PyeongChang 2018: China remain undefeated after day 312.03.2018
GB, Germany and South Korea tied for second as reigning champions beaten
China continued its impressive form and moved to the top of the table undefeated after an 8-2 win over Switzerland on the third day of the wheelchair curling round-robin. With the teams level at 2-2 at the break, China scored one point in the fifth end, then stole three points in the sixth end and a further two points in the seventh end before Switzerland conceded.
Reigning world champions Norway pick up their first win, with a 6-2 victory of the Neutral Paralympic Athletes (NPA) in the Gangneung Curling Centre.
Korea inflicted the first of two defeats on reigning Paralympic champions Canada in a close contest that ended 7-5.
"The key point of the win was our teamwork and that the crowd cheered us on, so we could work better,” said South Korea skip Soon Seok Seo.
“In the first end we thought that if we have the chance to take three points, it would be a much better start to the game. I don't want to define this game as a dress-rehearsal for the final, because still seven games are left."
Great Britain were the second side to beat Canada, cruising to an 8-1 win in the evening session. It was a good day for the British team, who also beat Sweden 6-1 to go second in the standings.
Germany also claimed two wins, defeating previously unbeaten hosts Korea 4-3 and Slovakia 7-6. Germany lead 7-5 going into the eighth end, and with Slovakia sitting shot stone, their fourth player, Dusan Pitonak, had the chance to draw for the two points to take the game to an extra-end. However, Pitonak was a touch short, only scoring one point and giving Germany the 7-6 win.
Finland finally got its first win with an 8-5 victory over USA, but the afternoon match went all the way to the final end. With her final stone, Finnish skip Karjalainen hit the United States stone and rolled her shooter behind a corner guard.
Finland vice-skip Markku Karjalainen said: “If you win seldom, I think you celebrate it a bit more. We were cheering up to the Finnish audience thanking them for the support. I think we are just getting the shape, and maybe the tension around the Paralympics is getting into some sort of routine that 'okay, this is nothing else than an ordinary curling game'.
“I think our games are improving as we go forward. There are so many games left that everything is open."
Every competition as well as the Closing Ceremony can be watched live right here on the International Paralympic Committee’s website. Highlights of each day’s action will also be made available.
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