Winter Olympics: Team Britain defeated 5-4 by Sweden in men’s curling gold medal game | Olympic News

Great Britain win silver, their first Olympic Winter Games medal, despite losing the men’s curling final in Beijing; Sweden claim a narrow victory in the first extra end

Last update: 02/19/22 09:56

The British team narrowly missed out on a historic curling gold medal after being beaten 5-4 by Sweden in a spectacular men’s final in Beijing.

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The British team will play the women's gold medal match on Sunday

The British team will play the women’s gold medal game on Sunday

Eve Muirhead will face Japan early on Sunday (01:05 GMT) in a bid to become Britain’s first Olympic champions since Rhona Martin – now Rhona Howie – led her side to victory in Salt Lake City in 2002.

Great Britain booked their place in the final after an extraordinary 12-11 semi-final win over Sweden, battling a 4-0 deficit after the first end to seal victory in an extra end.

It capped off a remarkable run for Muirhead’s side of Vicky Wright, Jennifer Dodds and Hailey Duff, who had to fight through a tough qualifying tournament just to reach Beijing.

Team GB only qualified for the semi-finals after winning their final round robin match and seeing two more results in progress, which was enough to finish third in their group.

The final against Japan, which like Great Britain went through the group stage with a 5-4 record before beating round-robin leaders Switzerland in the semi-finals, will give Muirhead the chance to avenge their loss for the bronze medal against the same team in Pyeongchang. Four years ago.

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