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10th - 15th December 2013

OQE 2013: Day 5 Women's Session 7

China defeated Japan this morning, and will play them again in the 1v2 Play-off Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

China, Japan, Norway and Germany women's teams have kept their Olympic dream alive after Saturday's final round-robin session at the World Curling Federation's Olympic Qualification Event in Fuessen, Germany.

Before this session the two unbeaten teams - China and Japan - knew they were uncatchable at the top of the table and that they would meet in the 1v2 Play-off game on Sunday morning.

Following results from this session, Norway and Germany will now play a tie-breaker at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday afternoon to determine who finishes in third place, the last remaining play-off spot.

The luck of the draw had kept China and Japan apart until the last round-robin draw and, in this game, it was China who emerged on top.

Japan opened the scoring with a single point in the first end, but China scored a devastating five points in the second end and followed that up with a steal of two points in the third end to give themselves a 7-1 lead.

Japan responded with a single point in the fourth end but China took a further three points in the fifth end for a half-time 10-2 lead. Japan scored two points in the sixth end and promptly conceded defeat.

Following her resounding win, China's skip Bingyu Wang said: “I think today Japan made a few mistakes and we managed to get the five points - that was a big end in this game. I think we were relaxed on the ice and played very well."

She continued: "We are always focused because we really want to go to the Olympics but we cannot think too much about it, instead just play one game at a time.”

Norway had the bye in this session and, sitting on three wins, they knew they were guaranteed at least a tie-breaker to make progress, with both Germany and the Czech Republic both capable of joining them on three wins.

Germany faced Italy and were never headed. After blanking the first end they scored two points in the second end.

In the second half of the game, they scored a single point in the sixth end and followed that up with a steal of two points in the seventh end and a further single steal of one point in the eighth end for a 7-2 lead.

After that, Italy conceded, which means they finished their campaign without a win.

After her win, Germany skip Andrea Schoepp looked forward, saying: “All I care for is that the girls play well. If we play good we will win, if not then life goes on on Monday. For us, consistency has not been there this week - it has always been up and down, so that will be the key to winning these next games.”

The Czech Republic faced Latvia knowing that victory would put them into a tie-break scenario.

However, although they were already out of contention, Latvia won, thanks largely to scores in three successive ends - a single point in the fifth end, a steal of two in the sixth end and a further single point in the ninth end.

In the tenth end, the Czechs ran out of stones and Latvia had a 6-2 win.

These results mean that China and Japan will play again in the 1v2 Play-off with the winner taking a place in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games line-up and the loser facing the winner of the sole tie-breaker between Norway and Germany for the last place in the Olympic curling competition.

RESULTS & STANDINGS

Women’s Session 7: China 10, Japan 4; Czech Republic 2, Latvia 6; Italy 2, Germany 7 (Norway - Bye).

Women’s Standings after Round-robin:
1. China 6-0 (Qualified for 1v2 game against Japan)
2. Japan 5-1 (Qualified for 1v2 game against China)
3. Norway 3-3 (to play Germany in tie-breaker)
3. Germany 3-3 (to play Norway in tie-breaker
5. Latvia 2-4
6. Czech Republic 2-4
7. Italy 0-6

SCHEDULE
Saturday, December 13, 2013

(all times CET)

Tie-breakers:
Men:
USA v Korea 16:00
Women: Norway v Germany 16:00

Men’s 1v2 Play-off: Germany v Czech Republic 20:00

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, and Russia (as host).

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