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Thursday, 21 February, 2002, 21:05 GMT

Canada make amends with bronze

BBC Sport Online's Mike Haggerty sees Canada bounce back in style to secure the bronze medal.

Canada's Kelley Law recovered from her shock 5-6 semi-final defeat at the hands of Britain's Rhona Martin, to take the women's curling bronze medal with a 9-5 win over the USA.

The Canadians came into the Olympics as pre-event favourites, and topped the round-robin rankings to justify that tag.

But they were clearly shell-shocked following their unexpected defeat by Britain.

The question was therefore always going to be whether they could recover enough to snatch a medal of any colour.

They answered this query almost immediately, scoring a two in the first end.

Crucial blow

But the USA battled back taking singles in each of the next two ends to level the game again.

However, after this, Canada stretched their lead with a two in the fourth end and a single steal in the fifth for a half-time 5-2 lead.

This proved to be a crucial blow because, although the USA scored one in the sixth, Canada went even further ahead in the seventh when they scored two.

USA skip Kari Erickson gave the home crowd something to cheer about in the eighth when she scored two to bring Canada back to a 7-5 lead.

But Canada then shut the door with singles in the last two ends to win the game 9-5 and claim their bronze medals.

Afterwards, Canadian skip Law said: "We've got the bronze, we're happy."

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