The Team World Championship of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series has been decided: in a thrilling competition in front of 3,000 spectators in the Echo Arena in Liverpool, the team from Australia won the Championship for the sixth time. After setting a new world record in the semi-final, they defeated the impressive team from the USA in the final heat and – after a one-year break – earned their fourth title in five years. New Zealand, the defending champions, only managed a fourth-place finish following their loss to Canada, who finished third.
The Echo Arena in Liverpool shook late last Friday night as the grand finale of the Team World Championship began. In front of more than 3,000 spectators, the team from Australia deserved their victory in a gripping and close final fight. The boys from Down Under defeated the US team in front of an enthusiastic crowd and grabbed their sixth World Championship title. On their triumphant road to the finals, the Australians bested the teams from Great Britain, the Czech Republic and Canada. The "Chopperoos" were in top form right from the get-go, providing the highlight of the evening in the semi-final: with a fantastic time of 45.10 seconds, beating their previous world record by more than a second.
Brad De Losa of Team Australia said: "We'll have a couple of quiet ones to celebrate! We really stuck to our guns and put in a great performance. To get the world record in the semi-final was unbelievable. Thanks very much to the crowd in Liverpool; it's been sensational to perform here."
USA Back on the Podium
The team from the USA came in right behind the ecstatic winners from Australia. Following their disappointing fifth-place finish last year, the Americans returned to form, showing their strengths against Turkey and New Zealand – as well as Poland, last year's silver medallists – on their way to the final. In the semi-final, Team USA made a serious statement by eliminating the favourites, and defending champions, Team New Zealand from the tournament in a tight contest with a time of 51.28 seconds – a new team record for the Americans. "We really had to do our thing today to make it this far. We also set a new US team record – it feels great," said Matt Cogar, pleased with the second-place finish.
Canadians Win Small Final – Kiwis Take Fourth Place
Just like Team USA, the Canadians also made it back to the podium after a one-year hiatus: on the road to the semi-final, the "Canucks" skillfully moved past Norway and Germany, until they met their match in the new World Champions. Despite a new team record of 49.72 seconds, the team led by Stirling Hart could not keep up with Australia. Despite the bitter defeat, the Canadians used the momentum from their strong performance in the earlier heats and secured a third-place finish against New Zealand in the small final. "It's really great for us to have medalled. I'm very proud of the team," said Stirling Hart.
The team from New Zealand came to Liverpool as the defending World Champions – but they were bested in an almost impossibly close semi-final by Team USA. After their loss to Canada in the small final, the Kiwis – led by Jason Wynyard and Adam Lowe – were left with a disappointing fourth place. The Czech Republic took the top European spot setting a new European record of 55.53 seconds.
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