The first day of the 2016 Summer Olympics were by far boring with 22 medals awarded in Rio De Janeiro. Here were the teams to earn a gold medal on Day 1 of Rio 2016.
Australia came out on top of the medal standings on the first day of Rio 2016, with two gold medals and one bronze medal. Both of the Aussies’ gold medals were in Swimming.
The Women’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay team broke the world record with a time of 3:30.65 in the finals and male swimmer Mack Horton finished first in the Men’s 400m Freestyle race. Australia also won the bronze medal in Men’s Team Archery after defeating China 6-2.
Hungary also finished Day 1 with two gold medals at Rio 2016. Female swimmer Katinka Hosszú set a new world record in the 400m Individual Medley with a time of 4:26.36. Hungary’s second gold medal came by way of the sword. Female fencer Emese Szász defeated Italian Rossella Fiamingo, 15-13, in the individual épée.
The United States, along with Japan and China, earned five medals on the first day of Rio 2016. The first medal awarded at Rio 2016 went to American shooter Virginia Thrasher, who finished in first place in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle.
The rest of the American medals from Day 1 were all silver medals. The United States Men’s Archery team finished in second place after losing the gold medal match against South Korea, 6-0. In Swimming, the American Women’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay team finished in second place to Australia.
Maya Dirado finished in second place in the Women’s 400m Individual Medley and Chase Kalisz also finished in second place in the Men’s 400m Individual Medley.
South Korea earned two medals on the first day of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The South Korean Men’s Archery team defeated the United States to earn the country’s first gold medal at Rio 2016. Female judoka Jeong Bo Kyeong earned the silver medal in the Women’s 48 kg bout after losing to Argentina’s Paula Pareto.
Japan finished Day 1 of Rio 2016 with five medals including one gold. Male swimmer Kosuke Hagino finished in first place in the 400m Individual Medley with a time of 4:06.05.
The four bronze medals were earned via third place finishes by female judoka Ami Kondo in 48 kg, male judoka Naohisa Takato in 60 kg, female weightlifter Hiromi Miyake in 48 kg, and male swimmer Daiya Seto in the 400m Individual Medley.
Argentina earned one gold medal on the first day of competition at Rio 2016. It was earned by female judoka Paula Pareto in the 48 kg gold medal bout against South Korea’s Jeong Bo Kyeong.
Belgian cyclist Greg Van Avermaet earned his country’s first gold medal at Rio 2016 with a first place finish in the Men’s Road Race. He finished the long race in 6:10:05.
The Russians finished Day 1 of Rio 2016 with a gold medal in their pocket. Russian judoka Besian Mudranov defeated Kazakhstan’s Yeldos Smetov in the Men’s 60 kg gold medal bout.
Thailand earned its first gold medal at Rio 2016 on the first day of competition. Female weightlifter Sopita Tanasan finished in first place in the 48 kg event.
Vietnam started Rio 2016 off with a bang. Male shooter Hoàng Xuân Vinh earned Vietnam’s first ever gold medal in 10m Air Pistol.
Other Countries to Earn a Medal
China – 2 silver, 3 bronze
Italy – 1 silver, 1 bronze
Kazakhstan – 1 silver, 1 bronze
Brazil – 1 silver
Denmark – 1 silver
Indonesia – 1 silver
Canada – 1 bronze
Poland – 1 bronze
Spain – 1 bronze
Uzbekistan – 1 bronze