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Great Britain’s men are taking on Sweden in the curling final as they bid to finally secure a medal for Team GB at these Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Bruce Mouat’s team have been impressive throughout the competition but face the experience and knowhow of Swedish skip Niklas Edin, whose team beat Britain to gold in 2014.
David Murdoch was the British captain then but he believes Mouat and co have nothing to fear. “Niklas is very experienced, I’ve played him loads and so has Bruce. We don’t have anything to fear and our recent record against them is really good, we beat them in the round robins here and twice at the European Championships, including the final.”
Britain will again go for gold tomorrow morning too after Eve Muirhead overcame almost impossible odds to steer her women’s curling team into the Olympic final in Beijing and fulfill an ambition that had threatened to elude her after over a decade at the top of her sport. Team coach Murdoch put her chances of salvaging victory at “less than 10 per cent” after shipping four shots in a disastrous opening end to defending Olympic champions Sweden, but they clawed back to clinch a thrilling 12-11 victory in an extra end.
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Men’s curling final: GB 2-3 Sweden (6th end)
So Sweden have the hammer in this end – what a time it would be in the middle of this final if GB could steal a point against the hammer.
Lawrence Ostlere19 February 2022 08:17
Britain did very little wrong in that first half, with 88% accuracy, but Sweden have raised their game here for the final with 94% accuracy, and there is not much GB can do but stay in touch and hope the tide turns.
Lawrence Ostlere19 February 2022 08:14
Men’s curling final: GB 2-3 Sweden (half-time)
Sweden opt to knock out Britain’s final stone and wipe out their own with it, in order to cause a scoreless end and retain the hammer (the final stone of the next end). That’s an important advantage for the Swedes, with a narrow lead on the scoreboard too, and it’s fair to say they are in control of this Olympic final with five ends to go.
Lawrence Ostlere19 February 2022 08:11
Men’s curling final: GB 2-3 Sweden (5th end)
Sweden are hitting their marks time after time, shooting at 95% accuracy. Britain just need to cling on here and make sure they capitalize when the Swedes drop their standard. There are two stones left each in this end and the house is completely empty after a destructive stone by Sweden’s Rasmus Wranaa. Sweden have the hammer…
Lawrence Ostlere19 February 2022 08:05
Men’s curling final: GB 2-3 Sweden (after four ends)
Bruce Mouat curls in the hammer towards the button needing to nail the center for a point. The team sweep hard as it runs out of steam and dies level with the Swedish stone. Who’s won it? Both teams look from overhead and eventually call for a measure. This is tense… a man with the giant measuring contraption marks Britain’s stone and then swings his arm around inside of Sweden’s stone, meaning GB have the point. A crucial one, and they close the gap. GB 2-3 Sweden.
Lawrence Ostlere19 February 2022 07:58
Men’s curling final: GB 1-3 Sweden (4th end)
Sweden up next, trying to plot their way out of this one… they hit the widest yellow stone of GB and bounce inside neatly.
Lawrence Ostlere19 February 2022 07:52
Men’s curling final: GB 1-3 Sweden (4th end)
A big end now for Britain, who could let this final run away from them if they’re not careful – although yesterday’s women’s semi-final showed how much can change in the final few ends.
Sweden put two stones in the house and Bobby Lammie attempts to nudge one out, but slightly misses his mark and Sweden have the advantage. With the next stone Oskar Eriksson, a man with sensational hair, makes a bigger mistake and gets his angles wrong, over-curling to knock out his own stone and leave Britain with one on the bottom. Advantage GB, and a real chance to get back in the game.
Lawrence Ostlere19 February 2022 07:46
Men’s curling final: GB 1-3 Sweden (after three ends)
Britain have the hammer and a tricky position – Sweden have managed to take control of the house and what Bruce Mouat needs to do is make sure they don’t make any mistakes or risks with this shot. After a long discussion the team settle on something a little more straightforward, but Mouat doesn’t quite get the turn and Sweden’s stone clings on to the button to take a point against the hammer. A big steal for the Swedes and that’s a blow for Team GB.
Lawrence Ostlere19 February 2022 07:39
Men’s curling final: GB 1-2 Sweden (2nd end)
Sweden always had the edge in that end and they clinch two points with the hammer – GB 1-2 Sweden after two, eight to go.
Lawrence Ostlere19 February 2022 07:22
Men’s curling final: GB 1-0 Sweden (2nd end)
Britain have not quite been able to nail their shots in this second end, Grant Hardie the latest to just miss his mark by a fraction. Two stones each to go and Sweden have control of the house.
Lawrence Ostlere19 February 2022 07:15