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Beijing Summer Olympic Records


In 2008, at the Beijing Summer Olympics, Michael Phelps broke an Olympic record and became the most decorated gold medalist in history. Phelps won eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, resulting in an astonishing 19 gold medals throughout his Olympic career. Phelps is now a swimming legend with a record extremely difficult to beat. (Courtney Petersen)

Usain Bolt of Jamaica setting the world record in the 200M final at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Check out more great Olympic Shots in this free chapter from Visual Stories by Vincent LaForet

Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line to win gold in the men's 100-meter final. Bolt broke his own Olympic record from the 2008 Beijing Games by finishing at 9.63 seconds.


The 2008 Summer Olympics were held in Beijing, China. In this Olympic Games, 25 world swimming records were broken. The top medalists were Michael Phelps from USA with eight gold medals, Kai Zou from China with three gold medalists, and Usain Bolt from Jamaica with three gold medalists.


Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is arguably the fastest man in the world, winning three gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, and becoming the first man in Olympic history to win both the 100-meter and 200-meter races in record times. Bolt won his fourth Olympic gold medal in the men's 100-meter race at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, in 9.63 seconds, a new Olympic record.


Water Cube aquatic center built for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics transformed into Happy Magic Water Park