Day two Olympic curling ends with four-way tie at the top-of-the-table

  • Canada defeat Finland to go joint first in the rankings Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

Norway's 6-5 win over Switzerland in Friday afternoon's fourth session of Olympic mixed doubles play robbed Switzerland of their unbeaten record and created a four-way tie at the top-of-the-table.

The other winners in this session, at the Gangneung Curling Centre, were Canada, who beat Finland by 8-2 in just six ends; and Korea, who also wrapped up their 9-1 victory over Korea in just six ends.

The fourth winners of this PyeongChang 2018 curling session were the Olympic Athlete from Russia team who beat China by 6-5 in an extra end.

With the fourth session complete, the round-robin section is past halfway and the quest for the inaugural mixed doubles Olympic medals is becoming more pressurised.

In their match against the current world champions from Switzerland, Norway opened their account with a score of three points in the second end for a 3-1 lead. The Swiss drew level at 4-4 after five ends and in a tight last end, it looked that Norway lay shot and had the win before Kristin Skaslien delivered her last stone, tapping up the shot stone slightly, to make sure of a 6-5 win.

Canada held a 3-1 lead over Finland at the halfway mark in their game and ensured an early finish with a score of five points in the sixth end for an 8-2 win.

Korea also won in just six ends, scoring freely in the first half of their game against United States for a 7-1 lead at the break. With a large home crowd celebrating, the Americans conceded after six ends with the score at 9-1.

In the fourth game of the session, the Olympic Athlete from Russia team carved out a 3-0 lead after three ends, only for China to level with a score of three points in the fourth end.

The game stayed tight all the way after this and moved to 5-5 after eight ends. In the extra end, Aleksandr Krushelnitckii scored one point with an open hit to win the game by 6-5.

Following this session, Canada, Norway, the Olympic Athlete from Russia team and Switzerland all share top spot on three wins and one loss. Korea - on two wins and two losses, sit behind them. China and United States are tied in sixth place on one win and three losses, with winless Finland in bottom place.

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Mixed doubles session four results: Canada 8-2 Finland; China 5-6 Olympic Athlete from Russia; United States 1-9 Korea; Switzerland 5-6 Norway.

Standings after mixed doubles session four (win-loss):

Canada 3-1
Norway 3-1
Olympic Athlete from Russia 3-1
Switzerland 3-1
Korea 2-2
China 1-3
United States 1-3
Finland 0-4

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