Paralympic round-robin stage draws to a close

  • Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

The round-robin stage of the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 concluded on Thursday (15 March) evening and saw wins for China, Finland, Slovakia and Sweden in the Gangneung Curling Centre.

Sweden won their second game of the day when they defeated Switzerland 5-3. The first half saw two blanked ends and the scores level at 1-1 at the break. Then, in the second half the teams traded single points for three ends, with Switzerland ahead 3-2 after seven ends.

In the eighth, and final end Swiss skip, Felix Wagner was unable to draw his last stone into the house with three Swedish counters, giving Sweden the score of three points without skip, Viljo Pettersson Dahl, having to play his last stone.

China continued their momentum for their semi-final game tomorrow with a 9-3 win over Great Britain. China took a 4-1 lead into the break before Great Britain narrowed the score to 4-3 with two points in the fifth end. However, in the sixth end, China scored five points when their skip, Haitao Wang was left with an open draw with his final stone. After which Great Britain conceded with the score 9-3 to China.

Germany beat Finland 8-4 in their last game of the competition. Finland opened the scoring with two points in the first end, then Germany responded with one point in the second end. Germany followed this with single point steals in the third and fourth ends for the 3-2 lead at the break.

Finland re-took the lead with a score of two points in the fifth end. Then, in the sixth end Germany scored three points, then scored a steal of two points in the seventh end, before running Finland out of stones.

In the session’s final game Slovakia defeated United States 7-6 in a game that went all the way to the final stone. With United States ahead 6-5 going into the final end and sitting shot stone after a difficult draw by fourth player, Steve Emt, Slovakian fourth player Dusan Pitonak followed Emt’s draw line, tapping back the United States stone and scoring two points for their 7-6 win.

The semi-final games will take place tomorrow (Friday 16 March) afternoon at 15:35 Korean Standard Time (KST) and will see Korea play Norway, and Canada face China. The winners of these semi-finals will progress to Saturday (17 March) afternoon’s gold medal game at 14:35 KST, while the semi-final losers will compete for bronze medals on Saturday morning at 9:35 KST.

They said it

Monika Kunkelova; vice-skip, Slovakia (after 7-6 win over United States): "We had some tight games in this tournament and this is the only one we won, so we are happy.

The atmosphere of the Games was very amazing, the spectators were very loud. We had some fans as well, some of them from the Slovak Paralympic team, some from the government."

Christiane Putzich, skip, Germany (after 8-4 win over Finland): "For us it was a very good game, we could make our play with easy shots. It was an easy game, and it was a great team effort. The teamwork throughout the Games was okay, it was our normal play and our normal strength, so it was okay.

“The whole experience at the Games was great! It was exciting, we are very happy to be here, we had a great week. The fans were great, it was a new experience to play in such a big hall with spectators and that's cool."

Session 17 results: Sweden 5-3 Switzerland; Finland 4-8 Germany; China 9-3 Great Britain; United States 6-7 Slovakia.

Final round-robin standings (win-loss):

Q Korea 9-2
Q Canada 9-2
Q China 9-2
Q Norway 7-4
Neutral Paralympic Athletes 5-6
Switzerland 5-6
Great Britain 5-6
Germany 5-6
Slovakia 4-7
Sweden 4-7
Finland 2-9
United States 2-9

Q = qualified for semi-finals

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