Scots Into Bronze Medal Match at World Mixed Doubles Championship
Bruce Mouat’s bid for a second world title ended at the semi-final stage of the World Mixed Doubles Championship in Karlstad when he and Gina Aitken were beaten 7-5 by China.
With vital Olympic qualifying points still on the line the Scots now head into a bronze medal match against the USA who were beaten by Russia in the other semi-final.
They have, however, already achieved a breakthrough as the first Scots to reach this stage of the play-offs in the new Olympic discipline, their campaign having begun with victory over the Russians and included a succession of memorable wins.
Having lost to the Czech Republic in the round-robin stages they then beat them in a tie-break match to get into the play-offs where their defeat of defending champions Hungary in their last 16 encounter was the result of a fine comeback as they levelled the match with a two at the penultimate end before masterfully out-manoeuvring their opponents with a near perfect final end to steal.
The open draw meant they then met tournament favourites Canada in the quarter-finals where the mettle of the Lothians pair was tested once again when they conceded a three at the fifth end to drop 4-3 behind and they responded brilliantly, registering a two at the next before restricting their opponents to a single so that Aitken’s double take out with her final stone at the last end got them into the medal matches.
It looked as if they might be on course for the final when a three at the second end put them 3-1 up, but they were out-played from that point as the Chinese levelled at the next then claimed steals at four successive ends to put themselves into a near unassailable 7-3 lead going into the final end.
Battling to the finish Aitken was left with an outside possibility of extending the match with her final stone but was not quite able to pull it off as they registered just two.
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