Italy earns two big wins on second day of Paralympic action

Italy’s Andrea Tabanelli dominated day two at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games as the round robin continued at the Vancouver Olympic Centre.

Tabanelli’s team easily got past Switzerland 13-4 earlier today and then held Sweden’s Jalle Jungnell scoreless for five ends en route to a 9-1 win to improve to 2-1. The loss drops Jungnell’s rink to 0-3.

In the match with Switzerland, Tabanelli converted a takeout with his final stone and the Swiss skip, Manfred Bolliger, came up short of the rings to give up a game-changing steal of five. The Swiss didn’t fare much better in the night draw either.

Michael McCreadie’s Great Britain squad kept close with the Swiss through the first four ends before stealing a key four points in the fifth end to blow open the game. The Swiss couldn’t recover as GB went on to earn its first win, 10-2.

Canada’s Jim Armstrong escaped with a 6-5 win over Norway’s Rune Lorentsen rink earlier today and was idle tonight to remain undefeated at 3-0.

Right behind Canada and Italy are Korea’s Haksung Kim and USA’s Augusto Perez at 2-1 after picking up wins in the afternoon draw. Kim’s team from Korea defeated Japan, 7-5, while Perez and the Americans earned a 6-5 win over Germany when Jens Jaeger missed a takeout with the final stone. Germany bounced back with a 12-4 win against Japan, who finished the day 0-2.

Game scores:
Session 1: Germany 12, Japan 4; Italy 9, Sweden 1; Great Britain 10, Switzerland 2

Session 2: Italy 13, Switzerland 4; Korea 7, Japan 5; USA 6, Germany 5; Canada 6, Norway 5

Standings:
Canada 3-0
USA 2-1
Italy 2-1
Korea 2-1
Germany 2-1
Great Britain 1-2
Japan 1-2
Norway 1-2
Switzerland 1-2
Sweden 0-3