Canada and Venezuela claimed three gold medals each as action began today at the Pan American Sambo Championships in the Dominican Republic’s capital Santo Domingo.
Among Canada's trio of winners at the Handball Pavilion in the Park of the East was Torin MacFadyen, who beat Mexico's Alan Campos in the men's 52 kilograms final.
Older brother Adam also triumphed, defeating Venezuela's Derian Rodriguez in the men's 62kg final, before Martin Rygielski completed the hat-trick of gold medals by overcoming home athlete Julio Jesurun in the men's over-100kg final.
Maria Amyulina Guedez was one of Venezuela's three victors after she saw off the Dominican Republic's Julia Quiterio in the women's 48kg final.
Also topping podiums for the South American country were Geiker Ferrer in the men's 74kg category and Lucas Borregales in the combat sambo 57kg division.
Ferrer beat Nicaragua's Elvin Reyes to first place, while Borregales defeated Mexico's Imanol Rodriguez in their gold medal match.
The Dominican Republic also had a successful day, with two of their athletes triumphing on home soil.
Ruth Montero overcame Mexico's Nancy Hernandez in the women's 72kg final, while Carlos Matos held off Colombia's Jaime Giraldo to secure the combat sambo 100kg title.
There was disappointment for the hosts, however, in the women's 64kg and women's over-80kg finals, with Mary Paniagua losing to Ecuador's Erika Corozo in the former and Marian Garcia falling to defeat at the hands of Cuba's Mirtha Nieves in the latter.
Today's other finals saw the United States' Alfred Brown beat Cuba's Jesus Crespo in the men's 90kg, Costa Rica's Hanz Molina defeat Venezuela's Jose Guanipa in the combat sambo 68kg and Jamaica's Matthew Colquhoun overcome Brazil's Yuri Turchetto in the combat sambo 82kg.
A full list of results can be viewed by clicking here.
Action is due to continue tomorrow.