Larissa Pimenta claimed gold today on day one of the Pan American Judo Championships in Mexico ©Getty Images

Brazil started the 2021 Pan American Judo Championships with three gold medals as competition got underway in Guadalajara in Mexico.

In the men's under-66-kilogram category, Willian Lima secured the gold with an ippon win over Cuba's Orlando Polanco in the final.

Peru's Juan Postigos and the Dominican Republic's Wander Mateo won the bronze medals respectively after coming through the repechage.

Brazil's other two gold medals came in women's events, first in the under-52kg as defending champion Larissa Pimenta defeated American Angelica Delgado by ippon in the final.

Delgado's compatriot Katelyn Jarrell and Panama's Kristine Jimenez won the bronze medals.

Ketleyn Quadros, an Olympic bronze medallist from Beijing 2008, defeated Mexico's Prisca Awiti Alcaraz 1-0 in the women's under-63kg final for Brazil's final gold medal of the day, while the United States' Alisha Galles and Ecuador's Estefania Garcia won bronze.

It was a strong day for Cuba too, as the country won two gold medals.

Magdiel Estrada defended his men's under-73kg title with an added-time win over Peru's Alonso Wong.

Mexico's Gilberto Cardoso and Julian Sacnho of Costa Rica claimed bronze.

Arnaes Odelin Garcia added a second gold medal for the Cubans in the women's under-57kg, winning against Ketelyn Nascimento of Brazil by ippon in the final.

Canadian Kelly Deguchi and Jessica Pereira of Brazil won bronze.

Chile's Mary Dee Vargas improved on her bronze medal from last year's competition to win the women's under-48kg, defeating Gabriela Chibana of Brazil by ippon in the gold-medal bout.

Ecuador's Luz Pena and Nathalia Brigida of Brazil won the bronze medals.

Finally, Lenin Preciado won a third Pan American Judo Championship title in an all-Ecuadorian final, defeating Steven Morocho by ippon in the men's under-60kg.

Moises Rosado of Mexico and Dilmer Calle of Peru won the bronze medals.

Guadalajara is hosting the event for a second year in a row and for a third time in 11 years.