Olympics: China's curlers make semi-finals for first time
SOCHI, Russia (AFP) - China reached the Olympic men's curling semi-finals for the first time on Monday thanks to a 6-5 win over Great Britain, just four years after they could only manage eighth place in Vancouver.
Skip Liu Rui led his team into the medal round with a 7-2 win/loss record, which was bettered only by 2013 world champions Sweden, who finished the preliminary round with an 8-1 record.
Defeat gave Great Britain a 5-4 record and they must now beat Norway on Tuesday to reach the next stage.
Norway squandered a chance to reach the semi-finals when they lost 5-3 to Denmark.