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Olympics: China's curlers make semi-finals for first time

Published on Feb 18, 2014 5:47 AM
China's skip Liu Rui (left) watches as teammates Zang Jialiang (front right) and Ba Dexin sweep during their men's curling round robin game against Canada in the Ice Cube Curling Centre at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games on Feb 16, 2014.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SOCHI, Russia (AFP) - China reached the Olympic men's curling semi-finals for the first time on Monday thanks to a 6-5 win over Great Britain, just four years after they could only manage eighth place in Vancouver.

Skip Liu Rui led his team into the medal round with a 7-2 win/loss record, which was bettered only by 2013 world champions Sweden, who finished the preliminary round with an 8-1 record.

Defeat gave Great Britain a 5-4 record and they must now beat Norway on Tuesday to reach the next stage.

Norway squandered a chance to reach the semi-finals when they lost 5-3 to Denmark.

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