David Garcia Torne was unstoppable as he helped Spain finish on a high ©IJF

Five countries won gold medals as the first International Judo Federation (IJF) Grand Prix in Linz, Austria.

Spain is top of the table so far after winning a medal of each colour, with Japan second with two bronze medals.  

Athletes from Slovenia, France and the Netherlands all managed to stand on top of the podium after the first day.

Two-times world junior medallist Marusa Stangar of Slovenia was the performer of the day, in the women’s under-48 kilograms.

She defeated knocked out number one seed Francesca Milani of Italy and eased past Brazil's Natasha Ferreira in the semi-finals.

She then pinned Laura Martinez Abelanda of Spain for the title, despite the Spaniard making a string start.

Romain Valadier Picard of France was pitted against number one seed Dilshot Khalmatov of Ukraine in the men’s under-60kg class.

Picard, who reached the final of the World Judo Tour event for the first time, came out on top despite suffering a hand injury at the start of the final.

Kisumi Omori helped Japan finish the day with a gold medal in the under-52kg category.

Her opponent Reza Gyertyas of Hungary, who eliminated number one seed Fabienne Kocher earlier, ran out of luck, as the Japanese dominated from start to finish.

David Garcia Torne was unstoppable as he helped Spain finish on a high, beating world number one Denis Vieru of Moldova in the earlier rounds.

Torne sealed the gold medal with victory over Kamran Suleymanov of Azerbaijan in the under-66kg class.

Finally, the Netherlands had Pleuni Cornelisse to thank in the under-57kg category.

She defeated Seija Balhaus of Germany for the top prize but her win was impressive as she beat Olympic medallist and former double world champion Daria Bilodid of Ukraine enroute the title.