NewsCO.com.au – Winter Olympics: Great Britain women beat China after men beat Japan

February 15, 2018

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Great Britain’s women earned their second round-robin win at the Winter Olympics with an exciting 8-7 victory against China in Gangneung.

The match was tied at 7-7 after 10 ends, leaving GB skip Eve Muirhead to clinch victory with the final stone of sudden-death.

It meant Muirhead’s rink bounced back after losing 7-4 to the United States earlier on Thursday.

GB’s men also nicked a dramatic final-stone win, beating Japan 6-5.

Other British news on day six

  • Elise Christie says she will “still be racing fearless” at the Winter Olympics despite falling in the 500m short-track speed skating final.
  • Dom Parsons has put himself in contention to win Great Britain’s first medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics at the halfway stage of the men’s skeleton.

Today’s gold medal winners

We showed character and guts – Muirhead

Victory against China means Britain’s women, who Muirhead led to bronze at Sochi in 2014, appear well placed to progress from the round-robin stage and reach the knockout phase.

After beating an Olympic athletes from Russia team in their opening encounter, they are third in a 10-team group, from which the top four qualify.

Britain lost to the US, who are three places lower in the world rankings, before showing resilience to fight back and beat the Chinese.

China led 4-2 after four ends, and 5-3 after six, but Muirhead’s rink improved as the match went on.

Muirhead, who is competing in her third Games, is one of the sport’s stars and showed why as her quality helped Britain force sudden death, before her renowned composure saw her wrap up an important victory in the decisive end.

“We’re absolutely delighted,” Muirhead said. “I think it was really crucial we got a win out there having lost earlier.

“I think the team showed great character and great guts.”

Highlights: GB women curling push the US to final stages

GB’s men hold their nerve

Britain’s men – led by Kyle Smith and also featuring his brother Cammy, Kyle Waddell and Thomas Muirhead, who is Eve’s brother – are competing in their first Winter Olympics.

Although not considered among the favourites, they have been together for a long time and were a very successful youth outfit, winning bronze at the 2012 Junior World Championships, gold in 2013 and silver in 2014.

They beat Switzerland before losing to defending champions Canada on Wednesday.

GB led 3-1 after three ends – and 5-4 after eight – before holding their nerve in the final end.

They are third in the 10-team group, with six round-robin matches remaining. The top four countries qualify for the semi-finals.

“It’s a brilliant feeling to get that last-gasp win,” said Cammy Smith.

“We were all trying to set it up for the hammer and we got it. It’s something we try a lot in practice, so we’re happy it’s come good.”

Highlights: GB men seal curling victory with final stone

Live BBC coverage

06:00-09:15 and 13:00-18:00, BBC Two and online

06:00-14:00, BBC Red Button and online

07:35-10:00, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra (ice hockey – Norway v Sweden in the men’s preliminary round)

09:15-13:00, BBC One and online

12:05-14:30, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra (ice hockey – Switzerland v Canada in the women’s preliminary round)

The Games Today

19:00-20:00, BBC Two and online

14:00-00:00, BBC Red Button (replays)

Olympics Extra

20:00-21:00, BBC Four and online

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