2008 beijing olympic games

Usain Bolt to lose Olympic gold after teammate caught doping

Usain Bolt made history as the first sprinter to sweep three gold medals at three Olympic Games. Now he’s losing a piece of his historic hardware.

Bolt will forfeit an Olympic gold won at the 2008 Beijing Games because his Jamaican teammate was caught doping.

Nesta Carter was disqualified from the 4x100 relay that won gold in Beijing after a reanalysis of his sample found the banned substance methylhexaneamine, the IOC announced Wednesday.

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Gold medalist and Olympic champion representing the United States of America….

Athens 2004 - gold Carly Patterson (United States), silver Svetlana Khorkina (Russia), bronze Zhang Nan (China)

Beijing 2008 - gold Nastia Liukin (United States), silver Shawn Johnson (United States), bronze Yang Yilin (China)

London 2012 - gold Gabby Douglas (United States), silver Viktoria Komova (Russia), bronze Aliya Mustafina (Russia)

Rio 2016 - gold Simone Biles (United States), silver Aly Raisman (United States), bronze Aliya Mustafina (Russia)

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Nickel Ashmead, Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell & Yohan Blake win Gold in the Mens 4x100m Athletics Relay. It is Jamaica’s 3rd consecutive Olympic Gold in this event.

Usain Bolt did the “triple triple”, winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at 3 Olympics Games (Beijing 2008, London 2012, and now Rio 2016). This gives him a total of 9 Olympic Gold medals, placing him equal-second behind Michael Phelps as the most-awarded Gold medalist ever.

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Two baby twin pandas were officially named last week by the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach.

President Bach chose the names of Olympia and Fuwa* for the female panda twins that he saw in the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding during his visit to China last August.

They join their ‘Olympian‘ cousin  giant panda Cobi who was named after the mascot of the Olympic Games Barcelona 1992.

The breeding centre, which aims to rescue and protect the endangered giant panda species, is now the home of an Olympic giant panda family composed of Colleen, the daughter of Cobi, and his twin granddaughters born in early 2015.

* Fuwa, literally “good-luck dolls”, also known as “Friendlies”, were the mascots of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008.

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Reclaiming Fitspo: Assunta Legnante

Assunta Legnante is an Italian shot putter. She is one of the few athletes to have competed in both the Olympics and the Paralympics.

Born in Naples in 1978, Legnante has been nicknamed the Cannoncina (”Little Cannon”) due to her powerful right arm. She won the Silver medal in the 2002 European Indoor Athletics Championships, her first major professional competition, and continued on to win Gold in the 2007 games. And although she did not place highly, she even competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

After losing her sight to congenital glaucoma in 2009, Legnante started her career as a Paralympic athlete, taking part in the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games. It was at the 2012 Italian Paralympic Athletics Championships that she set a new F11 shot put world record with a throw of 13.27m and then continued on to improve the world record, three times, to 15.22m. If this wasn’t enough, at the London Paralympics, she again broke her own world record with a throw of 16.74m.

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