Badminton player Parupalli Kashyap and teenage table tennis player Soumyajit Ghosh brightened an otherwise gloomy first day for India by winning their opening matches. India suffered reverses in badminton, table tennis, shooting, rowing and boxing — the biggest being young medal hopeful Shiva Thapa's first-round exit in the boxing ring.
>> Wimbledon champion Serena Williams marked the return of the Olympics to the All England Club with a brutal 6-3, 6-1 demolition of Jelena Jankovic on Saturday.
>> Kazakh cyclist Alexandre Vinokourov shocked hosts Britain in the men's race.
>> Saturday also witnessed the first failed drugs test of the Games after Albanian weightlifter Hysen Pulaku was suspended for taking banned steroid stanozolol — the same drug that cost Canada's Ben Johnson his 100m gold at the 1988 Seoul Games.
>>Swimming legend Michael Phelps finished fourth in the 400m medley final. Teammate Ryan Lochte claimed gold.
>> Reigning Olympic champion Park Tae-Hwan of South Korea was disqualified in the 400m freestyle for a false start — before being reinstated hours later.
>>Chinese world number one shooter Yi Siling had the honour of claiming the first of the Games’ 302 golds at the Royal Artillery Barracks in the women's 10m Air Rifle.
>> Sarah Menezes made history by becoming the first Brazilian woman to win an Olympic judo gold medal.
Russia's Arsen Galstyan clinched a 40-second triumph over Japan's Hiroaki Hiraoka to win the under-60kg judo gold before dedicating his victory to victims of his flood-hit home town Krasnodar where 170 people died in devastating flooding. “My medal will mean a lot to the people,” he said.