Japan's Saori Yoshida came out on top in the women's freestyle 53kg division to earn her 13th world title ©Martin Gabor/UWW

Japan's Saori Yoshida claimed her 13th world title on the opening day of women's freestyle action here at the Wrestling World Championships after compatriot Eri Tosaka had brought up her hat-trick.

Three-time Olympic gold medallist Yoshida was made to work extremely hard by Sweden's Sofia Magdalena Mattsson in the 53 kilogram final, but her quality ultimately shone through as she snatched a narrow 2-1 victory with a double-leg and a single-leg in the second period of the bout.  

The 32-year-old's latest triumph follows her win at 53kg in Tashkent last year, before which she took the 55kg title in each of the years from 2002 to 2013, barring 2004.

World Championships were not held in 2004 as they coincided with the debut of women's wrestling at the Olympic Games in Athens.

Earlier in the evening, Yoshida's fellow countrywoman Tosaka made a late comeback against Azerbaijan's Mariya Stadnyk to successfully defend her 48kg crown and ensure a third consecutive world title with a 3-2 win. 

Tosaka scored a late takedown off a single-leg attack after surrendering two "activity clock" points to the Baku 2015 European Games champion. 

Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye caused an upset against China’s Xuechun Zhong to become only Nigeria’s second ever world medallist with bronze at 53kg, and she was joined on the third step of the podium by North Korea's Myong Suk Jong, who cruised to a 13-2 success against Azerbaijan's Anzhela Dorogan.

As for the 48kg bronze medals, they went to Canada's Genevieve Morrison and The Netherlands' Jessica Blaszka at the expense of Russia's Valentina Ivanovna Islamova Brik and China's Li Hui respectively. 

Eri Tosaka won Japan's first gold medal of the night after coming from behind to beat Azerbaijan's Mariya Stadnyk
Eri Tosaka won Japan's first gold medal of the night after coming from behind to beat Azerbaijan's Mariya Stadnyk ©Martin Gabor/UWW

There was also gold medal success for Russia in the last final of the evening as London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Natalia Vorobieva got the better of Asian Games gold medallist Feng Zhou of China at 69kg. 

"I’ve fallen short of the world title the last couple of years and I had to prove to myself that London was not just a dream," said Vorobieva after bagging her first world crown by fall. 

"Once you get the taste of gold in your mouth, you don’t forget it."

Japan's Sara Dosho won the weight category's first bronze medal bout against Mongolia's Nasanburmaa Ochirbat, after which Germany's Aline Focken overcame Sweden's Anna Jenny Eva Maria Fransson. 

Meanwhile in the Greco-Roman 85kg final, Ukraine's Zhan Beleniuk registered a 6-0 victory against Uzbekistan's Rustam Assakalov. 

A bronze medal winner one year ago, Beleniuk opened the bout with a textbook arm throw for four points before adding a quick gut wrench. 

It wasn't enough however to secure the Greco-Roman team title as Russia came out on top with 46 points, followed by Azerbaijan on 39 and Ukraine on 35.

The 85kg bronze medals went to Azerbaijan's Saman Ahman Tahmasebi, who beat Hungary's Viktor Lorincz, and Iran's Habibollah Jomeh Akhlaghi,  who defeated Finland's Rami Antero Hietaniemi. 

Action is scheduled to continue here tomorrow with the women's freestyle competitions at 55kg, 58kg, 63kg and 75kg all set to take place, along with the first men's freestyle tournament at 65kg. 

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