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AUBURN AT THE 2008 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

Auburn in the Olympic Games
Auburn Olympic History
Swimming & Diving
Track & Field
Auburn Medalists, By Name
Auburn Medalists, By Gold, Bronze, Silver
Auburn 2008 Olympians - ** Swimming ** - ** Track & Field **

Auburn in the Olympic Games


* 29 (27 athletes, 2 coaches) current and former Auburn athletes competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, tying the most Auburn athletes in a single Olympics with 2000 and 2004.

* Including four swimming newcomers, Auburn was represented by 31 athletes and two coaches in Beijing.

* The 31 athletes ranked sixth in the country according to an article by Forbes magazine: Stanford (46), Southern California (41), Cal-Berkeley (41), Florida (34), UCLA (32), Auburn (31), Arizona (27), Texas (22), Michigan (22), North Carolina (20).

* Auburn athletes hailed from 13 different countries and competed in 24 events, winning medals 18 total medals in 13 events.

* Auburn athletes finished the Games with 18 medals, tripling the former Auburn record of six medals at a single Olympics.

* If Auburn were its own country, its 18 medals would rank in a tie for 14th in the world with Spain and Canada.

* Collectively, Auburn athletes won three gold medals, 10 silver and five bronze.

* Auburn won more medals in swimming (13) than any other school in the country.

 

Auburn Olympic History


* Auburn now has 46 Olympic medals all-time from 27 different athletes.

* The total number of Auburn Olympians all-time now stands at 81 individuals

 

Swimming & Diving


* 16 current and former Auburn swimmers competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the second-most in school history.

* The swimmers earned 13 Olympic medals, shattering the school record of six medals in a single Olympiad (three gold, seven silver, three bronze).

* Kirsty Coventry set the Auburn record of career Olympic medals and medals in a single Olympiad as she earned four to give her a career total of seven.

* The 13 medals gave Auburn the most among all colleges and universities during the swimming portion of the Beijing Olympics. California-Berkeley finished second to Auburn with 10 medals, followed by Texas (9), Florida (8) and Southern California (7). Other SEC schools winning swimming medals were Georgia (3) and Tennessee (2).

* Cesar Cielo's gold medal in the 50m freestyle is Auburn's first in the event and is also Brazil's first Olympic swimming gold medal.

* Current, former and future Auburn swimmers broke 51 national, territorial, continental, Olympic or world records at the Games.

* Kirsty Coventry set world records in the 100 back and in the 200 back.

* Cesar Cielo and Kirsty Coventry combined to break eight Olympic records in four different events at the 2008 Games.

* The total of 13 medals in 2008 nearly doubles Auburn's all-time total in swimming: Auburn swimming now has 28 Olympic medals all-time, beginning with Bill Forrester's bronze medal in 1976.

* Auburn swimmers represented 14 different countries at the Beijing Games.

* Two former Auburn swimmers participated in the Games by serving as television commentators: Rowdy Gaines in the U.S. and Yoav Bruck in Israel.

* The Bahamanian national team was made up of four swimmers, three of which are Auburn swimmers (one former, one current, one future).

* In four separate events, Auburn swimmers competed against each other in the final and both medaled: 100 backstroke (Coventry-S, Hoelzer-B); 200 backstroke (Coventry-G, Hoelzer-S), 400 freestyle relay (Bousquet-S, Targett-B), 400 medley relay (Gangloff-G, Targett-S).

* Four newcomers competed at the 2008 Olympics: three freshmen and a junior college transfer.

Track & Field


* 12 former Auburn track and field athletes competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics - tied for the most in school history.

* The 12 athletes won a combined five medals, which is the first time in school history that former Auburn track and field athletes have won multiple medals at an Olympics.

* Kerron Stewart of Jamaica became the first Auburn woman to win a medal in track and field, earning a silver medal in the 100 meters and a bronze in the 200 meters.

* Stewart also became the first Auburn track and field athlete to win multiple medals at a single Olympic Games.

* Leevan Sands of the Bahamas won a bronze medal in the triple jump, becoming the first Auburn athlete to win an Olympic medal in one of the jumps.

* Sands set a Bahamian national record of 17.59 meters (57-8.5) to win the bronze medal.

* Marc Burns of Trinidad and Tobago won a silver medal in the 4x100-meter relay, becoming the third former Tiger to win an Olympic medal in that event, joining Americans Harvey Glance and Coby Miller.

* Burns also qualified for the finals of the men's 100 meters, finishing seventh.

* Avard Moncur of the Bahamas won a silver medal in the 4x400-meter relay, becoming the third former Tiger to win an Olympic medal in that event, joining Willie Smith of the United States and Sanjay Ayre of the Bahamas.

Auburn Medalists, By Name

Fred Bousquet – France – Swimming
      400m Freestyle Relay / SILVER MEDAL

Marc Burns - Trinidad & Tobago – Track & Field
      400m Relay / SILVER MEDAL

Cesar Cielo - Brazil– Swimming
      50m Free /GOLD MEDAL
      100m Free /BRONZE MEDAL

Kirsty Coventry - Zimbabwe– Swimming
      200m Back / GOLD MEDAL
      400m IM / SILVER MEDAL
      100m Back / SILVER MEDAL
      200m IM / SILVER MEDAL

Mark Gangloff - United States– Swimming
      400m Medley Relay / GOLD MEDAL

Margaret Hoelzer - United States– Swimming
      200m Back / SILVER MEDAL
      400m Medley Relay / SILVER MEDAL
      100m Back / BRONZE MEDAL

Avard Moncur - Bahamas – Track & Field
      1600m Relay / SILVER MEDAL

Leevan Sands - Bahamas – Track & Field
      Triple Jump / BRONZE MEDAL

Kerron Stewart - Jamaica – Track & Field
      100m / SILVER MEDAL
      200m / BRONZE MEDAL

Matt Targett - Australia– Swimming
      400m Medley Relay / SILVER MEDAL
      400m Freestyle Relay / BRONZE MEDAL

Auburn Medalists, By Gold, Bronze, Silver

GOLD (3):
Cesar Cielo - Brazil– Swimming – 50m Free
Kirsty Coventry - Zimbabwe– Swimming – 200m Back
Mark Gangloff - United States– Swimming – 400m Medley Relay

SILVER (10):
Fred Bousquet – France – Swimming – 400m Freestyle Relay
Kirsty Coventry - Zimbabwe– Swimming – 400m IM
Kirsty Coventry - Zimbabwe– Swimming – 100m Back
Kirsty Coventry - Zimbabwe– Swimming – 200m IM
Margaret Hoelzer - United States– Swimming – 200m Back
Margaret Hoelzer - United States– Swimming – 400m Medley Relay
Matt Targett - Australia– Swimming – 400m Medley Relay
Marc Burns - Trinidad & Tobago – Track & Field – 400m Relay
Avard Moncur - Bahamas – Track & Field – 1600m Relay
Kerron Stewart - Jamaica – Track & Field – 100m

BRONZE (5):
Cesar Cielo - Brazil– Swimming – 100m Free
Margaret Hoelzer - United States– Swimming – 100m Back
Matt Targett - Australia– Swimming – 400m Freestyle Relay
Leevan Sands - Bahamas – Track & Field – Triple Jump
Kerron Stewart - Jamaica – Track & Field – 200m

Auburn 2008 Olympians

** Swimming **

Jakob Andkjaer - Denmark
      100m Free / 27th (49.25)
      50m Free / 33rd (22.52)
      100m Fly / 19th (52.24)

Fred Bousquet - France
      400m Freestyle Relay / 2nd (3:08.32) - SILVER MEDAL
      100m Fly / 16th (52.94)

George Bovell - Trinidad & Tobago
      100m Free / 20th (48.83)
      50m Free / 11th (21.86)

Nick Bovell - Trinidad & Tobago
      200m IM / 36th (2:03.90)

Cesar Cielo - Brazil
      50m Free / 1st (21.30) - GOLD MEDAL
      100m Free / 3rd (47.67) - BRONZE MEDAL

Kirsty Coventry - Zimbabwe
      200m Back / 1st (2:05.24) - GOLD MEDAL
      400m IM / 2nd (4:29.89) - SILVER MEDAL
      100m Back / 2nd (59.19) - SILVER MEDAL
      200m IM / 2nd (2:08.59) - SILVER MEDAL

Alana Dillette - Bahamas
      100m Back / 32nd (1:02.56)

Mark Gangloff - United States
      400m Medley Relay / 1st (3:29.34) - GOLD MEDAL
      100m Breast / 8th (1:00.24)

Margaret Hoelzer - United States
      200m Back / 2nd (2:06.23) - SILVER MEDAL
      400m Medley Relay / 2nd (3:53.30) - SILVER MEDAL
      100m Back / 3rd (59.34) - BRONZE MEDAL

Jeremy Knowles - Bahamas
      200m Fly / 35th (2:01.08)
      200m IM / 24th (2:01.35)
      100m Fly / 49th (53.72)

Gisela Morales - Guatemala
      100m Back / 38th (1:02.92)
      200m Back / 27th (2:14.54)

Alexei Puninski - Croatia
      100m Fly / 47th (53.65)

Eric Shanteau - United States
      200m Breast / 10th (2:10.10)

Matt Targett - Australia
      400m Medley Relay / 2nd (3:30.04) - SILVER MEDAL
      400m Freestyle Relay / 3rd (3:09.91) - BRONZE MEDAL
      100m Free / 7th (48.20)

Erin Volcan - Venezuela
      100m Back / 43rd (1:03.90)
      200m Back / 32nd (2:15.58)

** Track & Field **

Sanjay Ayre - Jamaica
      400m / 27th (45.66)
      1600m Relay / 8th (3:01.45)

Marc Burns - Trinidad & Tobago
      400m Relay / 2nd (38.06) - SILVER MEDAL
      100m / 7th (10.01)

Timicka Clarke - Bahamas
      100m / 56th (12.16)

Vonette Dixon – Jamaica
      100m Hurdles / T9th (12.86)

Josanne Lucas - Trinidad & Tobago
      400m Hurdles / 23rd (57.76)

Gabor Mate - Hungary
      Discus / 13th (62.44m)

Avard Moncur - Bahamas
      1600m Relay / 2nd (2:58.06) - SILVER MEDAL

Leevan Sands - Bahamas
      Triple Jump / 3rd (17.59m) - BRONZE MEDAL

Shamar Sands - Bahamas
      110m Hurdles / 19th (13.55)

Maurice Smith - Jamaica
      Decathlon / 9th (8,205 pts.)

Kerron Stewart - Jamaica
      100m / 2nd (10.98) - SILVER MEDAL
      200m / 3rd (22.00) - BRONZE MEDAL

Donald Thomas - Bahamas
      High Jump / 21st (2.20m)