Great Britain had to settle for silver after losing their Olympic men’s curling final 5-4 to Sweden in an extra set at the National Aquatics Center in Beijing.
Forced to attempt an ambitious effort to salvage an unlikely win against the hammer, Bruce Mouat’s takedown attempt missed by inches to hand Sweden captain Niklas Edin his first Olympic crown.
Mouat’s men have never been in front after losing two in the second end, but nevertheless the 27-year-old and his team of Hammy McMillan, Bobby Lammie, Grant Hardie and his replacement Ross Whyte can console themselves by becoming the first British medalists of the Games.
It was an utterly impressive display from Edin, a former Swedish army soldier with five world titles to his name, who was under pressure in Beijing to clinch the only major title still eluding him.
An emotional Lammie told BBC Sport: “I don’t know what to say. Personally, I was not at my best today. I’m disgusted for the boys.
“I think we fought back well in the second half, got into position and didn’t quite get over the line. Right now it hurts.”
McMillan added: “We’ve had a good week, it’s not how we wanted to end it but we’ll get back to it and we’ll be proud.
“Right now it kind of sucks.”
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