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China’s golden race
The Beijing Games has spawned two conflicting isms: Phelpsism vs Boltism.
   
Media mismanagement
Why India's medallists give interviews standing on the road.
   
The Great Wail of China
Tears or no tears, introspection or not, Chinas gold medals tally, though, never stops climbing.
   
Overhead smash
The Olympics have uncovered a strength and confidence amongst Indias best athletes.
   
Jamaican beat
Jamaica's five medals have come on the track, including a 24-hour- double whammy, gold in the men's and women's 100m.
   
Liu's long walk
As he tore across the line, Liu Xiang, China's first track gold medalist in history, took 1.3 bn people along with him and reached his arms out to the sky.
   
Remember the Titan
Michael Phelps’ Olympics are over. His story will never be.
   
Bolt of Lightning
Usain Bolt's stunning victory in the men's 100m Olympic final could rescue and revolutionise sprinting.
   
Fifty impossible seconds
Milorad Cavic’s fifteen minutes of fame were well-spent.
   
Sword play
In fencing, art and combat dance together at speed.
   
Bindra's first words on gold: No! No! No!
Abhinav Bindra's first words on hearing that he had won gold in his 10m air rifle final were disbelieving. "No! No! No!," he exclaimed.
   
Your best is not good enough
Don’t believe all that you read about India’s doomsday Olympics.
   
Waiting for Abhinav
Abhinav Bindra knows exactly how we feel.
   
The heart of the dragon
China expects that its athletes will shake off traditional home blues.
   
Georgia on their mind
The Olympics may have begun, but the world doesn’t stop.
   
Sonia, call Kalmadi. Pronto.
The IOA should answer questions about India's shabby first appearance at the Beijing Olympics.
   
A walk inside the Water Cube
On the outside it looks like something only the 21st century with its love for the synthetic and the disposable could have thought up. But the real magic of the games aquatics venue is on the inside.
   
IOA dresses Indians down
India's finest are kitted out in clothes that have left them feeling small. The kits supplied to the team have got some athletes grumbling.
   
Into the mind of the Thorpe-do
Swimming legend Ian Thorpe says he will keep a keen eye on Michael Phelps' pursuit of eight gold medals at the Olympics.
   
Inside Beijing’s bubble
Beijing is not a city anymore; it is the combined intent of 1.3 billion people determined to show off their shiniest, brightest face.
   
What India expects at the Olympic
For India, the weeks before the Games are always for dreaming. Yet it is significant, that from Sydney 2000 onwards, India’s dreams have grown. The numbers of their dream catchers are rising.
   
Champions Inc.
Badminton player Saina Nehwal, 18, is wide-eyed about the Olympics but that's because she's really keen to catch a glimpse of her draw. "I believe," she says with teenage certainty, "that dreams come true."
   
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
The Beijing Games has spawned two conflicting isms: Phelpsism vs Boltism.
Media mismanagement
The Great Wail of China
Overhead smash
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Medals Tally (Beijing 2008)
Country G S B T
1. China 51 21 28 100
2. USA 36 38 36 110
3. Russia 23 21 28 72
4. Britain 19 13 15 47
5. Germany 16 10 15 41
6. Australia 14 15 17 46
7. S Korea 13 10 8 31
8. Japan 9 6 10 25
9. Italy 8 10 10 28
10. France 7 16 17 40
50. India 1 0 2 3
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Medals Tally ( Athens 2004)
 
 
 
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We are proud of Abhinav Bindra, Sushil Kumar and Bijender Kumar. Congratulations to all of them. I hope now the corporate world and media in the country will concentrate more on games other than cricket.
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