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10th - 15th December 2013

OQE 2013: Germany men qualify for Sochi 2014

Germany won the 1v2 play-off against Czech Republic and will now compete in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Germany qualified for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games on Saturday night when they beat the Czech Republic 7-4 after an extra end in the play-off game between the first and second-placed teams at the World Curling Federation's Olympic Qualification Event in Fuessen, Germany.

In a low scoring first half of the game, Germany scored a single point in the second end and the Czechs responded with a single point of their own in the fourth end.

It wasn’t until the fifth end, with the score at 1-1, Germany made the telling breakthrough when their fourth player Felix Schulze played a short raise to take out the counting Czech stone and score three points for a 4-1 lead.

To their credit, the Czechs fought back in the second half of the game, scoring one point in the sixth end and then, after Germany blanked the seventh and eighth ends, they stole another point in the ninth end to reduce the German lead to 4-3.

In the tenth end, Schulze's last stone rolled an inch too far on his take-out, giving the Czechs another single steal to level the score at 4-4 and push the game into an extra end.

In this end, Czech skip Jiri Snitil played two precision draws near the button, but Schulze was accurate enough with his own last stone to take out the counting Czech stone and score three points for the 7-4 win that sent his team on their way to Olympic Winter Games.

John Jahr's German team consisted of Felix Schulze who played fourth, Christopher Bartsch at second, Sven Goldemann at lead and they were supported by alternate Peter Rickmers and coach Martin Beiser.

After this win, German skip John Jahr said: "That was really exciting. It looked easy after five or six ends but then we made mistakes and we rolled too far in the tenth, so it was extra end, last shot. But it's really good now."

Reflecting on his overall campaign, he added: "We lost two games at the start and we were at the bottom, but we got it together in the next games. For the German Curling Federation, it's really important. They said we had to be at the Olympics to be recognised here in Germany."

Meanwhile losing skip Jiri Snitil said: "We got lucky in the tenth end when they rolled out. We were happy to play the extra end and they had the perfect shot to win the game so congratulations to them."

Earlier USA beat Korea by 7-5 in a tie-breaker for third place, a result that means the Czech Republic will play USA at 12:30pm (CET) on Sunday for the last available slot in the Olympic Winter Games curling competition line-up.

Thinking about that, Snitil said: "We have one more shot so we will try to re-group and come out tomorrow and perform better than today."

RESULTS & STANDINGS

Men’s 1v2 play-off: Germany 7, Czech Republic 4

Men’s Final Standings after 1v2 play-off:

1. Germany (Qualified for Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games)
Czech Republic (to play USA for last remaining place at Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games)
USA (to play Czech Republic for last remaining place at Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games)
4. Korea
5. New Zealand
6. Finland
7. France
8. Japan

SCHEDULE
Sunday, December 15, 2013

(all times CET)

Women’s 1v2 play-off: China v Japan 08:30

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 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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