Jéssica Pereira, second left, won one of two Brazilian golds on the first day of the IJF Grand Prix in Zagreb ©IJF

Willian Lima and Jéssica Pereira won golds for Brazil on the opening day of the International Judo Federation (IJF) Judo Grand Prix in Croatian capital Zagreb.

Fourth seed Lima overcame Uzbekistan's Sardor Nurillaev in the men's under-66 kilograms final at the Arena Zagreb in golden score.

Although he had won several IJF Grand Slam medals, this was the Brazilian's first Grand Prix podium finish.

Mukhriddin Tilovov provided another medal for Uzbekistan with bronze against Spain's David García Torne, and Aibolat Ystybay of Kazakhstan beat Cyprus' Georgios Balarjishvili in the other match for third place.

In the women's under-52kg division, Pereira won her first IJF World Tour medal since 2018, and made it gold with victory against Morocco’s Sumiya Iraoui.

Bronze medals went to Mio Huh of South Korea against Naomi van Krevel of The Netherlands and Germany's Mascha Ballhaus against Anja Štangar of Slovenia.

Serbia's Marica Perišić added to her Grand Slam victory in Tbilisi earlier this year with women's under-57kg gold secured against Veronica Toniolo of Italy, with Slovenia's Kaja Kajzer and Ukraine's under-48kg Olympic bronze medallist Daria Bilodid placing joint-third.

Mireia Lapuerta Comas of Spain denied Serbia a double on day one as she beat Milica Nikolić in the women's under-48kg final.

A Serbian athlete also lost a bronze medal match in that weight category as Andrea Stojadinov was defeated by Maruša Štangar of Slovenia, and Laura Martínez Abelenda doubled Spain's presence on the podium with a win against Kazakhstan's Abiba Abuzhakynova.

Ukraine's Dilshot Khalmatov was the other winner on day one, beating Ahmad Yusifov of Azerbaijan to men's under-60kg gold.

Turkey's Salih Yildiz and France's Theo Raoul Hebrard clinched the bronze medals.

The IJF Grand Prix in Zagreb is due to continue tomorrow with competition in the women's under-63kg and under-70kg and men's under-73kg and under-81kg categories.