South Korean men’s curling team thwarted Russia’s hope for a medal with a 9 – 5 win over the host nation in the Ice Palace, Ugra on the fourth day at the 2015 Winter Deaflympics.
South Korean men’s team has claimed its second winning against Russia in front of Russian home fans since the team beat Hungary 9 – 8 on the first day. Consequently Russian men’s curling team missed chances to reach the play-off stage at the 2015 event. It will compete for fifth place of the tournament.
Fortunately, however, Russian women’s team is one step closer to take a gold medal home, after defeating South Korea 11 – 5 on the same day.
Curling player of women’s team Elena Shagieva said in the interview after the game that the team was confident, so it could play its own style as usual. At the same time, she emphasised the importance of winning in the last game of the group stage. “Tomorrow we will play the last game of round robin against Croatia. If we win, we will definitely get to the play-off where we will play with other three strongest teams of the tournament,” she said.
Surprise results have come out from curling tournaments, particularly in men’s games. Although Russian men’s team beat the champion of the 2007 Games Canada 8 – 6 on the second day, it was defeated by South Korea that lost to Canada 3 – 9 in the previous day.
In the men’s curling event, two Asian countries, China and Japan are leading the group stage with four consecutive winnings. Russian women’s team has kept its pride in its home. It has lost only one game so far along with China and Canada.
The play-off will get underway from April 3, and the winner will be decided on April 5, the last day of the 2015 Winter Deaflympics.