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Olympic Updates 2012 : 28 July

2012 Olympics Updates Day 1

Archery: The first U.S. medal of the Games was won by the men's team, made up of No. 1 ranked individual player Brady Ellison, Jake Kaminski and Jacob Wukie, after they lost 219-218 to Italy in the gold medal match. South Korea, the defending world champions, picked up the bronze.

Badminton: The U.S. badminton doubles team of Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan lost to South Korea's Jae Sung Chung and Yong Dae Lee 21-14, 21-19. They face the Malaysian team of Kien Keat Koo and Boon Heong Tan on Sunday. The tournament is in pool play.

Basketball: The U.S. women's team emerged victorious with an 81-56 win over Croatia. The U.S. take on Angola on Monday. In other games, it was Turkey over Angola 72-50, France beating Brazil 73-58 and Australia defeating Britain 74-58.

Beach Volleyball: Americans Misty May-Treanor and Karri Walsh Jennings battled a tough Australian team of Tasmin Hinchley and Natalie Cook but managed to grab a 21-18, 21-19 victory. Meanwhile, the U.S. No. 2 men's team of Sean Rosenthal and Jake Gibb beat Freedom Chiya and Grant Goldschmit of South Africa 21-10, 21-11.

Boxing: A rejuvenated U.S. team went 2-for-2 on the first day. Joseph Diaz Jr. picked up an easy 19-9 win over Pavlo Ischchenko of Ukraine in the bantamweight division. Terrell Gausha comprehensively beat Andranik Hakobyan of Armenia with the referee stopping the match with just seconds left.

Cycling: Alexandr Vinokurov of Kazakhstan won the gold, followed by Rigoberto Uran of Columbia and Norway's Alexander Kristoff. Team GB had pinned their hopes on Mark Cavendish, the first Brit to win the Tour de France, who finished 29th.

Equestrian: Australia took an early lead in the equestrian eventing with Germany and the United States close behind. Half the 50 riders rode their dressage test that kicks off the three-phase competition, which includes cross-country and show jumping. In the individual competition, Germany's Ingrid Klimke scored 39.3 penalty points in the dressage test, followed by teammate Dirk Schrade with 39.8 and Mary King of Britain with 40.9.

Fencing: Elisa Di Francisca completed an Italian sweep in the individual foil, winning the gold 12-11 in overtime against countrywoman Arianna Errigo. Errigo beat three-time defending champion Valentina Vezzali 15-12 in the semifinals. Vezzali went on to record a 13-12 win against top-ranked Nam Hyun-Hee of South Korea to take home the bronze. 

Gymnastics: Traditional champions China and Japan managed to make their way through the qualifying round with a few foibles while the Americans cruised through without a single fall and a final score of 275.342, almost three points ahead of Britain.

Judo: Sarah Menezes of Brazil and Arsen Galstyan of Russia won the first two golds in the judo competition. The second-ranked Menezes defeated defending Olympic champion Alina Dumitru of Romania in the women's 48-kilogram final. Galstyan beat 60-kg favorite, Hiroaki Hiroaka of Japan, for his first Olympic medal.

Swimming: In the first shocking result of the Games, Michael Phelps finished fourth in the 400 individual medley, the first time since 2000 that he hasn’t won a medal in an Olympics race. Ryan Lochte crushed the competition to win the U.S.'s first swimming medal. His time of 4:05.18 was around three seconds faster than Brazil's Thiago Pereira. Japan's Kosuke Hagino finished third. Phelps is part of Sunday’s 4 x 100 freestyle relay team to try to win his 17th overall medal.

China’s Ye Shiwen won the women's 400 individual medley. Li Xuanxu, also from China, finished third while American Elizabeth Beisel won the silver.

The men's 400 freestyle was won by Sun Yang of China, followed by South Korea’s Park Tae-hwan and Peter Vanderkaay from the U.S.

Australia won the women's 400 free relay with Holland second and the U.S. third.

Table Tennis: 16-year-old American Ariel Hsing made it into the second round in table tennis after beating Yadira Silva of Mexico in four straight games. With none of the top 16 players and favored Chinese entering the competition until the third round, Hsing made the most of her first Olympic appearance.

Volleyball: Destinee Hooker had 21 points as the United States held off South Korea 3-1 in their 25-19, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21 victory. Kim Yeon-koung had 29 points for South Korea.

Weightlifting: China’s Wang Mingjuan won the first gold medal of the weightlifting competition, taking the women's 48-kilogram title with a total weight of 205 kilograms. The four-time world champion dominated the competition.