WMDCC 2016: Day one round-up

  • Zsolt Kiss delivers a stone during the first session Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

The World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2016 began today (Saturday 16 April) in Karlstad, Sweden. This is the ninth edition of this championship and the first time that teams will be playing for Olympic Qualification Points. A record of 42 Mixed Doubles teams are competing.

This live blog page will be updated throughout the first day of action...

S3: Austria edge past hosts Sweden in close, opening match

Austria edged past hosts Sweden in a very close opening match for these two teams. With the scores level at 6-6 at the end of the seventh end, Austria’s Karina Toth made a hit for two to win the game by 8-6.

Meanwhile, Denmark played Spain in this third and final session of play on day one. Denmark won 6-5, while USA defeated New Zealand 12-3.

Finland won against Lithunania 13-3 and despite stealing single points in the fourth, fifth and sixth ends Germany were beaten by Korea, 7-6.

RESULTS, session three

Spain 5-6 Denmark; New Zealand 3-12 USA; Finland 13-3 Lithuania; Sweden 6-8 Austria; Germany 6-7 Korea

Photo below: Austria's Karina Toth celebrates the win over Sweden
WCF / Richard Gray

S2: Japan overcome Kazakhstan to win Pacific-Asia clash

Japan defeated Kazakhstan in the second session of round-robin play in Karlstad, Sweden this afternoon, in what was an all-Pacific-Asia region clash.

Scoring three points in the third end and then stealing another two points in the fourth end helped Japan on their way to a 7-4 win.

Belarus also won 10-5 against Israel, while Norway beat Turkey by 11-1. Estonia beat Czech Republic 12-3 and in the last game of the session England opened their campaign with a 9-2 win over Romania.

RESULTS, session two

Belarus 10-5 Israel; Norway 11-1 Turkey; Japan 7-4 Kazakhstan; Estonia 12-3 Czech Republic; Romania 2-9 England

Photo below: Takuma Makanae in action for Japan
WCF / Hamish Irvine

S1: Defending champions Hungary open with win in Karlstad

Hungary, began defending the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship title at the Löfbergs Lila Arena in Karlstad, Sweden today (Saturday 16 April) during the first session of round-robin play.

The defending champions – pair Zsolt Kiss and Dorottya Palancsa – played Slovakia and won by 11-1.

In their first ever meeting, in Mixed Doubles, Brazil and Wales went head-to-head. The teams remained in touching distance of each other throughout the game, but in the end it was Brazil who won by 8-7 after an extra end.

There were also wins during this session for Switzerland who beat Belgium, 13-2; Latvia who had a 10-4 win over Poland and Scotland who won 9-8 against Russia, also after an extra end.

RESULTS, session one

Russia 8-9 Scotland; Hungary 11-1 Slovakia; Belgium 2-13 Switzerland; Wales 7-8 Brazil; Poland 4-10 Latvia


For full standings and results from Groups A-F visit, www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2016/livescores