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Curling Muirhead ‘gutted’ after mistake hands victory to Swedes

EVE MUIRHEAD said today she was “gutted” after her final stone was voided in an 8-6 defeat against Sweden in the round-robin phase.

Britain trailed 6-4 going into the ninth end but levelled to take the match to an extra end.

The Swedes had the advantage of the hammer but Muirhead had the chance to make it difficult for them with Britain’s final stone.

But the stone was voided, leaving the Swedes the simple task of clinching victory with the hammer.

It was not immediately clear if Muirhead had been penalised for not realising the stone clearly before the red line — known as hog lining — or whether she touched the stone twice leading to her being penalised.

Either way, her final stone was taken off the rink, leaving the Swedes to wrap up the win with the hammer.

Muirhead told BBC Sport: “The red light came on so that’s counted as a hogged rock, so that has to be taken off.

“When you see the replays in the stadium it looks like it was. It’s hard to take and it comes down to inches and millimetres.

“It’s the story of our week so far. When something like that happens it makes it very tough to take and it’s gutting that it finished that way.”

The defeat leaves Muirhead’s rink with three wins out of six so far with three more round-robin matches to come — against Switzerland today, Japan tomorrow and Canada on Wednesday. The top four sides qualify for the semi-finals.

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