09 Jun 2004 - 13 Feb 2021
Saturday, 13 September, 2008, 23:49 ( 21:49 GMT )
Arguably the day's biggest winners on Matchday 5 of the African Zone qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa were Benin, who qualified for the next stage by virtue of their 3-2 win over Angola and Niger's surprise 3-1 success over Uganda. As a result they join Nigeria and Cameroon in the final phase of the qualifiers..
Heavenly drums, silver bell dancers, light wheels and flying men took centre stage to greet guests at the National Stadium Sunday for the closing celebration of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The evening's performances featured an eclectic mix of China's ethnic minority cultures and various modern elements.
The Games of the 29th Olympiad are finally over and concluded with 12 finals including a new Olympic record in the Men's Marathon, China and Mongolia collecting their first-ever Olympic Boxing medals and Russia retaining its Rhythmic Gymnastics All Around crown.
Russia took the Women's 4x100m Relay gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in a time of 42.31 seconds thanks to the efforts of a team made up of Evgeniya Polyakova, Aleksandra Fedoriva, Yulia Gushchina and Yuliya Chermoshanskaya.
Moon Dae-Sung (pictured), Claudia Bokel and Ruiz–Luaces Yumilka have been elected into the Athletes' Commission of the International Olympic Committee, replacing Sergey Bubka, Robert Ctvrtlik and Barbara Kendall. Alexander Popov, who was first elected to the IOC Athletes' Commission in 1999, was re-elected into the commission.
Athens 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica successfully defended her Women's 200m title, crossing the line for gold at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in a personal best of 21.74 seconds.
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