Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Japan beats curling royalty Great Britain for women's bronze

Muirhead mistake proves crucial as Great Britain miss out on curling final Japanese women win long-awaited curling medal
Frederick Owens | 25 February, 2018, 03:49

Great Britain missed out on a place in the Olympic women's curling final after being easily beaten 10-5 by Sweden at the Gangneung Curling Centre. "If that had curled another centimeter, we'd have had the bronze medal around our necks", said Muirhead after the match.

A fine shot by Japan skipper Satsuki Fujisawa piled the pressure on Muirhead in the ninth, and the British captain missed her attempted takeout, giving Japan the lead for the first time in the match.

And welcome to coverage of GB women's curling semi-final against Sweden when we will see if Eve Muirhead, Vicki Adams, Anna Sloan and Lauren Gray can make it through to the final. "We've got a massive match to win". On a couple of occasions it looked as though Muirhead was trying to blank the end and carry the hammer forward, but she was unable to produce the necessary final shot and scored one instead. "As a skip it's hard when you miss the last shot", she said.

"We still have a medal to play for, so we'll give it our all", Muirhead told the BBC.

Japan then held their nerve in the 10th and final end to win 5-3. "As a team I thought we had a good opportunity but unfortunately we were on the back foot from the start". "And for this week we've just been the wrong side of the inch". "Every game you lose is hard", she said.

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Eve Muirhead's team, who finished third in Sochi four years ago, were hoping to increase Britain's record medal haul at a Winter Games to six in Pyeongchang.

"As a team, we know exactly what we did". It's going to take a bit of time to sink in.

Japan however claimed their first ever Olympic curling medal with bronze, with tomorrow's final to be contested between South Korea and Sweden.

"We gave it our best shot but that's the dream over". While GB would face Japan in the game for a bronze medal. I'm gutted we didn't get a medal for Team GB. I had the chance and it didn't come off.

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