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2012 Summer Olympics Recap: Day 1 — Ryan Lochte Wins Gold; Michael Phelps Is Fourth

Ryan Lochte
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After yesterday’s Opening Ceremony, the 2012 Summer Olympics had its first full day of competition on Saturday. US swimmer Ryan Lochte won his country’s first gold medal of the 2012 Olympics, as he finished first in the 400-meter individual medley. Fourteen-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps finished fourth after being edged out of medal contention by 17-year-old Kosuke Hagino of Japan.

China captured the first gold medal of the London Games when Yi Siling won the women’s 10-meter air rifle competition. The Chinese lead the overall medal count with six, including an Olympic-high four gold medals. Italy and the US are tied for second overall with five medals.

In addition to Ryan Lochte’s gold medal, the US swim team won three additional medals on Saturday. US swimmer Elizabeth Beisel earned the silver medal in the women’s 400-meter individual medley, finishing behind Ye Shiwen of China, who swam a world record time of 4 minutes, 28.43 seconds. US swimmer Peter Vanderkaay won the bronze medal in the men’s 400-meter freestyle, and the US women captured bronze in the 400-meter freestyle relay with Natalie Coughlin earning her 12th Olympic medal, which ties the American women’s record held by Jenny Thompson.

The US men’s archery team took home the silver medal, losing 219-218 to Italy on the match’s final arrow. In early round play, the US women’s soccer team beat Colombia, 3-0; the US women’s basketball team soundly defeated Croatia, 81-56, and the US women’s volleyball team beat Korea 3-1. After the preliminary round, the US men’s gymnastics team is the No. 1 qualifier heading into Monday’s final.

See full event results.

Overall Medal Leader Board

China — 6 medals
4 Gold, 0 Silver, 2 Bronze

Italy — 5 medals
2 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze

United States — 5 medals
1 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze

Brazil — 3 medals
1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Korea — 3 medals
1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Japan — 3 medals
0 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze

See the full medal totals for each country.

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