Crucial wins for Canada and Great Britain

  • Team Canada pick up crucial win Photo © WCF / Michael Burns

Both Canada and Great Britain took one step closer to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 semi-finals with wins in Tuesday morning's tenth men's round-robin session.

Canada had an 8-4 win over Japan while Great Britain beat Norway by 10-3 in just seven ends. In the same session, Switzerland's semi-final campaign faltered through a 7-8 loss to hosts Korea, while already-qualified Sweden maintained a two win buffer at the top of the field with a 7-3 victory over Italy. Denmark and United States sat out this session.

Canada achieved an early break-through in their game against Japan with a one point steal in the fourth end that contributed to a 4-3 lead at the break. They added to that with a score of two points in the sixth end.

Japan's skip Yusuke Morozumi drew his final stone of the seventh end into the house to score one point and reduce Canada's lead to 6-4, but it was too little, as Canada scored one point in the eighth end and stole a further single point in the ninth end for an 8-4 win.

Great Britain faced Norway and opened with a score of three points in the first end. They then stole one point in the second end for a 4-0 early lead.

The British team went into the break with a 6-3 lead and their skip Kyle Smith then drew his last stone of the sixth end into the house to score three points for a 9-3 advantage.

In the seventh end, a tap-up by Norway's skip Thomas Ulsrud went wrong, giving Britain a steal of one more point for a 10-3 lead and this was enough to persuade Norway to concede the game.

Switzerland played Korea and, after a single point for the Swiss from the first end, it was Korea who took the early lead with a score of four points in the third end when Switzerland's fourth player Benoit Schwarz wrecked his last stone on a guard.

Switzerland fought back with a score of one point in the fourth end and a steal of three points in the fifth end, to take a 5-4 lead into the break. The teams then swapped single points in the sixth and seventh ends, and in the eighth end, Korea's skip ChangMin Kim played a double take-out for two points to re-take the lead at 7-6.

Switzerland levelled at 7-7 but in the tenth end, Kim drew inside two Swiss stones already in the house to score one point and win by 8-7.

In the fourth game of the session, table-toppers Sweden returned to winning ways with a 7-3 victory over Italy, scoring in each of the first three ends to build up a 5-0 lead.

These result mean that Sweden remain at the top of the table, qualified on seven wins. Behind them, three teams - Canada, Great Britain and Switzerland - are in joint second place on five wins, while Japan, Norway and the United States share fifth place, on three wins but all three having one game in hand on the others.

The men's round-robin continues with the session 11 games later this evening at 20:05 Korean Standard Time (KST).

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Men session ten results: Great Britain 10-3 Norway; Japan 4-8 Canada; Korea 8-7 Switzerland; Italy 3-7 Sweden.

Standings after men session ten (win-loss):

Sweden 7-1 Q
Canada 5-3
Great Britain 5-3
Switzerland 5-3
Japan 3-4
Norway 3-4
United States 3-4
Korea 3-5
Denmark 2-5
Italy 2-6

Q - Qualified for semi-finals

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