Latvia and China join Norway in top place at World Wheelchairs

  • Latvia’s second Agris Lasmans © WCF / Richard Gray

Latvia, who are competing for the first time at the World Wheelchair Curling Championship, had their fifth win from seven in Stirling, Scotland on Wednesday night and move into joint first place with China and Norway.

Latvia posted an 9-2 victory over Germany, in just seven ends. At the fourth end break they had established a 4-1 lead, that they doubled in the sixth end with a score of four points. The teams played on to the next end and a single point steal for the Latvians saw Germany concede.

“The good result was coming after the fourth end. The coach came and said why should only I play, they [my teammates] need to show something too. They showed and we took four stones, which was enough,” said Latvia’s skip Polina Rozkova.

China were 9-5 winners over United States, while Norway sat this session out. China had a strong start opening with three points against the hammer. After that they sealed their victory by ensuring that they scored two points every time they had the hammer – in the third, fifth and seventh ends.

Now having recorded three consecutive wins, Canada were 6-3 winners over Russia. They sit in seventh place along with Estonia, Korea and United States, all on three wins and four losses.

Canada’s skip Mark Ideson, said: “You know you’ll always get a great game against Russia and I love playing against them. They bring the best out in us. We had fun tonight and stayed loose and played well.

“We’re certainly not out of the woodwork yet. We’ve still got some work to do. Losing your first four is not ideal. The momentum has certainly shifted our way which will help.”

Estonia, also newcomers at this event, beat Korea 6-4. This was helped largely by a score of three points in the fifth end. Before this, at the fourth end break, they were trailing 1-3. Viljar Villiste’s team scored two points in the seventh end before running their opponents out of stones in the eighth end.


Results

Session 11: China 9-5 United States; Russia 3-6 Canada; Germany 2-9 Latvia; Korea 4-6 Estonia

Standings (W-L)

China 5-2
Latvia 5-2
Norway 5-2
Russia 4-3
Scotland 4-3
Switzerland 4-3
Canada 3-4
Korea 3-4
United States 3-4
Slovakia 2-5
Germany 1-6

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