The Official World Curling Federation
Olympic Qualification Event Website
10th - 15th December 2013

OQE 2013: China women qualify for Sochi 2014

Bingyu Wang and her team from China will compete at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

China women qualified for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games curling competition when they beat Japan 7-6 in Sunday's play-off game between the first and second ranked women's teams at the World Curling Federation's Olympic Qualification Event in Fuessen, Germany.

While this win booked China's place, Japan now have a second chance to join them when they play third-placed Norway at 16:30 (CET) on Sunday evening for the last available slot in the Olympic Winter Games line-up.

China scored one point in the first end, but their first key break-through came in the fourth end when, with the scores at 1-1, they carved out two points for a 3-1 lead that established distance between the two teams.

After Japan scored just one point in the fifth end, China's skip Bingyu Wang drew her final stone onto the button in the sixth end to score three points and move into a more comfortable 6-2 lead.

Japan made up some ground in the seventh end when their skip Ayumi Ogasawara attempted a double take-out that went wrong, but still managed to score two points to reduce China's lead to 6-4.

In the eighth end, good set-up play by Japan forced Wang to draw for one point and then Japan put a single point on the board in the ninth end, for a 7-5 score in China's favour.

Eventually, the tenth end came down to a take-out by Wang with her last stone, leaving just one Japan stone in the house to score one point, but that was too little as China celebrated a 7-6 win.

China skip Bingyu Wang was supported by Yin Liu who played third, Qingshuang Yue second, Yan Zhou lead, Yilun Jiang alternate and coach Marcel Rocque.

After the game, an elated Wang said: "This is so exciting. After our poor performances at the last two World Championships the Olympics seemed so far, far away but after the last shot it has now become true.”

She continued: “Today we got a lot of chances and they made a lot of mistakes. We are ready to do everything for the Olympic Games, so we're so happy about that. Maybe this might be my last chance to go to the Olympics but we want Team China to stay there."

For her part, Japan skip Ayumi Ogasawara said: "We had a strong wish to win this game, however my play was not good enough. But we have one more chance to travel to the Olympics."

RESULTS & STANDINGS

Women’s 1v2 play-off: China 7, Japan 6

Women’s Final Standings after 1v2 play-off:
1. China (Qualified for Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games)
Japan (to play Norway for last remaining place at Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games)
Norway (to play Japan for last remaining place at Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games)
4. Germany
5. Latvia
6. Czech Rpublic
7. Italy

SCHEDULE
Sunday, December 15, 2013

(all times CET)

Men’s Final play-off: Czech Republic v USA 12:30

Women’s Final play-off: Loser of 1v2 v Norway 16:30

Extensive televised coverage of the Olympic Qualification 2013 from Fuessen can be seen by viewers in Japan on NHK’s channel and digital media platforms. All Chinese games will be televised by China’s CCTV sport. Live coverage will also be available via the internet on the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel World Curling TV. www.youtube.com/user/WorldCurlingTV

Event website: www.sochi2014.worldcurling.net/oqe for further information, schedules of play, full team line ups and results and more information about the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

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NOTE: The eight men's and women's nations already qualified for Sochi 2014 are (in ranking order): www.sochi2014.worldcurling.net/olympics/olympic-qualification

Men: Canada, Sweden, Great Britain (Scotland's world championship points are used for qualification purposes), Norway, Denmark, China, Switzerland, Germany and Russia (as host).

Women: Sweden, Switzerland, Great Britain (Scotland's world championship points are used for qualification purposes), Canada, USA, Denmark, Korea, China and Russia (as host).

Member Associations qualifying teams for the World Curling Federation Men’s and Women’s World Curling Championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016 will be eligible to take part in the WCF Olympic Qualification Event in 2017.

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