Men Session 8: SUI-CHN 9-5, SWE-FRA 4-5, CAN-GBR 7-6
Men Session 7: NOR-DEN 6-3, FRA-GER 4-9, CHN-GBR 4-9, SWE-USA 7-8 (extra end)
After eight sessions of round-robin play in the men’s event, a clear picture of how each team is placed has emerged, with all teams now having played six games.
In the most eagerly awaited game of the curling programme, Canada’s Kevin Martin won the re-run of last season’s World Championship final, when he beat Great Britain’s David Murdoch by 7-6 in front of a whooping, noisy 5,500 Canadian crowd.
"Hell of a game, not a good result," said Murdoch after match. “We made a mistake in the seventh [end] when we had a chance for two, but then we stole one in the eighth. We controlled most of the match and were making high pressure shots."
This was Canada’s only game on Saturday and the result maintained their unbeaten run, with their six wins keeping them at the top of the pile. Earlier, Britain had beaten Fengchun Wang of the People’s Republic of China, by 9-4.
Sitting one win behind Canada is Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud, who only played in Saturday’s early session, beating Denmark’s Ulrik Schmidt 6-3, a result that handed Denmark their fifth loss.
Later, Denmark was joined on five losses by the Chinese, who went down to their second loss of the day, by 5-9 to Switzerland’s Markus Eggler, in session 8. China and Denmark are now propping up the table with just one win each, and no prospects of making the medal stages.
Their victory over China gave Switzerland their fourth win overall, and they now sit in a clear third place on the table.
Three teams are on three wins and currently tying for the crucial fourth qualifying slot - Great Britain; Andi Kapp’s Germany, who beat Thomas Dufour of France by 9-4 on Saturday morning; and Sweden’s Niklas Edin, who suffered two losses on Saturday – by 7-8 in an extra end to USA’s John Shuster, and then by 4-5 to France. France and USA are ranked seventh together, each on two wins.