The Asian Sambo Championships began in Tashkent today ©FIAS

Hosts Uzbekistan made a good start to the Asian Sambo Championships with several podium topping performances today.

Nemat Yokubov picked up a gold in the men’s 90 kilogram category, defeating Tajikistan’s Umed Khasanbekov at the Sport Complex in the capital city Tashkent.

Two more golds were won the in women’s weight categories for the host nation.

Nodira Gulova took the 48kg title, seeing off Kazakhstan’s Aizhan Zhylkybayeva, before her team-mate Gulnoza Ziyaeva topped the 60kg podium.

She also beat a Kazakhstani in her final in the form of Akkal Otebek.

Kazakhstan did taste some success as Yerbol Aldukhan won the men’s 52kg.

Behtuzi Khojazoda of Tajikistan took the 68kg gold.

Turkmenistan’s Lyale Nuryyeva won the women’s 72kg competition.