Konrad Bukowiecki of Poland shattered a Universiade record after winning the men's shot put on the first day of athletics here.
He broke a record set in 1999 by Spain's Manuel Martinez, who had thrown 20.77 metres.
Bukowiecki stood on top of the podium having managed 21.54m, with Andrew Liskowitz from the United States earning silver with a personal best of 20.49m.
Mexican Uziel Munoz Galarza took bronze with 20.45m.
Bukowiecki has thrown farther than the Universiade record previously, recording a personal best of 21.97m to become the European indoor champion in 2017.
The opening day of athletics at San Paolo Stadium concluded with gold for China in the 10,000m.
Zhang Deshun crossed the line in 34mins 03.31secs, holding off Japanese pair Rino Goshima and Natsuki Sekiya.
Goshima was second with 34:04.65, while Sekiya finished in 34:05.84.
Elsewhere, Iran built on their shooting success from yesterday by winning gold in the mixed team 10m air rifle.
Najmeh Khedmati and Mahyar Sedaghat scored 16, edging past South Korea's Seo Ji-woo and Nam Tae-yun on 14 at Mostra d'Oltremare.
“This match was between two of the best teams, so of course we were nervous,” Sedaghat said.
“But I think it is very important to control yourself, to compete with yourself and to stay focused during the competition.”
Bronze went to Russia's Maria Ivanova and Evgenii Panchenko, who had a more comfortable 17-13 victory against China's Shi Mengyao and Wang Yuefeng.
Erica Cipressa was the hero once again in the fencing, having achieved Italy's first gold of the Universiade in the women's individual foil earlier in the week.
Today she clinched the final match of the home nation's gold medal clash with Russia in the women's team foil, with Italy triumphing 45-38 overall.
France claimed bronze after a 41-38 win against China at the venue in Salerno.
South Korea sealed gold in the men's team épée event, defeating Russia in the final, while bronze went to the Italians after they overcome Poland in the third-place fixture.
Meanwhile, Iran were awarded bronze in the men's event, Thailand in the women's and Mexico in the mixed competition.
Action continues tomorrow.