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Summer Olympics 2012: Complete Medal Breakdown for Day 1

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Fireworks explode over the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 in London, England. Athletes, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world have gathered in the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 30th Olympiad. London plays host to the 2012 Olympic Games which will see 26 sports contested by 10,500 athletes over 17 days of competition. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
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Ryan BothmannSenior Analyst IIJuly 28, 2012

The 2012 Summer Olympics are finally upon us, and just like every Olympics, there's no delay in handing out the hardware. On day one of the 2012 London Olympics, 12 gold medals will be handed out. Here is a complete breakdown of each medal event that will take place on day one of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Cycling: Men's Road Race (5 a.m ET)

The men's road race will be one of the first events where medal will be handed out, and the host country will certainly be very excited about it. Great Britain's own, Mark Cavendish is the favorite to bring home the gold, but do not look past Slovakia's Peter Sagan or Belgium's Tom Boonen to bring home the gold.

Shooting: Women's 10-meter Air Rifle (6 a.m. ET)

The women's air rifle will begin earlier in the day, but at about 6 a.m. ET, the final will begin. Defending gold medalist winner Katerina Emmons of the Czech Republic is one of the favorites to bring home the gold medal.

Shooting: Men's 10-meter Air Pistol (10:30 a.m. ET)

Defending silver medalist Jin Jong-Oh of South Korea is the favorite to win the first men's shooting event of these Olympics. Other gold medalist possibilities include Serbia's Andrija Zlatic and Japan's Tomoyuki Matsuda.

Weightlifting: Women's 48 kg (10:30 a.m. ET)

Tian Yuan of China is the world record holder in this event and is the clear favorite to win again this year.

Judo: Women's 48 kg (11:00 a.m. ET)

Japan's Tomoko Fukumi is the big favorite to bring home the gold medal in this event. There will also be four medals handed out in the judo events, because there are two bronze medals.

Judo: Men's 60 kg (11:10 a.m. ET)

Defending bronze medalist Rishod Sobirov of Uzbekistan is the favorite to win the event. Japan has a very strong team though when it comes to judo so don't be surprised if Hiroaki Hiraoka steals the gold medal. Once again, two bronze medals will be handed out.

Archery: Men's Team (1:01 p.m. ET)

If you can only watch one medal event on Saturday, you may want to make it this one. South Korea, France and the United States all have a very strong chance to bring home the gold, and it should make for some excellent competition between the three.

Swimming: Men's 400-meter Individual Medley (2:30 p.m. ET)

Phelps vs. Lochte, Part One. The two best swimmers in the world will square off for the first time in London on Saturday. 

Fencing: Women's Individual Foil (2:40 p.m. ET)

Defending gold medalist Valentina Vezzali of Italy is the overwhelming favorite in this event after having won three straight individual Olympic gold medals.

Swimming: Men's 400-meter Freestyle (2:49 p.m. ET)

The field is fairly open for this event. Korea's Park Tae-Hwan is the defending gold medalist, but China's Sun Yang is a strong contender as well.

Swimming: Women's 400-meter Individual Medley (3:09 p.m. ET)

Defending gold medalist Stephanie Rice of Australia is one of the favorites for this event, but American Elizabeth Beisel could bring home the gold for the USA. Great Britain will hope for a medal from Hannah Miley.

Swimming: Women's 4x100-meter Freestyle Relay (3:40 p.m. ET)

The final medal event of the day is sure to be a good one. The Netherlands are the defending gold medalists, but it looks like the favorite this year are the Americans. Australia will also bring a strong team that should compete for a medal.

 

 

Make sure to check back every day for medal results, standings, and previews for every medal event of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

 


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