The first gold medal of the inaugural European Games in Baku was won by Switzerland’s Jolanda Neff.
The three-time junior world champion blew away the competition as she wrote her name into the record books in the women’s cross country mountain bike race.
Compatriot Kathrin Stirnemann took second place,
In the triathlon, Olympic champion Nicola Spirig proved her class in a strong field to make it a golden day for the country.
The host nation won three gold medals with Rasul Chunayev taking top podium spot for Azerbaijan in the under-71kg category of Greco-Roman wrestling.