The Russians won 3 out of the 5 disciplines and if it was not for such a poor ride where they dropped 160 points and made them start 2nd in the combined event, the winning margin of 19 seconds over silver medallists Ukraine would have been much greater.
"We are happy to win this medal" stated team Russia. "We had problems with the riding and we had to exchange horses 3 minutes before start. This made us start in second place. But the combined went very well and we crossed the finish line first. We go home as winners and this is always a good feeling".
The trio of Ukrainians Pavlo Kirpulyanskyy, Ruslan Nakonechnyi and Oleksander Mordasov were 2nd best to the Russians all day apart from the ride, where they managed a perfect score to revive their hopes of gold which was dented by their 40 penalty points in the pool.
However, they could not deal with the pure pace of the Russians in the combined event and had to settle for silver ahead of the Belarusians of Mikhail Mitsyk, Aliaksandr Vasilionak and Raman Pinchuk who easily won bronze ahead of the Polish who were 4th.
A very happy Ukrainian team stated: "It was a real fun competition. We are very good friends and enjoyed this competition alot. This silver medal is the best end for the season. All day we got better and better and we had a perfect riding which increased the hope for a medal. This medal makes us feel like hearing a good Rock and Roll song"
"We are really excited to win this medal" stated the bronze Belarus team. "We were training as a team for this medal the last month and finally we won bronze. We are a close team and we supported each other all day."
The strong Czech Republic team had a day they would rather forget finishing back in 5th ahead of the local Bulgarian team who finish in 6th and last place.
Russia's gold, caps off a memorable team performance for the Russian's at these Championships as they will now be taking the Men's & Women's team and relay golds back to Moscow.