S. Korea Fails to Win Wheelchair Curling Bronze at PyeongChang Winter Paralympic Games

South Korea's Seo Soon-seok (R) prepares to throw a stone during the bronze medal game against Canada at the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics at Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on March 17, 2018. (Yonhap)

(LEAD) S. Korea fails to win wheelchair curling bronze at PyeongChang Winter Paralympics

GANGNEUNG, South Korea, March 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korea failed to win bronze in the wheelchair curling competition at the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics after losing 5-3 to Canada on Saturday.

The South Korean team of Seo Soon-seok, Bang Min-ja, Cha Jae-goan, Jung Seung-won and Lee Dong-ha was defeated by Canada in the bronze medal game at Curling Centre in Gangneung, Gangwon Province.

South Korea was looking for its second curling medal at the Winter Paralympics since Vancouver 2010. Eight years ago, South Korea earned silver following a 8-7 loss to host Canada.

South Korea advanced to the last four as the top performer among 12 competitors in the round-robin preliminary round with nine wins and two losses, but it fell 8-6 to Norway in the semifinals to play the bronze medal game with Canada.

Canada, which lost 7-5 to South Korea in the preliminary round, drew first blood by scoring two points in the opening end. South Korea faced danger of surrendering points in the second end, but Cha made a successful double takeout hammer throw to save the team.

South Korea cut the deficit to one in the third, but Canada scored two points in the fourth to make the score 4-1. In the fifth, South Korea had a chance to score two points, but Cha's draw shot wasn't successful and earned only one point.

The two teams scored one point each in the next two ends. South Korea needed two points in the eighth to force the game to the extra end but failed to complete the task.

"I am disappointed to finish fourth, and I am disappointed that the team did not do as well as usual," South Korean coach Beak Jong-chul said after the game. "The team was nervous, and I think they need more experience playing in world championships and Paralympics."

kdon@yna.co.kr

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