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S. Korea ranks 3rd in updated world baseball standings

All Headlines 11:10 November 26, 2016

SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has solidified its No. 3 place in the world's new official baseball rankings, narrowing the gap with the United States, according to a related global organization on Saturday.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) updated the list based on the four-year performances through 2016 of 70 countries' entire national teams from U-12 to professional.

South Korea maintained its third place but "advanced within striking distance of the No. 2 spot, closing the distance behind the U.S. from 641 to 105 points," said the WBSC.

It cited South Korea's winning of a bronze at the U-23 Baseball World Cup that ended in Mexico early this month.

South Korea also gained points with a third-place finish at the U-18 Asia Championship, which qualified the nation for the U-18 Baseball World Cup 2017, it added.

Japan continued to lead the standings, followed by the U.S., South Korea, Taiwan, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, Canada, the Netherlands and Italy.

The updated rankings unveiled by the World Baseball Softball Confederation on its Web site. (Yonhap)

lcd@yna.co.kr
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