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.
MARATHON runner Ali El Zaidi (pictured), the last of the seven Libyan participants at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games to offer his challenge on the closing day of the most successful Games ever, was a disappointment. He was one of 19 starters from a field o 98 listed as runners who failed to finish the race. Three did not even start.
Argentina successfully defended the gold medal they won four years agon in Athens by winning the Men’s football tournament after defeating Africa’s Nigeria 1-0 in the final. To Nigeria goes the Silver Medal and to Brazil the Bronze after beating Belgium 3-0 in the match for third/fourth place.
Jamaica confirmed their new-found status as the greatest sprinting nation in the world, smashing the world record to win gold in the Men's 4 x 100m Relay at the National Stadium.
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.
Italian Alex Schwazer (pictured) won the gold medal in the day’s first event leading to the medals. the Men's 50km Walk. The silver medal was taken by Jared Tallent of Australia and the bronze medal went to Denis Nizhegorodov of Russia.
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.
Anne-Caroline Chausson of France won the gold medal while pre-race favoruite Shanaze Reade of Great Britain crashed out to finish last in the Women's race as BMX made its Olympic debut on Friday.
Nelson Evora of Portugal won the gold medal in the Men's Triple Jump with a jump of 17.67 meters at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Dayron Robles of Cuba (pictured) won the Men's 110m Hurdles gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in a time of 12.93 seconds - just 0.06 seconds off the world record he set in June this year.
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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