_ Dana Vollmer had a triumphant return to the Olympics, setting a world record to win the 100 butterfly in 55.98 seconds. Vollmer made the Olympics as a 16-year-old in 2004 but didn't qualify for Beijing in 2008.
_ Michael Phelps moved closer to becoming the most decorated Olympian in history. An American silver in the 400-meter freestyle relay gave Phelps 17 medals for his career – 14 golds, a silver and two bronzes. Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina holds the record with 18. Phelps has five more events in London.
_ Kimberly Rhode's gold in women's skeet shooting made her the first American to take an individual-sport medal in five consecutive Olympics. She won a gold in double trap at Atlanta in 1996, a bronze in that event four years later at Sydney, the gold at Athens in 2004 and the silver in skeet at Beijing in 2008.
_ North Korea's Om Yun Chol, all of 5 feet and 123 pounds, won a gold medal by lifting an Olympic record 370 pounds in the clean and jerk – more than three times his body weight.
_ South Korea stayed perfect in women's team archery, winning a seventh straight gold medal – every one since the event debuted at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.
_ Kevin Durant scored 22 points and LeBron James had a solid all-around game as the U.S. men's basketball team opened with a 98-71 win over France.
_ British cyclist Elizabeth Armitstead won the first medal of the games for the host nation, taking the road race silver in a rain-drenched dash to the finish line just behind Marianne Vos of the Netherlands.
_ Divers He Zi and Wu Minxia won the women's synchronized 3-meter springboard, and Guo Wenjun won the women's 10-meter air pistol to give China a total of six golds and 12 medals overall. The United States is second in total medals with 11.
NOT THEIR FINEST HOUR
_ Ryan Lochte had a half-body-length lead when he dived into the pool to swim the anchor leg of the 400-meter freestyle relay for the Americans. But Lochte, who had already competed in 1,200 meters of racing in the first two days of the London Games, couldn't hold off Yannick Agnel, who slipped past to give France the gold.
_ Zara Phillips did her royal family proud. In her Olympic equestrian debut, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II rode her horse, High Kingdom, to a respectable finish in the eventing dressage competition. Phillips' grandfather, Prince Philip, and her mother, Princess Anne, looked on. Anne clapped politely. The competition continues Monday.
TICKET TO HIDE
_ Stung by the sight of empty seats at early events at the London Games, organizing chief Sebastian Coe said free tickets will be given to troops, teachers and students. Coe said the unused seats, largely from Olympic and sports officials, will not be an issue as the games proceed.
MONDAY'S SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS
_ Swimming: gold medal finals in men's 200-meter freestyle, men's and women's 100-meter backstroke, women's 100-meter breaststroke.
_ Women's beach volleyball: May-Treanor/Walsh (U.S.) vs. Slukova/Kolocova (Czech Republic).
_ Men's gymnastics: team final.
_ Men's diving: synchronized platform final.