World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2013 – Day 3 Round Up

Canada v Slovakia Photo: WCF/Alina Pavlyuchik

Play resumed at the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2013 on Monday as per schedule with Sunday’s postponed session games being rescheduled for later in the week.

The Canadians led by skip Jim Armstrong produced another two strong performances beating 2012 bronze medallists China in the morning 9-5 and Slovakia 7-3 in the afternoon. Canada remains unbeaten at the top of the standings on five wins.

Behind them is Team USA. Patrick McDonald led his side to a third consecutive win: 5-4 against Sweden. USA had been due to play on Sunday evening, but as McDonald explained the problem with the ice cooling plant which led to session 4 being postponed did little to affect his team which has only started playing together in its present line up this season.
“I don’t think we got out of the groove,” said McDonald. “We took the opportunity to talk and bond a little more.”

Hosts and reigning world champions Russia had a mixed day, winning their morning game against Finland 7-3 before being beaten by China 5-3 in the afternoon.

For China it was an important win, their first of the Championship. Chinese skip, 24 year old Haitao Wang explained that after their loss against Canada in the morning he had told his team to clear their thoughts and to focus solely on the game against the Russians. Wang said the win was psychologically very important for his team and they must build on it for the rest of the event.

Scotland returned to winning ways with a 6-5 win over Korea and then a 5-2 victory over Norway. Speaking after the game against Korea, Scottish Skip Aileen Neilson admitted: “To get a win on the board for us is great. The Koreans have medalled many times, so we knew it was going to be a tough game.”

It was a tough day for Korea who have yet to win a game. Haksung Kim’s team were bitterly disappointed as they lost their afternoon game 8-7 to newcomers Finland. In their quest for vital Paralympic points, the Finns changed their skip, with fourth player Markku Karjalainen taking over from third Vesa Hellman. Karjalainen produced a great final draw to score two and win the game.

Standings after Round Robin Session 6
Rank - Team – Games played/Wins-Losses
1. CAN - Canada 5/5-0
2. USA – USA 3/3-0
3. SCO – Scotland 5/3-2
4. SWE – Sweden 3/2-1
5. FIN – Finland 5/2-3
5. RUS – Russia 5/2-3
7. NOR – Norway 3/1-2
7. SVK – Slovakia 3/1-2
9. CHN – China 4/1-3
10. KOR – Korea 4/0-4

NB: Session 4 games are rescheduled to the following times: USA-KOR (Wednesday February 20 at 15:30). CHN-NOR and SVK-SWE (Wednesday February 20 at 19:30).

The ten teams will play a round robin. Playoff and semifinals take place on Friday 22nd with the Bronze and Gold medal games scheduled for 09:30 and 15:30 local time (MSK – Moscow Standard Time) on Saturday 23rd.

Further qualification points for the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia will be awarded at the end of this year’s world championship. Only ten teams will qualify for the Games. For more information visit: http://www.worldcurling.org/curling-at-the-paralympics

Results, news and photos from the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2013 can be seen here on the event website: http://wwhcc2013.worldcurling.net

Follow live scores and shot by shot here: http://wwhcc2013.worldcurling.net/livescores
Live coverage of all games on SHEET C can be viewed worldwide here: http://russiasport.ru

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