Canada’s Rachel Homan and John Morris rallied for a key 7-5 win over the Czech Republic in an extra end in Olympic mixed doubles curling action on Sunday.

The Canadians (5-2) scored two in the eighth end to tie it and then stole one in the ninth to beat Zuzana Paulova and Tomas Paul (3-5).

“That was probably the most dramatic game I’ve ever been a part of,” Morris told CBC.

“Just really proud of our squad for sticking at it and persevering. We grabbed a win from the depths of defeat in that one. That was just a wild one. I’m still kind of coming down off it.

Canada now sits in a tie for second with Great Britain with two games left in the round robin.

Italy leads the way at 7-0.

Sweden is fourth at 5-3 with Norway next at 4-3.

The top four teams qualify for the semifinals.

Morris opted to give up a steal of one in the seventh to take hammer coming home against the Czechs. It got dicey for the Canadians, but Homan released her final rock just before their timer was about to expire and made the draw for two.

“It was a big shot, but I think it was worse when I realized there were only two seconds on the clock,” Homan told CBC. “That made it probably the more challenging of the shots I made for a final shot. John swept it great, judged it awesome so I could make sure we got that two and had a fighting chance in the extra end.”

In the extra end, Morris and Homan both made clutch shots with their final stones in a crowded house and the Czechs could not get to a Canadian rock at the button.

Canada faces Australia (1-7) on Sunday at 7:05 a.m. ET.

Australia thought it was out of the Olympics because of a positive COVID-19 test, but got a “late reprieve” Sunday before its win over Switzerland.

Earlier in the day, the Australian Olympic Committee said Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt had pulled out of the competition after Gill returned a series of positive COVID-19 tests.

However, the AOC later said the duo was allowed to return to competition following an urgent meeting of the Medical Expert Panel (MEP) in Beijing.

— With files from The Canadian Press



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