Abdula Kuramagomedov won one of three Russian golds on the opening day of the IBSA European Judo Championships ©IBSA

Russia led the way with three gold medals on the opening day of the International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA) European Judo Championships at the Odivelas Sports Hall in Portugal.

On the men's side, Vitalii Koriakin overcame Azerbaijani rival Rahim Ibrahimov to claim the men's under 60 kilograms spoils, with another Russian in Vitali Koriakin sharing bronze with Turkey's Recep Cifti.

There was an all-Russian dual in the men's under 100kg event, as Abdula Kuramagomedov beat Malik Kurbanov in the final. 

A third gold for the world's largest nation came in the women's under 48kg event, when Victoria Potapova overcame Germany's Carmen Brussig. 

But Azerbaijan, another strong judo nation which hosted Para-judo competitions at the European Games in Baku in June, also excelled in the Portuguese city, winning both the other men's categories to be contested.

First Bayram Mustafayav beat Ukraine's Davyd Khorava to claim the under 66kg title before Ilham Zakiyev overcame Russian opponent Gaidar Gaidarov in the men's over 100kg event. 

The Championships is the first major Para-judo competition to take place in Portugal ©IBSA
The Championships is the first major Para-judo competition to take place in Portugal ©IBSA

Ukraine enjoyed success in the women's under 52kg category, where Nataliya Nikolaychyk beat France's Sandrine Martinet, while Turkey Zeynep Celik and Russia's Alesia Stepaniuk shared bronze. 

A depleted women's over 70kg competition, consisting of just three competitions, was won by Turkey's Mesme Tasbag.

She beat Arina Kachan of Belarus in the final as Russia's Irina Kalyanova took bronze.

Individual action will continue tomorrow with the final seven divisions.

Competition is then set to conclude with team events on Sunday (November 29).

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