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Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Athletics
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad

Pictogram for athletics at the 2008 Games
Venue Beijing National Stadium
Dates August 15–24
Competitors 2,057 from 200 nations

Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics were held during the last ten days of the games, from August 15 to August 24, 2008, at the Beijing National Stadium. The Olympic sport of athletics is split into four distinct sets of events: track and field events, road running events, and racewalking events.

Both men and women had very similar schedules of events. Men competed in 24 events and women in 23, as their schedule lacked the 50 km race walk. In addition, both the men's 110 m hurdles and decathlon are reflected in the women's schedule by the 100 m hurdles and heptathlon, respectively.

The Olympic record was broken in 17 returning events. In five events, including the inaugural women's 3000 m steeplechase, the world record was broken.

The athletics was, alongside the Olympic cycling events, one of the few large sports programmes in which the host nation fared comparatively poorly in terms of medals won. Despite a haul of 100 medals at the games as a whole, Chinese athletes took home two bronze medals from the athletics events. The country's foremost athlete Liu Xiang, the 2004 Olympic champion in the 110 metres hurdles, had to withdraw after a false start due to injury.

Contents

  • Medal summary 1
    • Men 1.1
    • Women 1.2
    • Medal table 1.3
  • Records broken 2
    • Men's Olympic and world records 2.1
    • Women's Olympic and world records 2.2
  • Participating nations of men's events 3
  • Participating nations of women's events 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Medal summary

Men

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
 Usain Bolt
Jamaica (JAM)
9.69
(WR)
 Richard Thompson
Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)
9.89  Walter Dix
United States (USA)
9.91
200 metres
 Usain Bolt
Jamaica (JAM)
19.30
(WR)
 Shawn Crawford
United States (USA)
19.96  Walter Dix
United States (USA)
19.98
400 metres
 LaShawn Merritt
United States (USA)
43.75
 Jeremy Wariner
United States (USA)
44.74  David Neville
United States (USA)
44.80
800 metres
 Wilfred Bungei
Kenya (KEN)
1:44.65 1:44.70 1:44.82
1500 metres
3:33.11 3:34.16 3:34.21
5000 metres
12:57.82
(OR)
13:02.80 13:06.22
10,000 metres
27:01.17
(OR)
27:02.77 27:04.11
110 metres hurdles
12.93 13.17 13.18
400 metres hurdles
47.25 47.98 48.06
3000 metres steeplechase
8:10.34 8:10.49 8:11.01
4×100 metres relay
 Jamaica (JAM)
Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Usain Bolt
Asafa Powell
Dwight Thomas*
37.10
(WR)
 Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)
Keston Bledman
Marc Burns
Emmanuel Callender
Richard Thompson
Aaron Armstrong*
38.06  Japan (JPN)
Naoki Tsukahara
Shingo Suetsugu
Shinji Takahira
Nobuharu Asahara
38.15
4×400 metres relay
 United States (USA)
LaShawn Merritt
Angelo Taylor
David Neville
Jeremy Wariner
Kerron Clement*
Reggie Witherspoon*
2:55.39
(OR)
 Bahamas (BAH)
Andretti Bain
Michael Mathieu
Andrae Williams
Chris Brown
Avard Moncur*
Ramon Miller*
2:58.03  Russia (RUS)
Maksim Dyldin
Vladislav Frolov
Anton Kokorin
Denis Alexeev
2:58.06
Marathon
2:06:32
(OR)
2:07:16 2:10:00
20 kilometres walk
1:19:01 1:19:15 1:19:42
50 kilometres walk
3:37:09
(OR)
3:39:27 3:40:14
High jump
2.36 m 2.34 m 2.34 m
Pole vault
5.96 m
(OR)
5.85 m 5.70 m
Long jump
8.34 m 8.24 m 8.20 m
Triple jump
17.67 m 17.62 m 17.59 m
Shot put
[a]
21.51 m 21.09 m 21.04 m
Discus throw
68.82 m 67.82 m 67.79 m
Hammer throw
[b]
82.02 m 81.61 m 81.51 m
Javelin throw
90.57 m
(OR)
86.64 m 86.16 m
Decathlon
8791 8551 8527
  • a The original bronze medalist, Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus, was stripped of his bronze medal after being given a lifetime ban in 2013 for doping offences. The rest of the competitors were elevated by one position accordingly.
  • b Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan were originally disqualified for doping, but had their medals reinstated in June 2010 after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that there was errors at the Chinese medical lab.[1]

Women

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
10.78
10.98 Not awarded
as there was a tie for silver.
200 metres
21.74 21.93 22.00
400 metres
49.62 49.69 49.93
800 metres
1:54.87 1:56.07 1:56.73
1500 metres
4:00.23 4:01.63 4:01.78
5000 metres
15:41.40 15:42.74 15:44.12
10,000 metres
29:54.66
(OR)
29:56.34 30:22.22
100 metres hurdles
12.54 12.64 12.64
400 metres hurdles
52.64
(OR)
53.70 53.84
3000 metres steeplechase
8:58.81
(WR)
9:07.41 9:07.64
4×100 metres relay
 Russia (RUS)
Evgeniya Polyakova
Aleksandra Fedoriva
Yulia Gushchina
Yuliya Chermoshanskaya
42.31  Belgium (BEL)
Olivia Borlée
Hanna Mariën
Élodie Ouédraogo
Kim Gevaert
42.54
(NR)
 Nigeria (NGR)
Franca Idoko
Gloria Kemasuode
Halimat Ismaila
Oludamola Osayomi
Agnes Osazuwa*
43.04
4×400 metres relay
 United States (USA)
Mary Wineberg
Allyson Felix
Monique Henderson
Sanya Richards
Natasha Hastings*
3:18.54  Russia (RUS)
Yulia Gushchina
Lyudmila Litvinova
Tatiana Firova
Anastasia Kapachinskaya
Elena Migunova*
Tatyana Veshkurova*
3:18.82  Jamaica (JAM)
Shericka Williams
Shereefa Lloyd
Rosemarie Whyte
Novelene Williams
Bobby-Gaye Wilkins*
3:20.40
Marathon
2:26:44 2:27:06 2:27:07
20 kilometres walk
1:26:31
(OR)
1:27:07 1:27:12
High jump
2.05 m 2.05 m 2.03 m
Pole vault
5.05 m
(WR)
4.80 m 4.75 m
Long jump
7.04 m 7.03 m 6.91 m
Triple jump
15.39 m
(OR)
15.32 m 15.23 m
Shot put
20.56 m 20.28 m 19.86 m
Discus throw
64.74 m 63.64 m 62.59 m
Hammer throw
76.31 m
(OR)
75.20 m 74.32 m
Javelin throw
71.42 m 70.78 m 66.13 m
Heptathlon
[c]
6733 6619 6591

* Athletes who participated in the heats only and received medals.

  • c Lyudmila Blonska of Ukraine originally won the silver medal in the women's heptathlon, but was disqualified after she tested positive for methyltestosterone.[2]

Medal table

Retrieved from Beijing Olympics 2008 Official Website.[3]

      Host nation (China)

The Beijing National Stadium on August 16, 2008, during the Olympics.
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 7 9 7 23
2  Russia (RUS) 6 5 7 18
3  Kenya (KEN) 6 4 4 14
4  Jamaica (JAM) 6 3 2 11
5 4 1 2 7
6 1 3 3 7
7 1 2 2 5
8 1 2 1 4
8 1 2 1 4
10 1 1 3 5
11 1 1 0 2
11 1 1 0 2
11 1 1 0 2
11 1 1 0 2
15 1 0 1 2
16 1 0 0 1
16 1 0 0 1
16 1 0 0 1
16 1 0 0 1
16 1 0 0 1
16 1 0 0 1
16 1 0 0 1
16 1 0 0 1
24 0 2 0 2
24 0 2 0 2
26 0 1 1 2
26 0 1 1 2
26 0 1 1 2
29 0 1 0 1
29 0 1 0 1
29 0 1 0 1
29 0 1 0 1
29 0 1 0 1
34 0 0 2 2
34 0 0 2 2
36 0 0 1 1
36 0 0 1 1
36 0 0 1 1
36 0 0 1 1
36 0 0 1 1
36 0 0 1 1
Total 47 48 46 141

Records broken

During these 2008 Summer Olympic Games, 17 new Olympic records and 5 new world records were set in the athletics events.

Men's Olympic and world records

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result OR WR
100 metres August 16 Final Usain Bolt Jamaica 9.69 s OR WR
200 metres August 20 Final Usain Bolt Jamaica 19.30 s OR WR
5000 metres August 23 Final Kenenisa Bekele Ethiopia 12:57.82 OR
10000 metres August 17 Final Kenenisa Bekele Ethiopia 27:01.17 OR
4x100 metre relay August 22 Final Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Usain Bolt
Asafa Powell
Jamaica 37.10 s OR WR
4x400 metre relay August 23 Final LaShawn Merritt
Angelo Taylor
David Neville
Jeremy Wariner
United States 2:55.39 OR
Marathon August 24 Final Samuel Kamau Wansiru Kenya 2:06:32 OR
50 kilometre walk August 22 Final Alex Schwazer Italy 3:37:09 OR
Pole vault August 22 Final Steven Hooker Australia 5.96 m OR
Javelin throw August 23 Final Andreas Thorkildsen Norway 90.57 m OR

Women's Olympic and world records

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result OR WR
400 metre hurdles August 20 Final Melaine Walker Jamaica 52.64 OR
3,000 metre steeplechase August 17 Final Gulnara Galkina-Samitova Russia 8:58.81 OR* WR
10,000 metres August 20 Final Tirunesh Dibaba Ethiopia 29:54.66 OR
20km walk August 20 Final Olga Kaniskina Russia 1:26:31 OR
Triple jump August 17 Final Françoise Mbango Etone 15.39 m OR
Pole vault August 18 Final Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 5.05 m OR WR
Hammer throw August 20 Final Aksana Miankova Belarus 76.34 m OR

* Inaugural event.

Participating nations of men's events

Participating nations of women's events

See also

References

  1. ^
  2. ^ IOC sanctions Liudmyla Blonska for failing Anti-Doping test IOC press release August 22, 2008.
  3. ^

External links

  • Official IAAF website
  • Olympics Pictures website
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