World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2013 – Day 4 - Round Up

Photo: WCF/Alina Pavlyuchik

Sweden produced two nail-biting wins on Tuesday at the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2013 in Sochi, Russia. Both games, against Norway and then against Korea, went to an extra end.

“This is the best match that Norway and Sweden have had against each other,” admitted Norwegian Skip Rune Lorentsen following their 8-10 defeat. “I thought we had tightened the screws on them when we got four in the sixth end, then we missed a guard in the seventh end and so they got four!”

Swedish Skip Jalle Jungnell explained from his side “in the sixth end we messed up. But in the seventh end we made all eight stones perfect so we took a four. It is pretty nerve wracking this kind of game because you can’t miss a shot!”

Jungnell went on to beat Korea 7-6 in the afternoon. The Koreans, still looking for a win at the event, changed their line up mid-game to have third Seong-Won Jung throwing last stones and Haksung Kim still skipping but as third. It was a change that looked to have paid off as Korea managed to get on the scoreboard. They tied the game at 6-6 and forced an extra end but Jungnell produced a perfect takeout of a partly hidden Korean stone to win.

Canada had the USA trailing in their game and emerged with a 7-1 win to remain undefeated. By the afternoon the Americans had Slovakia trailing and won the game 9-1. Only twelve months ago, the same Slovak team ended the US’s chances of reaching the final stages of the 2012 World Championship in a tie-break.

Monika Kunkelova from team Slovakia translating for her skip Radoslav Duris said the team was feeling the pressure more this year after their fourth place finish in last year’s world championship. The Slovaks lost their morning game 2-10 against Russia and are now tied with Norway on one win and four losses.

The Norwegians suffered a further defeat in the afternoon against Finland. With Markku Karjalainen still skipping, the Finns forced the steal in the eighth end to win 6-5 and further improve their chances of returning to Sochi in 2014 for the Paralympic Winter Games.

China got a second win on the board beating Scotland 6-4.

Standings after Round Robin Session 8
Rank - Team – Games played/Wins-Losses
1. CAN - Canada 6/6-0
2. SWE – Sweden 5/4-1
2. USA – USA 5/4-1
4. FIN – Finland 6/3-3
4. RUS – Russia 6/3-3
4. SCO – Scotland 6/3-3
7. CHN – China 5/2-3
8. NOR – Norway 5/1-4
8. SVK – Slovakia 5/1-4
10. KOR – Korea 5/0-5

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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