Beijing Olympics

  • Andy Murray wary of Beijing conqueror Lu June 26, 2013

    London: Andy Murray experienced the high of winning Olympic gold in London last year but his second round opponent at Wimbledon on Wednesday inflicted one of his most chastening defeats at the Beijing Games five years ago. Lu Yenhsun, a Taiwanese chicken farmer's son who goes by the name of...
  • Great Olympic moments, Part 10 July 25, 2012

    In the countdown to the 2012 London Olympics, we retrace some memorable achievements in the history of the Games. In part ten of our Olympic recall, a look at Usain Bolts and Michael Phelps electrifying performances at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. 2008: Bolt breaks 100m, Johnson's 200m world records It was widely...
  • India's Olympic moments: Bindra creates history July 21, 2012

    In the countdown to the 2012 London Olympics, we retrace some memorable Indian moments at the quadrennial games. Today, a look at Abhinav Bindra's gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics What Abhinav Bindra managed to do for India has not been achieved by any other Indian so far winning...
  • Confident Vijender wants more at London 2012 July 18, 2012

    Beijing bronze medallist Vijender Singh is eyeing another medal in boxing at the upcoming Olympics. ...
  • US legend Bryant targets another basketball gold July 18, 2012

    Gold medallists at the Beijing Olympics, the United States basketball team in the leadership of the legendary Kobe Bryant arrives in London to defend their title. ...
  • US volleyball coach turns tragedy into gold July 5, 2012

    After leading the US men's team to Olympic gold in Beijing, Hugh McCutcheon now aims the same feat for the women's team. ...
  • No one knew me before Beijing: Abhinav Bindra October 24, 2011

    New Delhi: Olympic gold medalistturnedwriter Abhinav Bindra, whose shots have rarely missed the bull's eye, says India does not have a longrange sports policy and culture that encourage children to take up sports as a vocation. Bindra, who launched his biography, "A Shot at History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold"...
  • Top Dutch hockey coach ready to help India January 6, 2010

    New Delhi: Mark Lammers is a legendary name in the world of hockey and led the Netherlands women's team to gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Beijing Olympics gold is just one of the many titles the Netherlands women's team achieved under Lammers. For someone who has led both men's and women's...
  • Vijender becomes world No. 1 boxer in 75kg category March 27, 2010

    New Delhi: Olympic and World Championship bronze medallist Vijender Singh has achieved yet another first for Indian boxing by becoming the world's top-ranked pugilist in the middle weight (75kg) category. The 23-year-old Bhiwani boxer, who won India's maiden World Championships medal in Milan earlier this month, has 200 points and is...
  • Boxer Darren Sutherland found dead at home September 16, 2009

    London: Darren Sutherland, a boxer who won a bronze medal for Ireland at the Beijing Olympics, was found hanged at his home. He was 27. Frank Maloney, his manager, discovered the body of the fighter on Monday and was so unnerved he was admitted to a hospital. Sutherland was unbeaten in his...
  • Corporates spar to win over boxer Vijender September 13, 2009

    New Delhi: Olympic and world championship boxing medallist Vijender Kumar has been caught in unusual bout of sparring between two companies vying to promote the middleweight. Vijender secured India's first world championships podium finish with a bronze at Milan this week after earning the nation's first Olympics boxing medal, also a...
  • India boxing stars look for glory beyond Olympics August 31, 2009

    New Delhi: Wearing a tight, black vest emblazoned with the world "Invincible", Olympic medalist Vijender Kumar of Kaluwas village, Bhiwani district in Haryana is enjoying the glamorous life that an Olympic medal has brought him. The handsome 23-year-old revels in the attention lavished on him since he won a bronze in...
  • Rathore gets his groove back, sets aim for Italy July 22, 2009

    Olympic medallist Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore will head to Italy to join the national shooting team after a break of nearly one year. It has been a difficult journey for India's Olympic hero but now he has got his confidence back and is aiming for gold. ...
  • US gymnast Raj Bhavsar hopes to inspire Indian athletes June 5, 2009

    New Delhi: Indian-origin American gymnast Raj Bhavsar won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics. It has been a long and hard journey for the 28-year-old. He may not be an all American boy. But born and raised in Houston, he is living his American dream through the life he chose...
  • Beijing men's 1,500 gold medallist tests positive April 30, 2009

    Stuttgart: Bahrain's Olympic 1,500 metres gold medallist Rashid Ramzi and two cyclists are among six athletes to test positive for the blood booster CERA at the Beijing Olympics, officials said on Wednesday. Italy's road race silver medallist Davide Rebellin and German Stefan Schumacher, who is already banned for doping, were confirmed...
  • IOC scraps international torch relays March 27, 2009

    New Delhi: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has scrapped all future Olympic torch relays. The torch relay for both the Winter and Summer Games will now be confined to inside the boundaries of the host countries. IOC took the decision after the controversy-ridden journey of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Torch Relay. The...
  • Weightlifter Monika's B sample tests positive, faces ban March 27, 2009

    New Delhi: The 'B' sample test of Manipuri weightlifter Monika Devi, who was stopped from taking part in Beijing Olympics on dope charges, has returned positive for a banned substance in a WADA-accredited laboratory in Tokyo. Monika's 'B' sample was sent for testing in Tokyo by the Sports Ministry on the...
  • China struggles to find a role for its Olympics stadium March 18, 2009

    Beijing: The Bird's Nest housed the biggest Olympics extravaganza in modern history less than a year ago. But now the national stadium in Beijing has been left to host only a few tourists and the occasional cultural performance, which doesn’t attract too many spectators. “The next performance will be in May...
  • Kelloggs donates packs endorsed | Phelps feels for family March 13, 2009

    Michael Phelps insists he's more worried about the pain he caused family, friends and fans than losing money in endorsements after he was photographed inhaling from a marijuana pipe. In an interview with NBC television, the swimming star didn't directly answer the question of whether he was smoking marijuana.Kellogg Co...
  • Phelps sad over family hurt after marijuana pipe photo March 13, 2009

    New York: Michael Phelps insists he's more worried about the pain he caused family, friends and fans than losing money in endorsements after he was photographed inhaling from a marijuana pipe called a bong. In an interview with NBC television, the swimming star didn't directly answer the question of whether he...
  • USA Swimming's 3-month suspension fair: Phelps February 17, 2009

    Baltimore: Michael Phelps says it's fair for USA Swimming to suspend him for three months, the latest fallout from a photo showing the Olympic great apparently inhaling from a marijuana pipe. Phelps was back at his regular pool in Baltimore on Friday, a day after the suspension was handed down. "It's not...
  • Olympic champion Bindra to fly a F-16 February 7, 2009

    New Delhi: Shooter Abhinav Bindra, who last year won India's first individual Olympic gold medal, is poised to soar to a new high next week. Bindra will board an F-16IN fighter jet for a 45-minute ride on invitation, at an air show in Bangalore, US aircraft makers Lockheed Martin said in...
  • Phelps suspended from US swimming for 3 months February 7, 2009

    Washington: American swimmer Michael Phelps, the winner of the most Olympic medals in history, was suspended on Thursday from competing for three months and lost his lucrative contract with the Kellogg cereal company, newspaper reports said. The moves were the latest fallout from a photograph published in an English tabloid over...
  • Phelps 'regrets' inhaling from a marijuana pipe February 2, 2009

    Tampa (Florida): Olympic great Michael Phelps acknowledged "regrettable" behaviour and "bad judgment" after a photo in a British newspaper on Sunday showed him inhaling from a marijuana pipe. In a statement to The Associated Press, the swimmer who won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Games did not dispute...
  • Legendary Gail Devers hails rise of Jamaican athletes January 16, 2009

    New Delhi: The Mumbai Marathon on Sunday will have a star attraction. A track and field legend and three-time Olympic gold medallist Gail Devers of the USA is its brand ambassador. Devers burst on to the international scene at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics winning the 100 meters title. But in...
  • Phelps shooting commercial for Mazda in Beijing January 15, 2009

    Beijing: After his eight-gold medal winning haul at the Beijing Olympics, Michael Phelps is back in China. Phelps is shooting for a TV commercial for the new Mazda6 model at the Water Cube in Beijing in what is seen as the biggest deal for a Western celebrity by a Chinese company. Phelps...
  • Phelps back in Beijing, models for automaker Mazda January 12, 2009

    Beijing: United States of America's swimming legend Michael Phelps is back in Beijing where he made Olympic history in August winning eight gold medals. Phelps is in Beijing to do TV commercials for automaker Mazda, which is reported to be paying him more than $1 million to endorse the brand in...
  • Sports 2008: Bindra breaks Olympic jinx, India high on MSD December 31, 2008

    New Delhi: A baby-faced Chandigarh gunner laid his hands on the most coveted piece of metal in the world of sports but it was a long-haired swashbuckler from Jharkhand who kept the cricket-crazy nation enamoured in an engrossing year for Indian sports. It was quite an Indian August in Beijing as...
  • Watch: India's best-ever show in Olympics December 30, 2008

    The year 2008 has been fantastic for Indian sport. India won its first-ever individual gold medal in Olympics when Abhinav Binda won the 10-m air rifle event in Beijing. Wrestler Sushil Kumar and boxer Vijender Kumar won a bronze each in men's freestyle 66 kg and men's middleweight (75kg) respectively...
  • We must be confident of our skills: Akhil Kumar December 17, 2008

    New Delhi: He may have returned empty-handed from the Beijing Olympics but Akhil Kumar made sure that there was one medal around his neck at the World Championships in Moscow. Akhil (54kg) fought hard losing on count-back to Olympic silver medallist Yankiel Leon Alarcon in the semi-finals at the AIBA Boxing...