Scotland forced to settle for silver
Scottish skip Eve Muirhead was left downbeat after settling for silver at the European Curling Championships in Champery.
Muirhead's rink had been in unstoppable form, losing just once in ten matches.
But Swedish skip Stina Viktorsson got the better of her rival when it mattered, gaining revenge for a defeat in the round-robin stage.
The final 8-6 score was close and Muirhead paid the price for a brave decision in the tenth and final end. She tried to secure two shots for the win, rather than a much simpler one that would have forced an extra end, and it didn't come off.
It means another silver for the youthful skip, who also placed second at the World Championships earlier this year.
"It's silver again, it's frustrating and getting to be a bit of a trend," said Muirhead, a three-times junior world champion. "I suppose these silvers will make the gold even more valuable when it finally comes."
Meanwhile, Viktorsson could barely believe her success, after starting the final as the underdog.
"It's fantastic, I still need to pinch myself," she said. "We stayed together as a team and our tactics were smart. We really deserved it."
Switzerland claimed both men’s and women’s bronze on home ice.
Playing first, double Olympic silver medallist Mirjam Ott ensured Switzerland’s women’s team reached the podium, downing Russia 9-5. Ott, roared on by a partisan home crowd, proved too strong for Russia’s Liudmila Privivkova, ensuring the 2006 champion departs empty-handed.
In the men’s competition, Christof Schwaller, who won bronze at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, triumphed 7-4 over Germany’s Andy Kapp.
It is the fourth time in the last ten years that both teams have won medals. Last year each won silver.