Norway complete Olympic semi-final line-up with tie-breaker win

  • Norway secure final remaining semi-final place Photo © WCF / Michael Burns

Norway grabbed the fourth and final place in the Olympic mixed doubles semi-finals with a 9-7 win over China in Sunday evening's tie-breaker at the Gangneung Curling Centre.

They now face table-toppers Canada in one semi-final, knowing they are the only team to have handed the Canadians a defeat in the round-robin, while Switzerland and the Olympic Athlete from Russia team face each other in the second semi-final.

China opened with last stone advantage in the first end and scored two points for an early lead through a tap-up by Rui Wang. However, Norway responded straightaway with Kristin Skaslien drawing the final stone of the second end into the house to score three points and take the lead, 3-2.

China fought back and went ahead again, at 5-4, with a score of two points in the fifth end. But the turning point of the game came in the sixth end when China's Rui Wang had a complete miss on an attempted take-out, leaving Norway's Kristin Skaslien with an open draw for four points and an 8-5 lead.

Despite this, China battled on and scored two points in the seventh end to reduce Norway's lead to 8-7, but when Wang's last effort of the eighth end could not get inside a Norwegian stone already in the house, Skaslien and her partner Magnus Nedregotten could celebrate a 9-7 victory without having to deliver their last stone.

Monday's semi-final sessions will now see Canada face Norway at 09:05 while Switzerland face the Olympic Athlete from Russia team at 20:05, Korean Standard Time (KST).

The winners will go onto contest gold and silver medals on Tuesday and before that, the losers will play for bronze medals

For flash quotes from day four of the mixed doubles competition visit http://www.wcf.co/2G39hkb

Mixed doubles tie-breaker result: China 7-9 Norway.

Standings after mixed doubles tie-breaker (win-loss):

Canada 6-1 Q
Switzerland 5-2 Q
Olympic Athlete from Russia 4-3 Q
Norway 4-3 Q
China 4-3
Korea 2-5
United States 2-5
Finland 1-6

Q = Qualified for semi-finals

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