Russia wins World Junior Women's Gold


Liverpool, Canada -- It went all the way to an extra end, but with a single stolen point, Russia claimed the women's gold medals, beating Canada by 8-7 in Saturday (23 February) afternoon's women's final of the World Junior Championships in Liverpool, Canada.

The Russians - skip Vlada Rumiantseva, third Daria Morozova, second Irina Riazanova, and lead Vera Tiuliakova, supported by alternate Anastasia Mishchenko and coach Andrey Drozdov - won their first women's World Junior title since 2013.

Starting with hammer, Sturmay blanked the first end, got on the board scoring 2 in the second end., then forced Rumyanceva to a single in the third end. Sturmay scored a single in the fourth end to extend lead to 3-1, Rumyanceva responded in the fifth end scoring 2. then added a steal in the sixth end, then forced Sturmay to a single in the seventh end. Rumyanceva scored a single in the eighth end, Sturmay responded in the ninth end scoring 3. Rumyanceva scored 2 in the tenth end, then added a steal in the tenth end

In the bronze medal game, Switzerland beat China by 6-4. In the semifinals, Sturmay defeated Keiser 8-2 and Rumyanceva defeated Han 8-6.

Rumyanceva went 6-3 in the 10 team qualifying round. In their opening game, Rumyanceva defeated Tova Sundberg (Stockholm, Sweden) 10-9, then won against Ami Enami (Karuizawa, Japan) 7-4 and against Cait Flannery (Chaska, USA) 11-6, before losing their next game to Keiser 7-6. Rumyanceva lost again to Han 9-7, then responded with a 7-4 win over Lisa Davie (Stirling, Scotland). Rumyanceva won against Min Ji Kim (Chuncheon City, Korea) 10-7, and against Maia Ramsfjell (Jar, NOR) 10-3 going on to lose their last qualifying round game to Sturmay 8-3.

The Sportsmanship Awards, which are voted on by the players, for the curlers who best exemplify the spirt of curling were awarded at the conclusion of the championships. The 2019 winners were Germany men's second player Joshua Sutor and Sweden women's lead Maria Larsson.

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