Canada's women ended Russia's unbeaten run at the tournament ©WCF/Richard Gray

Defending champions Russia saw their unbeaten record end against Canada in the women’s competition at the World Junior Curling Championships in Krasnoyarsk.

The hosts had recorded three consecutive victories in the women’s competition at the Crystal Ice Arena.

Canada put Russia’s unbeaten run under threat after they scored four points in the fourth end of their match to take a 5-2 lead.

The Canadian team, led by skip Mackenzie Zacharias, prevented a Russian comeback in the remaining six ends to celebrate a 9-6 victory.

The result put Canada joint third in the women’s standings, with a record of three wins and one defeat.

Japan and South Korea remain at the top of the standings after recording their fourth consecutive victories.

Japan eased to a comfortable 9-2 win over Latvia, with the match concluding after just six ends.

South Korea emerged as 10-5 winners against Sweden, who remain winless at the bottom of the standings with Latvia and Hungary.

Hungary suffered a 10-4 defeat to Denmark, which saw the winners join Canada and Russia in third place.

The Swiss team missed the chance to move third after losing 8-7 against Norway.

Canada joined Germany at the top of the men's standings ©WCF/Richard Gray
Canada joined Germany at the top of the men's standings ©WCF/Richard Gray

None of the teams in the men’s competition have an unbeaten record, with Germany’s winning run coming to an end in a narrow 5-4 loss to Scotland in their fourth match.

The German team responded to the setback by holding their nerve to beat Italy 9-7 in a match which required an extra end.

Germany remain top of the standings with four wins and one defeat, but are now joined by Canada.

The Canadian team secured a 7-2 win over Italy in their opening match of the day, before recording a 9-3 triumph against Norway.

New Zealand, Russia, Scotland and Sweden are tied for third place after three wins and two defeats.

New Zealand had missed the chance to join Germany and Canada in first place.

They suffered an 8-4 loss to the Scotland team, who boosted their hopes by recording back-to-back wins today.

Sweden also won two ties today - they were narrow 8-7 winners over Norway before beating the United States 9-8.

Russia had a mixed day as their team won 7-4 against the US, but then suffered a 10-9 defeat to Switzerland.