The biggest news from Day 1 of the 2012 London Olympics Games was Michael Phelps coming in 4th place in the 400m and Ryan Lochte winning the first gold medal for the United States. Here’s all the highlight images from the first day of the Olympics below.
Continuing their ratings charge, NBC got the biggest audience ever for the first night of any summer games with 28.7 million average viewers. This beat the Beijing first night by nearly 5 milion so the ratings bonanza continues beyond Danny Boyle’s astounding 2012 London Olympic Games opening ceremony.
The big feature was the swimming duel between Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps which turned out the best national rating and share for a non-U.S. Summer Olympics opening night in 36 years — since Montreal Olympics. Social Media can be credited for the ratings hitting so high as many people who don’t usually watch sporting events were reminded on their Twitter and Facebook feeds.
Another feature was when world number one Roger Federer survived a scare in his opening Olympics singles match against Colombia’s Alejandro Falla before prevailing 6-3 5-7 6-3 on a packed Wimbledon Centre Court to book his place in the second round.
The 17-time grand slam winner and top seed, seeking his first singles gold medal, had three match points in the second set but then suddenly crumbled, hitting shot after shot into the net.
The tense battle revived memories of the pair’s first round clash at Wimbledon in 2010, when Federer recovered from two sets down to beat the gritty Colombian.
“I’ve struggled against him in the past at times,” Federer said immediately after the match.
“All of a sudden I missed the match points, things got difficult and he played a great match to come back, so I’m relieved of course. Falla is a great player, counter-punches well, plays really well and made things really difficult for me.”
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