Japan and South Africa’s standing was determined by today’s placement match for 13th place.
The Japanese team was playing extremely well beating South Africa 21-2. The Japanese team finished the competition in 13th place, and South Africa is 14th. This is SA’s best ever finish at a world championship having ended no better than 15th in their previous five appearances.
Vanda Orosz (WPNews)
Japan – South Africa 21-1 (4-0, 4-1, 6-1, 7-0)
South Africa found themselves in the match after group defeats to the Netherlands (33-0), New Zealand (17-4) and the USA (26-1). Those losses saw South Africa play hosts South Korea in the “semifinals” of the 13th-16th bracket.