Winter Olympics: Great Britain men’s curlers beat Japan after women lose to US

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Highlights: GB women curling push the US to final stages
XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February
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Great Britain’s men earned their second round-robin win at the Winter Olympics with a tense 6-5 victory against Japan in Gangneung.

The scores were level at 5-5 going into the final end, but Kyle Smith sealed victory with the final stone.

Earlier, GB’s women lost 7-4 to the United States in their second match.

Winter Olympics: Great Britain men’s curlers beat Japan after women lose to US
Winter Olympics: Great Britain men’s curlers beat Japan after women lose to US

Eve Muirhead’s rink are ranked three places higher than the US, but bold tactics in the 10th end – as they chased a 5-4 deficit – did not pay off.

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GB’s men hold their nerve

Britain’s men – led by Kyle Smith and also featuring his brother Cammy, Kyle Waddell and Thomas Muirhead – 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.

‘Final stone was a foot heavy’ – Muirhead

Muirhead’s rink, who comfortably beating an Olympic Athlete from Russia team in their opening encounter, play China in their third match at 11:05 GMT on Thursday.

“It was a very close game,” said Muirhead, whose team won bronze at Sochi 2014.

“It came down to the last stone, last end. We maybe made a little too many half shots out there.

“The line was good on the last one, it was just a foot too heavy. There were a few options on the last one, different shots we could have played. That was probably the hardest one, but the more realistic one to come off.”

South Korea shocked Olympic and world champions Canada in their first match.

Did you know?

The stones for the Olympic tournament are all made in the small Scottish town of Mauchline, thirty miles south of Glasgow.

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