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Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships 2012 Medal Games

China - PAJCC 2012 - Junior Men's Champions. photo: PAJCC 2012 LOC
Japan - PAJCC 2012 - Junior Women's Champions. photo: PAJCC 2012 LOC

The Japanese junior women’s team (skipped by Sayaka Yoshimura) won gold at the 2012 Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships at the Hwasan Ice Rink in Jeonju, South Korea on Thursday beating Korea in the final 3-2. The Chinese junior men’s team (skipped by Xiuyue Ma) won the gold medal in the junior men’s event with a 3-2 win over Korea.

The gold medal for these teams is a double honour. Not only are they crowned 2012 Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Champions, but they also secure the World Curling Federation Pacific-Asia places at the 2012 World Junior Curling Championships which will take place in Östersund, Sweden from 3-11 March.

Five junior men’s and junior women’s teams from Australia, China, Japan, Korea and New Zealand competed in the event in Jeonju. The final standings are:

Pacific-Asia Junior Women:
1.Japan (Gold and qualification for WJCC 2012)
2. Korea – Silver
3.China – Bronze
4.New Zealand
5.Australia

Pacific-Asia Junior Men:
1.China (Gold and qualification for WJCC 2012)
2.Korea – Silver
3. Japan – Bronze
4.New Zealand
5. Australia

For Japan’s Sayaka Yoshimura and her team from Sapporo Curling Club on Hokkaido Island, it’s the second year in a row that they have won the Pacific-Asia title. They finished in 8th place at the World Juniors last year in Perth, Scotland.

For China’s Xiuyue Ma, it is also a second Pacific-Asia Gold. Ma, from Harbin Curling Club in China’s Heilongjiang province has moved up to skip from playing second on last year. For his teammates, it was their first Pacific-Asia championship appearance.

Complete results from the PAJCC are here: www.pajcc2012.org
And mirrored on the WCF Results Database: http://results.worldcurling.org

Teams that have qualified for the World Junior Curling Championships 2012:

Junior Women: Scotland (Gold 2011), Canada (Silver 2011), Russia (Bronze 2011), Sweden, USA, Switzerland, Norway, Czech Republic, Italy and Japan.

Junior Men: Sweden (Gold 2011), Switzerland (Silver 2011), Norway (Bronze 2011), Canada, Scotland, USA, Finland, Czech Republic, Italy and China

Further information about the 2012 World Juniors can be seen here: www.wjcc2012.curlingevents.com and on the event Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wjcc2012sweden