Usain Bolt breaks the 100 metres world record.
Bolt already owned the record and in front of a packed Bird’s Nest stadium he ran 9.69 seconds.
Michael Phelps roars in triumph and relief after American team mate Jason Lezak overtook France’s Alain Bernard on the final leg of the 4×100 freestyle relay.
Liu Xiang dejectedly walks away from the track as he realises he has to withdraw from the defence of his 110 metres hurdles title because of a leg injury.
Liu was the most popular sportsman in China and his grimacing departure clouded the Games for millions of home fans.
Russia‘s Yelena Isinbayeva turns the Bird’s Nest into her private theatre with a gold medal and world record-breaking pole vault performance that captivated the 91,000 crowd.
The Opening Ceremony. It emerged that some of the performance seen on television had been enhanced by computers, a child singer was replaced by a supposedly prettier face to mime to her voice and representatives of China’s ethnic minorities were no such thing.
German weightlifter Matthias Steiner kisses a picture of his late wife Susann on the gold medal podium, choking back tears over the promise he made to her that he would keep their Olympic dream.
American Matt Emmons blows a 3.3-point lead on the very last shot of a 120-shot competition to throw away the gold medal in the “marathon” event of shooting.
Rohullah Nikpai wins Afghanistan’s first Olympic medal with a bronze in the men’s 58-kg taekwondo.
Estonian Gerd Kanter celebrates his discus gold medal by sprinting down the 100 metre track at the Bird’s Nest and mimicking Bolt’s marksman routine.