Korea Loses to Japan in Olympic Baseball

  • By Chang Min-seok

    August 05, 2021 10:40

    Korea has suffered its first-ever loss to Japan in an Olympic baseball tournament, losing 5-2 in a semifinal at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Wednesday.

    It was a tight game tied at two apiece until the eighth inning, when Korean reliever Go Woo-suk allowed a three-run double to Tetsuto Yamada with two outs in the bottom of the inning.

    Korean baseball players react after their defeat in a game against Japan at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Wednesday. /Yonhap

    However, Korea still have a chance at the gold medal. Under the tournament's complex double-elimination format, Korea will face the U.S. on Thursday, and a win would give Korea a spot in the final for a rematch against Japan. If Korea loses to the U.S., it will face the Dominican Republic in the bronze medal game.

    When professional players were allowed to compete in Olympic baseball in Sydney in 2000, Korea won the bronze medal by beating Japan twice, once in the group stage and the second time in the bronze-medal game. In Beijing in 2008, Korea beat Japan twice in the group stage and the semifinals, and beat Cuba in the final to win gold. Baseball was not part of the 2012 or 2016 Olympics.

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