Saturday 23 April 2016
Russia and China will compete for Gold medals at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2016 on Saturday (23 April) evening – live on www.youtube.com/worldcurlingtv – at the Löfbergs Lila Arena in Karlstad, Sweden.
The game will begin at 16.00 (Central European Summer Time), at the same time USA and Scotland will meet to play for the third place on the podium.
Russia beat USA in a close-fought semi-final. An early score of three points in the second end had given USA a 4-2 lead at the fourth end break, but in the fifth end Russia scored four points and then stole a single point in the sixth end, which provided the catalyst needed to go on and win the game. In the eighth and final end Russia’s Anastasia Bryzgalova played a perfect draw to the button to seal the victory at 8-6.
Single point steals in the fifth, sixth and seventh ends helped China to a 7-5 win over Scotland. In the eighth end Scotland had a chance to score four points and force an extra end, but Gina Aitken’s attempt at the double takeout needed was just shy of the mark, giving Scotland a score of two.
Meanwhile, during this session Ireland and Austria’s final seeding was determined. Austria beat Ireland to secure 11th spot and two Olympic Qualification Points. Ireland finished 12th and take one Olympic point.
During the final session of play a series of games will take place to establish the final ranking for teams between fifth and tenth place.
They Said It
Dexin Ba; China (after 7-5 semi-final win over Scotland): “[We feel] great! We just wanted to control the game, so we didn’t feel like we won because this is mixed doubles and anything can happen. We just want to enjoy the finals.”
Alexander Krushelnitskiy; Russia (after 8-6 semi-final win over USA): We’ve played them [China] already and we won, so we will try to repeat the result and make all of our supporters happy.”