The last day of the 2014 World Judo Championships has showed us the medalists of the team competitions. The Japanese men and the French women have become the champions.
The team tournament has become the brightest point of the competitions. The judokas made their fans glad finishing the competition on a positive note. The main spectator was the Russian President Vladimir Putin who was watching the tournament together with the President of the International Ice Hockey Federation Rene Fazel and the President of the International Judo Federation Marius Vizer.
The teams from Georgia, Japan, Russia and Germany reached the semifinal. At first the Japanese defeated the Georgians, and the Russians beat the Germans. The men’s final was the most beautiful part of the tournament. The Russians leaded at first. Kamal Khan-Magomedov defeated the world champion Masashi Ebinuma by ippon. Then Chelyabinsk judoka Denis Yartsev sensationally beat Shohei Ono. At the beginning of the fight he missed waza-ari, but then he earned yuko and waza-ari. It brought him a great deal of success. The Russian President and fans applauded.
After that the Japanese took the initiative. Murat Khabachirov, Magomed Magomedov, and Aslan Kambiev lost to their opponents. The victory was brought to the Japanese by Ryu Shichinohe – 3:2. Japan has become the world champion in the team tournament. The bronze medals of the men’s team competitions were taken by Georgia and Germany.
The women’s tournament was also spectacular. The French team was stronger than the Japanese in the semifinal. And the French women met the Mongolian team in the final. Audrey Tcheumeo brought the decisive ippon to her team – 3:2. The bronze medals were taken by Japan and Germany.
The Russian President entered the men’s dressing room and congratulated the national team with the silver medal. He said that it was not a shame to lose to the judo founders.
To recap, Japan has won the individual competitions of the Worlds-2014 with 4 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals. The French has the second place with 2 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze medals. The third place is shared between the Brazilian and Cuban teams with 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals each. The Russian team is placed 11th with 2 silver and 6 bronze medals.