Italy and Denmark go joint-top in race for Olympic qualification

Italy and Denmark go joint-top in race for Olympic qualification
By Sportsbeat

07/12/2017 at 23:31Updated

Italy and Denmark both needed an extra end to earn dramatic victories which saw them go joint-top of the women's standings at the curling Olympic Qualification event.

The duo held their nerve to move level with China atop the pile in Pilsen, Czech Republic.

Both countries earned their third win of the event on Thursday night, coupled with just a single loss, while the hosts were also victorious, taking their record to three wins and two losses with an 11-5 triumph over Finland.

Germany and Italy were level at 9-9 after ten ends with an umpire's measure required in the additional end to show that German skip Daniela Jentsch's stone had come up marginally short.

That gave the Italians a 10-9 victory and skip Diana Gaspari insisted her team never lost confidence, despite an extremely tight contest.

"I think it would be better if we played well in the middle of the game. We never lose belief. We know these teams are at our level. We always believe that we can do it," she said.

"We know there will be errors so we never stop believing. We're never sad or upset, just keep going. Now we have to win our two remaining games, but of course we are happy right now."

In the third match of the evening, Latvia's skip Iveta Stasa-Sarsune was unable get her stone inside the Danes in the extra end as Denmark won 10-9.

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