Olympics 2012: 10 Things You Need to Know From Saturday’s Games

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Tensions were high as the London Olympics had its first full day of games this Saturday.

From a nail-biting gold medal match in male archery to American swimmer Ryan Lochte dethroning teammate Michael Phelps’ winning streak for the 400-meter individual medley, the start of the 2012 Games had spectators cheering on the edge of their seats.

Read on to find out what happened during the first day.

1. London Games’ first gold medal belongs to China’s Yi Siling.
The 23-year-old nabbed the first gold medal handed out at the London Games in the 10-meter air rifle competition. Siling was also the first athlete to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.

2. The American male archery team loses to Italy by one point.

Italy’s male archery team took home the gold medal with a total score of 219, beating out U.S.A.’s 218 by a hair on Saturday. The silver was the first medal the country won at the London Games.

3. The dethroned champ of 400-meter individual medley tweets his congratulations.

Though his winning streak at the was cut short, Michael Phelps, 26, has no ill will towards U.S.A. teammate Ryan Lochte, 27. Phelps tweeted his congratulation to the new gold medalist, writing:

Lochte was also very grateful for his teammates support. He replied to Phelps, writing:

4. Men’s road cycling favorite places 29th in race.

Alexandr Vinokurov of Kazakhstan took gold in men’s road cycling race in London Saturday, not only beating out silver medalist Rigoberto Uran of Colombia and bronze medalist Alexander Kristoff of Norway, but also gold medal favorite Mark Cavendish of Great Britain, who finished 29th.

5. Thirty-eight medals were given out by the end of Saturday.

A total of 12 gold, 12 silver, and 14 bronze were handed out to winning Olympians.

6. China dominates at women’s 10-meter air pistol.

Guo Wenjun of China won her second gold medal in a row at the event. Celine Goberville of France and Olena Kostevych of Ukraine took home silver and bronze respectively.

7. A new world record is set.

China’s Ye Shiwen won the gold medal in the women’s 400-meter individual medley and also set a new world record with her time of 4:28.43. Shiwen beat the old record — set by Stephanie Rice in 2008 — by just over one second.

8. Italy sweeps individual foil fencing.

Italian Olympians Elisa Di FranciscaArianna Errigo, and Valentina Vezzali won gold, silver and bronze respectively in women’s individual foil fencing.

9. Russia wins first gold medal in men’s judo since collapse of Soviet Union.

Arsen Galstyan nabbed the top titled in men’s judo 60kg on Saturday, pinning down opponent Japan’s Hiroaki Hiraoka in less than a minute. This is the first gold for Russia in the event since the fall of the Soviet Union.

10. China tops medal count.

China received a total of six medals (four golds, two bronzes) on Saturday. Meanwhile, Italy and the U.S. both tied with five medals each by the end of Saturday.

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