The 10th IJF Veteran World Championships got underway on Wednesday in Mexico as the third and final instalment of the Cancun Judo Festival.

Over 1,000 veteran judoka have made the trip to Cancun to compete in the sport's premier competition for judoka aged 30 and above.

Day one featured the oldest men's categories as the M6, M7, M8, M9, M10 age groups were in action.

Pan American nations led the way with Brazil sitting comfortably in pole position in the medal table. The hosts of the last Olympiad earned five gold medals, three silver and two bronze.

U.S.A are second with Germany in third place.

Ireland's Dennis throws Barquet of Mexico in the -90kg category

Ireland's John Dennis was among the winners as he claimed gold in the M9 (Men 70-74) -90kg category ahead of 1972 Munich Olympian Terence Watt (GBR).

Friendship and fair play is on display at all levels of the sport

In addition to the inspiring action on the tatami, Mr Andrei Bondor (below - left), Chair of the IJF Veterans Commission, made a special presentation.

Mr. Jobb Andor, the oldest athlete and a revered painter, was recognised for his years of service to judo.

Mr. Jobb Andor was recognised for his services to judo
Medals for the 2018 IJF Veteran World Championships
Mario MONTRASI (ARG) celebrates winning bronze in the M7 (Men 60-64 years) -73 kg category
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Watch day two live and free on Thursday on the IJF YouTube channel. Click here for the streaming links to all four mats.

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