December 3, 2022

South Korea defeated Japan 10-5 to maintain its medal hopes alive within the girls’s curling event at Beijing 2022 on Monday, counting on a mix of very good shotmaking and the opposition’s miscues.

South Korea, which had misplaced to the US 8-6 earlier Monday, evened its file at 3-3 with three video games left within the spherical robin.

The ten groups within the competitors will every play 9 round-robin video games. The highest 4 groups will attain the semifinals.

South Korean skip Kim Eun-jung (C) delivers a stone throughout a match in opposition to Japan within the girls’s curling round-robin session on the Beijing Winter Olympics on the Nationwide Aquatics Centre on Feb. 14, 2022. (Yonhap)

South Korea’s subsequent recreation is in opposition to Switzerland on Wednesday at 9:05 a.m. native time, or 10:05 a.m. in Seoul.

A loss to Japan would have all however ended South Korea’s hopes of successful its second straight medal. Led by skip Kim Eun-jung, South Korea gained a shock silver at PyeongChang 2018.

Kim is again with the identical set of teammates, however their efficiency has been on a curler coaster journey thus far in Beijing. They misplaced to Canada within the first recreation, earlier than beating Britain and the Russian Olympic Committee in succession. South Korea then misplaced to China and the U.S.

Kim and the remaining saved their finest for the rival match in opposition to Japan.

South Korea was gifted a degree within the first finish, when Japan held the hammer, or the final stone.

With one South Korean stone in the home, all Japanese skip Satsuki Fujisawa needed to do was to clear it out of the scoring space and ensure her personal stone would additionally keep out. That method, the groups would have remained scoreless, and Japan would have retained the hammer for the second finish with an opportunity to attain a number of factors.

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In an uncharacteristic misstep, Fujisawa missed the South Korean rock solely along with her clearing try, permitting South Korea to take a 1-0 lead.

Fujisawa bounced again within the second finish, as she executed a profitable takeout along with her hammer to place Japan forward 2-1.

South Korean skip Kim Eun-jung had her response within the third finish, delivering three factors with a double takeout that gave her aspect a 4-2 lead.

South Korea then stole a degree within the fourth finish to take a 5-2 lead, benefiting from some Japanese errors alongside the way in which.

Japan battled again with two factors within the fifth finish and reduce the deficit to 5-4 at midway level.

However South Korea went up by three once more after the sixth finish. Fujisawa’s try to take out a South Korean rock in the home along with her ultimate stone went awry, because it bumped right into a Japanese stone on the way in which. Kim then positioned her final rock safely contained in the button to seize two extra factors.

South Korea stole a degree once more within the seventh finish to go up 8-4 and put the sport additional out of attain. Kim pulled off one other spectacular shot along with her penultimate rock within the seventh finish to place 4 South Korean stones inside the home. South Korea nonetheless had three rocks within the scoring zone, and Fujisawa failed to finish a takeout shot, whereas South Korea ended up getting a much-needed insurance coverage level.

Japan bought a degree again within the eighth finish, however Fujisawa wasted an opportunity to seize one other level by lacking on her draw try along with her final stone.

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Kim then simply positioned her final stone into the home, giving South Korea two extra factors for a 10-5 lead. With one finish left, Japan conceded the match.