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Stunning moments from day one of the Olympic games

Some of the best photos from the first day of the 2012 Olympic games in London.

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American swimmer Ryan Lochte, wins the Men's 400m Individual Medley at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England Saturday, July 28

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Jordan Jovtchev of Bulgaria warms up on the rings during the men's gymnastics qualification in the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games July 28, 2012

Mike Blake/Reuters

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Brazil's Juliana Silva (C) challenges Mauritius' Natacha Rigobert during the women's beach volleyball preliminary match at the Horse Guards Parade during the London 2012 Olympic Games July 28, 2012

Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters

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Denis Ablyazin of Russia competes in the horizontal bar event during the men's gymnastics qualification in the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games July 28, 2012. Picture taken with multiple exposures

Mike Blake/Reuters

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China's Sun Yang, right, and United States' Peter Vanderkaay, left, compete in the men's 400-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Saturday, July 28, 2012.

David J. Phillip/AP Photo

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Spectator Nat Aaronson, whose face is painted like a Union flag, poses for a portrait on the Box Hill circuit of the men's cycling road race at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London July 28, 2012

Mark Blinch/Reuters

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Jacob Dalton of the U.S. competes in the rings event during the men's gymnastics qualification at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Dylan Martinez/Reuters

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Sun Yang, of China, after winning the gold medal and setting an Olympic record in the men's 400 freestyle finals at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, in London, July 28, 2012.

Doug Mills/NYT

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The Netherlands Olympic cycling team practices at the Velodrome in the Olympic Park during the London 2012 Olympic Games in London July 28, 2102.

Luke Macgregor/Reuters

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South Korea's Nam Hyun Hee (L) competes against Italy's Elisa Di Francisca during their women's Individual Foil semifinal fencing competition at the ExCel venue at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 28, 2012.

Damir Sagolj/Reuters

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Kazakhstan's Alexandr Vinokurov bites his gold medal during the victory ceremony after the men's cycling road race at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 28, 2012

Paul Hanna/Reuters

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Cyclists climb Box Hill in the men's cycling road race at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 28, 2012.

Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

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USA's Michael Phelps reacts to his loss in the men's 400 metre individual medley at the Aquatic Centre in the Olympic Village at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Saturday, July 28, 2012.

Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

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Korea's Gunwoo Park and Sungmin Cho sail in the men's 470 class during a practice session ahead of the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games in Weymouth and Portland, southern England, July 28, 2012.

Benoit Tessier/Reuters

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Gymnast from the Netherlands Epke Zonderland performs on the horizontal bar during the Artistic Gymnastics men's qualification at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, in London.

Matt Dunham/AP

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Jonathan Horton of the U.S. competes in the horizontal bar event at the men's qualification in the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games July 28, 2012.

Mike Blake/Reuters

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Germany's Carolin Golubytskyi goes down with an injury against Italy's Elis Di Francisca in their women's fencing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28.

Dmitry Lovetsky/AP Photo

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Hungary's Eva Csernoviczki (white) competes against Birgit Ente of the Netherlands in Judo at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England Saturday, July 28.

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Josh Binstock from Canada reaches for a ball during the Beach Volleyball match against Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London

Petr David Josek/AP

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United States swimmer Michael Phelps dives off of the starting block during the men's 400-meter individual medley event during the 2012 Summer Olympics at the Aquatics Centre in London on Saturday, July 28, in London.

Al Bello/AP

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China's Wu Penggen (L) challenges Switzerland's Sascha Heyer during the men's preliminary match at the Horse Guards Parade during the London 2012 Olympic Games July 28.

Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters

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Canada's Melissa Tancredi (top) heads the ball next to South Africa's Amanda Sister during their women's Group F football match at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the City of Coventry Stadium July 28.

Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

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Betkili Shukvani of Georgia (white) competes agains Arnie Dickens of Australia in the Men's 60kg Judo event at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England Saturday, July 28.

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Tunisia's Ines Boubakri celebrates winning against France's Astrid Guyart during their women's Individual Foil round of 16 fencing competition at the ExCel venue at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 28.

Max Rossi/Reuters

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Canada's Sergio Pessoa (white) competes against Kazakhstan's Yerkebulan Kossayevin (blue) in Judo during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England Saturday, July 28, 2012. Pessoa lost to Yerkebulan in the men's 60kg elimination round.

Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail

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Judo competitors Milous Sofiane of France (bottom) squares off against Betkili Shukvani of Georgia at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England Saturday, July 28.

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Britain's Prince Charles, center, watches a men's badminton match during the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, in London.

Saurabh Das/AP

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, U.S. tennis player Venus Williams (top, L) and former gymnast Dominique Dawes (L) of the U.S. react after Serena Williams of the United States defeated Serbia's Jelena Jankovic in their women's singles tennis match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club during the London 2012 Olympics Games July 28.

Stefan Wermutch/Reuters

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