Korea women win as Prime Minister watches on

  • Team Korea move to joint second in the rankings Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

With Lee Nak-yeon, Prime Minister of the Republic of South Korea, watching in the stand, Korea's women beat China by 12-5 in Sunday afternoon's seventh session of women's round-robin play at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 to move into joint second place on the table.

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Korea now share second place with Japan who sat this session out and, on four wins, sit behind unbeaten Sweden, who recorded their fifth victory, by 8-6, after an extra end against Great Britain. Canada also won in this session, beating Switzerland by 10-8.

Denmark, Japan, the Olympic Athlete from Russia team, and United States all sat out this session.

Against China, Korea started strongly, scoring three points in the first end and following that up with another three-point score in the third end for an early 6-1 lead. In the fifth end, Korea's skip EunJung Kim had a hit and stay for a further four points and a 10-2 half-time lead.

China scored two points in the sixth end with a double take-out by skip Bingyu Wang and then stole a single point in the seventh end to reduce Korea's lead to 10-5. But a further score of two points for Korea in the eighth end, for 12-5, was enough to persuade China to conceded the game.

Sweden had a 3-0 lead after three ends over Great Britain, but the British team responded with a double take-out for two points by skip Eve Muirhead in the fourth end. A miss by Sweden skip Anna Hasselborg in the fifth end gave Britain a single point steal to tie the game at 3-3 at the break.

Eventually a draw for two points by Muirhead in the tenth end put this game into an extra end.

In that extra end, Muirhead's last stone was taken off the ice after a red light indicated a hog-line violation, and Hasselborg had a hit and stay for two points and the 8-6 win that keeps Sweden unbeaten at the top of the table, on five wins and no losses.

The game between Canada and Switzerland was tied at 4-4 after five ends and then Switzerland took the lead with three points in the sixth end when their skip Silvana Tirinzoni tapped out a Canadian stone while leaving three of her own in counting position for 7-4.

However, in the ninth end, Canadian skip Rachel Homan also scored three points - with a nose-hit - and then, when Tirinzoni's last draw of the tenth end was heavy, Canada stole one point for a 10-8 victory.

These results leave a top three of Sweden, Japan and Korea. Behind them China and Great Britain are tied in fourth place, on three wins, while Denmark, the Olympic Athlete from Russia team, and Switzerland share eighth on just one win each.

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Women session seven results: Great Britain 6-8 Sweden; Canada 10-8 Switzerland; China 5-12 Korea

Standings after women session seven (win-loss):

Sweden 5-0
Japan 4-1
Korea 4-1
China 3-3
Great Britain 3-3
Canada 2-3
United States 2-3
Denmark 1-4
Olympic Athlete from Russia 1-4
Switzerland 1-4

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