April 13, 2008

World Men's Curling Championship 16: Norway wins bronze

It's time for the bronze medal game and China is set up against Norway. This is the first time a men's team from China has made it to the World Championship, they were the only team to beat Canada in the round robin and they had beaten Norway in the round robin.

But this game was different, not a great game for the spectators, Norway got two in the first and China blanked the next three but got the two back in the fifth. End six was the crucial end, Thomas Ulsrud for Norway was left with a shot for three when Chinese skip Fengchun Wang's last stone wrecked.

In end six Norway stole two when Wang's last stone came up short, Norway led by five, the game was over but China battled on. In the ninth Ulsrud had a come around tap back for one and a five shot lead, China conceded, Norway won the bronze medal 8/3.

China may have lost the game but watch out for them in the run up to the Olympics.

Find the linescores from the championship here. The event website is here. Mike Haggerty's reports are on the Royal Club website here. The CurlingZone team, Gerry Geurts and Dallas Bittle, have an event blog here.

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