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Three-way tie as race for Olympic qualification hots up in Czech Republic

Three-way tie as race for Olympic qualification hots up in Czech Republic
By Sportsbeat

07/12/2017 at 18:11Updated 07/12/2017 at 18:47

Three teams are locked on three wins after four sessions of the men's Olympic Qualification Event in the Czech Republic.

With only two teams set to book the final places at the PyeongChang 2018 curling tournament, this week, China, Denmark and Italy currently occupy the box seats.

The end of the round robin phase will see the top two teams face off for an Olympic place, with the loser then playing the third ranked side for another crack at qualifying.

And after four matches it's China who lead the way after their 7-5 victory over the Netherlands, while Denmark kept pace with a narrow victory over Finland.

Their Scandinavian rivals picked up three in the penultimate end to take a 9-8 lead into the decider, but two points in the tenth gave Denmark the victory.

Italy also left it late to secure their third victory of the week, picking up one in the tenth end to force an extra end and win their clash with Germany with a double, the match ending 6-4.

The session's other match saw home side Czech Republic beat Russia 7-5, to ensure they sit fourth in the standings as the competition ticks past the half way stage.

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