Olympic Games Beijing 2008

  • King of the ring: Vijendra the new brand for India Inc August 30, 2008

    New Delhi: In a country that has downright hero worshiped cricket and no other sport, the medal winners of the recently concluded Olympics have created somewhat a stir and made corporates sit up and take notice. But how long will ad world's interest in non-cricket icons last? Sports personalities MS Dhoni,...
  • In pics: A look at swimmer Phelps in action August 18, 2008

    Michael Phelps has broken the record of compatriot Mark Spitz by winning the eighth gold medal. Here are a few moments that were captured during the action. ...
  • Unstoppable Nadal takes Olympic gold in tennis August 18, 2008

    Beijing: Spain's Rafael Nadal added Olympic gold to his glittering season collection as he destroyed Chilean Fernando Gonzalez in the men's singles final on Sunday. Nadal, whose tennis domination will be confirmed when he becomes world number one for the first time on Monday, blew away the 2004 bronze-medallist 6-3, 7-6...
  • Dementieva leads Russian podium sweep August 18, 2008

    Beijing: Elena Dementieva won a combustible final against Dinara Safina to head a Russian one-two-three in the Olympic women's singles on Sunday. The world number seven recovered from an error-strewn first set to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, making up for her disappointment in losing the 2000 final to Venus Williams. Dementieva clenched...
  • Phelps looks to new swimming program for London August 17, 2008

    Beijing: Michael Phelps said rest was the first thing on his agenda in the wake of his epic Olympic performance in Beijing, before he and coach Bob Bowman chart a new course for London 2012. Despite his remarkable achievement - an unprecedented eight gold medals in nine days to take...
  • Shooting star: How Bindra made it possible | Pics August 14, 2008

    New Delhi: He is the man of the moment, the sportsman with the Midas touch but what was Abhinav Bindra's journey till he got that gold? Abhinav’s story is not just his. It is the story of a family that did what they could to see their son accomplish what...
  • Blogger Bindra: Indian ace shooter pens his thoughts August 12, 2008

    New Delhi Wishes are pouring in for Abhinav Bindra from across the globe after he won the gold medal for World shooting championship in Beijing on Monday. He himself says he has a poker face but a glance through his blog showed that he is not lost for words. Abhinav Bindra puts...
  • Shooting Star: Prizes pour in as states honour Bindra August 11, 2008

    New Delhi: India clinched its first ever individual Olympic gold medal in 108 years when Abhinav Bindra won the 10 meter air rifle event in one of the most pulsating shooting finals in the history of the world's biggest sporting extravaganza. Back home, India is in a jubilant mood. Sportspersons and...
  • Saina stuns 4th seed Wang; one step from medal rounds August 11, 2008

    Beijing: Saina Nehwal may well prove to be the dark horse in the Indian Olympic contingent. The shy 18-year-old from Hyderabad pulled off the biggest upset of the women's singles badminton competition, knocking out fourth seed and World No. 6 Wang Chen in the pre-quarter finals on Monday. World No. 15...
  • Tough luck for Monika Devi, too late to enter Olympics August 10, 2008

    The Sports Authority of India cleared Manipuri weightlifter Monika Devi of the doping charge on Saturday but it is almost sure that she wouldn’t be able to make it to Beijing Olympics. ...
  • Manavjit, Mansher fail to qualify men's trap shooting August 10, 2008

    Beijing: Indian shooters continued to draw a blank in Beijing Olympics with Manavjit Singh Sandhu wilting under pressure and compatriot Mansher Singh too failing to make it to the finals of the men's trap shooting event on Sunday. Tipped a medal prospect, Manavjit could manage only 116 out of 125 to...
  • Clean chit, PMO's word can't get Monika to China August 10, 2008

    New Delhi: The doping charge against Manipuri weightlifter Monika Devi has created a political controversy with the Prime Minister’s Office pushing for her inclusion in the Indian Olympic squad and the state Chief Minister lobbying for her. Monika was removed from the Olympic squad on Wednesday after she failed a doping...
  • Hosting Olympics may be a long shot for India August 9, 2008

    Olympic Games — the world's biggest sporting spectacle — kicked off in Beijing on Friday with once-reclusive China celebrating its role as an Olympic host for the first time with a stunning display of pageantry and pyrotechnics. China put its rich history on full display in a breathtaking opening ceremony....
  • Countdown Olympics: All the excitement from Bird's Nest August 8, 2008

    The world's biggest sporting spectacle, the Olympics, kicks off on Friday. China has left no stone unturned to be at its prepared best. ...
  • Beijing menu: scorpion fry, seahorse kebab August 8, 2008

    Beijing: Fancy a seahorse kebab, deep-fried scorpion, or maybe duck liver paste shaped as a table tennis bat? Beijing, a city known for its culinary diversity, is offering everything from the bizarre to the beautiful when it comes to food during the August 8-24 Olympics with visitors urged to be...
  • China's Games party set for "big bang" start August 8, 2008

    Beijing: China celebrates its ancient and modern power when the Olympics open on Friday, looking to put criticism behind it as world leaders arrived in Beijing. The opening ceremony is the culmination of seven years of hard work that reshaped the capital, and sets the seal on a sustained economic...
  • Olympics 2008 host Beijing decks up for the world August 8, 2008

    Beijing: From the streets to the skies, China has taken nothing for granted in the run up to the Olympic games. The banners are up, the streets are decked, and Beijing is showing its finest colors. For seven years — since being selected to host the 2008 Olympic Games — China...
  • Beautifying Beijing: Dos and don'ts of Olympics August 7, 2008

    Beijing: A day ahead of the Olympics, Beijing's sky is thick with smog, causing health worries. But from the streets to the skies, China is taking no chances in the run up to the Olympic games. Chinese officials have passed out millions of ettiquete handbooks listing out the "Do's and...
  • One day to go for Olympics, Beijing still under clouds August 7, 2008

    New Delhi: Beijing's iconic Bird's Nest National Stadium, which is ready to kick off Olympics 2008 on Friday, is still under clouds. The smog caused by the Chinese capital's pollution is turning out to be a major worry. To check pollution, the authorities had ordered hundreds of cars...
  • Move over Japan: China gets fastest train on planet February 8, 2011

    New Delhi: China's gearing up for the Olympics and how. Apart from building some impressive stadia, there's also an awesome mode of transport to get you to the venue. China has built the fastest rail service on the planet. At 350 kilometers per hour, the trains will rocket from Beijing...
  • Gold quest taking toll on Chinese athletes August 5, 2008

    Beijing: China is looking for success not just as an Olympic host, but also in the competitions. But the quest for gold is taking it's toll on the athletes. ...
  • Meet the formidable Team USA for Olympics August 5, 2008

    New Delhi: The US track and field athletes practiced at Dalian University stadium in China on Monday and on view was one of the most promising stars in the US team – 110 metres hurdler David Oliver. David has won every possible title in the US events in 2008, but he...
  • Olympics passion is Chinese rickshaw man's full-time job August 4, 2008

    Beijing: With the start of the Olympics just days away, anticipation is building in Beijing and around the world. And one Olympics enthusiast has made his passion and excitment for the games a full-time job. Sun Dingguo, a rickshaw driver has spent the last year pedalling from the eastern province...
  • Chinese rules: No streaking, getting drunk at Olympics August 4, 2008

    Beijing: Do not sleep outdoors to save money at the Olympics. It is banned to "maintain public hygiene and the cultured image of cities". Do not let the stifling summer heat tempt you into streaking, do not get drunk nor set off fireworks nor wave "insulting banners". Anyone with mental illnesses or...
  • Olympic-bound Indian TT player under no pressure August 4, 2008

    New Delhi: Ever heard of Neha Aggarwal? Perhaps not, but be prepared to see this name on the back pages of newspapers soon. The 18-year-old is the only Indian woman table tennis player to have qualified for the Olympics and the teenager sees it as a stepping stone for greater...
  • Banned Hardy withdraws from US Olympic team August 2, 2008

    Colorado Springs (Colorado, USA): Swimmer Jessica Hardy has withdrawn from the US Olympic team, and won't pursue her appeal of a doping ban prior to the Beijing Games, the US Anti-Doping Agency said on Friday. "US swimmer Jessica Hardy tested positive for the prohibited substance clenbuterol at the US Olympic trials...
  • 'Opening ceremony rehearsal to proceed despite breach' August 2, 2008

    Beijing: A dress rehearsal for the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony was set to go ahead on Saturday, organisers said, despite security breaches that led to footage of an earlier practice leaking out. The ceremony directed by Chinese film director Zhang Yimou had been shrouded in secrecy and the first rehearsal took...
  • Phelps warns he is in best form August 2, 2008

    Singapore: Michael Phelps warned on Saturday he had never felt better as he attempts to win an unprecedented eight Olympic gold medals, but made clear he does not want to be remembered as "the second Mark Spitz". The American swimming sensation, training in Singapore, is poised to make Olympic history in...
  • Italian fencer Baldini fails drugs test, to miss Olympics August 2, 2008

    Rome: Italy's world No.1 foil fencer Andrea Baldini, one of the favourites to win gold at the Beijing Olympics, has failed a drugs test. The 22-year-old tested positive for the banned diuretic furosemide at the European Championships in Kiev last month. Baldini, who professed his innocence, will miss the Games and be...
  • Junior Bachchan roots for India's Olympics team August 2, 2008

    New Delhi: It was the marriage of sports and showbiz at the Capital on Thursday night as Abhishek Bachchan and Sonali Bendre were spotted wishing luck to the Indian contingent for the Beijing Olympics. So CNN-IBN decided to check Junior Bachchan's sporting spirit. ...