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China secures entry into PyeongChang 2018 mixed doubles curling

Source:Xinhua05/05/2017 14:25

BEIJING, April 30, 2017 (Xinhua) – Ba Dexin/Wang Rui on Saturday won the bronze medal for China at the 2017 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Canada, after beating their Czech rivals 6-2.

The victory secured the Chinese Olympic Committee the entry into the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.

Switzerland defeated hosts Canada 6-5 in a dramatic gold medal final.

The mixed doubles event will make its debut in the Olympic history at PyeongChang 2018.

According to the World Curling Federation, eight NOCs are now qualified for the 2018 Games based on their rankings at both the 2016 and the 2017 world championships. Besides China and hosts South Korea, the other six entries go to Canada, Finland, Norway, Russia, Switzerland and the United States.

A total of 39 NOC teams, divided into five groups, competed at the 2017 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Canada’s Lethbridge on April 22-29.

In the week-long event, China ranked the second place in Group C, went through to top eight after beating Russia (the defending champions), defeated South Korea in the quarter final, but lost to Canada in the semi-final.