Cruel medal defeat for Bruce Mouat and Gina Aitken

Bruce Mouat's next stop is Edmonton. Pic: TSPL
Bruce Mouat's next stop is Edmonton. Pic: TSPL
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Murrayfield curlers Gina Aitken and Bruce Mouat finished in the cruellest place of all after losing the bronze medal play-off match at the Mixed Doubles World Championship in Karlstad, Sweden, but there was some consolation for them as they walked away with nine precious Olympic qualifying points.

A top-eight finish had been their pre-tournament goal, and they achieved that the hard way, scoring three 6-5 wins in a row and beating the reigning champions and title favourites from Hungary to reach the last four.

China’s Rui Wang and Dexin Ba ended their miraculous run 7-5 in the semi-finals before US pair Tabitha Peterson and Joe Polo edged the third-place play-off 9-7 to leave the Scots without a medal but with their heads held high.

Mouat is now on his way to compete in the end-of-season Champions Cup in Edmonton after receiving a special invitation following his victory at last month’s World Junior 
Championship in Copenhagen.