2012 London Olympics Highlights: 11 Of The Best Photos From Beach Volleyball, Swimming, and More

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on July 28 2012 11:26 PM
  • Women's Basketball
    Americans Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles guard Croatian Marija Vrsaljko during a Group A basketball match in the Basketball arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Saturday. Reuters
  • Volleyball
    Americans Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings celebrate their victory over Australians Natalie Cook and Tamsin Hinchley during their women's beach volleyball preliminary match at the Horse Guards Parade during the London 2012 Olympic Games on Saturday. Reuters
  • Women's Volleyball
    Kerri Walsh-Jennings and Misty May-Treanor of the U.S. celebrate a point against Australia's Natalie Cook and Tamsin Hinchley during a women's beach volleyball preliminary match at the Horse Guards Parade at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Saturday. Reuters
  • Women's Volleyball
    Misty May-Treanor of the U.S. gets ready to play during a women's beach volleyball preliminary match at the Horse Guards Parade during the London 2012 Olympic Games on Saturday. Reuters
  • Men's Gymnastics
    John Orozco of the U.S. stands with teammates and officials during the men's gymnastics qualification at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Saturday. Reuters
  • Danell Leyva
    Danell Leyva of the U.S. competes in the rings event during the men's gymnastics qualification at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Saturday. Reuters
  • Danell Leyva
    Danell Leyva of the U.S. competes in the floor exercise event during the men's gymnastics qualification at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Saturday. Reuters
  • Jacob Dalton
    Jacob Dalton of the U.S. competes in the rings event during the men's gymnastics qualification at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Saturday. Reuters
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Exciting moments and major surprises have already marked the London 2012 Olympic Games, which were only in their first full day on Saturday.

The biggest upset came in the afternoon, when American swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte squared off in the men's 400-meter individual medley. Lochte won the gold, while Phelps failed to reach a spot on the podium, as he finished fourth.

Phelps' coach Bob Bowman was "not pleasantly" surprised at the fourth-place finish, according to the New York Daily News. And Phelps himself acknowledged it was "just a crappy race."

Phelps still holds the world record for the 400-meter individual medley, which he set with a time of 4:03.84 at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The swimming competitions Saturday also saw the first new world record set at this installment of the Olympics: China's Ye Shiwen established the record for the women's 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4:28.43, as she bested the American Elizabeth Beisel and the Chinese Li Xuanxu.

In beach volleyball, both the American men's and women's teams reigned supreme. The American women's team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings topped the Australian team in two straight sets. The American men's team of Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal did likewise versus the South African team.

In basketball, the U.S. women's squad extended its Olympics winning streak to 34 games, with the Croatia team its victim this time around. While the Croatians fought hard in the beginning, the Americans put it all together at the end for a 81-56 win.

Finally, the U.S. men's gymnastics team is leading in the qualification-round standings with 275.342 points.

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