Austria, The Netherlands, Spain and Turkey qualified for the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship ©Getty Images

Austria, The Netherlands, Spain and Turkey have clinched the final four places at next year's World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship.

The four teams prevailed from the 26 taking part at the World Mixed Doubles Qualification Event at the Dumfries Ice Bowl in the Scottish town of Dumfries.

Spain and Turkey competed at last year's World Championship in Geneva, but ranked in the bottom four teams together with Finland and New Zealand, meaning they had to go through qualification.

They occupied the top two places in Group D.

Austria placed second behind Finland in Group C, with The Netherlands second to New Zealand in Group B.

China and France led the way in Group A to complete the eight-team line-up in the playoffs.

Victories for Austria over China 13-10 and Turkey 9-3 on the first day of playoff matches clinched their place at the World Championships, with Spain joining them courtesy of 9-2 and 9-7 wins against France and The Netherlands.

China and France were eliminated on the second day of the playoffs after 6-5 and 10-4 defeats to New Zealand and Finland, respectively.

That left four teams in contention for the final two places.

The Netherlands narrowly overcame New Zealand 8-7 to earn their place at the World Championship, with Turkey beating Finland 6-5 to qualify.

The 2023 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship is due to be held from April 22 to 29 in Gangneung in South Korea.

The four qualifying teams join the 16 who secured their place courtesy of their ranking at last year's World Championship.

They include the reigning champions Scotland, last year's silver medallists Switzerland and bronze medallists Germany, as well as Olympic gold medallists Italy.