China defends the title in wheelchair curling at the Paralympics in Beijing

China defends the title in wheelchair curling at the Paralympics in Beijing

, March 12 (Xinhua) – successfully defended its curling crown for wheelchairs at the Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing 2022 by beating 8-3 here on Saturday.

Skipped by Wang Haitao, China, the reigning Paralympic champion and champion, trailed 2-1 after four finishes, but scored four points in the fifth finish as a turning point in the final at the National Aquatics Center.

Sweden, with Viljo Pettersson-Dahl in the lead, only added point to the scoreboard from the sixth end. After China scored three more points in the seventh end, the Swede then acknowledged the defeat with friendly handshakes with the host players.

Regarding the defeat against Sweden during the round robin session, skip Wang explained that “losing that is not unacceptable, because it exposed our own shortcomings. In the final, we made our adjustment based on that.”

Wang was also a member of the winning team that awarded China its first ever Paralympic gold at PyeongChang 2018. However, he said that this the gold is “much heavier” and more meaningful.

“Four years ago, I do not think we had any pressure to win the championship. But now we are playing at home and we want to win this precious gold medal in particular,” added Wang.

China has become the first curling team besides to be crowned at the Paralympic Games in PyeongChang 2018, and won the world back-to-back championships in 2019 and 2021.

“I feel very, very happy,” said women’s world champion Yue Qingshuang, coach of the Chinese team since 2017. “I had a satisfying career as an athlete, and leading the team to the gold medal at two Paralympic Winter Games proves my ability as a coach.”

Canada, who lost to China in the semifinals, beat and took the bronze medal on Friday night. Endiem





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