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Mixed day for GB curlers

Great Britain's curlers experienced contrasting emotions in Sochi on Wednesday. The women's team fell to their second loss, beaten 9-6 against Canada, while the men emerged with a 4-2 victory over European champions Switzerland.

Eve Muirhead and her rink headed into the contest on a high having set a new Olympic record by scoring seven points in a single end during Tuesday's comprehensive 12-3 win over the United States.

But after falling behind early on Wednesday, GB were constantly playing catch-up at the Ice Cube Curling Centre, first levelling to make it 1-1 and then 3-3.

The Canadians made what would prove a telling move in the fifth end, though, a superb last stone from skip Jennifer Jones dislodging Britain's scoring stone and securing three for her side.

GB counterpart Muirhead produced a double takeout in the next to pull two back but, by the time the match headed to the tenth and final end, the Canadians led 8-6.

In an enthralling finish, Muirhead had what looked a relatively simple chance to secure two to level up the match and take the contest to an extra end.

All or nothing

However, the 23-year-old opted for an all-or-nothing takeout shot to try and claim three points to pinch victory, but failed and instead ended up handing her opponents one and, in the process, a 9-6 win.

Afterwards Muirhead insisted that she had no regrets, stating: "I would go for it again for sure. I don't go for shots I don't think are there and I definitely thought it was there.

"The angles were all sitting there nice. The clock was running down a little bit and it was a quick 'look, that's there'. It was a high quality game that could have gone either way."

It means the world champion Brits now have six round-robin matches left to try and secure a place in the semi-finals, but Muirhead is remaining relaxed about their prospects.

"We have played the ranked number one and two teams (defending Olympic champions Sweden and Canada) but we have a long way to go," she added.

"Yes, it would have been nice to have one more win at this point, but we are not down and out."

Small margins

Later in the day, David Murdoch's rink came through a tight contest against Switzerland to take another step towards the semi-finals.

No end saw more than a single point being posted, with the all Scottish line-up claiming the first two in the third and fourth, making it 3-1 in the sixth and then sealing the triumph in the 10th thanks to skip Murdoch's final stone.

Britain's men have now won three of their opening four fixtures in the 10-team round-robin. The top four rinks will progress to battle it out for the medals.