Ukraine claimed four golds on the first day of sambo ©FISU

Ukraine started its campaign on the sambo mats well with four gold medals today in Samsun, as the International University Sports Federation (FISU) World Cup Combat Sports got underway.

In the opening bout of the night, women's under-50 kilograms category Yaryna Fedorchenko claimed the first of these golds with a victory over her compatriot Anastasiia Sykish, who lost via a shido.

Bronze went to Sayara Avezmetova from Turkmenistan and Turkey's Hanife Ozcan.

Sofiia Bordinskykh prevailed in another all-Ukrainian bout against Yaria Voloshyniuk, winning by a narrow 1-0 margin in the women's under-59kg final.

Turkish pair Revsan Yazici and Tugba Yilmaz claimed the bronze medals.

Despite looking down-and-out, Dymtro Stetsenko pulled out a winning move, flipping his opponent Zaur Dvalashvili from Georgia on his back to automatically win after trailing 5-1 in the men's under-88kg final.

Can Guzel from Turkey and Timur Samedov of Ukraine took bronze.

Oleksil Halaka gave the favourites a fourth title today, beating Furkan Guner from Turkey 9-1 in the men's over-98kg final, with Turkey's Ozan Erol taking bronze.

Although Ukraine dominated on the medal table, it was Giorgi Lursmanashvili's victory in the men's under-71kg final that was the most impressive.

The Georgian ended his match against Sapar Dovletov of Turkmenistan when the score reached 10-0, with more than two minutes on the clock.

Ukraine's Vasyl Sydor and Jannik Wenzel from Germany were the bronze medallists.

Doletov's team-mate Muhammetmyrat Babekov ensured a gold for his nation after putting on a dynamic performance to win the men's under-58kg final by a 3-1 margin over Ukrainian Daniil Isaienko.

Turkey's Ramil Amiraslanov and Pavlo Zverko from Ukraine claimed the bronze medals.

Merve Topoglu was one of two winners from the host nation Turkey to win, doing so with a fantastic takedown which left her opponent, Turkmenistan's Faride Mamedova, flat on her back with the score finishing 4-1 in the women's under-72kg final.

Kyrgyzstan won its only medal today with Dilbar Yusupova finishing third alongside Burcu Aksoy of Turkey.

Duygu Dirgen eked out a second gold for Turkey them when she defeated Sydney Sy from the Philippines in the women's over-80kg by a 2-1 score, with Marharyta Bielkova from Ukraine finishing third.