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World Judo Championships: France and Japan win team event


World Judo Championships: France and Japan win team event


The World Championships in Chelyabinsk delivered one last day of scintillating judo as Japan and France took home the gold medals in the team competition.

Les Bleus edged out Mongolia thanks to yet another great performance from 2011 world champion Audrey Tcheumeo, who was up against Munkhtuya Battulga in the decider.

The 24-year-old dominated her opponent from the outset and won by ippon after just 44 seconds, to the delight of current World and Olympic champion Teddy Riner.

In the men’s event, Japan recovered from losing the first two of the five contests against hosts Russia en route to their first team title since 2010.

World silver medallist Ryu Shichinohe locked horns with Aslan Kambiev in the showpiece match and proved too strong for the Russian, eventually securing the win thanks to a well taken tate-shiho-gatame.

Georgia and Germany took the bronze medals.

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