China edges Canada to wheelchair curling final in Beijing 2022

China edges Canada to wheelchair curling final in Beijing 2022

, March 11 (Xinhua) – Defending champions qualified for the wheelchair curling final with a 9-5 victory over at the 2022 Beijing Paralympic Winter Games this Friday.

China was overtaken by PyeongChang gold medalist Wang Haitao and was ahead 9-3 after six finishes, before Canada scored two points in the seventh. With the safe in the final, China reached the Paralympic final again.

“I feel very excited about winning today. We had a more relaxed match, not as tight as when we started a few days ago. Even though we made a few small mistakes, our overall performance was very good,” said Wang.

“When we met Canada during the first match, we really wanted to win at home, but we were over cautious. The winners in recent matches indicate that everyone had a stable mentality and was ready to play under tough pressure,” said Yue Qingshuang. head coach for Team China and bronze medalist at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver as an athlete.

In 2018, the wheelchair curling team gave China its first ever Paralympic winter gold and also became the first team besides Canada to be crowned at the Paralympic Games.

In 2021, China defeated 5-3 to retain its title in Beijing in October last year, after winning the 2019 World Wheelchair Curling Championship with a 5-2 victory over hosts Scotland.

Also on Friday, Sweden beat 6-4 in the second semifinal, with the gold match scheduled for Saturday afternoon at the National Aquatics Center.





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