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Beijing Olympics 2008

Gymnasts Yang Yilin, Yilin Kexin, Jiang Yuyuan won their medals fairly

China's Olympic gold medal winning gymnasts did not lie about their age, an international inquiry has found.

Oprah throws party for U.S. Olympic medalists

Michael Conlon Reuters 03.09.2008
REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Talk show host Oprah Winfrey threw a rousing welcome home party for more than 150 U.S. Olympic medal winners on Wednesday that was a salute to the athletes and a pep rally for efforts to bring the 2016 summer games to America.

Premier Wen lights Beijing Paralympic flame at Temple of Heaven

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao lit the Beijing Paralympic flame was at the ancient Temple of Heaven in Beijing on Thursday, kicking off the torch relay across China before the 13th Paralympics open on Sept. 6.

One last look as the circus pulls out

Peter Berlin IHT 25.08.2008
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 24.08.2008
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.

Angel Valodia Matos of Cuba kicks out at Swedish judge Chakir Chelbat of Sweden. Photograph: Reuters

Cuba's Angel Valodia Matos lashed out at a referee and a judge after being disqualified from his bronze medal bout with Kazakhstan's Arman Chilmanov in the Olympic taekwondo men's +80-kg tournament.

Kenya's Wanjiru triumphs in final day marathon

Simon Denyer Reuters 23.08.2008
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.

International Olympic Committee launches probe into He Kexin's age

Tim Reid, Jeremy Griffin and Jane Macartney Times Online 21.08.2008
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.

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.

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 19.08.2008
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.


CLEMENTE LISI New York Post 19.08.2008

He's the "eight" wonder of the world!

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...

Ok, This Is Getting Humiliating... 18.08.2008
Ok, This Is Getting Humiliating...

Bolt back in Bird's Nest, Chinese hopeful runs

Simon Denyer Reuters 17.08.2008
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.

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