ABERDEEN, United Kingdom — Canada’s Brad Gushue and Kerri Einarson secured a semifinal berth on the world blended doubles curling championship on Saturday with a 7-6 extra-end victory over Jenny Perret and Martin Rios of Switzerland.
Needing to attract the button for the victory, Perret’s ultimate throw barely overcurled to provide Canada the steal.
Einarson had compelled an additional finish by making a exceptional quadruple takeout to clear the four-foot ring and salvage a single level.
“It is among the finest pictures I’ve ever seen,” Gushue mentioned. “It’s important to throw it actually laborious to make it and he or she hit it completely excellent. And even then I wasn’t sure it might roll fairly far sufficient, and after I regarded up it had rolled only a foot greater than we would have liked.
“It was superior and I used to be tremendous impressed.”
Canada trailed 5-1 after 4 ends however scored three factors within the fifth and stole a single within the sixth to drag even.
Canada will subsequent play Bruce Mouat and Jennifer Dodds of host Scotland later Saturday on the Curl Aberdeen facility.
Norway’s Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten beat Italy’s Stefania Constantini and Amos Mosaner 7-5 within the different early qualification sport. The Norwegian duo adopted with a 7-6 semifinal win over Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson and Almida de Val.
Norway will play the Scotland-Canada winner for gold on Sunday. The semifinal loser will meet Sweden for bronze.
Gushue, from St. John’s, N.L., and Einarson, from Camp Morton, Man., completed round-robin play at 7-2. They’re making an attempt to turn into the primary Canadian group to win gold within the occasion’s 13-year historical past.
Canada has reached the rostrum (two silver, one bronze) on the final three editions of the competitors.
Joanne Courtney and Reid Carruthers gained silver in 2017, Laura Walker and Kirk Muyres took bronze in 2018 and Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant gained silver in 2019. Final 12 months’s championship was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2021 occasion serves as the principle qualifier for blended doubles on the Beijing Olympics. Gushue and Einarson secured an Olympic berth for Canada on Friday.
Scotland, Italy, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland additionally locked up Olympic spots. The seventh berth went to the Czech Republic on Saturday afternoon when Tomas Paul and Zuzana Paulova posted an 8-6 win over Tabitha Peterson and Joe Polo of the US.
The 2 remaining spots within the 10-team Olympic discipline might be crammed at a last-chance qualifier subsequent season. China will get an computerized Olympic berth because the host nation.
Canada’s John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes gained gold when blended doubles made its Olympic debut on the 2018 Pyeongchang Video games.