The Polish Under 21 team continued their run of success in this competition, winning a fifth consecutive gold medal ahead of their Danish hosts in Outrup on Saturday 18 August with Great Britain taking bronze.
Poland 46 (Smektala 13, Lampart 11, Kaczmarek 11, Drabik 11)
Denmark 42 (Jakobsen 13, Lyager 12, Hansen 9, Thaysen 6, Seifert-Salk 2)
Great Britain 29 (Bewley 13, Wajtknecht 7, Perks 4, Greaves 4, Mountain 1)
Sweden 4 (Millberg 2, Karlsson 1, Norman 1)
Despite the absence of Dominik Kubera through injury and the early withdrawal of his replacement Rafał Karczmarz after his first race fall, the young Poles had established a five-point lead by Heat 9 and held the advantage for the remainder of the meeting fighting off a late challenge from the Danes. The home team’s last opportunity disappeared in Heat 19 after a clash between Patrik Hansen and Kaczmarek resulted in the Dane’s disqualification and left the Poles needing only two points to secure gold in the rerun which reserve Lampart duly won.
Bartosz Smektala top scored for Poland but their hero was reserve Wiktor Lampart who took the remaining rides of Karczmarz scoring 11 valuable points. For Denmark, Frederik Jacobsen scored 13 points and Andreas Lyager 12 including a superb last lap pass to beat Drabik in Heat 17 to keep the Danish hopes alive.
Great Britain may be satisfied with their third place but relied too heavily on Dan Bewley who provided their only heat winner with only Zach Wajtknecht giving any real support. Sweden, weakened by the absence of injury victims Alexander Woentin and captain Joel Kling, managed only four points from an inexperienced squad who were never able to match the speed of their rivals.
For Poland, this was the eleventh time that they have won this competition and with their strength in depth it is going to take a very strong team to end their run of success.
Graham Brodie, for FIM