In a dramatic finale to the second day in Sanok, Poland, Russia edged a win over a gallant Austrian team but needed a run-off to do so after both had tied on 55 points at the end of the programmed 42 heats.
Russia had started the day 2 points behind the Austrians and it was not until the two teams met in Heat 40 that they drew level courtesy of a great opportunist pass by Dmitry Koltakov on the final bend.
In the run-off Daniil Ivanov met Franz Zorn and led from the start from the inside gate. He closed down Zorn on the first bend cruising to a comfortable victory and another gold medal for the rampant Russians.
Sweden took the bronze medal, one point ahead of the Polish and Czech teams, helped by a maximum heat win in Heat 41 after Germany’s Gunter Bauer had temporarily lost control whilst leading.
A spirited performance by the Poles, racing in this final for the first time, resulted in a 4th place ahead of the Czech Republic team on count back.
1. Russia 55+3 (D.Ivanov 22+3, D.Koltakov 20, N.Krasnikov 13)
2. Austria 55+2 ( H.Simon27, F.Zorn 28+2, M.Leitner 0)
3. Sweden 32 (R.Henderson13, S.Svensson 17, P.Lindström 2)
4. Poland 31 (G.Knapp 25, P. Strugala 4, M. Daniszewski 2)
5. Czech Republic 31 (J.Klatovsky 24, A.Klatovsky 7, J.Pecina 0)
6. Germany 25 (G.Bauer 17, M.Niedermaier 2, S.Pletchacher 6)
7. Finland 22 ( A.Aakko 18, T.Tani 3, J.Vilponen 1 )