At Wembley Stadium, UK., on Saturday night (July 14) a crowd of 41,000 watched England's speedway team win the Daily Mirror International Speedway Tournament final.
GV ZOOM TO SV Start of heat 10 riders round 1st bend Betts (UK) leads
SV Betts round final bend, up to finish with Persson (SWEDEN) second
SV, GV Heat 12 start & finish 1st Michanek (Sweden), 2nd Collins (UK)
LV Scoreboard UK 36 Sweden 36
GV Start match, race, Collins & Michanek, Collins leads but comes 2nd
SV Michanek crosses finish line
SV, GV Crowd cheer English teams lap of honour
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Background: At Wembley Stadium, UK., on Saturday night (July 14) a crowd of 41,000 watched England's speedway team win the Daily Mirror International Speedway Tournament final.
But England's win came only after England and Sweden finished level at 39 all. In a deciding race for the tournament Anders Michanek of Sweden, who also races for Reading, was first over the line.
But Michanek was disqualified by the match referee for unfair riding after England's nominated rider Peter Collins had crashed on the second lap.
And the tournament went to England.
In the second half of Saturday night's Wembley programme the Rest of the World beat Great Britain by 48-30.
And Michanek, whose earlier disqualification had cost Sweden the international tournament, gained three wins out of four for the Rest of the World.
SYNOPSIS: At Wembley Stadium, Britain on Saturday - the final of the Daily Mirror International Speedway between England and Swede. It was the climax of a tournament in which the world's top eight speedway nations had competed. The riders had included four world champions and twenty two world finalists of recent years.
England took an early lead int he final but by heat ten the teams were neck and neck. This win by Betts of England over Persson took the score to thirty all.
In the twelfth round still not a single point separated the finalists. The two leading riders in the heat were Anders Michanek of Sweden and Peter Collins for England. Later the two were to meet again, for higher stakes. This time Michanek beat Collins unit second place.
One race later, at the end of the match, England and Sweden were level at thirty nine each. Collins and Michanek were chosen by their countries for a winner takes all race to break the deadlock. Collins led in the first lap. But he was being hard pressed by Michanek. The way was clear for Michanek to ride unchallenged to the line.
A Swedish win looked inevitable to the crowd.
But the referee disqualified the Swede for unfair riding and awarded England the match. Later Michanek and three wins for the Rest of the World Team in a 48-30 victory over Britain.