On the first day of the classification phase, with the teams put together in new pools of four, ten matches gave a first impression of what the remaining course of the tournament might bring.
Laying down a 6:1 win over Pakistan, Australia clearly announced their bid for the top, as did the Netherlands and Germany in the other medal round pool, dispatching Spain and Argentina respectively.
In the remaining match in the medal round pool, Korea forced New Zealand to a draw after seemingly already having given away the match, and the two teams now hold a joint second place in pool E, behind Australia.
Of all teams sitting in non-medal round pools, India laid down the loudest claim to the top - which in this case is the ninth overall rank - with a 7:2 victory over Japan. In the other pool G clash today, Belgium wrestled down England, handing the English their third defeat in five matches.
In pool H, long time continental rivals Egypt and South Africa locked horns - and went away splitting points after a 2:2 draw, which gives Poland the table lead, as their narrow 2:1 in over the Malaysian hosts makes them the only team with a a win in pool H.
In pool I, where teams play for the rankings 17 to 20, Chile recorded their first win of the tournament over Singapore, while the USA slipped past Russia on the narrowest of margins, to claim second place in the table.
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