November 29, 2022

South Korea defeated Britain 9-7 for its first victory within the girls’s curling event of Beijing 2022 on Friday.

Led by skip Kim Eun-jung, South Korea picked up 4 factors within the ninth finish to show a 6-5 deficit right into a 9-6 benefit and held on within the tenth finish for the slender win over Staff Muirhead, the reigning European champion.

South Korea, the 2018 silver medalist, had misplaced to Canada 12-7 to start the spherical robin play on the Nationwide Aquatics Centre on Thursday.

South Korean curlers Kim Cho-hi, Kim Seon-yeong, Kim Eun-jung and Kim Kyeong-ae (L to R) rejoice some extent in opposition to Britain throughout their girls’s curling spherical robin sport on the Beijing Winter Olympics on the Nationwide Aquatics Centre in Beijing on Feb. 11, 2022. (Yonhap)

There are 10 nations within the girls’s competitors, and the highest 4 groups after 9 spherical robin video games every will qualify for the semifinals.

South Korea and Britain went forwards and backwards by means of the primary eight ends of a decent contest. South Korea held a 3-1 lead after 4 ends. Britain tied it within the fifth finish, solely to see South Korea transfer forward with two factors within the sixth finish.

Britain then scored one level within the seventh finish and two extra within the eighth finish to construct a 6-5 lead.

Within the fateful ninth finish, with 4 South Korean stones already in the home, Kim executed an ideal takeout together with her last stone to safe the decisive 4 factors.

Kim Seon-yeong, the workforce’s lead, stated the momentum may have shifted in Britain’s favor for good after skip Kim Eun-jung dedicated a uncommon blunder — failing to launch her stone earlier than it reached the hog line. It value South Korea a valuable stone.

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However the workforce held it collectively for that ninth-end rally.

“Hog line violations don’t occur a lot, however you could find yourself holding on to the stone too lengthy should you’re concentrating too arduous,” Kim Seon-yeong stated. “It wasn’t anybody’s fault. We needed to put that behind us and prepare for the subsequent finish.”

The workforce’s collective brief reminiscence helped it recover from the opening loss to Canada, Kim added.

“If we dwell on previous losses, we are able to’t concentrate on the subsequent sport,” she stated. “We need to take no matter we are able to take from losses and transfer on to the subsequent sport.”

South Korea will subsequent face the Russian Olympic Committee on Saturday.