On the final day of the bridge tournament the scene was set for a four-way battle for the podium spots.
The teams in realistic contention to take the gold were: both Polish teams, France and Germany.
Poland 2 faced the most demanding opposition, as they were still due to play against two of their direct competitiors, France and Germany. Unfortunately for the Poles, two losses in these crucial matches put them fourth in the final standings.
Before the last round, merely fractions of a point separated Poland 1 and France for the top position with both teams facing relatively easy opponents in their final matches.
However, the gold was effectively decided half-way through the round. The Poles played their match against Serbia 2 at a blistering pace, quickly collecting a maximum 20:0 victory along the way. This guaranteed they couldn’t be passed by France, who were also on their way to convincingly win against Thailand, and secured them the gold medals.
Germans, after last round victory in what turned out to be the bronze medal match against Poland 2, took the final podium position.
Czech Republic claimed “the best of the rest” 5th place, after two victories on the fourth day.
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