Mitchell and Rankin show the way at Champery in curling event

Mitchell and Rankin show the way at Champery in curling event

20 January 2020 / 22:09
Robyn Mitchell and Jamie Rankin both secured a spot in the round of 12 tomorrow in the mixed country doubles at Lausanne 2020. Mitchell and her Czech playing partner, Frantisek Jiral, beat the Korean/Polish pairing 6-5 after an excellent power play in the seventh end secured them a 6-4 lead which their opponents could only reply with one point in the eighth end.

Jamie Rankin and Klaudia Szmidt (POL) made it into the round of 12 with a commanding performance, which saw them defeat the mixed team of Turkey and Sweden 11-6. It was not to be for Ross Craik who lost 12-6 with playing partner Natalie Wiksten (DEN), against their Czech and Swedish opponents.

Hot on the heels of his teammate Charlotte Longden’s top 12 finish yesterday, William Scammell also secured a 12th place finish in St. Moritz in a combined time of 2:28.26, having sat in 11th place after his first run. German Alexander Czudaj and Robert Andrei Nica from Romania shared the gold in a time of 2:24.80.

Speaking at the end of the competition Scammell had an overriding feeling of relief, “I’ve done such a good run, I feel so proud of how I’ve done. To finish close to the top 10 in the world is unbelievable, I think I’ve proved that even though I can’t train as much [as some of the other competitors] I’m up there with one of the best.”

After yesterday’s postponement the men’s slopestyle competition got underway at Leysin Park and Pipe Centre. Team GB’s Jasper Klein sat in 12th position after his first run with a score of 61.00 and followed this up with 61.66 to slightly improve on his second run.

This would prove to not be enough to progress with Japan’s Ruka Ito’s score of 63.33 seeing him finish 12th and secure the last place for the finals with Klein in 15th. American Kiernan Fagan won with a score of 90.66, while Klein will turn his attention to the big air competition on Wednesday.

Olivia Weedon and Matt Gardner were both back in action in the short track speed skating, with the British pair tackling the shorter distance of 500m. Weedon sailed through to the quarter-finals, finishing second in her first round heat in a personal best time of 47.790 – her second PB of the week after setting a time of 1:37.974 in the 1,000m.

Despite not going beyond the quarter-final stage, Weedon was delighted with how she’s raced this week. “There were a lot of positives to take this week, I’ve come out with two PBs. Coming into the 500m, I was pretty confident that I would qualify for the quarter-finals, if I skated well and got my tactics right. I managed to do that in the first heat and I got a PB in the process.”

Earlier in the day, Matt Gardner was knocked out in the first round of the men’s 500m, after finishing fourth in his heat.

 

Results:

Bobsleigh – men’s monobob:

  • Will Scammell – 12th

Curling - mixed doubles:

  • Robyn Munro/Frantisek Jiral (CZE) won 6-5 versus Robert Kaminski (POL)/Youbeen Park (KOR)
  • Jamie Rankin/Klaudia Szmitd (POL) won 11-6 versus Olle Moberg (SWE)/Berfin Sengul (TUR)
  • Ross Craik/Natalie Wiksten (DEN) lost 6-12 versus Axel Landelius (SWE)/Kristyna Farkova (CZE)    

Freestyle skiing – men’s slopestyle:

  • Jasper Klein – 15th – DNQ for final

Short track speed skating- 500m:

  • Matthew Gardner: First round – fourth in heat six, DNQ for quarter-finals
  • Olivia Weedon: First round –  second in heat seven. Quarter-finals - third in heat four, DNQ for semi-finals