The Czech Republic, centre of podium, won the parallel team competition in Almaty today ©Almaty 2017

The Czech Republic claimed gold in the Alpine skiing parallel team competition here at the 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty in Kazakhstan today.

Gold was secured for the Czechs with a 3-1 win over Austria in the big final, but they dominated the event from the opening round at the Shymbulak Ski Resort.

The Czech team, consisting of Martina Dubovska, Daniel Paulus, Tereza Kmochova and Adam Zik, signalled their medal intentions early on as they stormed to a 4-0 defeat of Lebanon in the last 16.

Canada would be their next victims as the Europeans cruised past the North Americans 3-1 to book a place in the last four, before reaching the final courtesy of 3-1 win over Russia.

Dubovska, Kmochova and Zik all won their respective duels to seal the gold medal.

Austria were forced to settle for silver ©Almaty 2017
Austria were forced to settle for silver ©Almaty 2017

The Austrian team of Rebecca Fiegl, Richard Leitgeb, Denise Widner and Tobias Kogler were forced to settle for silver.

Russia stormed to the bronze medal as they defeated Italy 4-0 to secure third place.

After overcoming Ukraine and Slovakia, the Russians then fell victim to the Czech Republic but they responded well to secure third place.

Aleksander Andrienko, Iulija Pleshkova, Evgenij Pyasik and Anastasiia Silanteva all won their respective races against Italy to secure the bronze medal.