South Africa’s Cameron Van der Burgh and American Dana
Vollmer set world records in the men’s 100 metres breaststroke
and women’s 100 butterfly, Van der Burgh denying Japan’s Kosuke
Kitajima in his bid to be the first male swimmer to win gold in
the same event at three successive Olympics.
Cyclist Lizzie Armitstead won Britain’s first medal of the
London Games, a silver behind the Dutch favourite Marianne Vos
in a nailbiting, rain-drenched women’s road race.
The latest U.S. basketball Dream Team played to the gallery
as they cruised through their opening match against France, but
there was an upset for another American gold medal favourite,
gymnastics world all-around champion Jordyn Wieber, who failed
to qualify for the individual Olympic final.