.2008
REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

BEIJING (Reuters) - "Lightning" Usain Bolt returns to the scene of his Olympic triumph on Monday in the opening heats of the men's 200 meters in another full day of track and field action.

Phelps stands alone amongst Olympic greats

Julian Linden Reuters 17.08.2008
REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

BEIJING (Reuters) - Michael Phelps swam his way into sporting immortality on Sunday by winning his eighth gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.

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