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Sweden beats China in extra end, wins curling bronze

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2/21/2014 8:15:00 AM
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Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Sweden tied the match on a measurement in the 10th end, then earned two points in an extra end Friday to beat China 6-4 in the men's curling bronze medal match at the Sochi Olympics.

It was the first Olympic medal for the men's team since a silver at the 1924 Chamonix Games.

China's men's team remained without a medal in Olympic play. It missed winning bronze by mere millimeters on a close measurement in the 10th end -- its stone rested beside Sweden's just outside the button.

China had a stone removed in the ninth end because it wasn't released before the line.

Sweden made it through the tournament with two losses -- to Denmark in round- robin play and to Great Britain in Wednesday's semifinals. It also needed an extra end to beat China 6-5 in round-robin play last Friday.

The Swedish women's team has been wildly successful since the sport returned to the Olympics in 1998, winning two golds and four medals overall, including a silver in Sochi.

China went 7-2 in round-robin play in Sochi, then lost 10-6 to Canada in the semifinals on Wednesday.

Niklas Edin (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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