Sweden defeats Norway to win bronze medal at curling worlds

The Canadian Press

4/8/2012 9:30:09 AM

BASEL, Switzerland -- Sweden's Sebastian Kraupp defeated Norway's Thomas Ulsrud 9-8 on Sunday to win the bronze medal at the world men's curling championship.

Kraupp, who handled skip duties for most of the week due to a back injury to Niklas Edin, made a draw to the four-foot for the extra-end victory.

"I tried to stay as calm as I could in the 11th end," Kraupp said. "I'm not used to playing in this position but I figured out how to play the draw."

Canada's Glenn Howard was to meet Scotland's Tom Brewster in the gold-medal game later Sunday. Howard edged Brewster 7-6 in the Page playoff 1-versus-2 game a day earlier.

Sweden led 7-3 after six ends on Sunday but Norway fought back to score two in the seventh and added another point with a steal in the eighth.

Kraupp scored one in the ninth end. Ulsrud pulled even by drawing a second stone into the house in the 10th to force an extra end.

"It's the game you hate to lose," Ulsrud said. "But it's to the Swedes' credit. They played well."

Fredrik Lindberg threw third stones for Sweden while Oskar Eriksson was second and Viktor Kjaell played lead.

"This medal shows how solid we are as a team," Kraupp said. "We've been up and down all week, so to have a medal here is excellent."

Sweden also won bronze at the 2011 world championship.

Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton edged Brewster 6-5 in last year's final in Regina. It was Canada's 33rd world championship since the first event was held in 1959.