Korea women win gold at home Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2016

  • Eunjung Kim celebrates her team's win Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Korea women have won the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2016 at the Uiseong Curling Training Center, in Uiseong, Korea, after Saturday (12 November) morning’s final.

The host nation skipped by Eunjung Kim – and made up of third Kyeong-Ae Kim, second Seonyeong Kim, lead Yeongmi Kim and alternate Chohi Kim – beat China in the final 5-3 to claim the gold medals. Bingyu Wang’s Chinese team collected silver medals.

Satsuki Fujisawa of Japan and her rink won the bronze medals, following a convincing 10-3 victory over New Zealand, in the bronze medal game.

With China hosting the next World Women’s Curling Championship, in (18-26) March 2017, it was guaranteed on Friday (11 November) that the two finalists – Korea and China – would compete at the World Curling Championship in Beijing. This championship will be the last time Olympic Qualification Points will be on over for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea, to be played between 9-25 February 2018.

The gold medal game was a low scoring affair, and after five ends it was 2-1 in China’s favour. In the sixth end, Eunjung Kim achieved decisive points, but a single point score in the seventh end for China levelled the scores again, 3-3.

Korea’s winning end came in the eighth end, when skip Kim played her last two stones with pinpoint precision. First she played a nose hit through a small channel in a busy guard zone, onto three frozen stones. With the perfect weight this cleared out the Chinese stones lying in the house. Then with her last stone, following the same narrow path, she hit and cleared the Chinese shot stone, giving her team two points and a 5-3 lead.

China blanked the next end, before Korea ran them out of stones in the tenth end, meaning the score stood at 5-3.

In the bronze medal game, Japan opened with a score of three points before stealing points in the second, third and fourth ends, giving them a 7-0 lead. New Zealand scored two points before the fifth end break, taking the score to 2-7. However, Japan continued their form in the second part of the game and went on to win 10-3 and collect the bronze medals.

On Saturday afternoon (14.00, Korean Standard Time)) the men’s final will be broadcast on World Curling TV and national broadcasters – Japan and China compete for gold medals, while Korea and Chinese Taipei play for bronze medals.

They said it:

Eunjung Kim; skip, Korea (after 5-3 gold medal win over China): “The Chinese skip [Bingyu Wang] as you know is very good. We thought that the game worked out well because we didn’t make any mistakes and we did one point each. We have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time especially because we have the PyeongChang Olympics in 2018 so we want to show our best performance in the world championships in the coming session.”

Bingyu Wang; skip, China (after winning sliver medal): “I think we made some mistakes and they took that chance. That’s a good game, I think we just lost ourselves. For right now this is a new team. We have first the PACC experience and we will play more competitions for the Worlds where we hope we’ll have great games in our home.”

Satsuki Fujisawa; skip, Japan (after 10-3 bronze medal win over New Zealand): “This game was our best game in the competition. Yesterday, we were disappointed, but we just changed our mind. The loss was an experience for us and we must get better next year, but enjoy it and relax.”

Result women’s gold medal final: Korea 5-3 China
Result women’s bronze medal final: New Zealand 3-10 Japan

Standings after women’s finals (W-L):

G Korea 8-1
S China 7-2
B Japan 7-2
New Zealand 4-5
Australia 2-4
Hong Kong 2-5
Kazakhstan 1-6
Qatar 0-7

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