The United States won its first gold of the London Olympics from the swimming pool through Ryan Lochte, who won Saturday's final in the 400-meter individual medley in 4 minutes, 05.18 seconds.
Brazil's Thaigo Pereira came second, with Japan's Kosuke Hagino third.
Michael Phelps, the two-time defending Olympic champion, was fourth. Phelps, who had won a record eight gold medals in Beijing, looked absolutely stunned after finishing in 4:09.28 minutes. However, his world record of 4:03.84, which he set in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will stand. Earlier in the day, the American legend almost failed to qualify for the finals. He finished the first heat of his seven events in 4 minutes, 13.33 seconds, and qualified into the final in the last spot.
Italy won archery team gold in dramatic fashion in London Olympics on Saturday. The Italian team, consisting of Michele Frangilli, Marco Galiazzo and Mauro Nespoli, beat United States by a single point at Lord's.
Wimbledon champion Serena Williams began her quest for the elusive Gold in women's tennis singles in style, trouncing former world number one Serbia's Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 6-1 in the first round. US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama watched the one hour match.
Malaysia's 7 month-pregnant shooter Nur Suryani Mohamad Taibi failed to make it to the Olympic 10m air rifle shooting final. 29 year-old Taibi, who is due to deliver in just two weeks, flew to London for the Games with special permission.
by RTT Staff Writer
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