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Pyeongchang 2018 Day 2: Host nation secures first medal and Japan’s Muraoka wins her second

By : APC Media
Date : March 12, 2018
  • SIN Eui Hyun from KOR wins Bronze in Men’s 15kn Sitting Cross Country
  • DPRK athletes compete for the first time.
  • Mumoka Muraoka JPN wins her second medal of the Games, taking Bronze in the Women’s Super G, Sitting.
  • In Para Ice Hockey, KOR beat CZE but JPN suffer heavy defeat to USA.
  • In Wheelchair Curling, KOR and CHN remain unbeaten

The host nation the Republic of Korea picked up their first medal of the 2018 Pyeongchang Paralympic Winter Games on day two when 37 year old SIN Eui Hyun won the bronze medal in the Men’s 15km Sitting Cross Country. This was Sin’s first Paralympic Games, having taken up the sport in 2015, and it was fitting that he should bag the first medal for his country, having been selected as flag-bearer for the Opening Ceremony. This race also saw the two athletes from the DPRK compete – the first time any athlete from this country has competed at a Paralympic Winter Games. MA Yu Choi came 26th, one place ahead of his countryman KIM Jong Hyon.

Japan’s Momoka Muraoka picked up her second medal of the Games when she came third in the Women’s Super G, Sitting, a race that saw German Anna Schaffelhuber win her second gold medal of the Games, putting her on track to repeat her ‘clean sweep’ of 5 Gold medals in Sochi. Muraoka’s medal puts Japan in joint 10th place on the medal table with Great Britain.

At the Gangneung Hockey Centre, Japan faced a tough opponent in the reigning Paralympic champions USA. They lost the first period 3-0 then suffered a devastating second period, losing this 6-0. Despite only conceding one goal in the final period, the finals score ended up USA 10-0 Japan.

It was better news for the host nation on the ice though. In a tough match against the Czech Republic, the Koreans ran out 3-2 victors after their star forward Seung-Hwan Jung scored their final goal in overtime.

At the Gangneung Curling Centre, Host nation Korea kept up their winning form as well beating Slovakia 7-5 in their only match of the day. This put them at the top of the standings after three sessions alongside Canada.

China also had a comprehensive victory over current world champions Norway winning 10-1 in the round robin session 4. They then went onto play Germany in a match that would decide who would join Canada and Korea at the top of the standings. A decisive fifth end where they took four points meant that Germany conceded at the end of the seventh, giving China the victory 7-3 and meaning that they join Canada and the republic of Korea at the top of the standings going into round 4.

Tomorrow (day 3) is a rest day for the Alpine Skiers but there are medal events in Cross Country and Snowboard and more curling action for Asian nations with

CHN v SUI and

No teams from Asia take part in Para-Ice Hockey on day 3.

To watch the action go to the IPC website

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