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Pyeongchang 2018 day 4: Muraoka makes it three from three in alpine skiing

By : APC Media
Date : March 14, 2018
  • Japan’s Momoka Muraoka picks up her third medal in three events, winning bronze in the Super Combined.
  • China’s winning streak on curling ice comes to an end. But they remain at the top of the standings alongside the Republic of Korea.
  • South Korea beaten by USA but still go through to the semi finals in the Para Ice Hockey.

It was three from three for Japan’s Muraoka when she picked up the bronze medal in the Women’s Super Combined, Sitting today at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre. The Super Combined event adds together the times from two runs. After the first run, Super G, the 21-year old Sports Science student from Tokyo was lying in second place behind race favourite Anna Schaffelhuber (GER) who won every Gold in the alpine sitting classification in Sochi and has won every Alpine event so far in Pyeongchang 2018. However in the second run, Slalom, even though Muraoka again posted the second fastest time, an amazing run from Germany’s Anna-Lena Forster was four seconds faster than Muraoka. This gave Forster the Gold medal, ahead of Schaffelhuber in Silver and Muraoka was pushed back into Bronze by just 0.16 of a second.

In the Biathlon, none of the athletes from Asian made it into the medal positions. The best finish was for South Korea’s SIN Eui Hyun who came fifth in the Men’s 12.5km Sitting meaning he wasn’t able to add to his Bronze medal in the Cross Country.

In Para Ice Hockey, host nation South Korea met with USA in a battle to see who would end up at the top of the Group B table. The USA started incredibly strongly, putting on 6 goals in the first period. A scoreless second period then saw the USA score two goals in the final period so ending up 8-0 winners. South Korea will now progress through to the Semi-finals i=on Thursday 15th March but will face reigning World Champions Canada who are unbeaten and haven’t conceded a goal in the tournament so far. Meanwhile Japan faced the Czech Republic in their final group match. They lost this 0-3 meaning that they will now face Norway in the classification rounds to determine the 5-8 place finishes.

At the Gangneung Curling Centre, China’s winning streak came to an end when they were beaten by reigning Paralympic champions Canada. The Canadians, who have won every Gold medal in Wheelchair Curling since it was introduced in 2006, were smarting having been beaten twice the previous day. Despite the Chinese team taking an early lead, the Canadian’s proved too strong for them and China lost their first match of the tournament 5-8. China then had to compose themselves as they then faced the USA. The teams were drawing 4-4 going into the final end but China with the hammer, took two points to win 6-4. Korea had a strong start to their day, winning their first match against Finland 11-3. They then went on to face Switzerland who had also beaten Finland earlier in the day. In a tight match South Korea ended up the victors 6-5. These results mean that CHN and KOR lead the standings after round seven.

Tomorrow sees medals up for grabs in Alpine (Giant Slalom), and the Cross Country sprint events. In Wheelchair Curling, China will face Slovakia then the Neutral Paralympic Athlete team. South Korea will meet Norway then Sweden.

To watch all the action go to Paralympic.org

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