The group phase of the women's competition drew closer to a conclusion ©WUGC 2016

Japan maintained their winning run at the 2016 World Ultimate and Guts Championships after earning a further two victories in Group A of the women’s event.

Having recorded wins in their opening four matches of the competition, the defending champions continued their domination of the group by easing to a 15-6 victory over Ireland in their first match of the day.

They were then able to back-up that performance by easing to a 15-4 victory over Mexico, with Saori Mizukami scoring a hat-trick in the impressive win.

The result confirmed Japan as group winners, while Belgium boosted their prospects of ending as the runners-up after they claimed a crucial 13-10 victory over rivals Sweden.

Belgium will look to secured second place in the standings tomorrow when they meet New Zealand in their final group match, while Sweden face Hong Kong.

The United States, who were silver medallists at the last edition of the Championships in 2012, concluded their Group B campaign with a 100 per cent record.

They began the day by cruising to a 15-7 victory over Finland, before earning an emphatic 15-0 victory over Singapore to seal top spot in the standings.

Despite their loss, Finland look set to claim second place after winning four of their five matches and will conclude their group campaign when they take on Singapore tomorrow.

The second group phase of the men's event got underway with Australia and the United States in fine form
The second group phase of the men's event got underway with Australia and the United States in fine form ©Australia Flying Disc Federation

The teams’ rankings at the conclusion of the group stage will determine their first contests in the knock-out stage.

In the second group phase of the men’s competition, defending champions United States recorded victories in the opening games.

They firstly overcame South Africa 15-2, before sealing a 15-1 victory over the Czech Republic in their second match.

Australia were able to match the Americans performances by earning a 15-7 win against the Czech team, having already defeated the South Africans 15-2.

It leaves Australia and the United States facing a crucial match tomorrow, with the winners securing top spot in the group and earning an easier draw in the knock-out stage.

Hosts and second seeds Britain appear on course to win Group K after beating Colombia 15-4 and Singapore 15-7.