Korea win historic LGT World Women’s bronze medals

  • Korea win bronze © WCF / Richard Gray

Curling history was made when Korea’s women – skip Minji Kim, third Hyerin Kim, second player Taei Yang and lead Sujin Kim, supported by coach Sungjun Lee – won their nation’s first world championship medal, by either men or women, when they beat Japan by 7-5 in Sunday morning’s bronze medal game at the LGT World Women’s Championship 2019 in Silkeborg, Denmark.

The game started with two blank ends and, in the third end, Korea opened the scoring when their skip Minji Kim, facing five Japan stones already sitting in the house, played a nose-hit on one to score one point.

In the fourth end it was the turn of Japan’s fourth player Ikue Kitazawa to be facing five opponents’ stones when she came to play her own last. Despite this pressure Kitazawa played a well-judged draw to score one point and level the score at 1-1.

In the fifth end, Korea’s Kim was attempting to blank again, but missed her take-out and left one Japan stone in the house, giving her opponents a steal of one point for a 2-1 lead.

Korea’s Kim made amends in the sixth end when she drew her last stone into the house for two points and a 3-2 lead.

Then, In the seventh end, Japan’s Kitazawa had to deliver a precise draw onto the button to get inside a cluster of tightly-gathered stones within the four-foot ring to score one point and level the game at 3-3.

Korea’s Kim had a chance to score two points in the eighth end, but her second stone just touched a guard on the way in and she had to settle for just one point and a 4-3 lead.

After this, in the ninth end, Japan’s Kitazawa played a draw that nudged a stone already sitting in the house to score two points and take a 5-4 lead.

In the tenth end, Korea had built a collection of three stones on the wing and when Kitazawa’s attempt to draw inside them was heavy and through the house, Korea scored three without having to play their last stone, for a 7-5 win and a historic bronze medal.

A delighted Minji Kim said, “We’ve been in many competitions so far but to get a medal in competition, together with my team and our coach, is amazing, I can’t express how happy I am. This game was like the semi-final, almost the same situation [down by one in the last end], but this time we got the two [in the tenth end where they scored three points] and then won the game, so I was really happy. It’s a real honour to have Korea’s first medal at the World Championships and it’s really great that we won the game.”

Bronze medal result: Japan 5-7 Korea.

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