VIDEO: Weekend highlights from London 2012
Natashya Gutierrez wraps up the highlights from the first weekend of the London 2012 Olympic Games

The London 2012 Olympics officially open Friday night after an extravagant 4-hour opening ceremony.

Over the weekend, Olympic fever takes over the world.

China takes home the first gold medal of the Games when Yi Silling wins the 10m air rifle competition.

The Spanish men’s football team is out of the Olympics after two consecutive losses.

Meanwhile, American shooter Kim Rhode wins the women’s skeet gold and becomes the first individual medalist to win 5 medals in 5 straight Olympics.

In the pool, Michael Phelps, the two-time defending champion of the 400m individual medley, fails to clinch a medal as his teammate and arch rival Ryan Lochte wins A gold.

France sneaks past USA in the 4×100 men’s freestyle relay, overtaking Lochte on the last leg.

Also over the weekend, three new world records for swimming.

South African Cameron van der Burgh sets a new world record for the men’s 100m breaststroke, as does American Dana Vollmer in the women’s 100m butterfly.

But 16-year-old Ye Shiwen of China is the talk of the town after she shatters the 400m individual medley by more than a second.

In the basketball court, the USA men’s basketball team defeats France, while Spain beats China. The USA and Spain are expected to meet in the finals.

As for Team Philippines, swimmer Jessie Lacuna is out of the Games after failing to qualify for the 200m men’s freestyle.

China leads the medal count as of Monday morning, July 30, with 12 medals, followed by USA with 11 and Italy with 7.

Natashya Gutierrez, Rappler, Manila. –