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The 2008 Summer Olympics, officially known as the XXIX Olympic Summer Games, were celebrated in Beijing, People's Republic of China from August 8 through August 24. The opening ceremony started at 08:08:08 pm CST (12:08:08 UTC) at the Beijing National Stadium.

Voting results for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games
City Country Round 1 Round 2
Beijing China 44 56
Toronto Canada 20 22
Paris France 15 18
Istanbul Turkey 17 9
Osaka Japan 6

Venues[]

New competition venues[]

Venue Sports Capacity
Beijing National Stadium Athletics, Football 91,000
Beijing National Aquatics Centre Swimming, Diving and Synchronized Swimming 17,000
Beijing National Indoor Stadium Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline, Handball 19,000
Beijing Shooting Range Hall Qualifications and finals 10-, 25-, and 50-meter range shooting events 9,000
Wukesong Indoor Stadium Basketball 18,000
Laoshan Velodrome Cycling (track) 6,000
Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park Rowing, Canoe/Kayak (flat-water racing and Slalom Racing) 37,000
China Agricultural University Gymnasium Wrestling 8,000
Peking University Gymnasium Table tennis 8,000
University of Science and Technology Beijing Gymnasium Judo and Taekwondo 8,024
Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium Badminton and Rhythmic Gymnastics 7,500
Olympic Green Tennis Center Tennis 17,400

Existing competition venues[]

Venue Sports
Olympic Football, Modern Pentathlon (running and equestrian)
Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium Handball
Workers Stadium Football
Workers Indoor Arena Boxing
Capital Indoor Stadium Volleyball
Fengtai Softball Field Softball
Ying Tung Natatorium Water Polo, Modern Pentathlon (swimming)
Laoshan Mountain Bike Course Cycling (Mountain Bike)
Beijing Shooting Range Clay Target Field Shooting
Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium Volleyball
Beihang University Gymnasium Weightlifting

Temporary Competition Venues[]

Venue Sports
Olympic Green Convention Centre Fencing preliminaries and finals, and Modern Pentathlon (fencing and shooting)
Olympic Green Hockey Field Hockey
Olympic Green Archery Field Archery
Wukesong Baseball Field Baseball
Beach Volleyball Ground Beach volleyball
BMX Field Cycling (BMX)
Triathlon Venue Triathlon
Urban Road Cycling Course Cycling (road race)

Competition venues outside Beijing[]

Venue Sports
Quingdao International Sailing Centre Sailing
Shanghai Stadium Football Preliminary
Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Centre Stadium Football Preliminary
Hong Kong Equestrian Venues Equestrian
Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium Football Preliminary
Shenyang Olympic Sports Centre Stadium Football Preliminary

Controversies, Embarrassments, and Scandals[]

Torch relay[]

Censorship[]

Opening ceremony[]

Human rights[]

Age falsification[]

Medal table[]

Rank Country Gold.png Silver.png Bronze.png Total
1 China 48 22 30 100
2 USA 36 39 37 112
3 Russia 24 13 23 60
4 Great Britain 19 13 19 51
5 Germany 16 11 14 41
6 Australia 14 15 17 46
7 South Korea 13 11 8 32
8 Japan 9 8 8 25
9 Italy 8 9 10 27
10 France 7 16 20 43
11 Netherlands 7 5 4 16
12 Ukraine 7 4 11 22
13 Kenya 6 4 6 16
14 Spain 5 11 3 19
15 Jamaica 5 4 2 11
16 Poland 4 5 2 11
17 Ethiopia 4 2 1 7
18 Romania 4 1 4 9
19 Cuba 3 10 17 30
20 Canada 3 9 8 20
21 Hungary 3 5 2 10
22 Norway 3 5 1 9
23 Brazil 3 4 10 17
24 Belarus 3 4 7 14
25 Czech Republic 3 3 1 7
26 Slovakia 3 3 0 6
27 New Zealand 3 2 4 9
28 Georgia 3 2 2 7
29 Kazakhstan 2 3 4 9
30 Denmark 2 2 3 7
31 North Korea 2 2 2 6
31 Thailand 2 2 2 6
33 Mongolia 2 2 0 4
34 Switzerland 2 1 4 7
35 Argentina 2 0 4 6
36 Mexico 2 0 2 4
37 Belgium 2 0 0 4
38 Zimbabwe 1 3 0 4
39 Slovenia 1 2 2 5
40 Azerbaijan 1 1 4 6
40 Indonesia 1 1 4 6
42 Bulgaria 1 1 3 5
42 Turkey 1 1 3 5
44 Chinese Taipei 1 1 2 4
44 Finland 1 1 2 4
46 Latvia 1 1 1 3
47 Dominican Republic 1 1 0 2
47 Estonia 1 1 0 2
47 Portugal 1 1 0 2
47 Trinidad and Tobago 1 1 0 2
51 India 1 0 2 3
52 Iran 1 0 1 2
53 Cameroon 1 0 0 1
53 Panama 1 0 0 1
53 Tunisia 1 0 0 1
56 Sweden 0 4 1 5
57 Lithuania 0 3 2 5
57 Nigeria 0 3 2 5
59 Croatia 0 2 3 5
60 Colombia 0 2 1 3
60 Greece 0 2 1 3
62 Armenia 0 1 4 5
63 Uzbekistan 0 1 3 4
64 Austria 0 1 2 3
64 Ireland 0 1 2 3
64 Kyrgyzstan 0 1 2 3
64 Serbia 0 1 2 3
68 Algeria 0 1 1 2
68 Bahamas 0 1 1 2
68 Morocco 0 1 1 2
68 Tajikistan 0 1 1 2
72 Chile 0 1 0 1
72 Ecuador 0 1 0 1
72 Iceland 0 1 0 1
72 Malaysia 0 1 0 1
72 Samoa 0 1 0 1
72 Singapore 0 1 0 1
72 South Africa 0 1 0 1
72 Sudan 0 1 0 1
72 Vietnam 0 1 0 1
81 Egypt 0 0 2 2
82 Afghanistan 0 0 1 1
82 Israel 0 0 1 1
82 Mauritius 0 0 1 1
82 Moldova 0 0 1 1
82 Togo 0 0 1 1
82 Venezuela 0 0 1 1

Image Gallery[]

Sources and references[]

  1. Template:Cite press release

See Also[]

  • Logos - A collection of logos featuring this event.
  • Mascots - The official mascots of this Olympics'.
  • Torch - Information about this Olympics' torch.
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