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Serbian Swimming Team at the
 Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
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 Beijing, China, August  08 - 24, 2008

This page follows all activities of the participants of Serbia at the 29th Olympic Games - Beijing 2008



August 17, 2008......................................................................................................................
Day-9 The last day - 2 WRs, Michael Phelps's 8th Gold Medal...

Beijing
(Beijing, CHN) - In the Day-9 morning in Beijing, four finals have been held after which the curtain of the swimming activities of the 29th Olympics is settled down.  In the fastest women's race, the 50 m Free, German record holder Britta Steffen set the Olympic record with the time of 24.06, followed by great Dara Thorres (USA) 41-year old Olympian at the second (24.07 ARec) and Cate Campbell (AUS) who earned bronze in 24.17. 
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In the Men's 1500 m Free Tunisian Oussama Mellouli proved faster than the Australian Hackett with the tiime of 14:40.84 (African record). Hackett settled for the silver medal in 14:41.53.
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The Australian Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay team (Emily Seebohm, Leisel Jones, Jessicah Schipper, and Lisbeth Trickett ) broke the WR and took the gold medal with the time of 3:52.69 and slash 3.05 seconds off the old world mark. 
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In the Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay final-- Michael Phelps won his record eighth gold medal. The US team of Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen, Jason Lezak and Phelps won in a time of 3:29.34 and in doing so broke the world record by 1.34 seconds. The Australian team of Hayden Stoeckel, Andrew Lauterstein, Rickard and Sullivan finished 0.70 seconds behind the US to win silver in an Oceania record 3:30.04, also under the old world record.  Watch the complete Beijing's Day-9 Official Results
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Water Cube  NAC - will be memorized not only re. the numerous World, Olympic, Continental and National records, but also because of the first Serbian silver Olympic swimming medal earned by Milorad Cavic - in 100 fly...  (Photo by Nikolay Krastev)



August 16, 2008......................................................................................................................
Day-8 Mike Cavic - Silver Olympic Medal for Serbia ...

Serbs in the Morning Finals - Mike Cavic 50.59...
 Competitor  Event  Entered time  Result  Final Rank 
 Cavic Milorad (1984)  100 m Fly Men  0:50.92  0:50.59 ER, NRec  2nd - Silver Medal 

  (Beijing, CHN) - In the Day-8 morning, four finals and two semi finals were concluded, where in the Beijing's Water Cube NAC,  few great races have been held... Rebecca Adlington of Great Britain broke the oldest world record of the Women's 800m Freestyle (8:14.10). Brazil's Cesar Cielo Filho sprang a major upset to beat his more fancied rivals to the wall in the Men's 50m Freestyle final. Filho Cielo, who had qualified fastest for the final, emerged from a wall of white water as the jubilant and surprise winner in an Olympic record time of 21.30. After winning three silver medals at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe finally won gold in the Women's 200m Back and smashed the world record with a time of 2:05.24. World record holder Margaret Hoelzer (USA) finished with the silver medal in 2:06.23, 0.99 seconds behind Coventry. Watch the Beijing's Day-8 Official Results
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  In the Men's 100 m Fly final Milorad Mike Cavic (1984) touched 2nd (50.59), behind Michael Phelps in just 1/100 seconds to earn silver Olympic Medal. This was his LBT, European Record and the National record.  Phelps and Cavic battled it out in the last 50m. A monumental upset looked to be approaching - until Phelps dug deep and out-touched Cavic on the wall. Michael Phelps won in an Olympic record time of 50.58, to take his tally of gold medals to seven, but only just, and by the slimmest of margins - 0.01 seconds.  Australia's Andrew Lauterstein capped a great series of swims in the heats and semis to win the bronze medal with the time of  51.12. But, the world record holder Ian Crocker (USA), who has been breathing down Phelps' neck this year with some threatening times, only arrived in 4th place with a time of 51.13.
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Mlorad Mike Cavic - The greatest sports achievement. On Aug. 16, 2008 (which will be signed with the gold letters) Cavic eared the Silver Olympic medal for himself as well as the first one for Serbia in Beijing... Eight consecutive years at the World and European events also  three times at the Olympic Games (at the Sidney 2000, Athens 2004 and now Beijing 2008) ), this guy from California, USA brings the glory for Serbia (the native land of his parents).   (Photo by Reuters)




August 15, 2008......................................................................................................................
Day-7 Mike Cavic - in 100 Fly SF again beats Michael Phelps ...

Serbs in the Morning Semi Finals - Mike Cavic 50.92...
 Competitor  Event  Entered time  Result  Qualify Rank 
 Cavic Milorad (1984)  100 m Fly Men  0:50.76  0:50.92  1st of 16 participants - for F

Beijing
  (Beijing, CHN) - In the Day-7 morning semis and finals, Rebecca Soni of the United States caused a sensation in the Women's 200m Breast final by downing WR holder Leisel Jones (AUS) to win the gold medal in a World record 2:20.22. Michael Phelps  broke the 6th world record to win the Men's 200m IM gold medal. He clocked in the winning time of 1:54.23 to better his own world record of 1:54.80, set on July 4, 2008. Hungarian Laszlo Cseh put in another great performance, again edging out Phelps' teammate Ryan Lochte to win the silver medal in a European record time of 1:56.52... Ryan Lochte of the United States had to fight off a strong Russian challenge but finished with a gold medal and a new WR in the Men's 200m Back final (1:53.94) followed by Peirsol (USA) 1:54.33 and Vyatchanin (RUS) 1:54.93 - new ER.  Britta Steffen of Germany won the gold medal of the Women's 100m Freestyle in a time of 53.12.  The silver medal went to world record holder Lisbeth Trickett of Australia, who clocked 53.16, while the bronze medal was taken by Natalie Coughlin of the United States, who touched the wall in 53.39. Swimming in the ultimate power shoot-out, the Men's 50m Freestyle, none posted a time to threaten Australian Eamon Sullivan's world record of 21.28. Among the 16 athletes, Brazilian Cesar Cielo was ranked first with the time of 21.34... In the evening heats of the Day-7 Grant Hackett of Australia set the new OR in the Men's 1,500 Free (14:38.92).. AUS Women's Realy 4x100 Medley set the OR (3:32.76). Watch the Beijing's Day-7 Official Results
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  In the Men's 100 m Fly semi finals Milorad Mike Cavic (1984) confirmed the first world position in this discipline. Among the 16 athletes in two semi finals he swam out the top time 50.76 followed again by Michael Phelps (USA), Luterstein (AUS), Crocker (USA) and other world stars. Miroslava Najdanovski canceled the 50 Free heats... 
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Mike Cavic - two times in two days - better then the world swim miracle Michael Phelps -  is that  enough for someone to recognize who is the world king of the men's 100 m buttefly  in the present...(Photo by Reuters)



August 14, 2008......................................................................................................................
Day-6 More World & Olympic RECs in this morning Semis & Finals ...

Serbs in the Evening Qualifications - Mike Cavic Olympic Record 50.76...
 Competitor  Event  Entered time  Result  Qualify Rank 
 Cavic Milorad (1984)  100 m Fly Men  0:51.65  0:50.76 OR,NRec  1st of 65 participants - for SF
 Lendjer Ivan (1990)  100 m Fly Men  0:52.62  0:53.41  40th of 65 participants

Mike Cavic
  (Beijing, CHN) - In the Day-6 morning semis and finals, World and defending Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima  (JPN) led all the way to take gold in the Men's 200m Breaststroke in an Olympic record 2:07.64. In the Women's 200m Fly final,  Liu Zige of China won the gold medal with a new WR (2:04.18). In the Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay the Australian team finished the race in a time of 7:44.31, a new world record. French sprinter Alain Bernard snatched the Olympic title of the Men's 100m Freestyle in an intense duel with world record holder Eamon Sullivan of Australia. Bernard won the race in 47.21 seconds, beating Sullivan who clocked 47.32. American Jason Lezak got the bronze in 47.67. In the Women's 200 Breast Rebecca Soni (USA) with the time of 2:22.64 beats Leisel Jones (AUS) - 2:23.04 and Mirna Jukic (AUT) - 2:23.76 who set the new ER... More interesting events are expected today in the evening preliminaries. Watch the complete Beijing's  Day-6 Official Results
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  In the evening heats, two best Serbian swimmers took part  in the Men's 100 m Fly: Milorad Mike Cavic (1984) set the new OR (50.76) in front of Phelps, Serdivov, Dunford and others, while Ivan Lendjer (1990) was ranked 40th with the time of 53.41... 
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Mike Cavic - sending greetings to his fans at the tribune of the Water Cube NAC in Beijing, since he finished his marvelous LBT race in 100 Fly Heat 9... 



August 13, 2008......................................................................................................................
Day-5 Five new World Records in this morning Semis & Finals ...

Serbs in the Evening Qualifications...
 Competitor  Event  Entered time  Result  Qualify Rank 
 Najdanovski Miroslava (1988)  100 m Free Women   0:55.87  0:56.50  38th of 48 participants
 Higl Nadja (1987)  200 m Breast Women   2:30.51  2:32.78  33rd of 40 participants

M.Phelps
  (Beijing, CHN) - The morning of the Day-5 semis & finals brought new five WRs, one OR, AR, As and many nationals. In the most popular event 100m Free, in the semi finals, Eamon Sullivan (AUS) broke WR with the time of 47.05. Federica Pellegrini (ITA) in the Women's 200m Free also set WR (1:54.82). Then Michael Phelps in 200m Fly picked his fourth gold (overall 11th Olympic gold medal) set the new WR (1:52.03), in front of Cseh (HUN) - 1:52.70 (new ER).. In the Men's 200m Breast semis, Kosuke Kitajima (JPN) set the OR with the time of 2:08.61. Fourth and fifth WRs were set by Stephanie Rice (AUS) in Women's 200 IM (2:08.45) and the US Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle team, that was led out by the indomitable Michael Phelps, who smashed the world record and won the gold medal (6:58.56) in front of the Russia's Team (7:03.70, new ER).  Watch the complete  Day-5 Official Results
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  In the evening heats, members of the Serbian squad swam out not so worthy races:  Miroslava Najdanovski (1988) in the Women's 100m Free (56.50) and Nadja Higl (1987) in the Women's 200m Breast (2:32.78 -  ranked 33rd of 40 athletes)... 
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  Until the Beijing's Day-5, American swimmer Michael Phelps succeeded to fulfill his treasure with the 11 Gold Olimpic medals (incl. Athens). (Photo by Nikolay Krastev)



August 12, 2008......................................................................................................................
Day-4 The new WRs and ORs - Cavic ranked 6th in 100 Free NREC ...

Serbs in the Evening Qualifications...
 Competitor  Event  Entered time  Result  Qualify Rank 
 Cavic Milorad (1984)  100 m Free Men   0:49.14  0:48.15 NRec  6th of 64 participants

  (Beijing, CHN) - The morning of the Day-4 semis & finals brought more WRS. In his 3rd Gold medal, Michael Phelps (USA) eased his way to a WR in the Men's 200m Free final on Tuesday and remains on course to win eight gold medals at the Beijing 2008. In the 200 Fly semis, Phelps equaled OR with the time of 1:53.70. Aaron Peirsol (USA) finished the race in first place in a time of 52.54 to win the gold in the Men's 100m Backstroke final, setting a new WR in the process. Kirsty Coventry (ZIM) set the new OR in 200 IM semis (2:09.53). Daniel Gyurta (HUN) in the evening preliminaries set the new OR in 200 Breast (2:08.68). In the Men's 4x200 Free relay, the USA squad (Walters, Berens, Vendt, Keller) set the new OR (7:04.66) while Italian team set new ER (7:07.84). Leisel Jones confirmed her dominance of Women's Breast in the 100m final, winning the gold medal in a time of 1:05.17 (new OR). Natalie Coughlin (USA) won gold medal in the Women's 100m Backstroke final in an AR time of 58.96. Day-4 Official Results
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  In the evening heats, the only member of the Serbian swim squad was its best men's swimmer. Milorad Cavic swam out 100m Free with the new national record and his LBT  48.15 and was ranked 6th of 64 competitors in this event.
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  Unbelievable conditions for the world records in Beijing.  (Photo by Nikolay Krastev)



August 11, 2008......................................................................................................................
Day-3 The new WRs harvest continued - M.Ostojic NREC in 200 Free...

Serbs in the Evening Qualifications...
 Competitor  Event  Entered time  Result  Qualify Rank
 Markovic Vladan (1977)  200 m Fly Men   2:00.36  2:03.12  43rd of 44 participants
 Ostojic Milica (1991)  200 m Free Women  2:03.43  2:03.19 NRec  40th of 46 participants

  (Beijing, CHN) - The morning of the Day-3 semis & finals brought more 3 new WRs, 1 OR and 2 ERs...  In the Women's 100m Backstroke Zimbabwean Kristy Coventry set new WR with a time of 58.77. In the Menís 100 m Beast, fantastic Kitajima Kosuke of Japan finished the race in first place in a time of 58.91 to set a new WR. In Menís 100 m Back semi finals, top time earned Hayden Stoeckel (AUS) with the new Olympic record (52.97). Arkady Vyatchanin (RUS) set ER (53.06). The surprise appeared in the Womenís 400 Free final. Rebecca Adlington (GBR) won with the time of 4:03.22 in front of Katie Hoff (USA) -  4:03.29. Third WR of the Day-3 set the USA Menís Realy team  in 4x100 Free (Phelps, Weber-Gale, Jones and Lezak) - 3:08.24, followd by France (3:08.32 - ER) and Australia (3:09.91 - OC). Federica Pellegrini in the 200 Free heats set new WR (1:55.45).. Worthy races were also swam by Leisel Jones (AUS) in 100 Breast (:05.80) and by P. Vanderkaay of USA  in 200 Free Semis (1:45.76), while Phelps finished ďjustĒ as 4th with the time of 1:46.28). Watch out the complete Day-3 Official Results
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  In the evening heats, two members of the Serbian squad took part in their events: Vladan Markovic in the Men's 200 Fly finished 43rd (2:03.12) while Milica Ostojic set the new National record in the Womenís 200 Free (2:03.19) - ranked 40th of 46.
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  Kosuke Kitajima of Japan at the final - After 6 Olympic records that were broken in the previos days in Beijing, in the Menís 100 m Beast, fantastic Kitajima finished the race in first place in a time of 58.91 to set a new WR.            (Photo by Chen Kai)



August 10, 2008......................................................................................................................
Day-2 Two new WRs and ORs, also Two new Serbian NRECs ...

Serbs in the Evening Qualifications...
 Competitor  Event  Entered time  Result  Qualify Rank 
 Siljevski Radovan (1986)  100 m Breast Men   1:51.34  1:50.25 NRec  40th of 57 participants
 Strazmester Marica (1981)  100 m Back Women  1:03.76  1:03.56 NRec  40th of 48 participants
 Higl Nadja (1987)  100 m Breast Women  1:11.15  1:13.19  43rd of 49 participants

  (Beijing, CHN) - Day-2 of the swim events in Beijing brought nice achievements.  In the morning finals Michael Phelps swam to his first Gold medal and the WR clocking 4:03.84 in the 400 m IM. Laszlo Cseh (HUN) got the silver in 4:06.16 while Ryan Lochte (USA) finished third in 4:08.09. Stephanie Rice (AUS) beat the WR by 1.67 seconds to win the gold medal in the final of the Women's 400m IM in a time of 4:29.45. Alexander Dale Oen (NOR) once again reset the OR for the 100 Breast finishing the first in SF (59.16). Kitajima Kosuke (59.55) of Japan placed second with Australian Brenton Rickard (59.65) coming in third. Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe broke the Olympic Record in the Women's 100m Backstroke prelims, clocking 59.00. Leisel Jones (AUS) in the 100 breast prelims set the new OR (1:05.64). Watch out the complete Day-2 Official Results
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  Three Serbian Olympians took part in the qualifications this evening at the Water Cube. Radovan Siljevski  swam out the NRec in 200 free (1:50.25) and was placed 40th of 57 participants. Marica Strazmester  in 100 backstroke swam out the NRec with the time of 1:03.56 and was ranked 40th of 48 athletes. Nadja Higl swam out the Women's 100 Breast (1:13.19) and was ranked 43rd of 49 competitors.
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  Radovan Siljevski, Nadja Higl, Sebastijan Higl (Coach) and Marica Strazmester, at the time of the latest preparation in Taijing, prior to start of the Olimpiad in Beijing... 



August 09, 2008......................................................................................................................
Day-1 Five swimmers broke OR in Men's 100 Breast Prelims...

Serbs in the Evening Qualifications...
 Competitor  Event  Entered time  Result  Qualify Rank 
 Siladji Caba (1990)  100 m Breast Men   1:02.53  1:02.31  40th of 65 participants

Srb Team
  (Beijing, CHN) - Day-1 of the swimming at the Olympic Games was unbelievable. The Olympic record was broken by 5 swimmers in the Menís 100m Breast prelims. Alexander Dale Oen (NOR) was the top finisher (59.41). Japan's Kitajima Kosuke (59.52), placed second with Frances Hugues Duboscq in third (59.67). Australian Brenton Rickard (59.89) and South African Cameron van der Burgh (59.96) also broke the former record of 1:00.01. Serbian swimmer Caba Siladji swam out in his worthy time 1:02.31 and was placed 40th of 65.. Watch out the Day-1 Official Results
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  Michael Phelps did a miracle at the beginning. In the 400m IM he brought his fans to their feet, beating the Olympic record he set in Athens (4:07.82). In the Womenís 100m Fly, Jessicah Schipper (AUS) had the fastest time in the prelims finishing the race in 57.58. Menís 400m Free top time caught Larsen Jensen (USA) - 3:43.10 
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  Caba Siladji, Milica Ostojic, Ivan Lendjer and Dejan Pejinovic, Coach, really worthy future of the Serbian swimming sport - at their departure to Beijing 2008... 



August 08, 2008......................................................................................................................
More then 10,000 athletes from 204 countries at the opening...

Beijing
  (Beijing, CHN) - The 29th Olympic Games in the City of Beijing, the China's capital have started with spectacle. This evening in the brand new stadium "Bird's nest", more than 90,000 people witnessed the unbeilvable opening ceremony with more than 10.000 athletes at the stadium ground and 4 billion people wathcing all around the world. Serbian team has been represented with 92 athletes overall. In swimming with the next athletes: M.Cavic, V.Markovic, M.Strazmester I.Lendjer, M.Najdanovski, C.Siladji, N.Higl, R.Siljevski and M.OStojic. For our Special Web Blog from Beijing - few of our reporters will cover the participation of all our athletes.
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  Serbian swim stars in Beijing, prior to the openings.  (Photo by M.Strazmester)

 Ana Ivanovic & Marica Starzmester
 With Serbian and the world tennis stars
 With the Serbian Voleyball stars
 SRB swim squad at the training


 August 07, 2008.................................................................................................................
The Complete Program - Schedule of the events in Beijing...


 Official Program of the Swimming Events


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August 06, 2008.....................................................................................................................
The National Selection of Serbia for the Beijing Olympic Games 2008...
  The Serbian Swim Association has announced the final roster of the National team for the upcoming Olympic Games Beijing 2008 being held at the National Aquatic center (Water Cube) in Beijing  from 09 to 24 of August 2008.
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  The national selection of Serbia for the Olympic Games will be consisted of the next participants:  Milorad Cavic (100 Fly & 100 Free); Vladan Markovic (200 fly); Ivan Lendjer (100 Fly), Caba Siladji (100 Breaststroke); Radovan Siljevski (200 free);  Miroslava Najdanovski (50 & 100 Free); Nadja Higl (100 & 200 Breaststroke) and Milica Ostojic (200 Free)... Coaches of the national selection: Petar Popovic and Dejan Pejinovic. Director of the national team - Mladen Kapor.

M.Cavic
V.Markovic
I.Lendjer
C.Siladji
M.Najdanovski
Cavic
Markovic
Lendjer
Siladji
Najdanovski
Milorad (1984)
Vladan (1977)
Ivan (1990)
Caba (1990)
Miroslava (1988)
SC Partizan, Belgrade
SC Z.Delfin, Belgrade
SC Proleter, Zrenjanin
SC Novi Sad, Novi Sad
SC Proleter, Zrenjanin
M.Ostojic
M.Strazmester
N.Higl
R.Siljevski
M.Kapor
Ostojic
Strazmester
Higl
Siljevski
 Kapor
Milica (1991)
Marica (1981)
Nadja (1987)
Radovan (1986)
Mladen, Director
SC Beograd, Beograd
Alcorcorn,ESP
SC Tamis, Pancevo
SC Partizan, Belgrade
of the National Selection


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