Defending champions begin World Men’s Curling Championship defence with win

  • Sweden Niklas Edin delivers a stone against Japan Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

The World Men's Curling Championship 2016 got underway in Basel, Switzerland this afternoon (Saturday 2 April), with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach delivering the ceremonial first stone.

After this, in the opening session of round-robin play, defending champions Sweden, skipped by Niklas Edin, faced Japan and in the fourth end of this game Japan's skip Yusuke Morozumi scored two points with a double take-out to level the score at 3-3. In the tenth end, Sweden's skip Edin hit-out a Japan stone to score two points and win the game by 8-5.

Scotland were up against Korea and in the fifth end of this game Scotland's skip Thomas Brewster hit-out a Korean stone to score two points in the end for a 4-1 lead. Scotland went on to win by 9-3.

Norway's 2014 world champion Thomas Ulsrud, and his team, faced Russia and in the seventh end Ulsrud played an angle take-out to score four points and take an 8-3 lead on the way to an 11-3 victory.

Hosts, Switzerland played Germany in this session and in the third end Germany's skip Alexander Baumann played a hit for one point to reduce Switzerland's lead to 2-1. In the fourth end Switzerland's skip Sven Michel tapped-out two German stones to score three points for a 5-1 lead. Michel then hit-out a German stone in the sixth end to score two points for a 7-2 lead on the way to an 8-2 win.

They Said It

Sven Michel; Switzerland skip (after 8-2 win over Germany): "It feels great. We were nervous at the start but we're happy that we played a good win and happy with our first game. It was a great feeling with a great crowd. We had a good start and that was the big difference.

Tom Brewster; Scotland skip (after 9-3 win over Korea): “I am very happy. We weren't sure what we'd get from them to day - we haven't actually played that side. I've watched on a couple of occasions, so we got a little bit of info, but you're never quite sure, especially on arena ice.

Niklas Edin; Sweden skip (after 8-5 win over Japan): “It was a good start, but we had a lot of communication problems in sweeping. The ice, as it is right now, is pretty tricky, but I think we got into it pretty well after half the game. We got a lead, and luckily we could keep that lead for the whole game. It was definitely not an easy win."

RESULTS, session 1

Sweden 8-5 Japan; Korea 3-9 Scotland; Norway 11-3 Russia; Germany 2-8 Switzerland

STANDINGS after session 1

Norway 1-0
Scotland 1-0
Switzerland 1-0
Sweden 1-0
Canada 0-0
Denmark 0-0
Finland 0-0
USA 0-0
Germany 0-1
Japan 0-1
Korea 0-1
Russia 0-1

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