Chronological Summary of The 2008 Summer Olympics - Day 8: August 16

Day 8: August 16

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General
  • New Zealand experienced their most successful day at an Olympics (with two gold, one silver, and two bronze medals), beating their previous best of four bronze medals in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Athletics
  • Russia's Valeriy Borchin won gold in the men's 20 km walk with a time of 1:19:01, edging out Jefferson Pérez, the world champion since 2003, by only 14 seconds.
  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt won the gold medal in the men's 100m with a world record of 9.69 seconds in a race dubbed by Michael Johnson as "the greatest 100m performance in the history of the event".
Badminton
  • Zhang Ning successfully defended her women's singles Olympic title against top seed Xie Xingfang.
Rowing
  • The British team of Tom James, Steve Williams, Peter Reed and Andrew Triggs-Hodge won the men's coxless fours, the third time in a row that Great Britain had won gold in this event.
  • New Zealand's Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell successfully defended their 2004 title in the women's double sculls by beating Germany by 0.01 seconds.
  • Georgeta Andrunache of Romania won gold in the final women's coxless pair race, her fifth career gold, and her third consecutive Olympic gold in that event.
Swimming
  • Michael Phelps' victory by 0.01 seconds in the men's 100 m butterfly over Serbian swimmer Milorad Čavić tied him with Mark Spitz for the most Olympic gold medals at one games.
  • César Cielo Filho won the men's 50 m freestyle, Brazil's first ever swimming Olympic gold medal.
  • Rebecca Adlington won gold in the women's 800 m freestyle, breaking a world record that had stood since 1989.
Tennis
  • Roger Federer won his first Olympic medal by teaming up with Stanislas Wawrinka to win men's doubles for Switzerland.
Weightlifting
  • Jang Mi-Ran of South Korea won the unlimited (+75 kg) division of women's weightlifting by breaking world records five times: once in snatch, twice in clean-and-jerk, and twice in total.
Wrestling
  • Carol Huynh of Canada won the first medal of the games for Canada and became the first gold medalist in women's wrestling for Canada.
Gold medalists
Sport Event Competitor(s) NOC Rec Ref
Athletics Men's 100 m Usain Bolt Jamaica WR
Men's 20 km walk Valeriy Borchin Russia
Women's heptathlon Natalya Dobrynska Ukraine
Women's shot put Valerie Vili New Zealand
Badminton Men's doubles Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan Indonesia
Women's singles Zhang Ning China
Cycling Men's individual pursuit Bradley Wiggins Great Britain
Men's Keirin Chris Hoy Great Britain
Men's points race Joan Llaneras Spain
Fencing Women's team foil Svetlana Boiko, Aida Chanaeva,
Victoria Nikichina, Evgenia Lamonova
Russia
Rowing Men's single sculls Olaf Tufte Norway
Men's double sculls David Crawshay and Scott Brennan Australia
Men's coxless pair Drew Ginn and Duncan Free Australia
Men's coxless four Tom James, Steve Williams,
Peter Reed, Andrew Triggs-Hodge
Great Britain
Women's single sculls Rumyana Neykova Bulgaria
Women's double sculls Georgina Evers-Swindell and Caroline Evers-Swindell New Zealand
Women's coxless pair Georgeta Andrunache and Viorica Susanu Romania
Shooting Men's 25 m rapid fire pistol Oleksandr Petriv Ukraine OR
Men's skeet Vincent Hancock United States OR
Swimming Men's 50 m freestyle César Cielo Filho Brazil OR
Men's 100 m butterfly Michael Phelps United States OR
Women's 200 m backstroke Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe WR
Women's 800 m freestyle Rebecca Adlington Great Britain WR
Tennis Men's doubles Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka Switzerland
Weightlifting Women's +75 kg Jang Mi-Ran South Korea WR
Wrestling Women's freestyle 48 kg Carol Huynh Canada
Women's freestyle 55 kg Saori Yoshida Japan

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