Laughter, tears, records and surprises all featured on the second day of competition in London, which gave the crowds who flocked to the various Olympic venues across the city no shortage of excitement.
High five for Kimberly Rhode
At the shooting range at Royal Artillery Barracks, Kimberly Rhode won the women's skeet competition with an incredible score of 99 out of 100 to become the first US athlete to win five individual competition medals in five consecutive editions of the Olympic Games It was also her third gold, following on from her victories in the double trap at Atlanta 1996 and Athens 2004.
France strike double gold in the pool
Meanwhile, over at the Aquatics Centre, the French swimming team had plenty to celebrate. First, Camille Muffat triumphed in the 400m freestyle in a new Olympic record time of 4:01.45, finishing ahead of the USA’s Allison Schmitt and defending champion Rebecca Adlington of Great Britain. Her exploits inspired the men’s quartet of Amaury Leveaux, Fabien Gilot, Clément Lefert and Yannick Agnel to claim France’s first ever gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay, with Agnel swimming an incredible final length to overhaul the USA’s Ryan Lochte and touch the wall in first place.
Magnificent seven for South Korea’s archers
History was also being written at Lord’s Cricket Ground, where the Republic of Korea’s women’s archery team claimed their seventh consecutive gold medal, meaning that they remain unbeaten since the women’s team competition was first introduced onto the official programme at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.
More records tumble in the pool
Michael Phelps opened his London 2012 account by securing a silver medal in the 4x100m relay final to take his overall tally to 17 Olympic medals. His compatriot Dan Vollmer meanwhile put in a blistering performance in the final to see off China’s Lu Ying and Australian Alicia Coutts of the 100m butterfly to claim gold and set a new world record of 55.98. South Africa’s Cameron Van Der Burgh followed suit with a new world record of 58.46 in the men’s breaststroke, ahead of Australia’s Christian Sprenger and the USA’s Brendan Hansen.
Make mine a double… or a treble!
On the 3m board in the women’s synchronised diving, China’s Wu Minxia sealed her third consecutive Olympic title, this time with He Zi. In the shooting, their compatriot Guo Wenjun also mounted a successful defence of her Olympic title in the 10m air pistol, in which France’s Céline Goberville took the silver ahead of Ukrainian Olena Kostevych, after the two went head to head in a shootout to decide the other podium places. In the women’s road race, Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos was another athlete who won a second consecutive gold, to go with the one that she claimed in the points race in the velodrome at Beijing 2008. In the sprint for the line, Vos finished just a fraction ahead of Lizzie Armistead, who claimed silver to give the host nation their first medal of London 2012.
Eastern promise at the ExCeL
In the weightlifting at the ExCeL, 20-year-old North Korean Om Yun-Chol took gold in the men’s -56kg weightlifting, thanks to a total lift of 293kg, including 168kg in the clean and jerk to take him past China’s Wu Jingbao, who led after the snatch thanks to a lift of 133kg.
Also at the ExCeL, in the 66kg category of the men’s judo competition, Georgia’s 20-year-old judoka, Lasha Shavdatuashvili, got the better of Hungarian Miklos Ungvari, 12 years his senior. In the women’s competition, North Korea’s An Kum-Ae improved on her silver medal in Beijing to secure top spot on the podium in the -52kg category , with an impressive victory over Cuba’s Yanet Bermoy Acosta in the gold medal bout. Meanwhile, in the fencing, another sport taking place under the roof of the ExCeL, Hungary’s Aron Szilagyi secured a 15-8 victory over Italy’s Diego Ochiuzzi in the final of the men’s sabre.
Getting the ball rolling
The US basketball team made its much awaited entrance by defeating France 98-71, with one of their star performers, LeBron James in magnificent form. Meanwhile, the other favourites, Spain eased past China by a scoreline of 98-71. In the men’s football, Mexico defeated Gabon 2-0, while Brazil grabbed a 3-1 victory over Belarus. Elsewhere, there were victories for Sweden, Spain, Iceland, France, Croatia and Denmark in the first round of the men’s handball. In the men’s water polo competition, Croatia, Spain, Italy, Serbia, Romania and the USA all got their campaigns off to winning starts, while the Netherlands, China and Great Britain all won their first outings in the women’s hockey tournament. And in the men’s volleyball, Bulgaria, Argentina and Poland all enjoyed victories in their opening matches.
It was a decisive day of action in the artistic gymnastics, where the finalists for all of the individual and team competitions were determined. In the women’s team event, the USA were in irresistible form, and they were joined in the final by Russia, China, Romania, Great Britain, Japan, Italy and Canada. Meanwhile, things were hotting up in the rowing, boxing, beach volleyball and sailing, with the competitors in all of these disciplines vying to get through the preliminary competitions.