Thomas Jonasson finished in first place in the opening disc golf round ©WFDF

Sweden’s Thomas Jonasson ended in first place after the first round of disc golf action at the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) World Freestyle and Overall Championships in Basingstoke.

He achieved a score of 53 in the first of three rounds at the Down Grange Sports Complex.

Jonasson was followed by his compatriot Anton Kappling and Britain’s Ned Morris, with both men ending with totals of 55.

Sweden’s Niloofar Mossavarrahmani leads after the first round of the women’s event on 63, with the United States’ Juliana Korver second on 68.

Her fellow American Reily Warren scored 69 for third.

Korver heads the standings in the distance competition by achieving a total of 117 in the first round, with Sweden’s Niloofar Mossavarrahmani behind on 115.

Chinese Taipei’s I Chi Lin is third on 107.

Sweden’s Anton Lindh heads the men’s event on 163, while Chinese Taipei’s Kun Hu scored 157.

Edvin Almqvist of Sweden is third on 151.

Competition will continue until Saturday ©WFDF
Competition will continue until Saturday ©WFDF

The six-day event, concluding on Saturday (July 29), features 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.

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 in the English town is the 13th edition of the WFDF Overall Championships.