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2012 London Olympics Recap: Michael Phelps Unable To Capture Medal In 1st Event

The first day of the 2012 Summer Olympics from London got underway on Saturday, as Team USA wasted little time adding five overall medals to its tally with a strong effort to kick things off.

The lone gold medalist on the American side after day one, swimmer Ryan Lochte demolished a field in the 400 meter men's individual medley that included world record holder and former Michigan Wolverine Michael Phelps. Phelps placed fourth in the event with a visibly frustrating time of 4:09.28 to finish medal-less, but will have a bevy of other chances to pull himself back onto the victor's podium later on throughout the games.

Detroit native Peter Vanderkaay also picked up a key United States medal during the day with a bronze in the 400 meter freestyle, finishing slightly behind winner Sun Yang and second place finisher Park Taehwan. Vanderkaay won a gold medal in the 200 meter freestyle back in Beijing, but was only scheduled to take part in the 400m at this year's event.

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