Om Yun-chol set three Summer Universiade records to claim the first of a hat-trick of weightlifting gold medals for North Korea as they finished top of the day one medals table here.
North Korea had already earned two silver medals in diving during the day, but London 2012 champion and Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist Om secured their first title of the Universiade.
The three-time world champion lifted a Universiade record of 129 kilograms in the snatch event to lead the halfway stage of the men’s 56kg competition, which took place at the Tamkang University.
He replicated the achievement in the clean and jerk by lifting 165kg, giving him an overall total of 294kg
Luis Alberto Garcia of the Dominican Republic finishes second on 263kg, while Arli Chontey of Kazakhstan completed the top three on 258kg.
North Korea’s second title came through Ri Song-gum, who lifted a Universiade record 193kg overall to win the women’s 48kg division.
Beatriz Elizabeth Piron of the Dominican Republic took second on 188kg while Sri Wahyuni Agustiani of Indonesia rounded out the podium on 177kg.
As well as Om, another established star was also making their mark on the Universiade as Hungary's Andras Szatmari claimed victory in the men’s individual sabre fencing event.
Szatmari was the clear favourite heading into the competition, having claimed the world title last month in Leipzig.
He progressed through the rounds, before justifying his tag by beating Turkey’s Enver Yildram 15-6 in the final.
Bronze medals were earned by Mohammed Rahbari and Mohammed Fotouhi of Iran, who suffered semi-final defeats.
Aleksandra Zamachowska emerged as the victor in an all Polish women’s epee final, as she overcame Kamila Pytka 15-8.
The bronze medals were earned by Italy’s Roberta Marzani and Ukraine’s Kseniya Pantelyeyeva, who suffered last four losses.
Pantelyeyeva had narrowly missed out on a place in the final by losing 14-13 to Pytka.
Olympic star Oleg Verniaiev was forced to settle for a silver medal in the men’s gymnastics team final, with Japan pipping Ukraine to gold.
Their team of Kenta Chiba, Tomomasa Hasegawa, Yuya Kamoto, Shogo Nonomura and Wataru Tanigawa finished the competition with 260.225 points across the six apparatus.
Ukraine, led by double Rio 2016 all-round silver medallist Verniaiev, top scored in three of the disciplines and came second in two.
However, it would not be enough for gold as they ended second with a total of 257.900.
The podium was completed by Russia on 253.150.
The event also acted as qualification for individual finals, with Verniaiev producing the best score across all the apparatus.
He received a score of 87.150, with Tanigawa second on 86.075.
Heavyweight men’s and women’s divisions began judo competition, with Italy’s Valeria Ferrari claiming the first gold in the women’s under 78kg division.
She beat South Korea’s Lee Jong-yun with a waza-ari to take gold, while Russia's Aleksandra Babintseva and Germany's Maike Ziech took bronze.
South Korea’s Han Mi-jin went one step further than her team-mate Lee, as she overcame Lithuania’s Santa Pakenyte with a waza-ari score to take the over 78kg title.
France's Anne Fatoumata Mbairo and Japan's Maiko Inoue earned ippon wins in their bronze medal matches to complete the podium.
Zelym Kotsoiev secured Azerbaijan’s first gold of the Universiade by triumphing in the men’s under 100kg event, courtesy of a waza-ari win over Japan’s Kentaro Iida.
Germany's Philipp Galandi and Russia's Niiaz Bilalov won bronze.
The fourth and final judo gold of the day was claimed by Japan's Kokoro Kageura, with a waza-ari score enough to beat South Korea's Youngseo Ju.
The podium was completed by Russia's Anton Brachev and Ukraine's Andrii Kolesnyk.
Taekwondo action got underway with poomsae competition, as South Korea's Oh Chang-hyun triumphed in the men’s event.
He scored 7.913 in the final to hold off the challenge of Edward Jeong of the United States and Iran's Madhi Jamali Fashi, who completed the podium with scores of 7.760 and 7.647 respectively.
Thi Le Kim Nguyen of Vietnam won the women’s event with a score of 7.593, with the host nation’s Lin Kan-Yu taking silver on 7.540.
Adalis Munoz of the United States achieved a score of 7.493 for bronze.