Pics of the year

Usain Bolt crosses the finish line in the menís 100m sprint race final. Bolt broke the world record by winning the gold with a timing of 9.69 seconds Michael Phelps competes in the menís 400m individual medley swimming final during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Phelps won a record eight gold medals Photos: Reuters Yamahaís Valentino Rossi rides during a free practice session for the Italian Grand Prix. The year marked Rossiís comeback as he won the title with three races to spare

Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Novak Djokovic in their semifinal match at the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris. Nadal took over the No.1 ranking from Roger Federer during the year
Roger Federer holds the runner-up trophy after losing to Rafael Nadal in the final. With the loss, Federerís five-year reign at the Wimbledon tennis championships also ended
Germanyís goalkeeper Oliver Kahn is seen during his farewell match against the national soccer team in Munich Men are caught in a dust storm while playing cricket at a playground in Kabul Spainís coach Luis Aragones is thrown into the air by his players as they celebrate winning the Euro 2008 in Madrid