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After all the celebrations of the Dutch women on the first day of these world team championships today's question was which mens team would be celebrating with gold!

In the first round reigning world champions Georgia suffered a moral destroying defeat (2-3) to Korea. Russia ran Japan close but went down 2-3. Brazil overpowered France 3-2 but it was host nation Turkey who performed beyond expectation in beating Mongolia 3-2. The semi-final line up saw Japan defeat Korea whilst Brazil finally brought the Turkish dream to an end with a 5-0 mauling. The final promised to be a close affair with good match-ups between all five fighters. However, Musashi Ogura -66kg and Masahiko Otsuka -73kg won the opening matches for Japan making it a "must win" situation for Brazil. Flavio Canto -81kg stepped up to throw Masahiro Takamatsu for ippon with a lighting fast tomoe-nage to pull one back for Brazil. But in winning the next contest Masashi Nishiyama -90kg did what he had done all day and sealed the win for Japan who went on to win 4-1. Nishiyama won all his contests in style and with quiet confidence. "I was aware of the pressure that is special in a team event, but I just concentrated on what I had to do and tried not to be distracted by the team score whether we were leading or not", said Nishiyama. It must have been heartbreaking for Sezer Huysuz -73kg (TUR) who having finished in fifth place at the individual world championships in Rio in 2007 had to settle once again for fifth. It is unlikely at the age of 32 that Huysuz will reach such heights on the tatami again. But with Turkey's successful organization of these championships now complete it should not be long before world championship judo returns to Turkey at which point Huysuz will surely be around for the celebrations.

Sheldon Franco-Rooks IJF Media Team

Final Results:
Japan vs. Brasil

Bronze Medal Matches

Japan vs. Korea
Brazil vs. Turkey

Final results
1. Japan
2. Brazil
3. Russia
3. Korea

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