Saturday, February 25, 2012

Champions Russia

Andrey Smirnov's Russian team of Marat Romanov, Aleksandr Shevchenko and Svetlana Pakhomova, has won the World Wheelchair Curling Championship, defeating the host nation Korea 9-1 in the final.

China won the bronze medal, winning their game against Slovakia 7-4.

The event website, with reports, presentation photos and action pics from the week, is here.

World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2012 - Final Standings:
1. Russia 9-3 GOLD
2. Korea 8-3 SILVER
3. China 9-3 BRONZE
4. Slovakia 7-5
5. USA 6-4
6. Sweden 3-6*
7. Canada 3-6*
8. Scotland 3-6*
9. Norway 2-7
10. Italy 1-8
* teams are ranked according to their win-loss record against each other.

Norway and Italy are relegated, and will play in the World Wheelchair Curling Qualification event, at the Kisakallio Sports Institute in Lohja, Finland, October 27 - November 3. The top two teams at this event will gain entry to the 2013 World Championship in Sochi, joining the top eight countries in the rankings above.