Olympics 2008 »Journey of Torch
The journey of the Olympic torch

Thailand: This was Olymic flame's first visit to Bangkok. The relay just covered 10 km. Several thousand supporters were present along the relay route.

Malaysia: The flame reached Kuala Lumpur on April 21 and covered a 16.5 km long relay route. The relay began its passage from the historic Independence Square ad ended at the Petrona Twin Towers.

Indonesia: Jakarta was the next destination on the torch relay map. The 20 km relay run was cancelled due to security concerns and the flame was instead carried round the city's main stadium.

Several pro-Tibetan protestors gathered near the stadium and were dispersed by authorities.

Australia: The torch run was held in Canberra and covered a track of 16 km. Australian Federal Police authorities had in place an elaborate security arrangement to keep protestors at bay.

Lin Hatfields Dodds, concerned about China's human rights record, withdrew from the list of torchbearers. Five-time Olympic gold medalist, Ian Thorpe, ended the torch relay.

Japan: The event was held at Nagano. Japanese Buddhist temple Zenko-ji that was to originally to be the starting point for the Olympic torch relay refused to host the torch and pulled out of the relay plans. The torch run took place amidst tight security.

South Korea: The torch relay was held in Seoul. Choi Seung-kook and Park Won-sun pulled out of the intended torchbearers list. The relay commenced from the Olympic Park.

On the day of the relay, Chinese students clashed with protestors.

North Korea: The event was held in Pyongyang and it is for the first time the Olympic flame traveled to North Korea.

Pak Du Ik was the first torchbearer, who was a member of North Korea's 1966 World Cup soccer team.

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Medals Tally (Beijing 2008)
Country G S B T
1. China 51 21 28 100
2. USA 36 38 36 110
3. Russia 23 21 28 72
4. Britain 19 13 15 47
5. Germany 16 10 15 41
6. Australia 14 15 17 46
7. S Korea 13 10 8 31
8. Japan 9 6 10 25
9. Italy 8 10 10 28
10. France 7 16 17 40
50. India 1 0 2 3
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Medals Tally ( Athens 2004)
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