Canada's Brad Gushue clinches curling playoff berth with 1 game left in round robin

Canada's Brad Gushue locked up a semifinal berth on Wednesday at the Beijing Games. Gushue, who had the day off, secured a top-four finish when the men's round-robin session was completed in the afternoon.

Switzerland, ROC losses send Canadian men's rink to semifinals

Canada's Brad Gushue qualified for the playoffs in the Olympic men's curling tournament on Wednesday in Beijing thanks to losses by the ROC and Switzerland. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Canada's Brad Gushue locked up a semifinal berth on Wednesday at the Beijing Games.

Gushue, who had the day off, secured a top-four finish when the men's round-robin session was completed in the afternoon.

"It's a big stress relief to be honest," Gushue said.

China's Xiuyue Ma edged Switzerland's Peter de Cruz 6-5 and Great Britain's Bruce Mouat defeated Russia's Sergey Glukhov 8-6.

With Russia and Switzerland both at five losses, it cleared the qualification route for 5-3 Canada.

After the latest draw, Sweden's Niklas Edin (7-1) was tied for top spot in the men's draw with Great Britain. Canada was alone in third place and American John Shuster was fourth at 4-4.

China and Russia were 4-5 while Switzerland, Italy's Joel Retornaz and Norway's Steffen Walstad were 3-5.

Gushue closes out round-robin play Thursday against Great Britain.

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