World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2013 – Day 5 - Round Up

Photo: WCF/Alina Pavlyuchik

Canada, Sweden and USA have qualified for the final stages of the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2013 in Sochi, Russia.

With one day of round robin play still to go at the Ice Curling Curling Center, venue for the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the focus will be on the fourth playoff spot and which team will fill that.

Sweden won both their games on Wednesday beating Canada 8-7 in the morning and Slovakia 8-2 in the rescheduled session from earlier in the week.

Speaking after the Canada game, Swedish skip Jalle Jungnell said: “We knew before the game that we had to make a lot of draws today, so we were prepared for that. I think we were very good in the first end with our draws. We got a grip on them. It seems like we had control of the game. But as usual we like to make things a bit exciting! So we had one end when Glenn [Ikonen] missed one and I missed one and then they got the three!”

“Full marks to them today,” admitted Canadian skip Jim Armstrong on Sweden’s performance. He added: “the ice was a little tricky and they got on to it quicker than we did and we ended up chasing them. It’s a tough game when you are playing catch up.” The Canadians went on to win their afternoon game against Finland 8-2.

Team USA picked up another two wins. US Skip Patrick McDonald was heavy with an open draw for four in the eighth end of their game against Finland and took three to tie the game and go to an extra end. Finland missed their last shot and the Americans stole one for an 8-7 win. The USA went on to beat Korea 7-3.

China also won both their games and kept themselves in the mix for the final playoff spot. Haitao Wang’s team won their morning game against Asian rivals Korea 9-4 and then beat Norway 7-4 at night. Afterwards Wang said he had been really nervous all day as so much was at stake. With four wins and three losses and still two games to play, Wang said he had to keep focussed.

Hosts Russia won their game against Scotland 2-1 but they were beaten in turn 9-5 by Norway and sit on four wins and four losses. After being defeated by the hosts, Scotland went on to lose their game against Slovakia 5-2.

The Koreans are still looking for a win and avoid relegation to the next WCF World Wheelchair Championship qualification event set for autumn 2014.

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

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.curlingevents.com

Follow Live Scores and shot by shot here: http://wwhcc2013.curlingevents.com/livescores
Live coverage on Thursday 21 February will be of games on SHEET B – USA-RUS and SWE-FIN - this can be viewed worldwide here: http://russiasport.ru

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