Chinese wheelchair team heading to Prague for World Championships

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China beat Italy 10-4 at the World Wheelchair Curling Qualification event at the Kisakallio Sports Institute in Lohja, Finland on Friday and secured the first of the two places remaining for the World Wheelchair Curling Championships 2011.


In the 3v4 playoff game, Russia beat Japan 9-6 and will meet Italy in the afternoon to play for the final spot at the World Championships in the Czech Republic next February. 

The Italians got off to a lucky start in their game against China, stealing one in the first end. But the Chinese came back and scored a whopping 7 in the second end and Egidio Marchese’s team struggled from then on to get back into the game. Chinese Skip Haitao Wang said he and his team were extremely nervous going into the game against the Italians. He said they were a very good team but they were delighted to be heading to the worlds in Prague.

Line score:

ITA      1 0 1 0 0 2 0 x - 4

CHN * 0 7 0 1 1 0 1 x - 10

Russia set off and established a clear lead in their game against Japan. But Katsuo Ichikawa brought his team right back into the game in the sixth end taking 4 points. The game went down to Russia’s last stone, with Andrey Smirnov drawing for one point.

Line score:

RUS * 0 1 1 4 0 2 0 1 - 9

JPN     1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 - 6

 

Rankings after round robin & first play-off round (Wins-Losses):

  1. CHN 8-1

ITA 7-2

RUS 7-2

  1. JPN 5-4

  2. SUI 4-4

  3. SVK 3-5

  4. DEN 2-6

  5. FIN 2-6

  6. LAT 0-8

 

Friday 12 November

10:30 (local time)

CHINA v ITALY (1v2 playoff game winner qualifies for WWhCC 2011)

RUSSIA v JAPAN (3v4 playoff game winner qualifies for afternoon game, loser is out)

 

16:30 (local time)

Loser of morning 1v2 game versus Winner of morning 3v4 game (winner qualifies for the second WWhCC 2011 berth)

 

The schedule, updated team line-ups and results can be found at:

http://www.curling.fi/en/home

 

A LIVE Daily webcast is on: http://www.curling.fi/fi/kilpailut/curlingkanava

 

Notes to Editors:

-The World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2011 takes place in Prague, Czech Republic at the Curling Hall Roztyly from 22 February – 1 March.

Teams that have already qualified for the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2011: Canada, Sweden, Germany, USA, Scotland, Korea, Norway & Czech Republic as host nation.

 

On-site Media contact:

Katja Kiiskinen

Kisakallio/Finnish Curling Association

viestinta [at] curling [dot] fi

+358 40 5898 194

 

WCF Media contact:

Joanna Kelly

Media Relations Officer

World Curling Federation

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