The Japanese capped off another successful global judo competition with a victory in the men's team event on the final day. JPN has long been the standard bearer for the sport they've created and dominated, and they finished the 2014 Worlds on top the medal board as expected, with 11 total medals. That said, it must be kind of bittersweet for fans of JPN judo to see the rising continuing dispersion of the sport. Yes, they secured 11 medals -but only 5 were gold, and the total was out of a possible 16, where in the past the expectation was a perfect 16 and possibly most gold. In fact, France won 3 gold and a total 8 in coming in a strong 2nd. The medal table was as diverse as you might see from other sports, such as wrestling and track, with nations such as Argentina, Israel, UAE, Colombia, and Portugal winning at least one podium finish alongside powers like Germany, the U.S., and Russia. Of particular note was the Mongolian women's team winning a silver, defeating Kazakhstan, Cuba, and Poland in the process. Now that's a globalization I can get behind.
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