Competitive Exams: Current Affairs Sports 2008

Sports Current Affairs 2008

Indian Boxer Vijender gets bronze (22th August 2008)

Indian boxer Vijender got bronze as he lost in the semi final bout. His opponent did some good footwork and reach. Vijender did however fought gallantly to carry the fight till the fourth round. Emilio, a two-time Pan-American Champion from Cuba had taken an edge over India's Vijender in the third round.

The Phelp's Midas touch-eight gold medals but with grit (21th August 2008).

Eight gold medals in single Olympics-Michael Phelps has surpassed the record of Olympic legend Mark Spitz who won seven gold medals in 1970 Olympics and eight is now a new bench mark. A swimmer whose feat will be engraved in history with time has been the talk of the town, no… Planet. With Olympic craze across the globe, the American Swimmer was in his best form and had won the seventh gold by hundredths of a second against Serbian swimmer Milorad Cavic who was sided with silver.

Wrestler Sushil Kumar gets bronze for India (20th August 2008)

In wrestling, India has something to cheer about as wrestler Sushil Kumar won bronze. He defeated Kazkhastan's Spiridonav in 66 Kg freestyle wrestling at the Beijing Olympics.

Before this India had won bronze in 1952 when wrestler Khashabha Jadhav won that year.

In the Athens Games Sushil stood14th and he was ranked seventh in the 2007 World Championship.

This is for the first time India has won two medals in the same Olympics.

Olympics creating new waves of History (18th August 2008)

Eighth gold medal went to Phelps in Beijing Olympics. China got another eight in total for a Games-leading total of 35 which is seen as best in history. China eight golds in 37 medal events on sunday the 17th was at its best.

As of now, Americans have 31 medals with 12 golds. In total U. S team has 19 total golds and holds a 65 − 61 lead over China. In rowing China bagged first gold ever in the category of women's quadruple sculls and added victories in men's gymnastics, women's wrestling, table tennis, diving and badminton.

Britian got two golds in sailing, one in rowing and one is cycling having a total of 11.

Rafael Nadal bagged gold for spain making it a second one for the country when he defeated Fernando Gonzalez of Chile in the men's singles tennis final.

In women's doubles, Venus and Serena Williams won the women's doubles title for the US and Elena Dementieva got gold. Russian bagged all medals in singles category in women section.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica won the men's 100 meters in a world record time of 9.69 seconds while in women Shelly-Ann Fraser won in the 100 for Jamaica. Sherone Simpson and Kerron Steward shared silver.

The oldest olympic champion at the age of 38 was Constantina Tomescu of Romania won the women's marathon.

In Hammer throw, Primoz Kozmus won in men's for Slovenia, Francoise Mbango Etone won for Cameroon defending her title successfully.

Russia's Fulnara Galkina Samitova bettered her world record winning the women's 3000 steeplechase and kenenisa Bekele led an Ethiopian 1 − 2 finish in the men's 10.000 meters.

Britta Steffen won 50-meter freestyle edging Torres by. 01 second preventing the 41 year old American from becoming the oldest swimmer to win an olympic gold medal.

Oussama Mellouli of Tunis won in 1500 freestyle.

Indian Boxer Akhil Reaches quarter final in Olympics (16th August 2008).

Can India add another medal in its stride? The undiminishing hope to last always, yet again got rekindled when Akhil Kumar of India won to reach the quarter final in 54 Kg category in a boxing bout. The boxer from Haryana, needs to win quarter final encounter to win olympic medal.

Akhil boxed aggressively to cover his lag to 7 − 8 and then to 9 − 9 in the last round due to some pounches which earned him points.

Coach GS Sandhu expressed confidence in him and hoped that he would be able to make another cheer for India after Abhinav Bindra who won gold in shooting.

Abhinav Bindra bags first ever individual gold for India in Beijing Olympics (11th August 2008)

Abhinav Bindra has claimed first ever individual gold medal for India in shooting. A composed Bindra was in all cheers after receiving the medal. Bindra is 25 and has won gold in the 10m air rifle event at the Beijing Games on Monday. He is a Khel Ratna awardee and had earlier won the gold medal in 2002 Commonwealth Games in the pairs event and silver in the individual event.

The Indian Olympic association has hailed at this moment of pride and the President and the Prime Minister have conveyed their congratulatory messages on his winning the gold in this Olympics.

Monika Devi fails Dope test (6th August 2008)

Weightlifter from India had to backtrack on her participation in the Olympics on account for failing in dope test. Monika was categorized in 69 Kg category in this year's Olympics. It is scheduled to start from 8th August to 24th of this month. She had won silver medal for the country by winning silver and two bronze at the Asian Championship in Japan.

Anand wins Mainz chess title for record 11th time (4th August 2008)

Viswanathan Anand exhibited his prowess yet again when he defeated Magnus Carlsen in the final of the 13th Grenkeleasing Rapid World Championship. Anand won the first two games of the four-game final. This was Anand's 11th win in Mainz. In the opening Anand won in 50 moves and so did he in the second game. In the third Anand again got the game into Sicilian and drew in 56 moves to complete the title. The fourth game was only 11 moves from Catalan and Anand won 3 − 1.

Vijay Singh wins the WGC Bridegestone invitation (4th August 2008)

Vijay Singh of Fiji, won the WGC Bridgestone invitational by one shot at Firestone country Club on Sunday. This is his first world victory in the World Golf Championship event.

Sharapova will not be in the Beijing Olympics (1st August 2008)

Shoulder injury has forced tennis player Maria Sharapova of Russia to pull out of Beijing Olympics. She injured herself when playing against Marta Domachowska of Poland during WTA tournament, the match in which she won. She confirmed of her non participation in the Beijing Olympics to the reporters and expressed anguish over it.

Asif disqualified for Champions trophy amid doping scandal (14th July 2008)

Pakistani cricket player Asif, got into fresh doping scandal in which he tested positive for banned substance. PCB's chief operation officer expressed his disgust in the turn out of the event. Asif however has claimed his innocence over the issue. His probability of inclusion into the Champions Trophy is ruled out. The IPL did comparasion of result from the WADA approved laboratory of Switzerland with the information obtained by IDTM and result was positive. Upon verification it was revealed that Asif had not intimidated and applied for exemption for banned medications, that is for Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). This has complicated his legal status.

With the extra twist of events with this, the disclosure of Asif's name in doping charge has caused annoyance to the Pakistan Sports Medicine Association. They called it a violation as per WADA rules because player should not be named on doping charges without the analysis of his ‘B’ sample in his presence or his legal and medical representative. This was stated by Danish Zaheer the head of the Pakistan Medicine Association.

In response to this accusation, IPL has denounced any kind of violation saying that it was done in order for the player to stand out for consenting to further verification, in his presence, of his B sample. This might give him a chance to disprove of the doping allegations if they come out negative at next instance.

Rafael Nadal adorns the Wimbledon crown (9rd July 2008)

On Sunday a Wimbleldon history got a silver streak for Spain, when the spaniard Rafael Nadal won the wimbledon championship against Roger Federer. Nadal snatched the matched by 6 − 4, 6 − 4, 6 − 7 (5), 6 − 7 (8), 9 − 7.

What is unusual of this match is that it happens to be the longest one ever as per the records.

Nadal is the only spaniard to win the wimbledon title after Manuel Santana who won in 1966.

Bjorn Borg of Sweden is the only one to win both french and wimbledon titles in the same year before Nadal in 1980.

Venus William defeats Serena Williams to lift wimbledon title (9rd July 2008)

Venus Williams defeated sister Serena Williams to become the wimbledon champion.