24 May 2010

Czechs win ice hockey world title

11:22 am on 24 May 2010

The Czech Republic have been crowned ice hockey's world champions for the sixth time, snapping holders Russia's 27-match winning streak with a 2-1 win in the final in Germany.

Overwhelming favourites Russia, aiming for their third successive world title and undefeated in this competition since the 2007 world championship, have now completed a year without any silverware after being knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Vancouver Olympics in February.

Czechoslovakia had won the title six times before the break-up of that nation.

Sweden beat Germany 3-1 in the bronze medal match, denying the hosts their first world championship medal since 1953, and taking third place for the second year running.