The Judo Grand Prix in Zagreb kicked off on Friday with five categories taking to the tatami on day one two weeks after the World Championships.
Romania’s Monica Ungureanu won the first gold of the day with a comprehensive win over Julia Figueroa of Spain in the under 48 kilo class.
French judoka Annabelle Euranie continued to impress in her second year following a six-year break from competition.
The 32-year-old defeated former European silver medallist Joana Ramos of Portugal to lift the under 52 kilo title.
Laetitia Blot handed the French contingent its second gold medal on day one.
After a closely fought contest Blot defeat Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Hedvig Karakas of Hungary in the under 57 kilo weight division.
2008 Olympic silver medallist Ludwig Piascher was in devastating form all day and took top honours in the men’s under 60 kilo class.
In a thrilling final the Austrian beat Junior World bronze medallist Ahmet Sahin Kaba of Turkey.
Completing the gold medal winners on the opening day in Zagreb was Jasper Lefevere of Belgium who celebrated his biggest win to date.
The 26-year-old beat Russia’s former european champion Alim Gadanov by ippon after just 51 seconds of the bout to win the under 66 kilo title.