The Russian women´s wait for a first major title since the breakup of the Soviet Union is over.
Russia, taking on the unbeaten Czech Republic in the final of the European Championships in Greece, snatched the gold medal in a 59-56 thriller.
Lucie Blahuskova and the Czech Republic have enjoyed many a fine moment at these European Championships but none can so far match Saturday´s Herculean effort against Poland.
The Czechs, unbeaten and easily the most dominant team of the tournament with six successive wins, trailed until four minutes and 45 seconds remained in the third quarter but finally got their noses in front of the Poles and went on to claim a 74-66 triumph.
The Czech Republic make their shots from all over the court - three pointers, fastbreak layups, free throws.
But what makes this team maybe the finest in Europe, judging from their 98-62 quarter-final thrashing of Belgium, is their commitment on the court every second of every game.
It is not an exaggeration to say that the Czech Republic have been a revelation so far in the European Championship for Women. Along with Spain, the Czechs are so far undefeated in the tournament. They have not only won games, but done so in style, playing the game at breakneck speed and simply blowing their opponents off the court with their strength and depth.
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