Korea and Sweden still going for Olympic gold

  • Korea reach historic gold medal final Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

Table-toppers Korea avenged their only round-robin defeat with an 8-7 extra end semi-final win over Japan, to face Sweden in Sunday morning's women's Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 gold medal final. Sweden defeated Great Britain by a score of 10-5 in the other semi-final.

Japan and Great Britain will play for bronze medals on Saturday evening.

As the top-ranked team from the round-robin, Korea started against Japan with last stone advantage and their skip EunJung Kim used it to hit out a Japanese stone and open with a score of three points in the first end.

Japan responded with a score of two points in the second end when their skip Satsuki Fujisawa drew her second stone just inside a guard.

Korea moved into a 4-2 lead in the third end with a tap-up for one point while, in the fourth end, Japan's Fujisawa drew her last stone inside three Korean counters to score one point. Two more points for Korea with a Kim draw in the fifth end gave them a 6-3 lead at the break.

In the sixth end Japan emerged with a single point after moving a collection of stones around, to reduce Korea's lead to 6-4. Korea blanked the seventh end and could only score one point with a hit in the eighth end to restore their three-point lead, at 7-4.

Japan closed in again in the ninth end with a hit and stay for two points by Fujisawa to reduce Korea's lead to just one point at 7-6 and then, in the tenth end, Kim's last-stone hit rolled just too far to give Japan a steal of one point to level the game at 7-7 and force an extra end.

Korea had last stone advantage in the extra end and the game came down to a precision draw by Kim inside a Japanese stone already within the four foot ring, for the one point that gave them an 8-7 win and put them into a historic first Olympic final.

In the other semi-final, Sweden faced Great Britain and, after blanking the first end, scored two points in the second end with a hit and stay by skip Anna Hasselborg on a British stone.

Britain could only respond with a single point in the third end when their skip Eve Muirhead was long with her first draw.

Hasselborg's hit in the fourth end just clung on inside the rings to give Sweden a score of one point and a 3-1 lead. But Britain leveled the game in the fifth end when Muirhead hit for two points and 3-3 at the break.

Sweden opened the second half of the game with another score of two points in the sixth end with a hit and stay by Hasselborg, but the turning point came in the seventh end when Britain's Muirhead was tight with her final draw attempt and wrecked on a front stone, to hand Sweden a steal of three points for an 8-3 lead.

Britain battled on as Muirhead played a hit through a narrow gap to score two points in the eighth end, but a further two points by Sweden in the ninth end for a 10-5 lead persuaded the British team to concede the game.

The results of these tense games mean that the women's event will conclude with the gold medal final on Sunday (25 February) morning featuring Korea and Sweden - in the last female action of these Olympic Winter Games - while a battle for bronze takes place on Saturday (24 February) evening between Great Britain - who took bronze medals four years ago in Sochi - and Japan.

For flash quotes from the women's semi-final games visit, http://www.wcf.co/2EMh89K

Women semi-final results: Korea 8-7 Japan; Sweden 10-5 Great Britain.

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