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Pyeongchang 2018 Day 3: Another medal on snow for Japan

By : APC Media
Date : March 13, 2018
  • Japan’s Gurimu Narita takes bronze in Men’s Snowboard Cross SB-LL2
  • China continue their unbroken winning streak in the Wheelchair Curling
  • Host Nation Korea have mixed fortunes on the curling ice.

On day 3 of the Pyeongchang Paralympic Winter Games, Japan picked up another medal on snow, this time in Snowboard Cross, where 24-year-old Gurimu Narita took bronze in the Men’s Snowboard Cross SB-LL2. On his way to the bronze medal race, Narita eliminated KIM Yunho of South Korea and Canada’s John Leslie before coming up against the USA’s Keith Gabel in the semi final. He failed to be beat Gabel, who went on to claim the silver medal and so met Evan Strong from the USA in the bronze medal race. He emerged victorious and thus taking Japan’s medal tally to 4 so far at these games.

Elsewhere, with rest days for the Alpine Skiers, there were many Asian athletes competing in Cross Country. Kazakhstan’s Alexandr GERLITS was the highest placed of them, coming 4th in the Men’s 20kn Free, Standing. Mongolia’s only athlete, Gambold BATMUNKH, also competed in this event and came 16th in the first of his three events.

In the Wheelchair Curling, China maintained their unbeaten run, coming out winners against Finland 6-4 and 8-2 against Switzerland. This puts them firmly at the top of the standings after round 7 but there are many more matches to be played before the top 4 who will progress through to the semi finals are decided. South Korea started the day well with an impressive 7-5 win over reigning Paralympic champions Canada. In a hard fought match against Germany, it went down to the final stone of the match. Needing to draw the stone into the house to force an extra end, it wasn’t to be for the home nation and they ended up losing 3-4. This puts them in joint second place in the standings alongside Germany and Great Britain.

Neither of the Asian teams were in action at the Para Ice Hockey but the USA’s decisive 10-0 victory against the Czech Republic means that both they and Korea will progress to the Semi Finals. Tomorrow’s KOR v USA match will see which team finished top of their group and therefore avoids current World Champions Canada in the semi final clash. Japan will come up against the Czech Republic but with two losses cannot progress through to the Semi Finals.

The Alpine Skiers return to the slopes tomorrow, this time in the Super Combined. This is a two run event with athletes competing in Super G and Slalom. Muraoka for Japan will be hoping to make it three medals from three events.

Elsewhere on snow, the Biathlon continues. Sin Eui Hyun from South Korea will be hoping to add to his bronze medal won on day 2 in the Cross Country, this time he’ll compete in the 12.5km Sitting.

To watch all of the action, go to paralympic.org

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