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Korea and Norway make it two from two at Curling Worlds

Korea and Norway make it two from two at Curling Worlds
By Sportsbeat

01/04/2018 at 20:12Updated 01/04/2018 at 23:16

Korea and Norway obliterated their opponents on the second morning of action at the men's World Curling Championship in Las Vegas to maintain their respective 100 per cent records.

Both countries had won their opening matches on Saturday and joined Sweden atop the standings with two victories from two in style on Sunday morning.

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Korea inflicted a heavy 9-2 defeat on winless Japan after just seven ends, the same number of ends that saw Norway and Germany shake hands, with the Scandinavians 8-2 to the good.

Led by skip Kim ChangMin, the Korean rink scored three in the fourth end to take control of the match at 4-1 ahead.

And although Japan responded with a single in the next, another three in the sixth put Korea on the brink before the match was sealed when Kim took two in the seventh against the hammer.

Meanwhile, Steffen Walstad's Norwegian rink were in complete control from the off in Nevada, scoring two in the first end and following that up with another two in the second, despite Germany having the hammer.

The Alexander Baumann-led Germans never got back in touch and trailed 7-1 through five ends before an exchange of singles saw them shake hands with three ends remaining.

Also in the morning session, Russia secured a dramatic 7-6 victory over China following an extra end.

Taking two in the eighth and one in the ninth, the latter against the hammer, Alexey Timofeev's rink appeared to be on the verge of victory at 6-4 ahead but Chinese skip Zou Dejia drew in for two in the tenth to force an extra end.

However, Timofeev held his nerve in the 11th to take one and hand Russia a first victory of the World Championship.

And on Sheet D in Las Vegas, the Netherlands came on strong in the second half of their game against the USA to record a 6-4 triumph.

The Americans led 4-3 through five ends but the Jaap van Dorp's Dutch rink blanked the sixth and seventh, settled for one in the eighth, stole one in the ninth and then did likewise in the tenth to record an impressive win.