Defending champions Russia, Hungary, Scotland and Switzerland join last 16 teams

  • Team Russia in action during session 23 Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Hungary, Russia, Scotland and Switzerland all secured their places in the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2017 last 16, with wins across session 23 and 24 - at the ATB Centre, in Lethbridge, Canada – on Wednesday (26 April) night.

In session 23, Scotland opened with a score of three points in the first end then stole two points in the second end on their way to beating Denmark 8-2. Meanwhile, Scores of four points in the first and third ends helped Switzerland to their 13-4 win over Slovenia.

Russia maintained the lead throughout their game against New Zealand, despite a second-half fightback from the Kiwis. After scoring two points in the seventh end and then running their opponents out of stone in the eighth end, Russia won 8-4.

Spain recorded a vital 11-5 win over Romania which puts them in a strong place to reach the play-offs going into their last round-robin game on Thursday (27 April). Similarly, Norway’s 13-2 win over Serbia puts them in joint second place in Group B. This is not enough to secure them a play-off position at this time.

In session 24, the 2015 champions, Hungary, beat Estonia 9-4 stealing points in all of the second, third, fourth and fifth ends.

Latvia completed their round-robin campaign undefeated with a 7-1 win over Croatia, after opening the scoring with three points in the first end. Turkey had their second win of the day, and second of the championship, against Kazakhstan. They won 13-3.

With an 11-2 win over Wales, Ireland keep their play-off hopes alive, with one more round-robin game coming up on Thursday. The final game of the session was won by Brazil – 10-3 over Belarus.

Results after session 23: Scotland 8-2 Denmark; Slovenia 4-13 Switzerland; Russia 8-4 New Zealand; Romania 5-11 Spain; Serbia 2-13 Norway

Results after session 24: Latvia 7-1 Croatia; Turkey 13-3 Kazakhstan; Belarus 3-10 Brazil; Hungary 9-4 Estonia; Ireland 11-2 Wales

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