Curling - Murdoch on track for medal at World Curling

David Murdoch is within touching distance of a guaranteed medal match at the men's curling World Championships in Victoria.

Curling - Murdoch on track for medal at World Curling

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Scotland skip David Murdoch reacts to his shot during the World Men's Curling Championships in Victoria (Reuters)

The Scottish skip now sits joint top of the group standings, alongside defending champions Canada, with seven wins from nine matches. Norway were brushed aside 8-4 while Sweden took the two-time world champion the distance, before going down 8-7.

And wins over China and Finland in his rinks' final round robin matches would guarantee a place in the page one v two play-off, which would also secure two bites at making the gold medal match. "We're very happy," said Murdoch. "We have the one-two game in our own hands, and that's great. That's what we really tried to achieve all week.  "We have a couple tough games (on Thursday) and we need to win both of those to make the one-two, but if we do that, we'll meet our goal for the round robin and then we're into the hard part of the weekend."

Draw #12:

Norway 4- 8Scotland

USA 7-6 Finland

Denmark 4-7 Switzerland

Japan 10- 8Canada (extra end)

Draw #13:

Canada 8-5 Russia

Switzerland 4 -5 China (extra end)

Czech Republic 9-6 Finland

Norway 6-5 Sweden (extra end).

Draw #14:

USA 8 - 9 Czech Republic

Scotland 8 -7 Sweden

Russia 6 -5 Japan

Denmark 7 -6 China (extra end)

Standings after 14 sessions:

1. Canada 7- 2

= Scotland 7-2

3. Denmark 6-3

4. China 5-4

5. Sweden 5-4

6. Czech Republic 5-4

7. Norway 5-4

8. Switzerland 4-5

9. USA 4-5

10. Japan 3-6

11. Russia 2-7

12. Finland 1-8

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