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Day one at the Olympics

The opening day of real competition at the Olympic Games produced seven gold medals, two of them for China and one each for the United States, South Korea, Romania, Spain and Czech Republic.

There was a pall cast over the day’s sporting events, however, as a Chinese man stabbed to death the father-in-law of a U.S. Olympic coach at a Beijing tourist spot before taking his own life.

You can read the full story of that attack here and a wrap-up of the events on day one here.

Among my favourite stories of the day were the U.S. gymnast who qualified for three finals after only finding out three days ago that he would be at the Games, the U.S. president’s antics on the beach volleyball court, and the upset in the very first gold medal event, which left heavy favourite Du Li and the rest of China disappointed but provided a heart-warming tale nonetheless.