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With the city still buzzing from the previous night's spectacular Opening Ceremony, the London 2012 sporting competition began in earnest as the first medals of the Games were awarded.China's Yi Siling enjoyed the honour of winning the first gold of the Games, securing the women's 10m air rifle title in front of a sell-out crowd at the Royal Artillery Barracks.And fans were out in force at other venues as well, with the sunny weather and sporting action helping to create a feel-good atmosphere across the city. The men's cycling road race, in particular, seemed to capture the public's imagination, with an estimated one million supporters lining the streets from London to Surrey for the race. "It was the most amazing thing I've ever seen," said German cycling star André Greipel, who finished 27th.Many of the British fans had turned out in the hope of cheering home favourite Mark Cavendish to the host country's first medal of the Games, but it was Kazakhstan's Alexander Vinokourov who won gold, out-sprinting Colombia's Rigoberto Urán on The Mall.Thousands of fans also helped create an incredible atmosphere at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park, where the first evening of swimming finals was taking place. The noise in the venue reached a crescendo during the final of the men's 400m individual medley, when American Ryan Lochte stormed to victory in 4:05.18. "For four years I've been training hard," said Lochte. "This is just my first event so I'm really happy. I'm ready to rock this Olympic Games."And so too, it seemed, were the fans in London.Day 2The first medals of the London 2012 Olympic Games are awarded, as fans turn out in force across the city to support their heroes28 July20 OLYMPIC REVIEW LONDON 2012

Olympic debutants Ruta Meilutyte, Missy Franklin, Ye Shiwen, Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan all stole the show on day four, producing a series of breathtaking performances in the Aquatics Centre to upstage their more experienced rivals.One of the day's most incredible achievements belonged to 15-year-old Meilutyte from Lithuania (pictured) who became the youngest Olympic swimming champion since 1996 as she won the 100m breaststroke. Not to be outdone, American swimmer Franklin, aged 17, won her first Olympic title in a thrilling 100m backstroke final, while 16-year-old Ye, from China, broke the Olympic record in the semi-finals of the 200m individual medley, having already won the 400m individual medley. New stars were also created in the men's diving, where Chinese duo Cao and Zhang produced a near faultless series of dives to take gold in the 10m synchro event.Day 4New Olympic stars set the Games alight with a series of record-breaking performances in the Aquatics Centre30 JulyThe Republic of Korea's female archers set the tone for the day as they continued their remarkable record in the women's team event, winning a seventh consecutive Olympic gold at Lord's Cricket Ground.In windy conditions, Lee Sung-jin, Ki Bo-bae (pictured) and Choi Hyeon-ju defeated Chinese trio Cheng Ming, Fang Yuting and Xu Jing by 210-209 on the last arrow to clinch the title in dramatic fashion. At the Royal Artillery Baracks, shooter Kimberly Rhode of the USA was in history-making form as she won the skeet event to become the first American to win an individual medal at five consecutive Games.Olympic and world records were broken at the ExCeL arena, where Kazakhstan's Zulfiya Chinshanlo won gold in the women's 53kg weightlifting event. Perhaps the biggest drama of the day, however, came at the Aquatics Centre, where China's Wu Minxia secured her place in Olympic history after completing a hat-trick of 3m springboard synchro titles.In the pool, France's Camille Muffat and Dana Vollmer of the USA then completed an incredible day for female athletes by setting new Olympic and world records in the 400m freestyle and 100m butterfly respectively.Day 3"Girl power" was evident across the London 2012 Olympic Games for the third day of competition, with female athletes taking centre stage as they rewrote the record books in archery, diving, shooting, swimming and weightlifting29 JulyOLYMPIC REVIEW 21LONDON 2012