7 28 2012 61007 l - China takes first gold of Games in women's shooting
LONDON: China fired out a signal of their Olympic intent with the first gold medal of the London 2012 Games on Saturday in the shooting.
The U.S. team mates square off on the opening night at the aquatic centre, which staged early drama when 2008 Olympic champion Park Tae-hwan was disqualified in the heats.
The South Korean, who won the 400 freestyle four years ago,came first but had left the blocks a fraction too early.
China's Yi Siling became the first gold medallist of the Games when she won the 10 metre air rifle shooting. Competitions in badminton, archery, table tennis and judo also started early on a bright sunny morning in London.
After Friday night's opening ceremony, where Britain laid on a mesmerising and sometimes eccentric extravaganza for the world, the host nation was hoping world champion Mark Cavendish would bring home its first gold medal in the men's cycling road race. (Reuters)