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After the men’s and women’s football teams kicked off the nation’s campaign with their opening matches last week, with the Under-23 men holding hosts Brazil to a goalless draw and Banyana Banyana going down 1-0 to Sweden, the Games officially started with the opening ceremony at 1am (SA time) on Saturday morning.
Other South Africans in action on the opening day of competition included the men’s rowing pair of Shaun Keeling and Lawrence Brittain, road cyclists Daryl Impey and Louis Meintjes, golfers Jaco van Zyl and Brandon Stone, swimmers Sebastien Rousseau, Michael Meyer and Myles Brown, and gymnast Ryan Patterson.
The women’s football team played their second Group E match against China at 1am on Sunday morning.
Cameron van der Burgh earned South Africa’s first medal at the Rio Olympic Games, securing silver in the men’s 100m breaststroke final in the early hours of Monday morning (SA time).
Van der Burgh, the defending champion, touched the wall in second place in 58.69, completing the two-length race 0.26 outside his national record which he had set to win gold at the London showpiece four years ago.
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio held on for 10th place in the women’s road race on Sunday, after struggling in a lone effort in the closing stages against the world’s best cyclists at the Rio Olympics.
She crossed the line one minute, 14 seconds (1:14) behind Dutch rider Anna van der Bruggen, who won the gold medal in 3:51:27 after race leader Annemiek van Vleuten wiped out in a horrific crash on the technical descent towards the finish.