Cameroon’s Tiako Essombe earned gold on the opening day of the African Sambo Championships while hosts Morocco enjoyed a strong start in Casablanca.
Sport and combat sambo competition began at the Moroccan city's La Salle du Centre Sportif Bourgogne.
Essombe progressed to the women’s 56 kilogram final, where she saw off Algeria’s Talbi Ranya to take the title.
Bronze medals were awarded to home favourite Elkhlifi Natlae of Morocco and Jordanie Ngerkoudou of the Central African Republic.
The women’s 60kg title was won by Morocco’s Oumanima Etatla, with Algeria’s Chamia Aouissi and Mali’s Aida Tiama completing the podium places.
Algeria’s Saleh Fengour was crowned winner in the men’s 68kg division, with Morocco’s Omari Yassine taking the silver medal.
Lidesh Jungly of Mauritus claimed the final podium place on offer in the weight category.
There was success for the host nation in the men’s combat 82kg event, Badreddine Diani beating Tunisia’s Abdelwaheb Bouker in the gold medal bout.
Bronze medals were awarded to Mali’s Massama Bagayogo and Guinea’s Seydouba Camara.
Cameroon’s William Fokam had earlier emerged the winner of the men’s 86kg combat event by overcoming Morocco’s Elhoussine Zouad in the final.
The Ivory Coast’s Michel Zadi and Seychelles Justin Payet rounded off the medal positions.