Sweden won the bronze medal in men’s Olympic curling on Friday beating China 6-4 in a game that was not decided until the final shot of an extra end.
China skip Liu Rui had the last shot but his rock glanced off a Swedish stone that was stationed on the button.
“Super thrilled,” said Sweden skip Niklas Edin, whose world champion team finished the round-robin in first place at 8-1 before losing to Britain in the semifinals. “A fourth place again would have been expensive for all of us, as human beings, curlers and as a team as well.
“For Swedish curling, medals on both sides, it’s a huge step forward.”
Of course they go a little help from the Chinese who committed two violations in the ninth and extra ends. Both Liu and teammate Xu Xu Xiaoming failed to release stones before the delivery line, causing a red light to go off and their rocks to be pulled.
Canada plays Britain in the gold-medal game.