China, the number 1

24 08 2008

Impressive performances by all the sportsmen and sportswomen from all over the world, especially China – total of 51 Gold medals, 21 Silver medals and 28 Bronze medals.. – China ranks no. 1 if you are looking at the Gold medals only!!  A very impressive high number of Gold (Record!!) taken by any countries in past Olympic years… For highest total number of medals obtained, USA ranks 1st with a total of 110 medals (36 Gold, 38 Silver and 36 Bronze).

In this Beijing Olympic 2008, we witnessed more than 40 new World Records are set and more than 120 new Olympic Records are made here this year… Impressive indeed!! Michael Phelps, the Olympic 2008 hero, has mesmerized the world with his fantastic swimming performances with 8 Gold Medal (in 400m Individual Medley, 200m Freestyle, 200m Butterfly, 200m Individual Medley, 100m Butterfly, 4x100m Freestyle Relay, 4x200m Freestyle Relay and 4x100m Medley Relay), and 7 records!! *Double WOW*

Singapore is still with one Silver medal in the Women’s Table Tennis Team…. nevertheless we still have a placing in the Overall Medal/Ranking Standing … Rank 69/71!! =)

Ok! Though I feel that these 3 weeks have passed-by fast, and I am still longing for more Olympics games-watching… Ohh well… all good things still have to come to an end, right?? With Closing ceremony of Beijing Olympic 2008 (Oh I saw Andy Lau, Jackie Chan, Emil Chau, Karen Mok, Joey, Sun Nan performing at the last segment) is over, bye bye Beijing Olympic 2008, next stop is London Olympic 2012!! Cya!! =0)

Rank NOC Name Men Women Open/Mixed Total Rank by Total
G S B T G S B T G S B T G S B T
1 ChinaCHN – China 24 10 8 42 27 11 19 57     1 1 51 21 28 100 2
2 United StatesUSA – United States 20 13 20 53 15 23 15 53 1 2 1 4 36 38 36 110 1
3 Russian Fed.RUS – Russian Fed. 12 8 20 40 11 13 8 32         23 21 28 72 3
4 Great BritainGBR – Great Britain 11 8 7 26 7 5 6 18 1   2 3 19 13 15 47 4
5 GermanyGER – Germany 7 7 6 20 6 2 7 15 3 1 2 6 16 10 15 41 6
6 AustraliaAUS – Australia 6 6 9 21 8 7 8 23   2   2 14 15 17 46 5
7 KoreaKOR – Korea 8 6 4 18 4 4 4 12 1     1 13 10 8 31 8
8 JapanJPN – Japan 4 4 5 13 5 2 5 12         9 6 10 25 11
9 ItalyITA – Italy 4 7 6 17 4 3 4 11         8 10 10 28 9
10 FranceFRA – France 6 14 12 32 1 2 4 7     1 1 7 16 17 40 7
11 UkraineUKR – Ukraine 4 3 8 15 3 2 7 12         7 5 15 27 10
12 NetherlandsNED – Netherlands 1   2 3 5 4 2 11 1 1   2 7 5 4 16 16
13 JamaicaJAM – Jamaica 3     3 3 3 2 8         6 3 2 11 20
14 SpainESP – Spain 4 6 2 12   3 1 4 1 1   2 5 10 3 18 =14
15 KenyaKEN – Kenya 3 2 4 9 2 3   5         5 5 4 14 18
16 BelarusBLR – Belarus 3 3 5 11 1 2 5 8         4 5 10 19 13
17 RomaniaROU – Romania     1 1 4 1 2 7         4 1 3 8 =25
18 EthiopiaETH – Ethiopia 2 1 1 4 2   1 3         4 1 2 7 =27
19 CanadaCAN – Canada 1 5 3 9 1 3 3 7 1 1   2 3 9 6 18 =14
20 PolandPOL – Poland 3 4   7   2 1 3         3 6 1 10 =21
21 HungaryHUN – Hungary 2 4 1 7 1 1 1 3         3 5 2 10 =21
21 NorwayNOR – Norway 2 3   5 1 2 1 4     1 1 3 5 2 10 =21
23 BrazilBRA – Brazil 1 3 5 9 2 1 3 6         3 4 8 15 17
24 Czech RepublicCZE – Czech Republic 1 2   3 2 1   3         3 3   6 =30
25 SlovakiaSVK – Slovakia 2 1 1 4 1 1   2         3 2 1 6 =30
26 New ZealandNZL – New Zealand 1 1 5 7 2     2         3 1 5 9 24
27 GeorgiaGEO – Georgia 3   2 5     1 1         3   3 6 =30
28 CubaCUB – Cuba 2 5 8 15   6 3 9         2 11 11 24 12
29 KazakhstanKAZ – Kazakhstan 2 2 5 9   2 2 4         2 4 7 13 19
30 DenmarkDEN – Denmark 1 2 1 4     1 1 1   1 2 2 2 3 7 =27
31 MongoliaMGL – Mongolia 2 1   3   1   1         2 2   4 =44
31 ThailandTHA – Thailand 1 1   2 1 1   2         2 2   4 =44
33 DPR KoreaPRK – DPR Korea     1 1 2 1 2 5         2 1 3 6 =30
34 ArgentinaARG – Argentina 2   1 3     2 2     1 1 2   4 6 =30
34 SwitzerlandSUI – Switzerland 2   3 5     1 1         2   4 6 =30
36 MexicoMEX – Mexico 1     1 1   1 2         2   1 3 =51
37 TurkeyTUR – Turkey 1   3 4   4   4         1 4 3 8 =25
38 ZimbabweZIM – Zimbabwe         1 3   4         1 3   4 =44
39 AzerbaijanAZE – Azerbaijan 1 2 3 6     1 1         1 2 4 7 =27
40 UzbekistanUZB – Uzbekistan 1 2 2 5     1 1         1 2 3 6 =30
41 SloveniaSLO – Slovenia 1 1 1 3   1 1 2         1 2 2 5 =38
42 BulgariaBUL – Bulgaria     3 3 1 1   2         1 1 3 5 =38
42 IndonesiaINA – Indonesia 1   2 3     1 1   1   1 1 1 3 5 =38
44 FinlandFIN – Finland     2 2 1 1   2         1 1 2 4 =44
45 LatviaLAT – Latvia 1 1 1 3                 1 1 1 3 =51
46 BelgiumBEL – Belgium         1 1   2         1 1   2 =57
46 Dominican Rep.DOM – Dominican Rep. 1 1   2                 1 1   2 =57
46 EstoniaEST – Estonia 1 1   2                 1 1   2 =57
46 PortugalPOR – Portugal 1     1   1   1         1 1   2 =57
50 IndiaIND – India 1   2 3                 1   2 3 =51
51 IranIRI – Iran 1   1 2                 1   1 2 =57
52 BahrainBRN – Bahrain 1     1                 1     1 =69
52 CameroonCMR – Cameroon         1     1         1     1 =69
52 PanamaPAN – Panama 1     1                 1     1 =69
52 TunisiaTUN – Tunisia 1     1                 1     1 =69
56 SwedenSWE – Sweden   2 1 3   1   1   1   1   4 1 5 =38
57 CroatiaCRO – Croatia   1   1   1 3 4           2 3 5 =38
57 LithuaniaLTU – Lithuania   1 3 4   1   1           2 3 5 =38
59 GreeceGRE – Greece   2   2     2 2           2 2 4 =44
60 Trinidad/TobagoTRI – Trinidad/Tobago   2   2                   2   2 =57
61 NigeriaNGR – Nigeria   1 1 2     2 2           1 3 4 =44
62 AustriaAUT – Austria   1   1     2 2           1 2 3 =51
62 IrelandIRL – Ireland   1 2 3                   1 2 3 =51
62 SerbiaSRB – Serbia   1 2 3                   1 2 3 =51
65 AlgeriaALG – Algeria   1   1     1 1           1 1 2 =57
65 BahamasBAH – Bahamas   1 1 2                   1 1 2 =57
65 ColombiaCOL – Colombia   1   1     1 1           1 1 2 =57
65 KyrgyzstanKGZ – Kyrgyzstan   1 1 2                   1 1 2 =57
65 MoroccoMAR – Morocco   1   1     1 1           1 1 2 =57
65 TajikistanTJK – Tajikistan   1 1 2                   1 1 2 =57
71 ChileCHI – Chile   1   1                   1   1 =69
71 EcuadorECU – Ecuador   1   1                   1   1 =69
71 IcelandISL – Iceland   1   1                   1   1 =69
71 MalaysiaMAS – Malaysia   1   1                   1   1 =69
71 South AfricaRSA – South Africa   1   1                   1   1 =69
71 SingaporeSIN – Singapore           1   1           1   1 =69
71 SudanSUD – Sudan   1   1                   1   1 =69
71 VietnamVIE – Vietnam   1   1                   1   1 =69
79 ArmeniaARM – Armenia     6 6                     6 6 =30
80 Chinese TaipeiTPE – Chinese Taipei     2 2     2 2             4 4 =44
81 AfghanistanAFG – Afghanistan     1 1                     1 1 =69
81 EgyptEGY – Egypt     1 1                     1 1 =69
81 IsraelISR – Israel     1 1                     1 1 =69
81 Rep. of MoldovaMDA – Rep. of Moldova     1 1                     1 1 =69
81 MauritiusMRI – Mauritius     1 1                     1 1 =69
81 TogoTOG – Togo     1 1                     1 1 =69
81 VenezuelaVEN – Venezuela             1 1             1 1 =69
Total: 165 165 202 532 127 128 141 396 10 10 10 30 302 303 353 958

Source

Top moments of the Beijing Games
BEIJING – Following is a selection of the top 10 moments from the Beijing Olympics:

1) Usain Bolt breaks the 100 metres world record. Bolt already owned the record and in front of a packed Bird’s Nest stadium he ran 9.69 seconds.

He thumped his chest in triumph over the last few metres before his ‘marksman’ celebration which became one of the lasting images of the Games.

2) Michael Phelps roars in triumph and relief after American team mate Jason Lezak overtook France’s Alain Bernard on the final leg of the 4×100 freestyle relay to keep alive Phelps’s dream of beating Mark Spitz’s record from 1972 of seven golds in a Games – a dream he was to realise.

3) Liu Xiang dejectedly walks away from the track as he realises he has to withdraw from the defence of his 110 metres hurdles title because of a leg injury. Liu was the most popular sportsman in China and his grimacing departure clouded the Games for millions of home fans.

4) Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva turns the Bird’s Nest into her private theatre with a gold medal and world record-breaking pole vault performance that captivated the 91,000 crowd. After she spent most of the competition lying under a towel, she broke her own world mark with a leap of 5.05 metres.

5) The Opening Ceremony. It emerged that some of the performance seen on television had been enhanced by computers, a child singer was replaced by a supposedly prettier face to mime to her voice and representatives of China’s ethnic minorities were no such thing. But it was a jaw-dropping beginning to the Games, culminating in former gymnast Li Ning being swung up the roof of the stadium and ‘running’ around the top level before lighting the cauldron.

Beijing Olympics closes
BEIJING – INTERNATIONAL Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Jacques Rogge declared the Beijing Olympics officially closed on Sunday bringing down the curtain on a glittering 16-day long sports extravaganza. ‘These were truly exceptional Games!’ said Rogge at the end of the first Olympics organised by China.

The Beijing Olympics, which opened on Aug 8, saw China for the first time emerge as the dominant sports country at the Games taking 51 golds to 36 for the United States and 23 for Russia They were also a massive landmark showcasing China’s full emergence as a world political and economic superpower.

Presiding at his second Games, Rogge said at the conclusion to a lavish closing ceremony in the Olympic Stadium that through the Beijing Olympics ‘the world learned more about China and China learned more about the world.’

‘New stars were born. Stars from past Games amazed us again. We shared their joys and their tears, and we marveled at their ability. We will long remember the achievements we witnessed here,’ he said.

‘As we celebrate the success of these Games, let us together wish the best for the talented athletes who will soon participate in the Paralympic Games.

They also inspire us.

‘To the athletes tonight: You were true role models. You have shown us the unifying power of sport. The Olympic spirit lives in the warm embrace of competitors from nations in conflict. Keep that spirit alive when you return home.

‘These were truly exceptional Games! ‘And now, in accordance with tradition, I declare the Games of the 29th Olympiad closed, and I call upon the youth of the world to assemble four years from now in London to celebrate the Games of the 30th Olympiad.

The Olympic flag was then to be passed on to the mayor of London Boris Johnson. — AFP

Source:StraitsTime 

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