Korea men continue unbeaten run to top the table

  • Korea vice skip, Tae Hwan Kim Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

The men’s fifth session of round-robin games was played on Tuesday (8 November) morning at the Uiseong Curling Training Center in Korea.

Korea continued their undefeated run by inflicting a first defeat on China to remain the only unbeaten team left in the men’s competition with a record of five wins and zero losses.

With Korea leading 5-4 going into the final end, they left several stones in play and were sitting with shot stone when China skip, Rui Liu delivered his and the game’s final stone. Liu was heavy with his draw around to the four foot, giving Korea the single point steal and the 6-4 victory.

Hong Kong picked up their second win in a row, and second ever in all competitions, when they defeated Australia by a score of 6-5. The game was level at 5-5 going into the final end and Australia held the hammer, however, skip Ian Palangio was a little wide and heavy with his draw giving Hong Kong a single point steal and the win.

Elsewhere in the session New Zealand defeated Kazakhstan 9-2 to move onto a record of three wins and one loss, tying them in third place with China and Japan.

He session’s final game saw Chinese Taipei record a 21-0 victory over Qatar to move them into second position in the table with four wins and one loss.

Broadcast coverage will continue on Tuesday afternoon with New Zealand v Korea women at 14.00 (Korean Standard Time) on World Curling TV and national broadcasters.


They said it:

Tae Hwan Kim; vice-skip, Korea (after 6-4 win over China): “We feel great. Actually we were a bit nervous to play, but we tried to keep focusing on playing well and it worked. So I think that is the point in this game. As you know we won last year, so there is a bit pressure playing in Korea. But we try to do our best as much as we can and I hope it will continue to work.”

Results men’s session four: Korea 6-4 China; Hong Kong 6-5 Australia; New Zealand 9-2 Kazakhstan; Chinese Taipei 21-0 Qatar.

Standings after men’s session five (W-L):

MEN:

Korea (5-0)
Chinese Taipei (4-1)
China (3-1)
Japan (3-1)
New Zealand (3-1)
Hong Kong (2-3)
Australia (0-4)
Kazakhstan (0-4)
Qatar (0-5)

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