Switzerland score maximum six points for new Olympic record

  • Switzerland set new Olympic record Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

Switzerland's mixed doubles team has created a new Olympic curling record as the latest medal discipline moved into its second day of action at PyeongChang 2018.

A 9-4 win over the United States that featured a maximum score of six points in the eighth end, gave the current world champions Switzerland their third win in Friday morning's mixed doubles round-robin at the Gangnueng Curling Centre, to keep them at the top of the Olympic curling table.

Other third-round winners were Norway, who beat Korea by 8-3; Canada, with a 10-4 victory over China; and the Olympic Athlete from Russia team, who came from behind to beat Finland by 7-5.

In the game between United States and Switzerland, it was the States' Hamilton siblings who took the early lead, and they were 3-1 up at the halfway mark.

In the fifth end, Switzerland's Jenny Perret hit out a United States stone to score one point. Switzerland then levelled the game in the sixth end when America's Becca Hamilton was heavy with her final stone to give up a single point steal.

In the eighth end, United States led 4-3 but Switzerland piled stone after stone into the house and a final open take-out and stay by Perret produced the six-point score giving Switzerland the 9-4 win that keeps them ahead in the race for the first-ever mixed doubles Olympic medals.

In their game against hosts Korea, Norway dominated the first half, helped by a steal of three points in the second end, to take a 5-1 lead into the break. The teams swapped scores of two points in the sixth and seventh ends to maintain Norway's lead, at 8-3. The Norwegians then went on to run Korea out of stones in the eighth end for their second win so far.

Canada also moved on to two wins with their 10-4 victory over China. They opened strongly with a score of three points in the first end. A double take-out by Kaitlyn Lawes gave Canada four points from the third end and moved them further ahead at 7-2. China, with Rui Wang celebrating her birthday, could not recover and the Canadians went on to win by 10-4.

Finland faced the Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) team in the fourth match-up of this session and built up an early 3-0 lead with a score of two points in the first end and a single point steal in the second end. However, in the third end, Aleksandr Krushelnitckii played a gentle tap-up to score four points and take a 4-3 lead.

Finland scored one point in the fourth end to level the game at 4-4 at the break, but the OAR team were stronger in the second half, scoring one point in the fifth end to take the lead, then stealing two points in the sixth end. They ran Finland out of stones in the last end to win by 7-5 for their second win so far.

These results leave unbeaten Switzerland at the top of the ranking with three wins, while Canada, Norway and the Olympic Athlete from Russia team, share second place, on two wins and one loss. China, Korea and the United States are all on one win and two losses, while Finland are still looking for their first win.

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Mixed doubles session three results: Korea 3-8 Norway; United States 4-9 Switzerland; China 4-10 Canada; Olympic Athlete from Russia 7-5 Finland.

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

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

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