Double Norway triumph sets up crunch tie with Russia
A three-way fight for top spot in Group B will conclude on day four.
Norways's Kristin Skaslien and Thomas Ulsrud remain in touch with Group B leaders Russia after success over United States (10-6) and China (10-5) to set up a final-day clash against Maria Komarova and Daniil Goriachev.
"It’s going great,” reflected Ulsrud on his first mixed doubles event. “This isn’t a game, it’s a sport. I am sweating like crazy.
“Kristin is always telling me ‘okay, get your heart rate down and don’t throw it to the hack.”
Jenny Perret and Martin Rios may have gotten off to a slow start in Jonkoping, but the Swiss pair have found their rhythm and are in full flow as they head Group A following wins over Canada (9-6) and Korea (9-3).
Sweden’s Camilla and Per Noreen recorded a 10-3 triumph over Korea earlier in the day, but defeat to Canada in the last session mean they can’t progress from the round-robin stage.
"It’s very nice to be here and play," said Per. "Everything is fantastic and there’s a little pressure [playing at home] but it’s fun too. It gives you a little boost and we are enjoying it.
"I think we are perfect together after playing mixed doubles for 25 years together."
After their defeat to the Norwegians in the morning, United States bounced back to edge out Russia in a shoot-out, with Matt Hamilton’s draw 3.6cm closer to the pin than Russia’s Goriachev. But their chances rely on Norway beating Russia via a shoot-out in order to reach the final.
Canadian couple Kadriana Sahaidak and Colton Lott remain in the hunt for a final spot after a mixed day three.
The young pair lost their first game to Switzerland 9-6, but were back to their best in the final session after they defeated Sweden 10-6.
To qualify for Sunday's showpiece, Canada need to take a full three points away from their game against Korea and require Sweden to restrict Switzerland to zero points tomorrow.