Canada and United States join Sweden in the Olympic semi-finals

  • Canada qualify for the semi-finals Photo © WCF / Michael Burns

Canada beat Denmark by 8-3 in just seven ends in Wednesday afternoon's final men's round-robin session, to record their sixth win and qualify in second place overall for the semi-finals at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Also in this session, United States beat Great Britain by 10-4.

Although this meant United States share the same won five, lost four record as Britain and Switzerland (who had already completed their round-robin programme and sat out this session), they had beaten both of these teams during the round-robin.

This gave United States the third qualifying slot, with Great Britain and Switzerland going into a Thursday morning tie-breaker for the last place in the semi-final line-up.

In other games in this session, Norway beat table-toppers Sweden by 7-2, in a match-up that did not affect the semi-final line-up, while Korea beat Japan by 10-4 to end Japan's semi-final hopes.

Canada opened with a score of four points in the first end against Denmark, and a further score of three points in the fifth end, for an 8-2 lead, put the result beyond doubt. Denmark conceded the game, with the final score 8-3 to Canada, after scoring a consolation point in the sixth end.

The game between Great Britain and United States was closer. The Americans opened with two points in the first end, but Great Britain scored one point in the second end and stole single points in each of the third and fourth ends to take a 3-2 lead. In that fourth end, United States skip John Shuster missed a run-back take-out to give Britain the steal. However, he made amends with a hit and stay for three points in the fifth end to give his team a 5-3 lead at the break.

In the sixth end, Great Britain's skip Kyle Smith was facing three American stones in the house when he successfully drew his own last stone in, to score one point. United States responded with a score of one point in the seventh end for a 6-4 lead. With his final draw of the eighth end, Britain's Smith was light and gave up a steal of four points, at which point the British team conceded, at 10-4 to United States.

Norway had built a 6-2 lead by the fifth end break in their game against Sweden, and when Norway stole two points in the sixth end and one more in the seventh end, Sweden conceded, at 7-2 to Norway.

A win for Japan over Korea would have put them into a semi-final tie-breaker. In this game, the teams were level on 3-3 at the break but, in the sixth end, Korea's skip ChangMin Kim had a draw for four points and a 7-3 lead. A further three points for Korea in the eighth end gave them a 10-4 win and ended Japan's semi-final hopes.

Now, second-placed Canada will face United States in one semi-final, while table-toppers Sweden await the winner of the tie-breaker between Great Britain and Switzerland in the other semi-final.

The men's tie-breaker will take place tomorrow (Thursday 22 February) morning at 09:05 Korean Standard Time (KST)

For flash quotes from day eight of the team competitions visit, http://www.wcf.co/2CaofXF

Men session 12 results: Denmark 3-8 Canada; Great Britain 4-10 United States; Sweden 2-7 Norway; Korea 10-4 Japan.

Standings after men session 12 (win-loss):

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

Q - Qualified for semi-finals
TB - Semi-final tie-breaker

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