How the play-off teams are ranked one to 16?

  • Italy and Ireland both qualified for the last 16 games Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

At the conclusion of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2017 round-robin on Thursday (27 April) the top three teams in each of the five groups were guaranteed a place in the last 16 games.

The 16th team to qualify was then decided by looking at the draw shot challenge results of all the teams that finished in fourth place, across the groups. Ireland earned this 16th position with a draw shot challenge (DSC) result of 20.13cm, which was better than Japan, Australia, England and Slovenia.

A similar system was then used to establish the one to 15 ranking. In order to get one to five the draw shot challenge of each of the teams that finished first across the groups was considered and so on, for the second and third placed teams.

This meant the ranking from one to 16 was: Korea, USA, Switzerland, Scotland, Latvia, Norway, Czech Republic, Russia, China, Hungary, Italy, Sweden, Canada, Spain, Finland and Ireland.

Once this was known the teams were matched up as follows – one plays 16, two plays 15, three plays 14, four plays 13 and so on.

Therefore, the last 16 match-ups are:

09.00 on Friday (28 April): Korea v Ireland; Russia v China; Latvia v Sweden; Scotland v Canada

12.30 on Friday (both -6 UTC): Switzerland v Spain; Norway v Italy; Czech Republic v Hungary; and USA v Finland.

From the last 16 games onwards, it’s a straight knock-out. So, the winners of the last 16 games move to the quarter-finals. The winners of the quarter-finals move to the semi-finals and the winners of the semi-finals compete for gold and silver medals in the final. The losers of the semi-finals compete for the bronze medals.

The results of these two medal games will then establish the teams ranked one to four at the end of the championship. However, with Olympic Qualification Points available at this event, for the top 12 teams, additional play-off games are required – see graphic below.

The DSC is the average of all the last stone draw (LSD) stones played by all teams before each round-robin game. The two least favourable LSD results are eliminated before the average result is calculated. All DSC results can be downloaded below.

For all round-robin games both players, in each team, will deliver one stone each to the tee - the exact centre of the house - at the home end. The first stone must be delivered with a clockwise rotation and the second stone with a counter-clockwise rotation. This is the LSD. LSD results are displayed in centimetres from the tee to the centre of the stone. The LSD results are then added together and the team with the smaller total distance has the choice of the placement of the stones in the first end.

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Standings and results:

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