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Defending men’s champions the United States got their 2016 World Ultimate and Guts Championships campaign off to a winning start at the UCL Sports Ground in London.

The American team had been tasked with an opening Pool A match against Mexico, but made light-work of their opposition to storm into an 8-0 lead by half-time in the ultimate frisbee contest.

While Mexico were able to get off the mark in the second half, braces from Jimmy Mickle and
Dylan Freechild guided the Americans to a comfortable 15-2 victory.

They will now seek to add to their opening win when they face Singapore tomorrow, with their opponents then set to take on Mexico later in the day.

Second seeds Britain, who are competing in a four-team Pool B, also got off to a positive start as they overcame South Africa 15-4 in front of their home crowd.

The British team will now take on Lithuania, who were 15-10 winner over Latvia in their first game.

Japan were given a scare in the women’s competition as the defending champions were forced to hold off a fightback from New Zealand in the second half of their tie, having lead 8-3 at the break.

The 2016 World Ultimate and Guts Championships began in London today
The 2016 World Ultimate and Guts Championships began in London today ©Ultimate Australia

Their Pool A rivals were able to close to within just four goals, but a hat-trick from Risa Shimada eventually helped the Japanese team to claim a 15-10 victory.

Japan were able to follow up that victory by overcoming Hong Kong 15-4 to occupy first place in the standings.

The pool also saw Belgium claim a 15-5 win over Mexico, while Sweden defeated Ireland 15-10.

The United States, who were beaten finalists in 2012, were extremely impressive in their first Pool B matches as they brushed aside South Africa 15-0, before overcoming India 15-1.

Singapore began the pool with a hard fought 15-11 win over the Netherlands, while Finland beat France 15-10.