Poland appears to have a stranglehold on this title lately. Adam Kszczot won it in 2011 and 2013, Lewandowski in 2015. This year Lewandowski preferred the 1500 (and took gold there) leaving it to Kszczot to defend Polands honour.
The race was fairly slow, with one of the three Spaniards, Kevin López, setting a modest pace. Halfway through Andreas Bube took over the lead, Kszczot immediately followed and from there on no one was going to stop him. Kszczot took over with one lap to go and sprinted to his third title. Bube was rewarded with the silver. Kupers looked on course for the bronze but after a few collisions on the last lap his medal chances were gone and it was Álvaro de Arriba who managed to finish third.
Adam Kszczot has won no less than five European titles now: aside from his three Indoor titles he has also won two Outdoor titles. A very impressive list.
Result: 1 Adam Kszczot POL 1:48.87 2 Andreas Bube DEN 1:49.32 3 Álvaro de Arriba ESP 1:49.68 4 Daniel Andújar ESP 1:50.28 5 Thijmen Kupers NED 1:50.47 6 Kevin López ESP 1:54.17