The World Freestyle and Overall Championships have begun in Basingstoke ©WFDF

Discathon action was the focus of the opening day of the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) World Freestyle and Overall Championships in Basingstoke.

The event in the British town sees athletes conduct a race, with their discs having to travel through a course of obstacles.

Obstacles must be passed in a specific direction, with the objective to complete the course in the shortest time possible, minimising throws and running.

The afternoon action at the Down Grange Sports Complex saw double disc caught competition take place.

The first distance round of the Championships will be held tomorrow, along with disc golf action.

A total of 18 groups will feature in the first round of disc golf, with over 100 athletes taking part.

The six-day event, concluding on Saturday (July 29), will see a full format of overall competition comprising accuracy, discathon, disc golf, distance, double disc caught, freestyle and self caught flight.

Overall world titles will also be up for grabs for players who compete in three or more of the disciplines in a number of men’s and women’s categories, such as open, masters, grand masters, senior grand masters, legends and juniors.

Discathon was the first event to get the Championships underway ©WFDF
Discathon was the first event to get the Championships underway ©WFDF

The Freestyle Championship, which for the first time is featuring on a standalone basis as well as within the overall format, is due to be held on July 28 and 29.

Basingstoke was chosen to stage the event ahead of other "very strong bids" from the European, North American and Asian regions, according to the WFDF.

This year’s event is the 13th edition of the WFDF Overall Championships.