London 2012: Spectators Gather at Olympic Park

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Thousands of spectators are arriving at the Olympic Park to watch athletes take centre stage for the first full day of competition at London 2012.

People at Stratford station queue to get out of the Olympic park after the 2012 opening ceremony in London July 27, 2012.

Thousands of spectators are arriving at the Olympic Park to watch athletes take centre stage for the first full day of competition at London 2012.

It follows Danny Boyle's epic opening ceremony celebration of British culture which featured an unlikely meeting between the Queen and James Bond.

The first gold medal will be won on Saturday morning in the women's 10m air rifle at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

Cyclist Mark Cavendish aims to claim Team GB's first gold in the road race.

'Light the fire'

Huge crowds are expected to line streets in London and Surrey to watch Cavendish and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins in the race with road closures and parking restrictions in place throughout.

Cavendish has said he hopes to "light the fire" for the GB team over the 250km route which starts and finishes on The Mall.

In total, athletes will compete in 19 sports on Saturday with medals also due to be awarded in archery, fencing, judo, swimming and weightlifting.

Great Britain's swimmers skipped Friday night's ceremony because of their early start in swimming events at the Aquatics Centre.

On Saturday night, meanwhile, 14-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps will race against rival and fellow-American Ryan Lochte in the 400m individual medley final.

On Friday night, the Queen declared the London Olympics officially open, before seven young athletes were given the honour of lighting the ceremonial flame.