Murdoch saves best for last to keep male curlers in hunt
Saturday 20 February 2010
Britain's men secured a vital win in the curling, beating Denmark 9-6 to give themselves two wins and two defeats from their opening four round-robin competition matches.
Skip David Murdoch made a telling contribution late on Thursday night on the eighth end with Denmark leading 4-3. He knocked two Danish stones out of the house with his penultimate stone to leave Britain scoring two. Danish fourth Johnny Frederiksen put his final stone in the house but Murdoch removed it with the hammer to give Britain a 6-4 lead. The Danes levelled on the ninth end by scoring two stones with their hammer but Murdoch's hammer clinched victory on the final end.
Earlier Murdoch, Ewan MacDonald, Peter Smith and Euan Byers had lost 4-3 against Switzerland.
Britain's women curlers stormed to a 10-3 win over Russia leaving them with two wins and a defeat from their opening three round-robin matches.
Britain hurried into a 5-0 lead despite the loss of Kelly Wood, who left the rink feeling unwell in the second end. Skip Eve Muirhead used the hammer to good effect in the fifth end taking out a Russian stone to leave Britain with two more points for a 7-2 lead.
Two more points followed in the sixth end and, although Russia pulled one back in the seventh, when Muirhead's hammer in the eighth end denied the Russians two points and added another to the British tally the game was conceded.
"We got off to a good start," Muirhead said. "We came out of the blocks sharp, five-up after two ends and from then on you're just hitting from home. We're on our way, we're rolling and working well as a unit of four."
Britain's best hope of gold in 20 years came late last night when Amy Williams went in the women's skeleton in Whistler. Williams set a stunning track record of 53.83sec on her first run and held her advantage on the second slide to take a 0.30sec lead over Germany's Kerstin Szymkowiak into the final two rounds, with home favourite Mellisa Hollingsworth third.
Williams got the penultimate round under way with a solid if unspectacular slide, but her cumulative time at that stage of 2min 41.64sec was still the best ever recorded here.
England vs Lithuania: Wayne Rooney rules out repeat of boxing celebration after son Kai repeats it at school and focuses on goalscoring record
Marco Reus becomes Arsenal transfer target to replace Theo Walcott
Paul Scholes: It's amazing Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has so few caps for England
New kits for 2015/16: Have the Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcelona strips been leaked?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Zab Judah denies flooring Mayweather during sparring as he prepares for 2 May
- 1 Germanwings crash: Police make 'significant discovery' at home of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz
- 3 Zayn Malik already working on solo material, just days after quitting One Direction
- 4 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 5 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Andreas Guenter Lubitz intentionally crashed flight 9525 into the Alps in act of mass murder and suicide – latest