Published: 15/03/2014 06:58 - Updated: 15/03/2014 07:53

Team GB's gold medal hopes dashed

THE gold medal hopes of Team GB were blown away by Paralymic wheelchair curling favourites Russia.

Gregor Ewan (right) and fellow Moray curler Jim Gault.
Gregor Ewan (right) and fellow Moray curler Jim Gault.

A disastous fourth end when the hosts took seven shots - a Paralympic record for one end - did all the damage.

Team GB had trailed 4-3 after three ends and looked well placed to challenge for the win.

Russia had stolen a shot in the first end and extended their lead to 4-0 after just two ends.

However, Team GB skip Aileen Neilson played a fantastic last shot in the third end to take out a Russian stone and lie three shots.

Russia played a great fourth end to amass their seven shot hail and lead 11-3 at the midway point.

The host nation stole another shot against the head in the next end to lead 12-3.

The British rink got some pride back in the sixth end when they notched a single shot.

Clinical Russia continued to knock out any British stones in the penultimate end as they closed out the match 13-4, with the final end not required.

Moray curlers Gregor Ewan and Jim Gault, with team-mates Angie Malone and Bob McPherson, will now look to regroup ahead of the bronze medal match at 11.30am today against China, who lost 5-4 to Canada in the other semi-final.

Skip Aileen Neilson vowed the team would come back fighting for that match.

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