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Top ten sports news 2008
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16:12, December 26, 2008

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Top ten domestic sports news

-- Beijing successfully held the 29th Olympic Games from August 8 to 24, 2008. China stood at the top of the medal tally with 51 golds, 21 silvers and 28 bronzes. Chinese athletes made historical break through in archery, sailing, trampoline, boxing, men’s fencing and women’s team gymnastics.

-- In line with the commitment of “Two Olympics, Equal Splendor”, China presented the world with a successful Paralympics from September 6 to 17. A record number of Paralympic athletes from 147 countries and regions gathered in Beijing and competed for glory.

-- The Summarising and Commending Meeting of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and Paralympic Games was held in Great Hall of the People on September 29, 2008. In a keynote speech delivered at the Meeting, President Hu Jintao said China should make huge progress to become a great power in world sports.

-- A survey done by General Administration of Sport showed that a total of 340 million urban and rural residents took part in physical exercises in 2007, and those who often took part in sports exercises recorded 28.2 percent.

-- President Hu Jintao lighted the cauldron with Olympic torch and announced the start of Beijing Olympic torch global relay at Tian’anmen Square on March 31. On May 8, the Olympic flame reached the top of Mt. Qomolangma.

-- Liu Xiang claimed the first indoor athletics gold medal for China by winning the men’s 60m hurdle with 7.46 seconds at the 12th World Indoor Championship in Valencia, Spain on March 9. However, the defending champion was forced to pull out of the 110m hurdle at Beijing Olympics through injury.

-- China men’s football team suffered an early elimination in the 2010 World cup Asia Qualifiers in June; Men’s team was defeated in the last group match in the Olympic tournament in August; National U16 football team suffered an exit at Asia Qualifiers in October and U19 team did not qualify to the top 8 of U19 Championship in November.

-- China easily retained the 16th men’s title and 17th women’s title at 49th Table Tennis World Championship held in Guangzhou in March.

-- China launched instant sports lottery with Olympic theme, beginning on March 23. The instant lottery tickets displayed the Fuwas (the Beijing Olympic mascots), Olympic game introductions and the Olympic torch relay rout and other design. The sales volume of sports lottery totaled 44 billion yuan, accounting for 43 percent of market share.

-- Motorcyclist Xu Lang was killed during the stage 6 of the Transoriental Rally on June 17.

Top ten international sports news

-- A record 204 countries and regions took up in 29th Olympic Games and Paralympics held in Beijing from August 8 to 24. China topped the medal tally with 51 gold, 21 silver and 28 bronzes, followed by the US, who had stood at top of the medal standings at previous three Games, with 36 golds; while Russia, with 23 golds, ranked third.

-- Michael Phelps of the United States took eight golds and broke seven world records at Beijing Olympics. He has won 14 career Olympic gold medals, the most by any Olympians.

-- Sprinter Usain Bolt of Jamaica claimed the titles in 100 m and 200 m races as well as 4×100 relay at Beijing Olympics. He also set three world new records.

-- The negative impact of financial crisis on sports began to show. Johnson & Johnson announced to withdraw form IOC’s TOP programme. Subaru decided to withdraw from the World Rally Championship (WRC) following the withdrawal of Toyota from F1 and Suzuki from WRC.
-- Mongolia, Panama and Bahrain have won their first Olympic gold medal in men’s jodo, men’s long jump and men’s middle/long distance races at Beijing Olympic in August.

-- Spain claimed its first title in 44 years after beating Germany 1-0 in the Euro 2008 final in Vienna.

-- In tennis, Spaniard Rafael Nadal became the world top seed by beating ace player Roger Federal of Switzerland. Nadal became the second man to win four consecutive French Open titles, and also claimed the champions at Wimbledon Open and Olympic Men’s single gold.

-- The 95th Tour de France ended in French capital Paris on July 27. Spanish cyclist Carlos Sastre won his first Tour de France title. However, the doping cases around this year’s race also drew the attention of World Anit-Doping Agency (WADA). German media giant ARD announced it would not cover the event because of the failed drug testing.

-- Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain became the youngest world champion in F1 history. Ferrari scored a total of 172 points in this year’s championship.

-- Celtics smashed Lakers 4-2, bringing home the 17th NBA Championship.

By People's Daily Online

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