Best of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

As the London 2012 Olympic Games begin, take a look back at the best moments of the 2008 games in Beijing.

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Fireworks go off during the Opening Ceremony at the Beijing National Stadium, affectionately known as the "Bird's Nest." China became the 22nd nation to host the Olympic Games and the 18th to hold a Summer Olympic Games. Click to see more highlights from the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
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A total of 11,028 athletes competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics and 43 new world records were set.
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Ricky Berens, Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps celebrate winning the gold medal for the U.S. as they set a new world record in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay final.
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Former President Bush greets gold medal winner Michael Phelps after he'd just set a world record in the men's 400-meter medley.
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Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva clears the bar to break the world record as she wins gold in the women's pole vault final during the athletics competitions.
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China's gymnast Yang Yilin performs on the balance beam during the women's gymnastics individual all-around competition.
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Chinese paramilitary police officers stand next to the National Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony. With concerns that Beijing might be the target of potentially violent protests or terrorist attacks during the Olympic games, security was omnipresent.
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Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts to winning a point against Fernando Gonzalez of Chile during the gold medal men's singles tennis match.
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Tomohiro Matsunaga of Japan, in blue, wrestles Besik Kudukhov, of Russia, in 55 kilogram category of the men's freestyle wrestling competition.
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Germany's Mirko Englich kisses his crying 1-year-old daughter Lotte after he beat U.S.A's Adam Wheeler in a semi-final men's 96 kg Greco-Roman wrestling.
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Ukraine's Irini Merleni, top, wrestles USA's Clarissa Chun during their 48 kg women's division bronze medal match. Merleni won.
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Yoshida Saori of Japan is carried on the shoulder of her coach Mr. Sakai after she won the final of 55kg women's freestyle wrestling competition against China's Xu Li.
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Azerbaijan's Jamal Rahimov is thrown off of Ionesco de Brekka during the equestrian Show Jumping competition.
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Japan's Taizo Sugitani rides California during the equestrian show jumping competition during the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong.
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Dmitry Klokov of Russia celebrates his lift of 230 kg to clinch the silver medal of the men's 105 kg weightlifting competition.
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Matthias Steiner of Germany celebrates after winning gold in the men's +105 kg, weightlifting competition.
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Brazil's Oliveira Fernanda, right, and Isabel Swan react after the medal race of the women's 470 class sailing competition of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Qingdao, about 720 kilometers southeast of Beijing. The Brazilian team won the bronze medal.
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USA's Nate Schierholtz collides with China's catcher Yang Yang to score in their baseball game. China's manager Jim Lefebvre was ejected for arguing about the call.
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USA's Jaysin Donald, in white, gets the out on Canada's Adam Stern in a fourth-inning double play during their baseball preliminary game.
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Canada's Connor Grimes, left, embraces his captain, Robert Short, after their last goal against South Africa during the field hockey competitions. Canada won 5-3.
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Russia's Alexey Kuleshov and Alexander Kosarev block a spike from Brazil during their men's volleyball preliminary match. Russia won the match.
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Germany Torsen Jansen is comforted by teammate Oliver Kohrmann after losing a game to Denmark during their men's handball preliminary round match.
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USA's Robbie Rogers, left, battles for a head ball with the Netherlands' Gianni Zuiverloon during a Group B men's first-round soccer match. The match ended in a 2-2 draw.
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Iran's Hamed Ehadadi, right, goes for a rebound against Argentina's Luis Alberto Scola during a men's basketball game.
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts to winning his match against James Blake of the USA and scooping up the bronze medal during the men's single tennis competition. Djokovic won 6-3 and 7-6.
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Athletes competing in the men's 20 km walk pass by the "Bird's Nest" Olympic stadium.
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USA'a LoLo Jones reacts after the women's 100 m hurdles final.
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Australian Emma Snowsill waves the Australian national flag as she approaches the finish line past the Ming Tomb during the women's triathlon. Snowsill won the gold for Australia.
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Asafa Powell of Jamaica runs in the men's 100-meter heat during the athletics competitions.
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South Korea's Kim Kyung-ah celebrates her victory over Singapore's Li Jia Wei during the women's table tennis team semifinals.
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Germany's Christian Suss keeps his eyes on the ball against Japan's Yo Kan during the men's table tennis team semifinals.
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China's Wang Hao serves to Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov during the men's table tennis team competition gold-medal round.
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Argentina's Walter Fernando Perez kisses the Argentine flag after clinching the gold medal of the track cycling men's madison competition.
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The track is reflected in the helmet of Britain's Rebecca Romero as she reacts after winning the gold medal in the women's track cycling individual pursuit event.
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China's gymnast Yang Wei performs on the horizontal bar during the men's individual all-around competition.
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Venezuela's Alejandra Benitez Romero, left, and Poland's Bogna Jozwiak compete in the women's individual saber.
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Iman Shaban, of Egypt, right, competes against Sun Chao, of China, during the women's team foil semifinals.
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The Russian duet team of Anastasia Davydova and Anastasia Ermakova compete during the final of the duet free routine in synchronized swimming.
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Rianne Guichelaar kisses Alette Sijbring as players from the Netherlands celebrate their 8-7 win over Hungary in the semifinal round of their women's water polo match.
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Australia's Kylie Palmer (from left), Bronte Barratt and Stephanie Rice celebrate setting a new world record and winning the gold medal in the women's 4x200-meter freestyle relay final during the swimming competitions.
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Australia's Leisel Jones swims to win the gold medal in the women's 100-meter breaststroke final during the swimming competitions.
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Brendan Hansen (from left), Aaron Peirsol and Michael Phelps of the U.S. celebrate after winning the gold medal in the men's 4x100-meter medley relay final.
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USA's Michael Phelps shows his gold medal after winning the men's 100-meter butterfly final during the swimming competitions.
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Colombia's Juan Guillermo Uran competes at the men's 3-meter springboard diving final.
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China's Guo Jingjing and Wu Minxia are in action to win the gold medal in the women's 3-meter synchronized final.
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U.S. men's decathlete Trey Hardee practices his javelin throw during his evening training for the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games.
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Fireworks explode over the "Bird's Nest" during the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympics in the National Stadium in Beijing.
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Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra's mother Babli (left) and father A S Bindra celebrate their son's Olympic gold medal win at their residence in Zirakpur near Chandigarh, India. Bindra won gold in the 10-meter air rifle.
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David Kostelecky, of the Czech Republic, kisses his gun after winning a gold medal in the men's trap final.
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China's gymnast Yang Wei gestures after winning the gold medal in the men's all-around competition.
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Romania's gymnast Sandra Izbasa, right, is kissed by her coach during the apparatus finals. Izbasa won the gold medal.
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China's gymnast Chen Yibing celebrates after winning the gold medal during the rings apparatus finals.
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