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Australia at 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games

Australia sent 433 athletes to the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. They competed in 26 of the 28 Olympic program sports, failing to qualify in baseball and team handball. Australian athletes have competed in all of the Summer Olympic Games since the games started.

Australia sent 43 swimmers winning a total of 18 medals. The men's team won 3 silver and 3 bronze medals, while the women's team won 6 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals and set 4 world records.

Five Australians were selected to compete in the triathlon at the 2008 Olympics. The women won 1 gold and 1 bronze medal and the men failed to place. Australia participated in both the men's and the women's Water polo tournaments. The women's team won the bronze medal, while the men's team finished in 8th place.

    Host 1st 2nd 3rd Dates
XXIX 2008 China  Beijing 14 15 17 8 Aug 24 Aug

The following records are Australians who won gold, silver or bronze medals at the 2008 Olympic Games.

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In Australia, an estimated 8 million people watched the televised broadcast of the Opening Ceremony. It had the most viewers, surpassing even the 2000 Sydney Olympics opening ceremony. Seven was the only network to televise the Opening Ceremony in Australia.

International Olympic Committee gave Seven its Golden Rings Award for "Best Olympic Programme". It's given for the best overall Olympic coverage.

2008 Beijing China

  Sport Event Competitors
1st Athletics Men's pole vault Steven Hooker
1st Canoeing Men's K-1, 500m Ken Wallace
1st Diving Men's 10m platform Matthew Mitcham
1st Rowing Men's coxless pair Drew Ginn, Duncan Free
1st Rowing Men's double sculls Scott Brennan, David Crawshay
1st Sailing Men's 470 class Nathan Wilmot, Malcolm Page
1st Sailing Women's 470 class Tessa Parkinson, Elise Rechichi
1st Swimming Women's 100m butterfly Lisbeth Trickett
1st Swimming Women's 100m breaststroke Leisel Jones
1st Swimming Women's 200m individual medley Stephanie Rice
1st Swimming Women's 400m individual medley Stephanie Rice
1st Swimming Women's 4x100m medley relay Emily Seebohm, Leisel Jones, Jessicah Schipper, Libby Trickett, Tarnee White*, Felicity Galvez*, Shayne Reese*
1st Swimming Women's 4x200m freestyle relay Stephanie Rice, Bronte Barratt, Kylie Palmer, Linda Mackenzie, Felicity Galvez*, Melanie Schlanger*, Angie Bainbridge*, Lara Davenport*
1st Triathlon Women's triathlon Emma Snowsill
2nd Athletics Women's 100m hurdles  Sally McLellan
2nd Athletics 50 km walk Jared Tallent
2nd Basketball Women's tournament Women's National Basketball Team
Suzy Batkovic, Erin Phillips, Tully Bevilaqua, Emma Randall, Rohanee Cox, Jenni Screen,
Hollie Grima, Belinda Snell, Kristi Harrower, Laura Summerton, Lauren Jackson, Penny Taylor
2nd Canoeing Women's slalom K-1 Jacqueline Lawrence
2nd Cycling Women's sprint  Anna Meares
2nd Diving Women's 10m synchronised platform Briony Cole, Melissa Wu
2nd Equestrian  Team eventing Clayton Fredericks, Lucinda Fredericks, Sonja Johnson, Megan Jones, Shane Rose
2nd Rowing Men's coxless four Matt Ryan, James Marburg, Francis Hegerty, Cameron McKenzie-McHarg
2nd Sailing Tornado class  Darren Bundock, Glenn Ashby
2nd Swimming Women's 100m freestyle Libby Trickett
2nd Swimming Women's 200m breaststroke Leisel Jones
2nd Swimming Men's 100m freestyle  Eamon Sullivan
2nd Swimming Men's 200m breaststroke Brenton Rickard
2nd Swimming Men's 1500m freestyle Grant Hackett
2nd Swimming Men's 4x100m medley relay Hayden Stoeckel, Brenton Rickard,
Andrew Lauterstein, Eamon Sullivan,
Ashley Delaney*, Christian Sprenger*,
Adam Pine*, Matt Targett*
3rd Athletics 20 km walk Jared Tallent
3rd Canoeing Women's K-4 500m Lisa Oldenhof, Hannah Davis, Chantal Meek, Lyndsie Fogarty
3rd Canoeing Men's slalom C-1 Robin Bell
3rd Canoeing Men's K-1 1000m Ken Wallace
3rd Field hockey Men's tournament National Field Hockey Team
Des Abbottm, Rob Hammond, Travis Brooks, Fergus Kavanagh, Kiel Brown, Jamie Dwyer, Mark Knowles, Liam De Young, Stephen Lambert, Luke Doerner, Eli Matheson, Eddie Ockenden, Bevan George, Grant Schubert, David Guest, Matt Wells
3rd Shooting Men's 50m rifle prone Warren Potent
3rd Softball Women's tournament Women's National Softball Team
Jodie Bowering, Simmone Morrow, Danielle Stewart, Kylie Cronk, Tracey Mosley, Natalie Titcume, Kelly Hardie, Stacey Porter, Natalie Ward, Tanya Harding, Melanie Roche, Belinda Wright, Sandy Lewis, Justine Smethurst, Kerry Wyborn
3rd Swimming Women's 50m freestyle Cate Campbell
3rd Swimming Women's 100m butterfly Jessicah Schipper 
3rd Swimming Women's 200m butterfly Jessicah Schipper
3rd Swimming Women's 4x100m freestyle relay Cate Campbell, Alice Mills, Libby Trickett, Melanie Schlanger, Shayne Reese*
3rd Swimming Men's 100m butterfly Andrew Lauterstein
3rd Swimming Men's 100m backstroke Hayden Stoeckel
3rd Swimming Men's 4x100m freestyle relay Eamon Sullivan, Andrew Lauterstein, Ashley Callus, Matt Targett, Leith Brodie*, Patrick Murphy*
3rd Swimming Men's 4x200m freestyle relay Patrick Murphy, Grant Hackett, Grant Brits, Nick Frost, Leith Brodie*, Kirk Palmer *
3rd Triathlon Women's triathlon Emma Moffatt
3rd Water polo Women's tournament Women's National Water Polo Team
Gemma Beadsworth, Emma Knox, Nikita Cuffe, Alicia McCormack, Suzie Fraser, Melissa Rippon, Taniele Gofers, Rebecca Rippon, Kate Gynther, Mia Santoromito, Amy Hetzel, Jenna Santoromito, Bronwen Knox

* indicates the athlete participated in the preliminaries, but not in the final race.

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