Korea men record their first win as Sweden go clear at the top

  • Korea men pick up first win Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

Korea produced a home crowd-pleasing 11-5 win over Great Britain in Saturday afternoon's sixth session of men's round-robin play at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, to record their first victory so far.

At the top of the table, Sweden beat Canada by 5-2 to stand alone, undefeated on five wins, while in the other games of this session, Switzerland beat Norway by 7-5 and Japan had a 6-5 win over Italy. Denmark and United States sat out the session.

For their win, Korea had to recover from a poor start when they gave up a steal of two points to Great Britain in the opening end. And they did this straightaway, with a score of two points in the second end and a single point steal in the third end. A further two points in the fifth end gave them a 5-3 half-time lead.

In the sixth end, Great Britain skip Kyle Smith just missed a run-back attempt to hand Korea another steal, for two points this time. Britain scored two points in the seventh end, but a nose-hit by Korea skip Changmin Kim gave Korea three points from the end, on the way to their 11-5 win.

Sweden and Canada were locked together at the top of the table when they played each other in this session, and it was Canada who scored first, with two points in the second end.

Sweden blanked the next two ends before leveling the game with a score of two points in the fifth end. In the sixth end, Canada skip Kevin Koe's attempt to tap up one of his own stones went wrong, and Sweden stole two points for a 4-2 lead.

Sweden scored the only other point in the game in the eighth end as they went on to win by 5-2.

The game between Switzerland and Norway was level at 2-2 at the fifth-end break and, in the ninth end, the Swiss fourth player Benoit Schwarz tapped up one of his own stones to score two points for a 6-5 lead. A further steal of one point in the tenth end gave Switzerland a 7-5 win.

Italy faced Japan in the fourth game of this session. Japan opened with a score of two points in the first end. After this, the game stayed close, with the teams tied at 3-3 after four ends and 5-5 after nine ends. However, Japan produced the one point needed in the tenth end for their 6-5 win.

After six of the nine sessions of men's round-robin play, undefeated Sweden are in a clear lead, with five wins.

Canada - on four wins and one loss - sit second overall, while Switzerland, on three wins and two losses, are in third. Despite their win over Great Britain, Korea remain at the bottom of the table on one win and four losses.

The men's competition comtinues tomorrow (Sunday 18 February) morning at 09:05 Korea Standard Time (KST) with the seventh round-robin session.

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Men session six results: Korea 11-5 Great Britain; Switzerland 7-5 Norway; Canada 2-5 Sweden; Japan 6-5 Italy.

Standings after men session six (win-loss):

Sweden 5-0
Canada 4-1
Switzerland 3-2
Japan 2-2
United States 2-2
Great Britain 2-3
Italy 2-3
Denmark 1-3
Norway 1-3
Korea 1-4

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