London 2012: Olympics day one in pictures
Britain’s hopes of winning a gold on the first day of the Games failed to materialise, but thousands of sports fans still enjoyed a sunny start to the Olympics.
Cyclist Mark Cavendish began the day as one of Team GB’s best hopes for a gold, as thousands of people lined the route of the men’s road race through Surrey into central London.
While the 250km route was packed with spectators, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) launched an investigation into empty seats at venues on the Olympic Park.
There were also empty seats at the Aquatics Centre, but the venue did see a few high-profile spectators, including the Queen, who also visited the Athletes’ Village, and American First Lady Michelle Obama.
The first medal of the Games was won by Chinese shooter Yi Siling in the women’s 10m air rifle.
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Among the competitors on the first day of the Games were tennis players Andy Murray and Roger Federer and swimmer Michael Phelps.
Check out our picture gallery of day one of the Games on this page.
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- 2 Ex-police officer among group jailed for £850k intercept from rival gangs
- 3 Rumours over empty Stratford estate homes quashed in meeting
- 4 'Petrified' cat reunited with kittens after 'pursuit' in Canning Town
- 5 Family of man who died after attack in Canning Town pays tribute to a 'loving, generous' father
- 6 Architects awarded £300K contract for Stratford Station makeover
- 7 Blaze under control at block of flats being built in Canning Town
- 8 Newham charity hands out 500 food parcels to 'vulnerable' international students struggling with Covid-19
- 9 Woman arrested in Custom House fatal stabbing and shooting investigation
- 10 Flights from London City Airport to Switzerland resume as hub readies for return to international travel