Olympics closing ceremony video

2008 Olympic Medal Tally – Top 5 Countries

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

USA

36

38

36

110

CHN

51

21

28

100

RUS

23

21

28

72

GBR

19

13

15

47

AUS

14

15

17

46

 

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Men’s and Women’s 4x400m relay Final Videos

Track and Field:

Sanya Richards needed a furious comeback. Jeremy Wariner could have walked to the finish.

Sanya Richards powers past Russia in the final stretch to win gold for the United States.

The results were the same, though. No dropped batons. And gold medals. Finally.

In a pair of races that helped salvage the U.S. track and field team’s Olympics, Wariner, Richards and Allyson Felix led an American sweep of the 4x400m relays Saturday, an event that might as well have been designed to bolster the U.S. team’s gold-medal count.

Richards anchored her team to a come-from-behind victory in 3 minutes, 18.54 seconds, the world’s fastest time since 1993. It was the fourth straight Olympic win for the United States in the women’s 1,600.

Wariner crossed the line 12 strides ahead of Chris Brown of the Bahamas, finishing in 2:55.39 to break the Olympic record by 0.35 second.

“To end it with an Olympic record after everything those guys have been through, that shows you they care about representing America,” U.S. men’s coach Bubba Thornton said. “They wanted to end it with a good dose of good ol’ American apple pie.”

The women’s race was hardly a breeze — unless you count that huge sigh of relief that came from the U.S. foursome.

In the final leg, Richards trailed Russia’s Anastasia KAPACHINSKAYA for more than 300 meters, with no signs of closing the gap. But down the stretch, Richards finally took over — something she couldn’t do in her bronze-medal performance in the 400m race on Tuesday — for the 0.28-second victory.

When she crossed the line, she threw out her right fist — baton tightly clenched inside of it, knowing a gold medal would soon be hung around her neck. The team huddled and cried. Tears of joy this time instead of disappointment.

“You get down on yourself,” Richards said. “So we used that as motivation. We kept our heads high and we ran great.”

There was no such drama in the men’s race, which featured two gold-medal winners — LaShawn Merritt, who upset Wariner in the 400, and Angelo Taylor, the 400 hurdles winner. Merritt put America in the lead early, Taylor widened the gap, David Neville held it and Wariner romped to the finish.

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Usain Bolt wins 100m and 200m Gold setting world records (Videos)

Usain Bolt sets another world record in the 200m final at Beijing Olympics 2008. Americans Shawn Crawford and Walter Dix get silver and bronze.

Officially, Usain Bolt won by an astounding 0.66 second over American Shawn Crawford, the defending Olympic champion. Crawford won the silver medal when Churandy Martina of Netherlands Antilles, who had finished 0.52 behind Bolt, was disqualified after a U.S. protest for running out of his lane.

American Walter Dix was awarded the bronze medal when the third man across the line, teammate Wallace Spearmon, also was disqualified for leaving his lane.

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In the most outrageous display of speed to ever burn across the Olympic Games, Usain Bolt of Jamaica rocketed to gold in winning the men’s 100m dash in 9.69 seconds — not only a new world record but the first time in the history of human beings a man has run the distance under 9.7 seconds without a significant tailwind.

Richard THOMPSON of Trinidad & Tobago finished second, a full two-tenths of a second back, in 9.89.

Walter Dix of the United States took third, in 9.91.

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Michael Phelps 8 GOLD Medals at Olympics 2008 Beijing

– Michael Phelps 8 GOLD Medals at Olympics 2008 Beijing.

– Creates a Olympic record for more Gold Medals by an individual.

– Breaks Mark Spitz Record.

– 7 World Records.

Aug. 10 – 400-meter Individual Medley – 4:03.84 (WR)
Aug. 11 – 4×100-meter Freestyle Relay – 3:08.24 (WR)
Aug. 12 – 200-meter Freestyle – 1:42.96 (WR)
Aug. 13 – 200-meter Butterfly – 1:52.03 (WR)
Aug. 13 – 4×200 Freestyle Relay – 6:58.56 (WR)
Aug. 15 – 200-meter Individual Medley – 1:54.23 (WR)
Aug. 16 – 100-meter Butterfly – 50.58
Aug. 17 – 4×100-meter Medley Relay – 3:29.34 (WR)

*WR – World Redord.

Michael Phelps wins 7th Gold – Video

Phelps ties Mark Spitz with 7th Gold Medal at Olympics.

(NECN) August 16, 2008 – It’s seven down and one to go for US swimmer Michael Phelps after a come from behind nail biter.

You can just see the emotion in Phelps face after clinching his 7th Gold medal on Friday night in the 100 meter butterfly.

He beat out Milorad Cavic of Serbia.

Phelps now ties Mark Spitz record and hopes to swim into Olympic history on Saturday night with an eighth Gold medal in the 400 meter medley.

On a local not, Maine’s Ian Crocker finished fourth.

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Phelps and team wins 4×100 freestyle relay in style (Video)

Phelps on pace as U.S. 4×100 freestyle relay grabs gold, set world record

2008 Olympics Beijing

Michael Phelps, left, Garrett Weber-Gale and Jason Lezak (in water) rejoice after narrowly winning the men's 4x100 relay gold medal in Beijing on Monday morning. The title is back in American hands after losses at the last two Olympics.

Michael Phelps, left, Garrett Weber-Gale and Jason Lezak (in water) rejoice after narrowly winning the men's 4x100 relay gold medal in Beijing on Monday morning. The title is back in American hands after losses at the last two Olympics.

By Jack Gruber, USA TODAY

 

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BEIJING ( August 11, 2008 ) …. The fastest French relay team ever assembled could not stop Michael Phelps’ assault on Olympic history. Instead, U.S. teammate Jason Lezak preserved it with the fastest relay split ever swum.

Early today (Sunday night ET), Phelps, Lezak and their 4×100-meter freestyle relay teammates regained the Olympic title they owned from 1964 to 1996, in thrilling fashion and world-record time, keeping Phelps on track for a record eight gold medals.

He now has two, with a chance at a third Tuesday morning (tonight ET) in the 200 freestyle. By the end of the Beijing Olympics, Phelps could surpass Mark Spitz’s record of seven golds set in the 1972 Olympics.

If Phelps sets the record, a big thanks should go to Lezak, who caught France’s Alain Bernard in the last few meters of the race. The U.S. men won by eight-hundredths of a second, finishing in 3:08.24 to France’s 3:08.32. The winning time was nearly four seconds faster than the world record the U.S. men set in the preliminaries.

Lezak swam his leg in 46.06 seconds. Bernard held the world record in the 100 freestyle at 47.5 seconds, but it was eclipsed by Australian Eamon Sullivan (47.24) in the opening leg of the relay. Besides individual events, world records may be set only in opening legs of a relay race.

“His last 50 meters were absolutely incredible,” Phelps said of Lezak. “He had a perfect finish.”

The 4×100 freestyle relay was one of the biggest question marks on Phelps’ program. A U.S. loss in the event in the 2004 Olympics derailed Phelps’ attempt at eight golds.

Bernard predicted last week that the French would “smash” the Americans in the relay. Instead, the U.S. men put an emphatic point on Phelps’ run at the single greatest performance in Olympic history. “They had talked a lot about it, and we would just rather do it in the pool,” Lezak said.

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