Canada defeats the Czech Republic at the World Men’s Curling Championship

Canada’s Brad Gushew defeated Czech Lukas Klima 8-3 at the World Men’s Curling Championship on Tuesday afternoon.

Canada grabbed three points in the fourth end to complete the win in eight ends.

Gushue, runner-up Mark Nichols, runner-up EJ Harnden and lead Jeff Walker improved to 4-2, good for fifth place with Japan’s Riku Yanagisawa.

“We’re still in a position where we control our destiny … that’s all we can do and we’ll see what happens,” Gushew said.

The top six teams in the 13-team field will qualify for the weekend playoffs. Round-the-clock play continues through Friday night at TD Place.

In the afternoon’s other games, defending champion Niklas Edin of Sweden (6-0) beat Japan 9-6 to remain unbeaten, while Germany’s Sixten Totsek defeated Turkey’s Ughurcan Karagoz 9-6.

Italy’s Joel Retornaz lost 9-8 to Norway’s Magnus Rumsfjell in extra time.

After 10 draws, Norway and Switzerland’s Yannick Schwaller tied for second place, 5-1. Scotland’s Bruce Mouat was next with a score of 4:1, while Italy remained alone in seventh place with a score of 3:3.

The medal games are scheduled for Sunday.

Gushue’s schedule begins Wednesday when he begins a streak of three straight two-game days. He will play mornings and evenings each day and still faces significant competition.

Canada will play 2018 Olympic champion John Schuster of the United States on Wednesday night, Scotland on Thursday night and Sweden in the round-robin on Friday night.

Gushue, who won Olympic gold in 2006, has settled for silver in his last two appearances at the world championships. His lone world title came in 2017 in Edmonton.

Team Canada, which was skipped by Keri Einarsson, won bronze at the World Women’s Curling Championships in Sandviken, Sweden last month.

Canada’s last world title in both events came in 2018 when Jennifer Jones won in North Bay, Ont.

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