Japan men win bronze at Pan Continentals

Team Japan after their bronze medal victory © WCF / Stephen Fisher

Japan beat United States by 9-6 in Friday evening’s men’s bronze medal game.

Japan took the early lead, following up a hit for two in the first end, with a steal of two in the second end, when the United States missed a double take-out and an umpire’s measure gave them a second point for an early 4-0 lead.

Japan versus United States © WCF / Rebecca Villagracia

United States then responded, hitting for two in the third end, and then stealing a single in the fourth, when the umpire’s measure came into play again, to reduce Japan’s lead to 4-3.

In the fifth end, another double take out for two gave Japan a 6-3 lead as the teams went into the mid-game break.

Despite their efforts, the Americans trailed by 6-9 as the teams played the tenth end. Japan made a hit to run them out of stones for their 9-6 win.

Afterwards, Japan skip Yanagisawa Riku said, “It’s all very good and I’m glad to win this medal. It’s been a good competition for us. We had a very good start in that game and took it from there.”

Japan’s third Yamaguchi Tsuyoshi © WCF / Stephen Fisher

Japan’s bronze medal team: Riku Yanagisawa (skip), Yamaguchi Tsuyoshi (third), Yamamoto Takeru (second), Koizumi Satoshi (lead), supported by alternate Usui Shingo.

Philippines celebrate their semi-final win against Hong Kong © WCF / Steve Seixeiro

In the men’s B-Division semi-finals, China beat Mexico by 7-1 while Philippines were 9-5 winners over Hong Kong. This means that China and Philippines will face each other in the B-Division final, to determine which of them will earn the one promotion slot to next year’s A-Division.

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Kelowna, Canada

4 November 2023
Pan Continental Curling Championships 2023