Sweden and United States advance to the semi-finals at the world wheelchair championship

Team Sweden © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

Day seven of the Kuntai World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2021, taking place in the Ice Cube in Beijing, China began with two Qualification Games to decide which two teams join China and RCF in the semi-finals. 

Sweden dominates game versus Scotland 

In the first Qualification Game, current world championship bronze medallists, Sweden played Scotland. 

Sweden got on the board in the first end by scoring two points. In the second end, Scotland’s fourth player Gregor Ewan was heavy with his last stone draw attempt and gave up a steal of two more points for Sweden. Sweden stole the next two ends, by a single point and two points, respectively. 

The teams went into the break with a score of 7-0, to Sweden. In the fifth end, Sweden stole another two points when Ewan was light with his last draw attempt. In the sixth end, Sweden stole another point and led the game by 10-0. At this point, Scotland conceded defeat with a final score of 10-0, to Sweden.

After the game, Sweden skip Viljo Petersson-Dahl said “I just want to celebrate with the team! I think we made our shots the whole game, and Scotland didn’t. They had to have a couple of difficult shots and they didn’t manage to get them, so we stole point after point. That’s not good for them psychologically.”

Sweden will play RCF in one semi-final.

United States win North American battle to earn a semi-final spot

Team United States © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

In the 4v5 Qualification Game, current world silver medallists, Canada, played United States, who qualified for this championship by winning the World Wheelchair B-Curling Championship earlier this year.

After blanking the first end, United States got on the scoreboard in the second end, by scoring two points. 

Canada responded in the third end with a single point. Then, in the fourth end, United States scored another single point, and the teams went into the half-time break with United States leading by a 3-1 score. 

In the fifth and sixth ends, the teams traded single-point scores with hammer, then in the seventh end, Canada manufactured a two-point score, partly due to two excellent take-out shots by fourth player, Jon Thurston. 

After seven ends, the score was level at four, going into the last end. In the eighth end, Thurston was unsuccessful with his raise take-out attempt with his last stone, and it led Canada to concede defeat with two United States counters in the house, with United States winning, 6-4. 

United States will play China in the other semi-final.

After the game, United States third played, Stephen Emt said “We believed in ourselves from day one a year and a half ago. You know, we were relegated, and we made it a goal of ours to get back here and we had a couple of goals this week, checked them off and the next one is a medal. So we keep on fighting no matter what the score is and we’d battle with anybody in the world. I couldn’t have been prouder of my team.”

United States skip, Matthew Thums added “Everybody did a hundred percent today. I put the broom down, I asked for the weight, they hit it, every single shot. I couldn’t be prouder of my team. They’ve set it up and all I had to do, bring it home. It was a beautiful thing to watch. We’ve got two more games. One more game tonight and one more game tomorrow, we wanna finish strong. Win our last game.”

The semi-finals will take place on Friday evening at 19:05 with the winners competing for the Gold Medals and the World Title, while the losers will compete for the Bronze Medals. Both medal games will take place on Saturday (30 October).

All times are China Standard Time (CST) which is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) +8 hours.

Results Qualification Games: Canada 4-6 United States; Sweden 10-0 Scotland.

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Beijing, China

29 October 2021
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