August 2008 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Aug 8 29th Olympic Games opens at Beijing, China
  • Aug 10 90th PGA Championship: Pádraig Harrington shoots a 277 at Oakland Hills Country Club

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Aug 16 Usain Bolt sets a new 100 metres world record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Aug 24 29th Olympic Games closes at Beijing, China
  • Aug 24 Summer Olympics in Beijing becomes the most watched event on TV ever - nearly 5 billion, 70% of world's population

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 1 Ashok Mankad, Indian cricketer (son of Vinoo, batted for India 1969-78), dies at 61
  • Aug 4 Craig Jones, English motorcycle racer. (b. 1985)
  • Aug 8 Orville Moody, American golfer (b. 1933)
  • Aug 15 Vic Toweel, South African boxer, bantamweight world champion
  • Aug 16 Elena Leuṣtean, Romanian gymnast and Olympic medalist (b. 1935)
  • Aug 20 Gene Upshaw, American football player and union leader (b. 1945)
  • Aug 25 Kevin Duckworth, American basketball player (b. 1964)
  • Aug 28 Phil Hill, American race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (b. 1927)