Olympics Swimming 2012: Swimmers That Will Surprise on Day 1

Talib BabbCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28:  Ryan Lochte of the United States swims butterfly as he competes in heat five of the Men's 400m Individual Medley on Day One of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Michael Phelps already gave everyone a scare by surprisingly just cracking the top eight in the 400-meter individual medley heat. The surprises will surely keep coming throughout the other races.

One swimmer that will definitely make surprises today is Phelps teammate Ryan Lochte. They will face off in the day's most intriguing race which is the 400-meter individual medley.

He is an excellent swimmer with many medals, but it will be a surprise for him to win the 400-meter individual medley going against Phelps. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Lochte won bronze in the event as Phelps won gold.

This year Lochte has a solid shot to beat Phelps in the event. Lochte has won gold in the last two 400-meter individual medley races at the world championships. He now has the confidence to know that he can win the event and should give him an extra boost.

Another swimmer that will be a surprise in the first day of swimming is Kosuke Kitajima representing Japan. He is looking to be the first swimmer to win gold in the same event in three consecutive Olympics. He qualified second quickest in the 100-meter breaststroke and will enter the semifinals. 

His competition will be stiff against American Brendan Hansen and Australian Christian Sprenger, who qualified with the fastest time. It would be an amazing feat for Kitajima to show such domination for nearly a decade in one event. 

Another surprise swimmer will be Park Taehwan out of South Korea. He has much to prove in the 400-meter freestyle. At first he was disqualified for a false start after winning his preliminary heat. Then after protests from his countrymen, a 22 member panel was formed to decide the case. 

Taehwan was then reinstated. After the trouble and lengths that were reached for Taehwan to be back in this race, he must do well. He has been an Olympic champion before, but he is not the favorite to win this event. He is in position to get the win and has a little extra motivation.

The day will be filled with many superb finishes.