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GB fail to make World Cup final

Chris Harris
Harris is a two-time British champion

Great Britain narrowly failed in their bid to reach speedway's World Cup final after finishing third in the race-off.

Australia and Sweden took the two qualification places, with the Swedes finishing only four points better off than Britain in the event in Poland.

Coventry Bees skipper Chris Harris once again led the GB side with Lee Richardson top-scoring with 17 points.

The Australians and the Swedes will now take on Poland and Russia in Saturday's final, also at the Leszno circuit.

Final score
Australia 51
Sweden 39
Great Britain 35
Denmark 34

Great Britain manager Rob Lyon drafted in Richardson in place of Bees' Edward Kennett who only managed three points in Monday's event in Peterborough.

Former Coventry rider Andreas Jonsson's performance in the penultimate heat was the Brits' undoing as he won and claimed double points in the process.

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