At London's Wembley Stadium tonight (Saturday Sept. 19th) Sweden won the world speedway team championships, defeating Czechoslovakia, Poland and Britain.
GV Teams lining up
GV Pan start of first race
GV Swedish rider falls off bike
GV Pan winner Ivan Mauger (NZ) in new track record time
GV Pan start of third race
GV Pan winner Christer Lofqvist (Sweden) wins race
GV Pan start of 13th race
GV Pan winner Barry Briggs (NZ) finishes race
GV Pan start of 16th race and rider No.17 Ray Wilson (GB) falls off bike
SV Sign: "Race stopped in the interest of safety"
GV Pan restart of race 16
GV Pan winner Ove Fundin (Sweden)
LV Scoreboard with final score
LV Swedish team being garlanded
Initials JB/PN/BB JB/PN/OS
SORT: SPEEDWAY RIDING
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Background: At London's Wembley Stadium tonight (Saturday Sept. 19th) Sweden won the world speedway team championships, defeating Czechoslovakia, Poland and Britain.
This was the eleventh championship series and the sixth time Sweden has won. Poland has wont he trophy four times and Britain once.
The team championship is the second most important event in the world speedway calendar, the most important being the world championships which this year was staged in Poland. It was won by New Zealand Ivan Mauger who became the first man competed for Britain in today's World Championships. Another also competed for Britain. Another very experienced competitor was Sweden's ove Fundin, five times a World Champion.
The championship--held at Wembley only once before, in 1968--were decided over sixteen races.
The championships began in 1960 when a Polish magazine donated a trophy for a world team event. Sweden won the first title and went on to win again in 1962, 1963 and 1964--the only nation to complete a hat trick--and again in 1967. Poland won in 1961, 1965, 1966, and 1969.