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Winter Olympics: Great Britain’s women lose to Japan in bronze-medal match

XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage times

Great Britain's women curlers missed out on a second successive Olympic bronze medal as they lost 5-3 to Japan on Saturday.

Eve Muirhead's team, who finished third in Sochi four years ago, were hoping to increase Britain's record medal haul at a Winter Games to six in Pyeongchang.

They led three times in the bronze-medal match, before Japan fought back to earn their first medal in the sport.

Sweden face hosts South Korea in the gold-medal match on Sunday.

At 4-3 with the last shot of the match, skip Muirhead had a chance to either level and take the match to an extra end, or go for the two scores that would have earned Britain bronze.

But the Scot misjudged her effort and Japan took the final point.

"I am absolutely devastated," Muirhead told BBC Sport. "I am gutted. Gutted for myself, for my team, for everyone that's helped us on the journey.

"The shot was there and of course we went for it. We went out to get that end and, as a skip, it's hard when you miss the last shot.

"It was a very patient and simple game. We had control in the last end – we had the hammer – but unfortunately it didn't turn out.

"It's going to take time to sink in because it's difficult when you don't make that last shot – that is what you practise day in, day out."

More to follow.

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