Russia take double Gold in Finland as teams for 2016 World Juniors confirmed

  • Photo: WCF / Janne Ojanperä

Russia’s women’s and men’s teams have won Gold medals at the World Junior-B Curling Championships 2016 (WJBCC) at the Kisakallio Sports Institute, in Lohja, Finland today (10 January).

Russia’s women beat Japan 6-3, while the men saw-off Denmark for a 5-2 win. Japan women and Denmark men take home Silver. The four finalists qualify for the forthcoming World Junior Curling Championships 2016 (WJCC) in Erzurum, Turkey in (5-13) March.

Hungary women, also qualify for the WJCC after winning Bronze in Finland. They beat Estonia 9-2, in the Bronze Medal Game. Similarly, in the men’s championship, Korea have earned a place for the World Juniors. They beat Germany, 4-2, in their extra-end Bronze Medal Game, this afternoon.

The women’s teams that had already qualified for the WJCC 2016, prior to the WJBCC, are: Canada, Korea, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey as hosts and USA. The men’s teams already qualified were: Canada, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, hosts Turkey and USA.

The WJBCC was open to junior teams from all WCF Member Associations that have not already qualified for the WJCC. This event replaced the Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships and European Junior Curling Challenge.

They Said It

Ekaterina Kuzmina; Russia women, second (after 6-3 final win over Japan): “We’re really happy to win this tournament. We were glad when we won the semi-finals because it was the qualification game. We were relaxed after winning the semi-finals and we tried some new combinations that we had been working on in training.”

Timur Gadzhikhanov; Russia men, fourth (after 5-2 final win over Denmark): “Our first aim was to qualify for the World's, so we were really happy to win. We played a relaxed game and we were better in that game. I think we had great performances the whole week.”

Dorottya Palancsa; Hungary women, skip (after 9-2 Bronze win over Estonia): “I can’t describe my feelings, it is awesome and we’re very happy with the result. The game was hard at the beginning, but I think they [Estonia] may have got tired and it was easier at the end.”

Kijeong Lee; Korea men, skip (after 4-2 Bronze win over Germany): “Last year we were seventh, but this year we are going to the World’s so it is very good. I missed the last end, so I was nervous going into the extra-end and for the difficult last shot.”

WJBCC Sunday 10 January results

WOMEN’S

Gold Medal Game
Japan 3-6 Russia

Bronze Medal Game
Hungary 9-2 Estonia

Semi-finals
Japan 5-3 Hungary
Russia 4-2 Estonia

MEN’S

Gold Medal Game
Russia 5-2 Denmark

Bronze Medal Game
Korea 4-2 Germany

Semi-finals
Korea 3-5 Denmark
Russia 6-5 Germany

For all the results and standings from this event visit, http://www.curling.fi/en

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