Trios bronze medallist, Mattias Wetterberg of Sweden survived with a 2-1 win over Oliver Morig of Germany. Defending Masters champion and a second Canadian, Francois Lavoie breezed past Nicola Pongolini of Italy, 2-0 to join Hupe in the next round.
A third Canadian and two-hander, Zach Wilkins had to work hard to beat 2017 World Championships two gold medallist, Tommy Jones of Team USA, 2-1 while the eight spot for the next round went to Marco Moretti of Costa Rica who beat Antonio Fiorentino of Italy, 2-0.
Three Canadians, two Indonesians, one each from Costa Rica, Finland and Sweden will meet the top eighth seeded Masters qualifiers from the All Events standings in Round 2 to be staged tomorrow, December 5. The winners in Round 2 will be gaurenteed a medal when they advance to the Semi-finals and subsquently the Final championship round.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong, China.