China qualify for the Paralympic semi-finals

  • China qualify for the semi-finals Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

China became the first team to qualify for the semi-final stage of the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 wheelchair curling competition after Wednesday (14 March) evening’s session of play in the Gangneung Curling Centre.

China defeated the Neutral Paralympic Athletes (NPA) team 10-4 to claim their place in the semi-finals. China scored three points in the first end and followed that with three points in the fourth end to take a 6-3 lead into the break. They went on to score another three points in the sixth end, before a steal of one point in the seventh end was enough for NPA to concede.

China now sit alone at the top of the table with a record of eight wins and one loss with two games remaining.

Canada beat Slovakia 9-5 to remain in joint second place in the rankings. Canada controlled the first half of the game, scoring two points in the first end, before stealing three points in the second end. Canada followed this with two single-point steals in the third and fourth ends to take a 7-0 lead into the break.

Slovakia responded in the second half with a score of three points in the fifth end, and two single-point steals in the sixth and sevenths ends. However, Canada used their last stone advantage in the eighth end to score two points for the 9-5 win.

Korea were once again cheered on by a loud and enthusiastic home crowd when they beat Sweden 4-2 in a tense game.

Korea opened the scoring with a single point steal in the first end, then followed that with another steal of one point in the second end. The teams traded single points over the next three ends, before Korea blanked the sixth end. A single point score by Korea in the seventh end gave them a 4-2 lead going into the eighth end.

In that eighth end, Sweden put themselves into a great position with three shot stones, when Korean fourth player, Jae Goan Cha played a double-takeout with his first shot, and a precise takeout with his second shot to run Sweden out of stones and give Korea the 4-2 win which keeps them in joint second place with Canada.

Norway won their second game of the day when they defeated Finland 6-4. Norway took a 5-1 lead into the fourth end break, and despite a fightback from Finland, they were run out of stones in the eighth end. With that win, Norway move into joint fourth place with five wins and four losses.

They said it

Soon Seok Seo, skip, Korea (after 4-2 win over Sweden): "Sweden is not a really aggressive team, so we thought that the chance will come soon, even if the game was a little bit close throughout. The last shot was very important, so we tried to make it successfully. The home crowd keeps giving the team a lot of support throughout the games. We get a lot of strength, a lot of energy from them."

Haitao Wang; skip, China (after 10-4 win over Neutral Paralympic Athletes): "The teamwork went really well, the team members helped each other throughout, we made this good result together. The secret behind this run is that we take a lot of rest, and also that our team is very young. It is one of the important factors. There are still some games left until the end of the round-robin, so we just keep being determined until the end."

Session 14 results: China 10-4 Neutral Paralympic Athletes; Slovakia 5-9 Canada; Korea 4-2 Sweden; Norway 6-4 Finland.

Standings after session 14 (win-loss):

Q China 8-1
Canada 7-2
Korea 7-2
Great Britain 5-4
Norway 5-4
Switzerland 5-4
Germany 4-5
Neutral Paralympic Athletes 4-5
Slovakia 3-6
Finland 2-7
Sweden 2-7
United States 2-7

Q = qualified for the semi-finals

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