The opening day of the 2013 World Combat Games marked the start of the team judo competition on Saturday at the St Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex.
High-flying Japan were crowned 2013 World Combat Games gold medallists as they starred in the final with a 4-1 demolition of Brazil. 2013 World Team champions Japan were sublime all day long and had plenty of energy in reserve for the most important match of the day.
The youthful Japanese team secured their place in the final with a 4-1 triumph in the semi-final against Cuba having started their day with a 5-0 rout against Mongolia. Brazil were equally impressive in the previous rounds as they disposed of France 4-1 in the semi-final having also registered a 5-0 score in the quarter-final as they dominated China.
In the semi final Japan stormed into the final as they swept past Cuba 4-1.
The second semi-final saw 2013 World Team Championship silver medallists Brazil overwhelm World Team bronze medallists France 4-1.
2013 World Team bronze medallists France faced hosts Russia in the third quarter-final.
Bronze medal matches
In the first bronze medal match Mongolia were the first country to secure a place on the medal podium as they eventually won a classic match against 2013 World Team bronze medallists France.
In the second bronze medal match Cuba overcome hosts Russia 4-1 to repeat their 2013 World Team Championships result in St Petersburg.