Team GB Men Lose to Hosts Korea – Day 4 of Curling Schedule at the Winter Olympics
Team GB’s men had a tough game against Korea losing out 11-5 to the host nation on day four of the curling competition at the Gangnueng Curling Centre.
It was a disappointing outcome for the young team who got off to a strong start with a steal of two in the first end. From there the British quartet kept the momentum until just after the fifth end break. The Korean rink seized opportunities from missed shots, stealing in the sixth end following Kyle Smith's missed attempted run back. The British team countered that by securing a two at the next end, however further mistakes gave away a costly three at the eighth providing the Koreans with what proved to be an unassailable lead.
Coach Viktor Kjell said after the game: “I thought we started really well again, the first three or four ends were really good and then there was a little dip in the middle of the game and once again a couple of mistakes that you can’t afford to make in this competition. Korea’s record coming into this was nought and four – which is actually a big surprise to me, because I think they are way better than that – so we knew that we had have to have a really good game if we were going to have the chance to beat them and unfortunately we didn’t.
“I thought we created a lot of chances but then we left too many half shots out there when we need to have 100% shots. We knew we needed the same type of performance that we had yesterday against Niklas (Edin) and unfortunately we didn’t manage to get up to that standard.
“I think we are way better than this, but we didn’t really give ourselves the chance to win. We can and have played much better than this, we just need to make sure we can string it together for ten ends.”
Team's Smith's second Kyle Waddell said it was a game ‘that got away from us’ and added, “We’ve got Italy next and they make a lot of shots, but we expect to win every game we play."
Meanwhile defending nation Canada suffered their first defeat of the tournament when they lost to Edin’s Swedes, who are now top of the standings.
Team GB’s women’s curlers beat Denmark earlier today are back in action, also playing the host nation Korea.
Men’s standings after session six (win-loss):
United States 2-2
Great Britain 2-3
Women’s Standings after session five (win-loss):
Great Britain 3-1
United States 2-2
Competition schedule (GMT) and results:
00.05 GB v Switzerland (men) 6-5
05.05 GB v OAR (women) 10-3
11.05 GB v Canada (men) 6-4
00.05 GB v USA (women) 4-7
05.05 GB v Japan (men) 6-5
11.05 GB v China (women) 8-7 (EE)
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1.05 GB v Sweden (men) 6-8
11.05 GB v Denmark (women) 7-6
05.05 GB v Korea (men) 5-11
11.05 GB v Korea (women)
05.05 GB v Sweden (women)
11.05 GB v Italy (men)
05.05 GB v Denmark (men)
11.05 GB v Switzerland (women)
00.05 GB v Norway (men)
05.05 GB v Japan (women)
00.05 GB v Canada (women)
11.05 GB v USA (men)
00.05 Tiebreakers men and women
11.05 Semi finals (men)
06.30 Bronze (men)
11.05 Semi finalsl (women)
06.30 Final (men)
11.05 Bronze (women)
00.05 Final (women)
Photos: WCF / Richard Gray