Top highlights from Day 1 of the Rio Olympics

The first full day of competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games was exciting from start — shooter Ginny Thrasher earned the Games’ first gold medal for the United States on Saturday morning — to finish — in the nightcap, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross were dominant in their Olympic debut as partners.

In between, we saw the U.S. women’s soccer and men’s basketball squads earn statement victories, the Brazilian men’s gymnastics team make national history (alongside a strong showing from the U.S. men’s gymnasts), Venus Williams, Jack Sock and Agnieszka Radwanska suffer stunning early exits on the tennis courts, Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu earn her elusive first Olympic medal — gold in the women’s 400m IM — and Australia’s dominant swimming sisters, Cate and Bronte Campbell, lead the Aussies past Katie Ledecky and the U.S. for gold in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay. Scroll down to watch all of the top highlights from Day 1 in Rio.

U.S. shooter Ginny Thrasher wins first gold medal of the Rio Olympic Games

Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross win Olympic debut as beach volleyball partners

Brazilian men’s gymnasts thrill home crowd, qualify for their first-ever Olympic team gymnastics final

Sam Mikulak, U.S. men’s gymnasts finish second in men’s qualifications

Katinka Hosszu sets world record to win gold in the women’s 400m IM; American Maya DiRado takes silver

The Campbell sisters, Cate and Bronte, lead Australia to gold in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay; Katie Ledecky and the U.S. women win silver

U.S. women’s soccer team edges France 1-0, moves closer to clinching quarterfinal berth

U.S. men’s basketball team routs China in Olympic opener

Venus Williams upset in first round of women’s singles by Kristen Flipkens

Rugby 7s premieres at Olympics; U.S. splits two games

Kanak Jha makes history as first U.S. Olympian born in 2000s

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