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World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2011 Day 4

Photo: WCF/Vladimir Nosek

Scotland ended Norway’s unbeaten run on Friday with a 9-1 win at the 2011 World Wheelchair Curling Championship in Prague.

Norway and Scotland are now tied in second position on five wins and one loss each. Canada tops the standings unbeaten with 6 wins, with all ten teams in the championship now having played 6 games with 3 more to go in the round robin.

“I understand we have broken the Norwegian’s run of 22 wins this season,” explained Scottish Skip Aileen Neilson after the game. “I am absolutely delighted, my team played a phenomenal game. But we need to keep our heads screwed on because we’ve still got three more games to go.”

Earlier in the day Scotland notched up another win, beating Germany 10-5.

China, Korea and Russia are tied in third position with 3 wins and 3 losses. Korea beat Russia 8-2 in the morning session. Russia recovered in the afternoon to beat the Czech Republic 14-0 and China overwhelmed Germany 11-1.

Sweden picked up their second win of the week, winning a tight game against the USA 9-6.

“It feels very good to have a win finally again,” said coach Jalle Jungnell, who is former Skip of the Swedish wheelchair curling team and Vancouver Paralympic bronze medallist. “It’s very hard [to be coach] as you see things so much more clearly from above,” added Jungnell, “it’s very clear what the team needs to do! And you get frustrated that you can’t actually play the shot.”

The Czechs, Germany and USA are tied at the bottom of the standings with one win a piece.

The Czechs went all out to try to beat Paralympic and reigning world champions Canada in the morning and had a narrow loss 4-5. Czech Skip Radek Pokorný said afterwards that his team had tried hard to surprise the Canadians and he believes they did that and managed to force them into some difficult situations.

Standings after Day 4
Canada 6-0
Scotland 5-1
Norway 5-1
China 3-3
Korea 3-3
Russia 3-3
Sweden 2-4
USA 1-5
Germany 1-5
Czech Republic 1-5

Results Session 8
USA-Sweden 9-6; Norway-Scotland 1-9; Czech Republic-Russia 14-0; China-Germany 11-1.

Results Session 7
Canada-Czech Republic 5-4; Scotland-Germany 10-5; Korea-Russia 8-2.

Full linescores are here: http://www.curling.cz/vysledky_dotyk/2010_11/295_ex.php
Schedule of Play: http://curling2011.ic.cz/?page_id=140

Live webcams from the Curling Hall Roztyly (Internet Explorer only):
Sheet A/1: http://www.curlingpromo.cz/curlingove-webove-kamery-hala-roztyly_a1.php
Sheet B/2: http://www.curlingpromo.cz/curlingove-webove-kamery-hala-roztyly_b1.php
Sheet C/3: http://www.curlingpromo.cz/curlingove-webove-kamery-hala-roztyly_c1.php
Sheet D/4: http://www.curlingpromo.cz/curlingove-webove-kamery-hala-roztyly_d1.php

The official website for the event: http://curling2011.ic.cz/