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Great Britain hold on for curling bronze

ESPN staff
March 15, 2014
Great Britain have now won six medals in Sochi © Getty Images

Great Britain's wheelchair curlers secured Winter Paralympic bronze with a 7-3 win over China in Sochi.

Having lost 13-4 to Russia in the semi-finals earlier in the day, Britain were 3-0 down to China after two of the eight ends.

However Britain went 6-3 up after six ends and held on. The win takes Britain's medal tally for the Games to six - their biggest haul since securing 10 at Innsbruck in 1984.

"It's been a very emotional competition, a real roller coaster ride and I'm absolute delighted and thrilled to come away from a bronze," skip Aileen Neilson told BBC Sport.

"We achieved our first goal to make the play-offs and then our other goal was to come back home with a medal. The support has been immense.

"The main thing that has got us through is our team dynamic. That is the strength of this team. We can be down, some people might think we're out, but we are never down and out until the last stone is thrown.

"We came out and we fought hard and played the shots, and I am just delighted I was able to make some big shots when maybe through the week I hadn't.

"This is a sport for anyone of any ability and any age and I hope people have been inspired by this and what the Olympians achieved."

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