Finland beat Russia today at the WCF World Qualification Event at home in Lohja ©Getty Images

Finland's men solidified their claim in pole position in the World Curling Federation (WCF) World Qualification Event in Lohja in Finland with a vital win over a threatening Russian side while undefeated Denmark and Norway share top spot in the women's division.

Kalle Kiiskinen's Finland team benefitted from a fantastic start to secure a 7-4 victory at home.

They had notched up three points in the first two ends to establish a healthy cushion before trading blows until the ninth where a double was enough to put the game out of reach.

The result marks Finland's third win from four in the campaign, losing only to Turkey which came in the morning session.

Turkish skip Uğurcan Karagöz led his side to the 5-2 win which leaves them fifth out of seven in the table with two wins and two losses.

Similarly to Finland they were unable to win both games of the day after falling to a 10-5 defeat at the hands of Spain and Sergio Vez, who recorded their first win of the tournament.

A four-point haul in the sixth end proved too much for the Turks to find a way back.

Spain sit sixth following a 5-3 defeat to Japan in the afternoon session.

The Japanese currently share second place with Russia and The Netherlands, who annihilated Chinese Taipei 12-3 in the first match of the day.

In the women's draw, Denmark were handed an automatic win against Czech Republic who were forced to withdraw prior to the tournament following a COVID-19 outbreak within the squad.

It was a mixed bag for Finland who started the day with an 8-4 victory over Brazil but were then demolished 12-3 at the hands of Latvia.

Norway put in a convincing performance to beat Hong Kong 12-4 as they keep their 100 per cent win record alive in Lahjo.

Action continues tomorrow with the penultimate match of the round robin stage as nine matches are scheduled to take place across the men's and women's divisions.