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Moose Jaw (Canada) – At the world championship in Moose Jaw, Canada, Czech para-hockey players beat China 3:2 in the match for 3rd place and won a medal at the top event for the first time in history. The Czech maximum so far was three fourth places, two years ago at the championship in Ostrava they finished fifth after defeating Russia in the quarterfinals.
The Czech team did not enter well into the last match at the World Cup in Canada against China, which won bronze at the Olympic Games in Beijing 2022, but has yet to win a medal at the World Cup. Chuej Yu Tchao opened the scoring after only 87 seconds of the game.
However, Michal Geier equalized in the first period and the same player put the Czech Republic in the lead in the second half. The Chinese were able to equalize, but the hero of the match was captain Radek Zelinka, who in a power play 74 seconds before the end decided the Czechs' historic success.
The title was defended by the Americans, who beat Canada 6:1 in the final.