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Canada secures Beijing Olympic berth in mixed doubles curling

Canada has clinched a spot in the mixed doubles curling competition in next year's Beijing Olympics. Kerri Einarson and Brad Gushue wrapped up the berth with a 7-6 win over the Czech Republic on Friday at the world mixed doubles championship in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Einarson, Gushue team up to beat Czech Republic at world championships

Canada's Kerri Einarson and Brad Gushue, shown in this file photo, scored a 7-6 win over the Czech Republic on Friday at the world mixed doubles curling championship, clinching an Olympic berth for Canada in the process. (@CurlingCanada/Twitter)

Canada has clinched a spot in the mixed doubles curling competition in next year's Beijing Olympics.

Kerri Einarson and Brad Gushue wrapped up the berth with a 7-6 win over the Czech Republic on Friday at the world mixed doubles championship.

Later, Canada completed the round-robin portion of the tournament with an 11-6 win over Russia, pushing Einarson and Gushue's record to 7-2.

The top seven at the 20-team event earn Olympic berths for their countries.

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Einarson and Gushue earn Canada a mixed doubles berth in the Beijing Olympics

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Kerri Einarson and Brad Gushue beat the Czech Republic 7-6 on Friday at the world mixed doubles curling championship in Aberdeen, Scotland. The win boosts their record to 6-2 and guarantees Canada a top-seven finish at the 20-team event, and a spot in the 2022 Beijing Olympics. 3:45

Canada finished second in Group A and will face Switzerland (5-4) in a qualification game on Saturday. The winner goes to the semifinals.

Canada seeks 1st title

Gushue, from St. John's, N.L., and Einarson, from Camp Morton, Man., are trying to become the first Canadian team to win gold in the event's 13-year history. Canada has reached the podium (two silver, one bronze) at the last three editions of the competition.

Scotland and Sweden won their groups to advance directly to the semifinals. The second- and third-place teams in each pool will cross over and play qualification games.

Competition continues through Sunday.

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