Sapporo, Japan – China’s men and women took home the gold medals at the eighth Asian Winter Games being played at the Sapporo Curling Stadium in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan.
In the men’s competition, China, skipped by Rui Liu, with third Xiaoming Xu, Second Dexin Ba, lead Jialiang Zang and alternate Qiang Zou defeated Yusuke Morozumi’s Japan team 11-4 to win the gold medals. This meant Japan took the silver medals.
This win was the first gold medal for China’s men’s team in this competition after previously winning bronze in both 2003 and 2007.
After trading single points for the first three ends, China would score three points in the fourth end, followed by steals of three points in the fifth end and two points in the sixth end to build a commanding lead. Japan responded in the seventh end with two points of their own, but the fightback would prove to be short lived with China scoring a further two points in the eighth end to seal their victory.
In the bronze medal game Korea defeated Chinese Taipei 10-5 after eight ends. Korea opened the scoring with three points in the first end and scored six points in the seventh end on the way to winning the bronze medals.
In the semi-final games China defeated Chinese Taipei 8-1 and Japan defeated Korea 6-5 with a single point in the final end sealing their place in the gold medal game.
Japan have now won silver medals for the third time and Korea have now added bronze medals to their two previous gold medal performances at these games.
In the women’s competition China’s Bingyu Wang added gold medals to her and China’s two previous bronze medals (2003 and 2007) at these games, when her team defeated Korea 12-5.
Korea opened the scoring with a single point in the first end before the teams traded two point scores over the next three ends, giving China a 4-3 lead after four ends. China would then steal two points in the fifth end in what would prove to be the games pivotal moment.
Korea responded with two points in the sixth end before China would score a single point in the seventh end before stealing another two points in the eighth end and a final three points in the ninth end for their victory and the gold medals.
China are skipped by Bingyu Wang, with third Rui Wang, second Jinli Liu, lead Yan Zhou and alternate Ying Yang.
In the bronze medal game Japan defeated Kazakhstan 17-0 after eight ends, and would score in every end on the way to their win. After opening the scoring with three points in the first end, Japan would go on to steal all their remaining points including four points in the third and seventh ends.
Japan’s bronze medals add to their previous gold (2003) and silver (2007) medals at these games.
Earlier in the semi-finals, Korea defeated Kazakhstan 15-3 and China defeated Japan 6-5 scoring two points in the tenth end to claim the victory and their place in the gold medal game.
The Asian Winter Games are an international multi-sport event run by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to develop winter sports within its area of coverage. The OCA has 45 member countries and regions in Asia. The games host 11 sporting disciplines, alpine skiing, biathlon, cross country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, short track speed skating, ski jumping, snowboard and speed skating.