Kazakhstan defeated Finland 5:3 to win the country’s fifth bronze medal in history in Bandy World Championships. This year’s championship took place from Jan. 26 through Feb. 2 in the Russian cities of Irkutsk and Shelekhov.
Seventeen countries, including Kazakhstan, participated in the championship.
Kazakhstan captured the bronze by winning three of six games. They beat Finland twice, once in the group stage (7:3) and in the game for the bronze (5:3), and they defeated the United States (11:3) in the quarterfinal round. The Kazakh team also lost once to Russia (1:10) and twice to Sweden, once in the group stage (2:11) and once in the semifinal round (3:4).
Russia defeated Sweden 3:2 to take the world championship for the second consecutive time.
Kazakhstan has previously won the bronze at the Bandy championships in Russia in 2003 and 2005, in Kazakhstan in 2012 and in a championship held jointly in Sweden and Norway in 2013.