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Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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.

Athletics
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Athletics 2008.png
Pictogram for athletics at the 2008 Games
VenueBeijing National Stadium
DatesAugust 15–24
Competitors2,057 from 200 nations
← 2004
2012 →

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.

In the years following the events, results were significantly affected by doping findings; 19 of the 47 events have had amendments to their medal rankings as a result of testing and retesting of samples taken at or before the Games. Multiple medalists have been sanctioned for doping violations. Russia has had the most medals stripped (9).

Contents

Medal summaryEdit

Medal tableEdit

Retrieved from Beijing Olympics 2008 Official Website.[1]

 
The Beijing National Stadium on August 16, 2008, during the Olympics

  *   Host nation (China)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  United States (USA)710825
2  Kenya (KEN)64616
3  Jamaica (JAM)54211
4  Russia (RUS)51410
5  Ethiopia (ETH)4217
6  Cuba (CUB)2136
7  Belgium (BEL)2002
8  Great Britain (GBR)1258
9  Australia (AUS)1214
  Ukraine (UKR)1214
11  New Zealand (NZL)1102
  Norway (NOR)1102
  Poland (POL)1102
  Trinidad and Tobago (TTO)1102
15  Brazil (BRA)1023
16  Italy (ITA)1012
17  Cameroon (CMR)1001
  Czech Republic (CZE)1001
  Estonia (EST)1001
  Panama (PAN)1001
  Portugal (POR)1001
  Romania (ROU)1001
  Slovenia (SLO)1001
24  Belarus (BLR)0213
25  Nigeria (NGR)0202
26  China (CHN)*0134
27  France (FRA)0123
28  Bahamas (BAH)0112
  Morocco (MAR)0112
30  Croatia (CRO)0101
  Ecuador (ECU)0101
  Germany (GER)0101
  Japan (JPN)0101
  Kazakhstan (KAZ)0101
  Latvia (LAT)0101
  South Africa (RSA)0101
  Sudan (SUD)0101
38  Canada (CAN)0022
39  Finland (FIN)0011
  Lithuania (LTU)0011
Totals (40 nations)474846141

MenEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
details
Usain Bolt
  Jamaica
9.69
(WR)
Richard Thompson
  Trinidad and Tobago
9.89 Walter Dix
  United States
9.91
200 metres
details
Usain Bolt
  Jamaica
19.30
(WR)
Shawn Crawford
  United States
19.96 Walter Dix
  United States
19.98
400 metres
details
LaShawn Merritt
  United States
43.75
Jeremy Wariner
  United States
44.74 David Neville
  United States
44.80
800 metres
details
Wilfred Bungei
  Kenya
1:44.65 Ismail Ahmed Ismail
  Sudan
1:44.70 Alfred Kirwa Yego
  Kenya
1:44.82
1500 metres
details [a]
Asbel Kipruto Kiprop
  Kenya
3:33.11 Nicholas Willis
  New Zealand
3:34.16 Mehdi Baala
  France
3:34.21
5000 metres
details
Kenenisa Bekele
  Ethiopia
12:57.82
(OR)
Eliud Kipchoge
  Kenya
13:02.80 Edwin Cheruiyot Soi
  Kenya
13:06.22
10,000 metres
details
Kenenisa Bekele
  Ethiopia
27:01.17
(OR)
Sileshi Sihine
  Ethiopia
27:02.77 Micah Kogo
  Kenya
27:04.11
110 metres hurdles
details
Dayron Robles
  Cuba
12.93 David Payne
  United States
13.17 David Oliver
  United States
13.18
400 metres hurdles
details
Angelo Taylor
  United States
47.25 Kerron Clement
  United States
47.98 Bershawn Jackson
  United States
48.06
3000 metres steeplechase
details
Brimin Kiprop Kipruto
  Kenya
8:10.34 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad
  France
8:10.49 Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong
  Kenya
8:11.01
4×100 metres relay
details [b]
  Trinidad and Tobago
Keston Bledman
Marc Burns
Emmanuel Callender
Richard Thompson
Aaron Armstrong*
38.06   Japan
Naoki Tsukahara
Shingo Suetsugu
Shinji Takahira
Nobuharu Asahara
38.15   Brazil
Vicente Lima
Sandro Viana
Bruno de Barros
José Carlos Moreira
38.24
4×400 metres relay
details [c]
  United States
LaShawn Merritt
Angelo Taylor
David Neville
Jeremy Wariner
Kerron Clement*
Reggie Witherspoon*
2:55.39
(OR)
  Bahamas
Andretti Bain
Michael Mathieu
Andrae Williams
Chris Brown
Avard Moncur*
Ramon Miller*
2:58.03   Great Britain
Martyn Rooney
Andrew Steele
Robert Tobin
Michael Bingham
2:58.51
Marathon
details
Samuel Wanjiru
  Kenya
2:06:32
(OR)
Jaouad Gharib
  Morocco
2:07:16 Tsegay Kebede
  Ethiopia
2:10:00
20 kilometres walk
details
Valeriy Borchin
  Russia
1:19:01 Jefferson Pérez
  Ecuador
1:19:15 Jared Tallent
  Australia
1:19:42
50 kilometres walk
details
Alex Schwazer
  Italy
3:37:09
(OR)
Jared Tallent
  Australia
3:39:27 Denis Nizhegorodov
  Russia
3:40:14
High jump
details
Andrey Silnov
  Russia
2.36 m Germaine Mason
  Great Britain
2.34 m Yaroslav Rybakov
  Russia
2.34 m
Pole vault
details [d]
Steven Hooker
  Australia
5.96 m
(OR)
Evgeny Lukyanenko
  Russia
5.85 m Derek Miles
  United States
5.70 m
Long jump
details
Irving Saladino
  Panama
8.34 m Khotso Mokoena
  South Africa
8.24 m Ibrahim Camejo
  Cuba
8.20 m
Triple jump
details
Nelson Évora
  Portugal
17.67 m Phillips Idowu
  Great Britain
17.62 m Leevan Sands
  Bahamas
17.59 m
Shot put
details [e]
Tomasz Majewski
  Poland
21.51 m Christian Cantwell
  United States
21.09 m Dylan Armstrong
  Canada
21.04 m
Discus throw
details
Gerd Kanter
  Estonia
68.82 m Piotr Małachowski
  Poland
67.82 m Virgilijus Alekna
  Lithuania
67.79 m
Hammer throw
details [f]
Primož Kozmus
  Slovenia
82.02 m Vadim Devyatovskiy
  Belarus
81.61 m Ivan Tsikhan
  Belarus
81.51 m
Javelin throw
details
Andreas Thorkildsen
  Norway
90.57 m
(OR)
Ainārs Kovals
  Latvia
86.64 m Tero Pitkämäki
  Finland
86.16 m
Decathlon
details
Bryan Clay
  United States
8791 Andrei Krauchanka
  Belarus
8551 Leonel Suárez
  Cuba
8527

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

WomenEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
details
Shelly-Ann Fraser
  Jamaica
10.78 Sherone Simpson
  Jamaica
Kerron Stewart
  Jamaica
10.98 Not awarded
as there was a tie for silver.
200 metres
details
Veronica Campbell-Brown
  Jamaica
21.74 Allyson Felix
  United States
21.93 Kerron Stewart
  Jamaica
22.00
400 metres
details
Christine Ohuruogu
  Great Britain
49.62 Shericka Williams
  Jamaica
49.69 Sanya Richards
  United States
49.93
800 metres
details
Pamela Jelimo
  Kenya
1:54.87 Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei
  Kenya
1:56.07 Hasna Benhassi
  Morocco
1:56.73
1500 metres
details
Nancy Jebet Lagat
  Kenya
4:00.23 Iryna Lishchynska
  Ukraine
4:01.63 Nataliya Tobias
  Ukraine
4:01.78
5000 metres
details [g]
Tirunesh Dibaba
  Ethiopia
15:41.40 Meseret Defar
  Ethiopia
15:44.12 Sylvia Kibet
  Kenya
15:44.96
10,000 metres
details [h]
Tirunesh Dibaba
  Ethiopia
29:54.66
(OR)
Shalane Flanagan
  United States
30:22.22 Linet Chepkwemoi Masai
  Kenya
30:26.50
100 metres hurdles
details
Dawn Harper
  United States
12.54 Sally Pearson
  Australia
12.64 Priscilla Lopes-Schliep
  Canada
12.64
400 metres hurdles
details
Melaine Walker
  Jamaica
52.64
(OR)
Sheena Tosta
  United States
53.70 Tasha Danvers
  Great Britain
53.84
3000 metres steeplechase
details [i]
Gulnara Galkina-Samitova
  Russia
8:58.81
(WR)
Eunice Jepkorir
  Kenya
9:07.41 Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova
  Russia
9:12.33
4×100 metres relay
details [j]
  Belgium
Olivia Borlée
Hanna Mariën
Élodie Ouédraogo
Kim Gevaert
42.54
(NR)
  Nigeria
Franca Idoko
Gloria Kemasuode
Halimat Ismaila
Oludamola Osayomi
Agnes Osazuwa*
43.04   Brazil
Rosemar Coelho Neto
Lucimar de Moura
Thaissa Presti
Rosangela Santos
43.14
4×400 metres relay
details [k]
  United States
Mary Wineberg
Allyson Felix
Monique Henderson
Sanya Richards
Natasha Hastings*
3:18.54   Jamaica
Shericka Williams
Shereefa Lloyd
Rosemarie Whyte
Novelene Williams
Bobby-Gaye Wilkins*
3:20.40   Great Britain
Christine Ohuruogu
Kelly Sotherton
Marilyn Okoro
Nicola Sanders
3:22.68
Marathon
details
Constantina Diṭă-Tomescu
  Romania
2:26:44 Catherine Ndereba
  Kenya
2:27:06 Zhou Chunxiu
  China
2:27:07
20 kilometres walk
details
Olga Kaniskina
  Russia
1:26:31
(OR)
Kjersti Tysse Plätzer
  Norway
1:27:07 Elisa Rigaudo
  Italy
1:27:12
High jump
details [l]
Tia Hellebaut
  Belgium
2.05 m Blanka Vlašić
  Croatia
2.05 m Chaunté Howard
  United States
1.99 m
Pole vault
details
Yelena Isinbayeva
  Russia
5.05 m
(WR)
Jennifer Stuczynski
  United States
4.80 m Svetlana Feofanova
  Russia
4.75 m
Long jump
details [m]
Maurren Maggi
  Brazil
7.04 m Blessing Okagbare
  Nigeria
6.91 m Chelsea Hammond
  Jamaica
6.79 m
Triple jump
details [n]
Françoise Mbango Etone
  Cameroon
15.39 m
(OR)
Olga Rypakova
  Kazakhstan
15.11 m Yargelis Savigne
  Cuba
15.05 m
Shot put
details [o]
Valerie Vili
  New Zealand
20.56 m Misleydis González
  Cuba
19.50 m Gong Lijiao
  China
19.20 m
Discus throw
details [p]
Stephanie Brown Trafton
  United States
64.74 m Olena Antonova
  Ukraine
62.59 m Song Aimin
  China
62.20 m
Hammer throw
details [q]
Yipsi Moreno
  Cuba
75.20 m Zhang Wenxiu
  China
74.32 m Manuela Montebrun
  France
72.54 m
Javelin throw
details [r]
Barbora Špotáková
  Czech Republic
71.42 m Christina Obergföll
  Germany
66.13 m Goldie Sayers
  Great Britain
65.75 m
Heptathlon
details [s]
Natalya Dobrynska
  Ukraine
6733 Hyleas Fountain
  United States
6619 Kelly Sotherton
  Great Britain
6517

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

  • 5000 metres Original silver medalist Elvan Abeylegesse,   Turkey, disqualified, and stripped of and ordered to return silver medal following a positive test for a banned substance at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics.[11] Meseret Defar of Ethiopia was advanced to silver, and Sylvia Kibet of Kenya to bronze.
  • 10000 metres Original silver medalist Elvan Abeylegesse,   Turkey, disqualified, and stripped of and ordered to return silver medal following a positive test for a banned substance at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics.[11] Shalane Flanagan was awarded the silver medal and Linet Chepkwemoi Masai the bronze.[12]
  • 3000 metres steeplechase Original bronze medalist Yekaterina Volkova,   Russia, disqualified, and stripped of and ordered to return bronze medal following retesting of her original in-competition sample returned a positive test for the presence of banned substances.[13] Following medals reallocation Tatyana Petrova-Arkhipova of Russia received the bronze medal.
  • 4 × 100 metres relay Originally won by Team   Russia, but gold medals were stripped due to anti-doping rules violation by Yulia Chermoshanskaya.[14] Following medals reallocation Belgium are awarded gold, Nigeria – silver and Brazil – bronze.
  • 4 × 400 metres relay Team   Russia originally won silver medals, while Team   Belarus originally placed fourth, but both were disqualified due to anti-doping rules violations - by Anastasiya Kapachinskaya and Tatyana Firova in the case of Russia and Sviatlana Usovich for Belarus.[15][16][17] Following medals reallocation Jamaica are promoted to silver and Great Britain to bronze.
  • high jump Original bronze medalist Anna Chicherova,   Russia, was officially stripped of her bronze medal following a positive retest of her sample from the 2008 Games for the anabolic steroid turinobol.[18] Yelena Slesarenko,   Russia, and Vita Palamar,   Ukraine, originally 4th and 5th, also were disqualified for doping following retests. Originally the 6th place athlete, Chaunte Howard,   United States, has received the bronze medal.
  • long jump Original silver medalist Tatyana Lebedeva,   Russia, disqualified, and stripped of and ordered to return silver medal following retesting of her original in-competition sample returned a positive test for the presence of the banned substances.[3] Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria was advanced to silver, Chelsea Hammond of Jamaica to bronze.
  • triple jump Original bronze medalist Hrysopiyi Devetzi,   Greece, disqualified, and stripped of and ordered to return bronze medal following retesting of original in-competition samples returned a positive result for banned substances.[7] Original silver medalist Tatyana Lebedeva,   Russia was also disqualified later due to use of banned substances.[3] Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan was advanced to silver, Yargelis Savigne of Cuba to bronze.
  • shot put Original silver medalist Natallia Mikhnevich,   Belarus, disqualified, and stripped of and ordered to return silver medal following retesting of her original in-competition sample returned a positive test for the presence of the banned substances methandienone and stanozolol.[17] Original bronze medalist Nadzeya Ostapchuk,   Belarus, disqualified, and stripped of and ordered to return bronze medal following retesting of her original in-competition sample returned a positive test.[19] Following medals reallocation Misleydis González of China is promoted to silver and Gong Lijiao of China to bronze.
  • discus throw Retests of samples from the 2008 Summer Olympics detected a positive sample from original silver medalist Yarelys Barrios,   Cuba, for performance-enhancing drugs, and she was stripped of her medal on 1 September 2016.[20] After medal reallocation Olena Antonova received silver and Song Aimin received bronze.[21]
  • hammer throw Original gold medalist Aksana Miankova,   Belarus, disqualified, and stripped of and ordered to return gold medal following retesting of her original in-competition sample returned a positive test for the presence of the banned substances turinabol and oxandrolone.[17] Following medals reallocation Yipsi Moreno of Cuba is promoted to gold, Zhang Wenxiu of China to silver and Manuela Montebrun of France to bronze.
  • javelin throw Maria Abakumova,   Russia, who originally won the silver medal in the women's javelin, disqualified after she tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. Christina Obergföll of Germany was advanced to silver, Goldie Sayers of Great Britain to bronze.[5]
  • heptathlon Lyudmila Blonska,   Ukraine, who originally won the silver medal in the women's heptathlon, disqualified after she tested positive for methyltestosterone.[22] Following reallocation Hyleas Fountain of the United States awarded silver, Tatyana Chernova of Russia – bronze. Chernova,   Russia, who had been awarded the bronze medal following Blonska's disqualification, was herself disqualified after a retest of her 2008 sample was found to also be positive for banned substances, namely turinabol, and the bronze medal was awarded to the 2004 bronze medalist Kelly Sotherton,   Great Britain.[23]

Records brokenEdit

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 recordsEdit

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
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 recordsEdit

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   Cameroon 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 nationsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics Medal Standings". Archived from the original on 18 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  2. ^ IOC sanctions five athletes who competed in Beijing
  3. ^ a b c https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-sanctions-two-athletes-for-failing-anti-doping-test-at-beijing-2008
  4. ^ http://www.wn.de/Sport/Weltsport/Leichtathletik/3323225-CAS-lehnt-Carter-Einspruch-ab-Bolt-verliert-Staffel-Gold-endgueltig
  5. ^ a b IOC sanctions four athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008 and London 2012
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ a b "IOC sanctions 16 athletes for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008". IOC. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  8. ^ http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/national/south-dakotan-pole-vaulter-receives-medal-2008-olympics-article-1.3069654
  9. ^ Olympic Highlights
  10. ^ "CAS reinstates Olympic medals for hammer throwers". June 10, 2010. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  11. ^ a b http://www.espn.com/olympics/trackandfield/story/_/id/19029333/turkish-runner-elvan-abeylegesse-lose-two-olympic-medals-doping
  12. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2017/08/21/shalane-flanagan-receives-silver-medal-2008-olympics/586335001/
  13. ^ IOC sanctions nine athletes for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008
  14. ^ IOC sanctions Yulia Chermoshanskaya for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008
  15. ^ IOC sanctions three athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008
  16. ^ IOC sanctions six athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008
  17. ^ a b c IOC sanctions seven athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008 and London 2012
  18. ^ IOC sanctions Anna Chicherova for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008
  19. ^ IOC sanctions eight athletes for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008 and London 2012
  20. ^ IOC sanctions two athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008
  21. ^ Офіційно: Олена Антонова – срібний призер Олімпійських ігор-2008 (in Ukrainian)
  22. ^ IOC sanctions Liudmyla Blonska for failing Anti-Doping test IOC press release August 22, 2008.
  23. ^ IOC sanctions two athletes for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008 and London 2012

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